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Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Located at the western coast line of India, on the protracted River banks of Daman Ganga River, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have been formed combining 70 adjoining villages. Positioned at the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli are two separate neighboring territories. The tract, connecting both Dadra and Nagar Haveli, is going through the state of Gujarat. It is believed that once upon a time, the ruler of tribal communities had actually taken the initiative to build the beautiful Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Dadra and Nagar Haveli became an independent territory on 2nd August, 1954 along with Goa, Daman & Diu. In 1961, it came under the control of the Central Government of India.
The cultures and traditions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are unique and are distinguished easily from the neighboring states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. The historical evidences and mores of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, however, recollect old memories of Portuguese regime.
The ancient holy Church and marble idol of the “Lady of Piety” are the prime and foremost attractions for the throng of tourists who visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Scarcity of drinking water here, nevertheless, is a huge problem for the inhabitants. Both farming and industrialization are lending a hand to the inhabitants of Dadra and Nagar Haveli to become independent. But, still farming is the chief profession of most of the dwellers of this territory.
Silvassa: The capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Silvassa. The initiative of making beautiful Silvassa a well decorated tourists’ enticement is in progress.
The Portuguese word, selva (Meaning is woods and glades) was the source of inspiration to give this wonderful land the name “Silvassa” where as Dadra had derived its name from the word “High Point”.
The junction of Silvassa- Naroli road and Mahatma Gandhi Road is said to be the heart of the city of Silvassa. Hotels, restaurants and shops are scattered in a small diameter of this terrain. The volume of Silvassa is not very big. But, if you visit this astonishing land of this city, then you can rest assure that you would be able to spend quality time amidst the serenity. Calm and quiet Silvassa is a very clean city as well. Innumerable pretty orchards are bejeweling city. Plenty of these groves, dotted around, are pulling crowds to Silvassa. Most important of all these gardens is the captivating Indira Gandhi Garden. On the banks of the Khanabal River, The beautiful grove called Van Vihar (Ban Ganga Lake) draws attention as well. Another attractive place nearby is the riveting Island Garden.
Other sought after and commendable tourist’ destinations of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are Our Lady of Piety Church, Lion Safari Park, Pipariya Van, Hirwa Van Gardens (zoo), Bandhara Garden, Bal Garden, Mini zoo, Dacha, Tadkeshwar, Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan and Madhuban Dam.
The Ban Ganga Lake and the Bandara Garden, on the banks of the Daman Ganga River are two other coveted destinations which are located at the outskirts of the city. Dadra Van Vihar tourists’ complex houses the Kakti Garden, Tribal Museum and Deer Park. Apart from all these allurements, there are a number of picnic spots where numerous picnic and outing lovers assemble at to enjoy an entire day.
Simplicity on the face of the tribes would encourage you to visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli for many times. The class-apart and appealing natural beauty of the places around would surely enthrall one and all.
Spiritual crowds who visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli should not miss the opportunity to watch the divine façade of the deity Tadkeshwar in Vrindavan.
How to reach Dadra and Nagar Haveli: The Vapi railway station of Gujarat is only 15 km away from the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa. Located on the railway track of Mumbai- Surat, Vapi can be accessed through well spread out railway networks from Valsad, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmadabad and Mumbai. A number of local trains are traveling on this route as well. Avail a bus or hire a taxi from the railway station to Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Buses regularly ply to Dadra and Nagar Haveli from Mumbai, Vadodara and Ahmadabad. Silvassa and Dadra, both are connected to Vapi by bus as well.
Where to stay at Dadra and Nagar Haveli: Hotel Ras Resorts, Kamala Holiday Resort, Kamat Hotel Resorts, Dan Tourist Hotel, Dartz Hotel, Chetan Guest House, Hotel Woodlands Residency and Hotel Woodland Inn.
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