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Dadra and Nagar Haveli is an Indian Union Territory located in its western region. The River Daman Ganga flows through the territory of this state. The languages spoken widely in the state are Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati. The Marathas signed a treaty with the Portuguese in 1779 to keep the British and the Mughals out of Dadra and Nagar Haveli’s territory.

The Union Territory covers a total area of 491 square kilometers. It was merged in India as a Union Territory in the year 1961. Dadra and Nagar Haveli was liberated from Portuguese rule by the residents themselves, with the support of the United Front of Goans, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Azad Gomantak Dal and the National Movement Liberation Organization in the year 1954.

Why Visit the Union Territory

The place is perfect for a weekend getaway from Mumbai. Silvassa has many tourist spots like the Ayyappa Temple, Balaji Temple, Ram Temple, Children Park, Tribal Museum, Van Dhara Garden and Hirva Van Garden. The Madhuban dam is also located in the state.

Other tourist spots in the union territory are the Tribal Museum, Portuguese Church, Madhuban Dam Resort, Khanvel Gardens, Lion Safari at Khanvel and Dudhni Watersports. The local cuisine is a delight to all food lovers, with local favorites being desi chicken, bhel puri, vada pav and pani puri.

The Vanganga Lake Garden at Dadra, Hirwavan garden at Piparia, the Vanivihar Tourist complex at Chauda, the Tapovan Tourist Complex at Bindrabin, Himavan Health Resort at Kauncha and Yatri Niwas at Silvassa are some of the other places where tourists can sit back and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. Various festivals and fairs are organized and celebrated here throughout the year.

Exploring the Culture of Dadra and Nagar Haveli

The population of the territory is around 2.2 lakh; and nearly 62% of the people are tribal. The different tribes in Dadra and Nagar Haveli are Konkans, Bhils, Dhodias and Varlis. There are 69 villages in Nagar Haveli and 3 in Dadra. The primary languages spoken among the tribes are Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi and Bhili. Hindus form a majority in the state and are followed by Muslims and Christians.

The cuisine in the city is highly influenced of Gujarati food. The dishes are generally a blend of salty and sweet tastes. Gujarati Thali is popular; and it comprises lentil based gravies, vegetable curries, breads, crispy and spicy farsans, pickles, chutneys and a number of sweet dishes. Some of the well known delicacies are Paunk, kadi, khamam dhokla, doodh pak and shrikhand.

The tribal culture is evident in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Some of the folk dances in the territory are Bhavada and Tarpa Nach. Tarpa is performed by the Kokna tribes, in which the accompanying musical instrument is made of dried gourd and is called the Tarpa or Pavri. Other popular handicrafts in the state are that of weaving mats and baskets of bamboo.

Facts for Tourists

The best time to visit the city is between November and the month of March as the climate is very pleasant during this time. The use of drugs is prohibited in the territory.





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