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General Information about Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a union territory in Western India. It is composed of two separate geographical entities: Nagar Haveli, wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat, and, 1 km to the northwest, the smaller enclave of Dadra, which is surrounded by Gujarat. Silvassa is the capital of Dadar and Nagar Haveli. As a union territory, it is quite small, confined as it is to an area less than 500 sq. km, covered with tall, awesome trees and winding rivers. It is a magical land of 70 villages endowed with lush green forests, meandering rivers, gentle gurgle of streams, distant dotting mountain ranges, large waterfronts, cascading waterfalls, a gorgeous kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, serene and sylvan land and many more.
Sandwiched between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, it is located in the western corner of India.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli lies within the North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests ecoregion, characterized by forests of teak (Tectona grandis) and other dry-season deciduous trees.

The Dadra and Nagar Haveli Wildlife Sanctuary covers 91.39 square kilometers, or about 19% of the union territory's total area. The sanctuary provides habitat for leopard (Panthera pardus), wildcat (Felis silvestris), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), fox (Vulpes spp.), golden jackal (Canis aureus), nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus), four-horned antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis), sambar deer (Rusa unicolor), and chital deer (Axis axis), and birds including Black Drongo, Bulbul, Kingfisher, Egret, Hoopoe, Mynah, Heron, and Red Jungle Fowl. In 2014 an additional eco-sensitive area was designated in the 100-meter buffer zone around the wildlife sanctuary, with an area of 26.57 square kilometers.

The rich biodiversity makes it a habitat for a variety of birds and animals with numerous trips from inland safari or the coast by tour guides providing eco-tourism. Silvassa's hills and wide, forested buffer land provides a main focal point for wildlife enthusiasts.

The climate of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is typical of its type. Being near the coast, all but the sparsely inhabited easternmost parts have a typical north Indian Ocean maritime climate. The summers are hot and become in their later part more humid with temperatures reaching as high as 39 °C in the month of May. The monsoon starts in the month of June and extends until September. The rainfall is brought by South West monsoon winds. It is known as the Cherrapunji that covers the bulk of western India (apart from the Thar Desert) which produces most of the annual rainfall of 200–250 cm. Winters are between maritime temperate and semi-tropical with temperatures ranging from 14 °C to 30 °C, reliably, as with the monsoon, with scant deviation from this range

The hospitable native tribals have their own customs, dances and rituals, which are quite fascinating.Owing to its serenity and quaint sylvan surroundings, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is not less than a paradise for those who are looking for a tranquil holiday. It is a land of spell-binding beauty where lush green forests, waterfronts, mountain range, flora and fauna are all found in abundance.

Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Endowed with nature's munificence, it's a land of spell-binding beauty... lush green forests, winding rivers, unimaginable waterfronts, gentle gurgle of streams, distant dotting mountain ranges, a gorgeous kaleidoscope of flora and fauna... Owing to its serenity and quaint sylvan surroundings, this territory is a heaven for those who hunt around for a tranquil holiday.

Few Places of Interest :

Dudhni Lake
Famously referred to as the ‘Kashmir of the West’, the lake is formed by the waters of Madhuban reservoir. Take a colorful Shikara boat ride on the peaceful waters of Dudhni Lake. Observe the picturesque landscape replete with winding rivers, rusty soil, and green trees. Other water activities available from a nearby water-sport complex include kayaking, canoeing, and jet skiing. Consider bringing along a picnic with you, and if you enjoy driving, the journey here rewards with winding roads traversing the attractive area. Trekking through the dense forests and camping on the river side would be a memorable adventure.

Located 40 kms away from Silvassa, Dudhni Lake is a vast expanse of water surrounded by small hills. The isolated Dudhni, which is home to the lake, calms your senses. Well, you have entertainments that can make your adrenalin flow. The water sports available here include rowing boats, speed boats, water scooters, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and shikara rides. . If you love to have a glimpse of the life of tribals, here is your chanch.

Swaminarayan Temple
Admire intricately carved light pink colored rocks of Swaminarayan Temple, a replica of the Akshardham Temple of Gandhi Nagar built in the banks of Daman Ganga River. The temple features elaborate carvings all over its façade on marble, granite and other stones, housing a gilt-statue of Lord Hanuman flanked by two equally ornate images of goddesses. A popular tourist destination in Silvassa, the temple of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism is visited by large numbers of pilgrims every year. Enjoy the well-maintained green gardens around the temple and try food in the temple’s canteen.

Deer Park
Enter Deer Park, the home of Silvassa animal species of Chinkara, Blackbucks and Spotted deer, and watch them in their natural habitat. Bring your food and organize a picnic in the park. Among different types of deer, see Peacock, Flameback Woodpecker, Thrushes, and many other bird species. Climb the watchtower in the park and enjoy the panoramic view of the habitat and a nearby dam. Book your trip as only a designated number of tourists are permitted in the park daily to minimize noise pollution. The park is closed during the monsoon season.

Silvassa Vasona Lion Safari
Get a close up view of endangered Asiatic lions at Silvassa Vasona Lion Safari, a walled wildlife conservation area keeping these rare animals. Spanning 8 hectares (20 acres), this sanctuary keeps few animals in an enclosed space and offers van rides protected with meshes to see the animals in the open. Lion Safari Park is 9 kms from Silvassa. It has a seven meter high wall to ensure safety. Special vehicles designed to tour the dense land take you inside to have a glimpse of the life of lion, the king of forest. This a good place to visit with children and not for thrill seekers. Some peacocks and deer can also be observed as well as a number of butterflies.

Vanganga Lake Garden
Just 5 kms from the capital city Silvassa, Vanganga Lake Garden is heaven for nature lovers. The very sight of the sprawling 7.58 hectares of ‘picture perfect’ garden with its beautiful lake captivates your soul. The huge lake in the garden has an island at the center, which stands connected to the garden by a bridge reflecting the influence of Japanese architecture. The island gives the garden the name ‘Island Garden’ and more to appease your visual appetite with tall green trees lining the lake and small fountains with scenic lighting arrangements. You can jog, walk or unwind in one of the cottages here that provides you with seating arrangements.

Located on the banks of Madhuban Dam, Kauncha is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Dense forests, spectacular mountain ranges and scenic valleys of Kauncha enchant you while the tribal life make you envy them for the simple and contended life they lead amidst the richness of nature. Adventure seekers can have a whale of a time here rowing boats, skiing and canoeing. For those who love trekking, here is an opportunity to trek, camp and count the stars that gaze from above.

Madhuban Dam
Madhuban Dam, one of the star attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli offers excellent facilities to indulge in water sports. Rides in speed boats, passenger boats, water scooters, canoes and aqua bikes attract tourists in great numbers. Water sports apart, the views of the dense forests around are stunning. The site has luxurious tents where you have cooking facilities too.

Bindrabin Temple
Also called as Tadkeshwara Temple, Bindrabin Temple, which is dedicated to god Shiva, is situated 18 kms away from Silvassa. The location of the temple in itself is very serene – on Sakartod River banks surrounded by tall trees.

Church of Our Lady of Piety
A reminder of Portuguese rule in the land, Church of Our Lady of Piety was built during 18th century. It is situated opposite Tribal Museum. The stone made church has amazing arches at the outside and well constructed interiors. You can have some peaceful moments for yourself once you are inside.


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