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State of India - Dadra and Nagar Haveli
 
QUICK FACTS Climate (Degree C.): Summer: Min: 37 Max: C 25 C Winter: Min: 22 C Max: 13 C | Best Season: November - March | Languages Spoken: Marathi, Gujarati | Capital: Silvassa

Overview:
Flanked between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in the Western part of India, this tiny Union Territory of 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.

This quiet, magical land of 72 villages has a chequered history. For a century and half, the fiery Portuguese were the masters of the land. The Indian nationalist volunteers liberated Dadra and Nagar Haveli in July 1954 and a pro-India administration was formed. Under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, the territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli became a centrally administered union territory with effect from August 11, 1961.

The territory is the homeland of hospitable, kind, unselfish native tribal groups including the Varlis, Dublas, Dhodias, and Koknans who have enriched the culture of the land with their own customs of folklore and colourful lifestyle. A performance of Tarpa dance, Mask dance or Bhavada will surely mesmerize you with foot-tapping beats and music intoxicating the entire ambience. Their vibrant lifestyle are simply bewitching.

This area of 491 sq.kms is the home land of nearly one lakh people of various tribes. It has seen many rulers, ranging from the mighty Marathas to the fiery Portuguese. Yet, the essence of tribal life, its richness and variety, its art, myth, song and folklore, have all remained unchanged.

How to Reach Dadra and Nagar Haveli:
By Air: Mumbai is the nearest airport located at a distance of 180 kms. Mumbai is connected to most of the major cities in India and abroad.

By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Bhilad & Vapi, about 14 km & 18 km respectively from Silvassa, and are on the Western Railways.

By Road: Silvassa is about 180 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Surat via the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway 8.