Dadra and Nagar Haveli ‘Splended Natural Beauty’
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is the union territories of India, which lies near the western coast of the country and consists of two independent parts. Dadra, which is surrounded by the Indian state of Gujarat, whereas Nagar Haveli is situated on the borders of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The fascinating thing about Dadra and Nagar Haveli that is most striking is its natural beauty. The meandering rivers, distant mountain ranges, a magnificent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna surrounded by the lush green forests are the most intriguing aspects about this union territory.
Place to visit
The historical and Tribal cultural Museum situated at the capital city Silvassa, is an ideal and perfect place for the lazy person who want to do some actual exploring. The museum houses is a good and unique collection of musical apparatus, fishing gadgets, life-size statues and masks. Khaanvel which is situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Silvassa is perfectly lined up with tall long trees on the sides of the road. The serene and picturesque landscape, surrounded by the lush green hills and forest, beckons nature lovers truly loved this native-styled house amidst with the terraced gardens. The calm and gentle Sakartod River flows past Khanvel.
The Vanganga Lake and Island Garden is a beautiful lake garden situated at a distance of 5 km from the capital city of Silvassa. The rustic wooden bridges, the flowers, jogging paths, thatched huts, and paddleboats-all constitute an ideal ambiance for the honeymooners.
Tribal Cultural Museum
Arts & Culture of Dadar and Nagar Haveli
Ninety Five percent of the total population of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli are comprised with tribal people population and the majority of them being Bhiil and Kookna. The major dance of Dadra and Nagar Haveli includes the Tarpha Naach and the mask dance which is popularly known as Bhavada. This Bhavada dance is quite popular in the hilly terrain regions in the Koknas area, in which the performers tightly hold each other and then dance to form a close formation to the Taarpha or Paavri.
Silvassa the capital city of the Union Territory was a former Portuguese Colony and one can traces still trace here the Portuguese influence and culture which can still find in the city old buildings across the Silvassa. The Circuit House and the district Police Headquarters are located in the center of the city surrounded by the Secretariat and the Fire Station in the north of the city. The city has a large number of famous educational institutes like as St Xavier School, Kendra Vidyalaya, Lions English School and Government School.
Did you know?
Dadra and Nagar Haveli had been under the Portuguese colony since 1779 and get independent only in the year 1955 and merged in the India subcontinent. Till 1962 this union territory operated independently under self-governing rules. In the same year it became a union territory of India and now has representation in both the houses of the Indian Parliament.
Normally, all the famous festivals of Hindus, Muslims and Christians are widely celebrated in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli, in which the Tribal people will celebrate their own festivals in their own style and tradition. Diwaaso the most famous festival which is celebrated by Varli and Dhodia tribes, meanwhile Raksha Bandhan are also famous and celebrated with full joy by the Dhodia tribe. Other festivals like Bhaawada amongst Varlist, Koli tribes and Khali Puja by all tribes after harvesting of crops and Gram Devi before harvesting of crops.