Top Sight Seeings
Wedged between the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a quaint Union Territory blessed with a lovely climate, making it one of the best tourism destination in India. Dotted with gardens, lakes, temples, zoo and more, the place is good for travellers of all genre, especially for those with the love for nature and wildlife.Coming to the tourist attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the first and foremost things that grabs the attention of the tourists is the Portuguese architecture all around the region. Of many the important ones where you can admire the splendid architecture of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is the Roman Catholic Church - the Church of Our Lady of Piety and the Hindu temples including Bindrabin temple and Swaminarayan Temple. As you stroll in Silvassa, you will also get the opportunity to visit the Tribal Cultural Museum which houses an interesting collection of musical apparatus, masks, life-size statues, fishing gadgets and more. Besides this Dadra and Nagar Haveli has a lot to offer to the nature lovers where one can sit and relax amid serene landscape comprising lush green hills, rolling meadows and native-styled cottages. Vanganga Lake Garden, Hirwa Van Garden, Vandhara Udyan, and Dudhni where the large waterfront of river Damanganga offers an amazing view of the Madhuban Dam are some points of interests where tourists can head to for witnessing the nature at its best. Also, one can even visit Hirwa Van to witness cascading waterfalls and extensive lawns interspersed with a variety of flowers. Wildlife enthusiasts can head to a mini zoo in Silvassa where one can spot birds, monkeys, pythons and crocodiles. Tourists can even opt for Vasona Lion Safari. Last but not the least, another destination worth a mention is the Union Territory is the Satmaliya Deer Park, which houses several deer species and other animals.
Moving to the culture of the place, the tribals here have a distinct culture and set of rituals that let the tourists learn about their lifestyle. The tribes that one can find here include Kokana, Varlies, Koli, Dhodia, Kathodi, Naika and Dublas.Songs and dance are an inevitable part of these tribal groups which can be easily witnessed on every occasion held in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, be it harvest, or marriage and death. Of all the other festivals celebrated in the region, the most significant ones of the local tribes include Akhatrij, Divasol, Barash, Monsoon Magic Festival, Tarpa Festival and Nariyeli Purnima. Besides exploring the natural beauty, you can indulge in trying the amazing cuisines of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. This includes lentils, kadhi and sweet dal which is the speciality of tribal cuisine and you cannot miss out giving it a try. Other than this, the food of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has a lot of Gujarati influence, so one gets to try Ubadiyu which is a popular winter dish and is often served with a glass of buttermilk. Besides offering delicious vegetarian fare, the region is popular for seafood. Of all, tourists can try the sweet meat of crabs which is enjoyed by many locals and travellers.
Shopping in Dadra and Nagar Haveli let the tourist get their hands on different artwork of which the important one is the traditional Warli Art. These ancient art forms are available in almost all the shops in the region and tourists can get it in a number of options including small souvenirs, pots, vases and paintings. In addition to this, bags made of reused paper and flour is yet another thing to shop that pick the interests of the travellers.