VISIT DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI FOR A RISTINE WEEKEND
Quiety hidden from overcrowded streets - the forests, tusn hills and pristine waters og Dadra and Nagar Haveli are sure to entice to entice any wandering soul
Situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Dadra and Nagar Haveli not only boasts of innate beauty but has also preserved an interesting history. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is in the middle of the swelling watershed of the Daman Ganga. The towns of Dadra and Silvassa lie on the northern bank of the river while the Western Ghats range rises to the east, and the foothills of the range occupy the eastern portion of the district. The Union Territory comprises of two separate geographical units: Nagar Haveli which spans an area upriver from the city of Daman on the coast, while the smaller enclave of Dadra is a short distance to the northwest.
If you have an unconditional love for nature and have the lust to bask in absolute serenity, you must plan your next holiday in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The soul healing serenity of the place will surely have you come back every time you seek a break from your busy schedule. The place is good for both solo travellers and families. Best suited for a weekend getaway, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is also well-connected to all major cities in western and central India.
Once ruled by the Koli chiefs, the land later came into the hands of the Marathas who offered the Portuguese the right to collect revenues from here to seal their support to fight the Mughals. After the independence of India, the land was still under the control of Portuguese until 1954. The Union Territory later merged with India in 1961.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Vanganga Lake Garden is just a few kilometres away from the capital. It is a blissful escape for nature lovers. The very sight of the ‘picture perfect’ garden with its beautiful lake is a captivating
experience. The garden connected with a central island, designed in a unique Japanese style, is the major source of tourist attraction. The vast water spread lined with greens, boats, fountains, and restaurants is very popular with filmmakers as many Hindi songs have been shot here.
Dudhni Lake is a vast waterbody surrounded by hills. Famously referred to as the ‘Kashmir of the West,’ the lake is formed by the waters of the Madhuban reservoir. The usual isolation of Dudhni is parallelly complemented by exciting water sports to let your adrenalin flow: speed boats, water scooters, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and shikara rides. If you are not interested in aquatic sports, you can enjoy trekking through the forests or camping. You might also get a glimpse of the thriving tribal life here if you are lucky.
Hirwa Van Garden is a man-made forest on the Silvassa – Dadra road. It is an excellent model of intricate architecture with visually appealing waterfalls, small springs, cascades, arches, lush greenery, colourful flowers, stone walls and crisscross walkways. While you prepare to unwind and lose yourself in tranquillity, let your children enjoy their time in the separate play section equipped with toys
to amuse the toddlers and the young.
Madhuban Dam, built across the River Daman Ganga, offers excellent views of the setting sun and the surrounding flaura. The views of the lush dense forests around are stunning, making it one of the prime attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. You can also book a luxurious tent on the site.
To venture into the forests, one must visit Kauncha, on the banks of the Madhuban Dam. The picture-perfect reality of the thick forest, spectacular mountain ranges and charming valleys might cast a spell on you while you observe the similitude of tribal life amidst all this beauty. You can experience the reality of being a part of the world that does not have technological facilities but can offer you the experience of a lifetime. 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.
Vasona Lion Safari, a 20-acre land which is a part of Dadra and Nagar Haveli Wildlife sanctuary promises a thrilling experience as you get the opportunity to watch lions in the comfort of their homes rather than in a cage. Some lions from Gir had been resettled and kept in an open zoo like area. Visitors can take a bus ride into the area for a safari-like experience.
During your visit to Dadra and Nagar Haveli, you may also want to visit the Church of Our Lady of Piety, to experience the cultural influence of the Portuguese; the Bindrabin Temple on the banks of the Sakartod River which promises an undisturbed calmness; and the Swaminarayan Temple for a magnificent architectural experience. Having discussed the beauty of the land, it must also be mentioned that its photo-friendly appearance will definitely boost your social media presence getting you several more likes and followers!
HOW TO REACH:
The nearest railway station is Vapi in Gujarat on the Mumbai-delhi route, about 18 km northwest of Silvassa.
Mumbai and Surat are the nearest airport locations from Silvassa.