One of the nine and most visited union territory in India that boasts of its scenic beauty and Portuguese influence is Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The capital is Silvassa. The lush green all around the city will make you fall in love with this place. There are many cities nearby such as Surat, Mumbai, Bhiwandi, and Nashik. Plan an affordable and budget friendly weekend getaway from Mumbai and go back to city life rejuvenated.
People who are not aware of this place should plan their family trip for a new experience. It will be a better idea to visit this place when you are in Mumbai, Pune or Surat. Food lovers can come to this place and enjoy cuisines like Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, and Gujarati. Adventure lovers should put this place in their bucket list. It is one of the best places to come on an adventure trip with friends or even family trip for that matter. What makes this place more happening is the alcohol that is cheap because of low taxes and also some meticulous handmade products that you can’t take your eyes off. There are more to this place that you would like to know. Read on and know about them.
The distance from Surat city is 79 kilometers, from Nashik, it is 88 kilometers, from Mumbai, it is 145 kilometers. The capital city of the country Delhi is 1270 kilometers approximately.
Your trip to Dadra and Nagar haveli will cost you Rs 5000 for a two days trip. However, this is an estimate considering travelling from a place that is the closest. If you have to travel from a distant place and with a number of things on mind, such as luxury, packages etc. the budget will go up to Rs 7000 and beyond. If on a family trip, you must get in touch with your travel agent to get the best and affordable package. The point to remember is that no one can fix the budget but you.
Things to do and see in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
1. Lion Safari Wildlife Park
Spread at an area of 25 hectares, this park houses some of Asia’s lions that are not seen elsewhere. It is therefore called the home of Asiatic Lion. People in love with animals will love to visit this place. As the place is already green, it is the best place to spend some time with the lions there.
2. Vanganga Lake
The lake is a popular site for the locals and the tourists. Even children like to go to this lake to enjoy their boat rides. You will see a huge garden spread across with flowers visible. The view gets even better. Mostly people on family trips prefer going to this lake and having some quality time, and not to forget, it is an ideal place for picnic.
This is a paradise for nature lovers. They find everything they need; blue river to lush greenery to the birds chirping and relaxing wind. Located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Silvassa, the capital city, Khanvel is a favorite among travelers. Keep your stress away and get soaked in the calmness of this place.
4. Tribal Museum
The state is known for the indigenous tribes living for ages now. These tribes have their history and ethnicity. If you want to have a closer look at what their culture looks like, visit this museum that houses everything you want to see. Ornaments, gadgets used in hunting, household articles and more. Solo trip lovers who like to jot down incidents on their pages will definitely visit this museum.
5. Our Lady of Piety Church
You know how Dadra and Nagar Havel has its Portuguese influence predominantly. If you want to witness the architecture that stands proof to that influence, this church stands tall. Built in the phase 1886 to 1889, the architecture is just too perfect to be ignored.
Located at a distance of 45 to 50 kilometers away from the capital city, this place has a water body that is mostly visited by people on family trip. There are also many activities that children and adults can equally enjoy when they are here. Adventure trip lovers will find something for their rejoice here.
7. Shopping in the union territory
There are many places where one can indulge in shopping. If you are someone who likes to shop things that are unique and handcrafted, you should definitely visit this union territory. You will find paper bags, bamboo crafts, and even may handmade products that you may not find anywhere else.
Apart from these, there are a few more spots that you can discover about once you reach the place.
How to Reach Dadra and Nagar Haveli?
People who love to enjoy road trip may be disappointed as there is no direct bus to Silvassa, the capital city; however, you can hire a cab for that matter. There are buses travelling from nearby cities to the bust stop that is Vapi. From there, hire a local transport.
The nearest railway station is Vapi. From there, hire a taxi and reach Silvassa the capital city which is at a distance of 17 kilometers in 30 minutes.
The nearest airport is Surat, from there you’ll have to take a train to Vapi.
Best Time to Visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar Haveli experiences extreme heat during summer and heavy rainfall during Monsoon. It is, therefore, recommended that one should visit this place when it is winter. The best time to be there is from early November to February.
Make the most of your holidays with friends and family in this greenery. Family trips get merrier and adventure trips with friends get adventurous.