Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union area and composed of two separate geographical entities. It is located in the western part of the country and situated between the states of Gujarat to the north and Maharashtra to the south. It was ruled by Koli chiefs later came into the hands of Marathas. To gain the support to fight against Mughals, Marathas offered Portuguese the right to collect revenues from here. You should visit these places, and it will be a money-saving trip that you can enjoy.
10 Top Places to Visit in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
1. Swaminarayan Temple Silvassa – Swaminarayan temple is located at the banks of the river Daman Ganga in Silvasa. This temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and it is a heritage temple. Hence, this temple follows the custom and tradition of BAPS (BochasanwasiAksharPurushottamSanstha) philosophy, the embodiment of Swaminarayan. BAPS is an international Hindu Socio-Spiritual Organization within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism. According to BAPSphilosophy and Swaminarayan belief; its followers preach that the soul goes to Akshardham after they attain Moksha. This temple is the inspiration of Yogiji Maharaj, who is the fourth successor of Lord Swaminarayan.
2. Bindrabin Temple –Bindrabin Temple is situated at about 18 km from Silvassa and is on the banks of River Sakartod. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is another important tourist destination. Bindrabin Temple is also known as Tadkeshwara Temple. It has a very relaxed and serene atmosphere. It is said that this temple has some connection with the famous shrine at Brindavan in North India.
3. Hirwa Van Garden –Hirwa Van Garden (means green forest) is situated on the Silvassa-Dadra Road. This is a beautiful picnic spot and a perfect outing for the family. Interestingly, it is a manmade forest. It has arches, lush greenery, waterfalls, cascades, small springs, stone walls, colorful flowers, and crisscross walkways. Besides, there is a separate play section for children with play equipment.
4. Church of our Lady of Piety – ‘Church of our Lady of Piety’ is situated in the center of Khanvel and opposite of the Tribal Museum in Silvassa. This church was built in 1886-89, and it is a perfect showcase of Portuguese architecture. This church is very popular for its beautiful architecture and it is one of the oldest buildings in Silvassa too. Besides, it proves to be a major attraction for historical as well as architectural enthusiasts.
5. Khanvel – Khanvel is located about 20 km to the south of Silvassa and it is a hub for nature lovers. It has many beautiful resorts and grand hotels. Besides, it has a Van Vihar tourist complex that offers luxurious hotel facilities, a greenhouse, and a deer park. The crystal blue river ‘Sakartod’ is flowing through it. Sakartod is the lifeline of Khanvel.
6. Tribal Cultural Museum – Silvassa is home to many tribes hence Tribal Museum at Silvassa gives an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the tribal of the land. Moreover, it is a tribute and an effort to safeguard and depict the rich legacy of tribal culture and society in its original form. This museum has a wide collection of hunting tools, traditional jewelry and musical instruments used by the tribal. It also exhibits puppets, dolls depicting the tribal way of life, tribal knick-knacks, etc.
7. Vanganga Lake Garden – The Vanganga Lake Garden is located on State Highway, Silvassa – Vapi road around 6 km away from the city. It is one of the most important tourist places of Silvasssa which spread across an area of over 7 hectares. Since it has countless trees here which make this place like a dense forest. It has paved jogging tracks hence it is a very popular place among the morning walker s and the evening joggers.
8. Vasona Lion Safari Park –Vasona Lion Safari which is located about 10 km away from the capital city of Silvassa on Khanvel – Silvassa road. It is spread over 20 acres and it has bordered by high chained walls 7 m high for safety. It is one of the major attractions of Silvassa and itis a part of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli wildlife sanctuary. It was built with a mission to preserve Asiatic lions.
9. Dudhni Lake – Dudhni Lake has situated 40 km from Silvassa. It is a vast expanse of water surrounded by small hills and it is formed by the waters of Madhuban reservoir. It is known as the ‘Kashmir of the West’. Its scenic landscapes are superb, and it has water sports available here are speed boats, rowing boats, water scooters, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, and shikara rides.
10. Kauncha – Kaunchais surrounded by green valleys and it is a typical tribal village. It is situated 40 km in the south of Silvassa on the bank of Madhuban Dam on the river Damanganga. The inhabitants of this village is ancient tribes; belongs to the tribe Warlis and Kuknas. They live so close to nature and live in tiny clay hutments. Their livelihood is agriculture. Besides, they are creating works of tribal art.
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