Dadra and Nagar Haveli form one Union Territory in West India, just outside Daman city. With some major areas situated right on the Daman Ganga River, this region is known for its lush fertility and breath-taking natural vistas, home to a kaleidoscope of exciting animals. In addition, it is within close proximity to the coastline. These natural gems have been instrumental in establishing this area as a popular tourist destination.
When Portuguese explorers discovered the rich abundance of India and, particularly, the valuable spices it had, they quickly established their trading posts, colonies and sea routes here. It was at this time that indigenous Indians lost political control of the land, succumbing to the rule of these wealthier, more advanced and more powerful European nations. For about 150 years, the Portuguese maintained their control of this land. India became an independent country in 1947. Then, in 1954, a pro-India administration was formed and, seven years later, Dadra and Nagar Haveli was declared a Union Territory.
Most of the population is made up of tribal communities. They generally speak Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi, but each tribe may have a dialect of its own. Because these tribes existed independently for many generations, they have created unique identities for themselves. This involves their customs, beliefs and social orders, making for a fascinating blend of cultures within the borders of one Union Territory. Some of the major tribes include Kokana, Dhodia, Dublas and Varlies. These people place much importance on folk music and dance, using these artistic expressions as major parts of their celebrations.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a nature-lover’s Mecca. It is brimming with fascinating plant- and animal species, all concealed within the dense vegetation and beauty of its landscape. The many hiking trails through this part of India will allow both experienced hikers as well as the less fit strollers to have a one-on-one experience of the magic of India. Summers are generally hot and humid (subtropical) and winters are pleasant, without being too cold. The monsoon months between June and September are very wet as heavy rainfalls feed the land and quench the thirst of its animals.
Because most of this Union Territory is rural, these people rely heavily on farming for their sustenance and financial security. The most prolific and successful crops are paddy, the pulses, millet and ragi as well as produce like wheat, tur, oilseeds, brinjals, tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers and sugar cane. Another important industry is forestry, as this area is rich in teak, kahir, mahara, sisam and so on. Dadra and Naga Haveli’s main exports comprise rubber foam and timber, while it imports petrol, textiles and sugar.
The various tourist sites and attractions include:
• Vanganga Lake Garden (Dadra)
• Hirwavan Garden (Piparia) – this garden showcases water in all its splendour
• Tapovan Tourist Complex (Bindrabin)
• Water Sports Centre (Dudhani) – for bumper boats, speed boats, aqua bikes, canoes, kayaks and passenger boats, this is ideal for the entire family
• The Himaivan Health Resort (Kauncha) – a luxurious resort to revitalise and invigorate body and mind.
Here is tourism web site: http://www.dddnhtourism.com/
Here is goverment web site: http://www.dnh.nic.in/