DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
Blissfully placed in the midst of the lush green vegetation, this prime Indian Union territory is untouched by the sense of commercialization. A calm walk in the morning mist nodding your head to the sweet melody of the birds, series of thick sky touching trees which guard as you stroll around makes your heart swell with pride. The land with exceptional beauty bestowed with healthy population of flora and fauna is peacefully tucked in between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Tribal dance, song, culture and the taste of the local cuisines will leave you speechless.
Dadra with plush greenery offers the best of the gardens and provides easy access to the other heavenly bliss. Island garden and Vanganga lake with boating facilities are best visited. Drive in to the Deer park and have a close interaction with the shy creatures. Dudhni with a glittering waterfall and tranquil lake is an offbeat cool destination which is filled with loads of fun activities like speed boat ride, trekking, nature trial etc is aptly suited to hang out with friends. History lovers can head to the Silvassa tribal museum and have a look at the hunting tools, jewellery, tribal art, paintings and the cooking vessels used by tribals in their day to day life.
Safari organized by the forest department at the Vasona Lion reserve is ideal to get a good view of the mighty carnivore in its natural form. If you are running on a good budget then a night stay at the forest cottages in Luhari is highly recommended. Next morning you can trek out to the encompassing green trails and pay a visit to the sanctuary. Trip to Kauncha and Satmalia paints vibrant memories for lifetime. A visit to Tadkeshwar Mahadev temple and Lady of Piety church will engross spiritual seekers in an ocean of calmness.
Good number of private and government owned lodging facilities are available to suit the budget of travelers from low to high end classes.
HOW TO REACH
Mumbai about 120 kms from Silvassa has the closest airport. Cabs and buses also connect Mumbai with Dadra. Trains are available from Vapi which is about 20 kms from Silvassa.