Get a break from the crowded tourist places and visit an untouched beauty Dadra and Nagar Haveli. A Union Territory by the status, DNH assimilates never seen before spellbinding views and fascinating destinations. A tour to Dadra and Nagar Haveli will be a kaleidoscopic journey comprising the colors of the Portugal era, the hues of tribal culture, the influence of the adjoining states, and the beauty of lush forests and diverse topographies.
The medieval history of Dadra and Nagar Haveli connects it to the Marathi rule, which subsequently got taken over by the Portuguese around the 18th century. In 1961 it was assimilated into the Republic of India and has been a Union Territory since then with Silvassa as its capital. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is spread in an area of 490 square kilometers and has 72 villages in its administration.
The culture of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a fusion of mainstream cultures and tribal culture. Mainstream festivals like Ganesha Chaturthi, Navratri, Makar Sankranti, Christmas, Id-E-Milad, and Pateti are celebrated with similar enthusiasm as in the rest of the country. Many tribal communities like, Dublas, Koli, Kathodi, Kokana, Naika, and Varlies that once lived here, still reside in the UT and have preserved their festivals and traditions. Some popular tribal festivals are Tarpa Festival, Divasol, Akhatrij, Nariyeli Purnima, and Monsoon Magic Festival.
Many tribal dance forms are also performed on special occasions. The most renowned among them are Bhawada Dance - a mask dance presented by Kokna tribesmen, Tarpa Dance - performed by Koli and Varli tribe, Tur and Thali Dance - performed at marriages by Dublas, and Dhodis tribe, and Gheria Dance - presented by Dubla tribe.
The art and craft of DNH involve handcrafted bamboo baskets, leather items, and bamboo mats, and carving on tortoiseshell and ivory. Besides these gifting cum souvenir items, another art form that attracts tourists is Warli painting. These paintings are a significant part of local marriages as people believe that they possess divine powers.
The flavor of the local tribal cuisine dominates the platter here. The authentic tribal cuisine comprising dishes made with bamboo shoots, wild mushrooms, locally available herbs/spices, pulses, and vegetables is simply divine. Fish and crabs too are commonly served at restaurants in Silvassa. In addition to this, some must-try dishes are Ubadiyu, Doodh Pak, Gamthi Chicken, Chickpea Cake, and Khaman. Tourists can also relish other multiple cuisines such as Continental, Chinese, North Indian, Parsi, Gujarati, and Mughalai.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is an offbeat destination that might not be crowded by crazy tourists but its landmark structures and sites make it worth capturing in your camera. A visit to these unexplored wonders of Dadra and Nagar Haveli will rejuvenate your senses and will make you fall in love with this beautiful Union Territory.