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Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Location of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Coordinates 20°16′N 73°01′E / 20.27°N 73.02°E / 20.27; 73.02
Country  India
District(s) 1
Established 1961-08-11
Capital Silvassa
Administrator Shri Satya Gopal, IAS
220451 (5th)
453 /km2 (1,173 /sq mi)
Official languages Marathi, Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area 487 km2 (188 sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 IN-DN
Seal of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
For the Indian musical form, see Dadra.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Gujarati: દાદરા અને નગર હવેલી, Marathi: दादरा आणि नगर हवेली, Hindi: दादर और नगर हवेली, is a Union Territory in western India. Nagar Haveli is wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat, whereas Dadra is an enclave lying a few kilometres north of Nagar Haveli in Gujarat. Its capital is Silvassa.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli are in the watershed of the Daman Ganga River, which flows through the territory. The towns of Dadra and Silvassa both lie on the north bank of the river. The Western Ghats range rises to the east, and the foothills of the range occupy the eastern portion of the district. The territory is landlocked, although the Arabian Sea coast lies just to the west in Gujarat.

The major spoken languages in the territory are Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati.[1]




Portuguese Era

In 1783, Nagar-Aveli was given to the Portuguese as a compensation for the sinking of a Portuguese ship by the Maratha navy. Then, in 1785 the Portuguese purchased Dadra. It was administered by the Portuguese Governor of Daman till 1954.

Liberation of Dadra and Nagar Haveli

After India attained Independence in 1947, the residents of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, with the help of volunteers of organisations like the United Front of Goans (UFG), the National Movement Liberation Organisation (NMLO) and the Azad Gomantak Dal liberated the territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli from Portuguese rule in 1954[2].

Integration into India

Old map of the territory.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli became, in the eyes of international law, an independent country.[citation needed] The residents of the colony requested the Government of India for administrative help. Mr. K.G. Badlani, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was sent as the administrator.

From 1954 to 1961, the territory was administered by a body called the Varishta Panchayat of Free Dadra and Nagar Haveli.[3][4]

In 1961 when Indian forces took over Goa, Daman, and Diu, Mr. Badlani was, for one day, designated the Prime Minister of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, so that, as Head of State, he could sign an agreement with the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and formally merge Dadra and Nagar Haveli with the Republic of India.


A Lieutenant Governor administers the territory, which covers an area of 188 sq mi or 487 km² and consists of two talukas:

Dadra is the headquarters of Dadra taluka, comprising Dadra town and two other villages. Silvassa is the headquarters of Nagar Haveli taluka, comprising Silvassa town and 68 other villages.


Dadra and Nagar Haveli's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $218 million in current prices.

Manufacturing is the main economy in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as the taxes are low.[6]


  1. ^ Dadra Nagar Haveli tourism
  2. ^ P S Lele, Dadra and Nagar Haveli: past and present, Published by Usha P. Lele, 1987,
  3. ^ Constitution of India, 10th Amendment
  4. ^ Umaji Keshao Meshram & Ors v. Radhikabhai w/o Anandrao Banapurkar AIR 1986 SC 1272: this judgment mentions the Administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli in this period
  5. ^ "Census Population" (PDF). Census of India. Ministry of Finance India. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  6. ^ Industries in Dadar and Nagar Haveli

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : South Asia : India : Western India : Dadra and Nagar Haveli

The enclave of Dadra and Nagar Haveli [1] is a tiny union territory in Western India wedged between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The two regions - Dadra and Nagar Haveli are separated from each other by a few kilometers. Both lie on the West coast, at the mouth of the Daman Ganga river.

  • Silvassa
  • Dadra


The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a small piece of land wedged between the Maharashtra and Gujarat. Until 1954, this area was under the Portuguese colonial rule. Between 1954 and 1961, it was self-governing. On its integration with the Indian Union in 1961, Silvassa was made its capital.

It is less than 500 sq. km. in size, covered with tall trees and winding rivers. The hospitable, kind, unselfish native tribals have their own customs, dances and rituals which are quite fascinating. The territory enjoys a very pleasant climate from November to March, which is actually the best time for a visit. Temperatures during summer are comfortable both even during the day due to its proximity to the sea.

Get in

By plane

Mumbai has the nearest airport.

By car

Dadra and Nagar Haveli almost touches the National Highway 8 between Mumbai and Delhi.Silvassa is about 14 kms, from Bhilad and Vapi.

By train

The nearest railway stations are Bhilad & Vapi, about 14 km & 18 km respectively from Silvassa, and are on the Western Railways.


Tourist Spots to be seen in and around Silvassa town are Children's Park, Tribal Museum, Ram Temple, Balaji Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Church, Van Dhara Garden, Hirva Van Garden (both these gardens are near the river). Vanganga Garden is located in village Dadra, this garden has facility of boating. There is Madhuban Dam situated on the river Daman Ganga. Going southwards, approximately 18 km from Silvassa a small village called Bindrabin (in local dialect), some call it Vrundavan is Temple of Lord Shiva.


There really isn't any order of things that you can do. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, Silvassa is the place for you. You can be holed up in any one of the many resorts in Silvassa and surrounding areas, but you let yourself loose only in the lush green sights of the surrounding flora and fauna.

  • Portuguese Church
  • Tribal Museum
  • Local Gardens(if you'd like)
  • Madhuban Dam Guest House - Magnificent view!
  • Lion Safari on way to Khavel.
  • Khanvel Gardens
  • Dudhni Watersports! Try out the local cuisine of Desi Chicken.
  • Local wadapaav
  • BhelPuri/PaaniPuri at Dadra gardens.

Stay safe

Damanganga valley resort

Private Sector Accommodation Hotel Ras Resorts, Naroli Road, Silvassa Kamat Silvassa Resort, Naroli Road, Silvassa Hotel Woodland, Near Bus Station, Silvassa Hotel Woodland Inn, Near Bus Station, Silvassa Hotel Ritz, Near Bus Station, Silvassa Hotel Dan Tourist, Tokarkhada, Silvassa

Water Sport & Tourist Complex, Dudhni


Himai Van Health Resort Kauncha


Aquaserene Tourist Complex, Dudhni


Tapovan Tourist Complex, Bindrabin, Khanvel


Luhari Tourist Complex, Luhari


P.W.D. Guest House, Nr. Stadium Ground, Silvassa

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Dadra and Nagar Haveli


Dadra and Nagar Haveli

  1. Union territory in western India which has Silvassa as its capital.


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