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About Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Headquarters : Silvassa
Area : 491 sq km
Population : 3,42,853 (Census 2011)
Principal Languages : Gujarati and Hindi

Dadra and Nagar Haveli were formerly the two Portuguese enclaves in India. The territory is administrated through an Administrator.

The territory is surrounded by Gujarat and Maharashtra. It consists of two pockets—Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It consists of 72 villages.

79% of its population consists of tribals. Paddy, mango, chiku and bananas etc. are produced in the area.

Besides handicrafts, textiles, engineering, plastics, electronics, chenicals, pharmaceuticals etc. are produced at recently set-up industrial estates at Silvassil, Masat and Khadoli.

Agriculture : Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a predominantly rural area with about 79 per cent tribal population. It has about 21,115 hectares under cultivation. Major crop is paddy (Kharif) while Nagli and other hill millets are crops of the area. Among fruits Mango, Chiku and Banana, etc., are also produced. Forests cover 40 per cent of the total geographical area.

Transport : The Union Territory depends heavily on Maharashtra and Gujarat road network as the territory can be accessed only after crossing these two States from Mumbai. At present road length is about 635 km. out of which 570 km. is surfaced. Almost all villages are connected with all weather roads. The rail route from Mumbai to Ahmadabad links Vapi also. Mumbai is the nearest airport. Recently, the work of widening of roads in the Union Territory has been taken up to meet the requirement of increasing vehicular traffic.

Tourist Centres : Tourism sector has been assigned high priority, keeping in view the dense forest area and favourable climate. The prominent places of tourist interest are Tadekeshwar Shiva Mandir, Bindrabin, Deer Park at Khanvel, Vanganga Lake and Island Garden, Dadra, Vanvihar Udhyan Mini Zoo, Bal Udhyan, Tribal Museum, and Hirvavan Garden at Silvassa. To encourage tourism activities, some traditional and modern cultural activities like celebration of Tarpa Festival, Kite festival, World Tourism day, etc., are organised every year.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administration Official Website :


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