Monday, June 11, 2012

Dadar Nagar Haveli

Dadar Nagar Haveli

Small is beautiful and so is Dadra & Nagar Haveli, It is love at first sight. The tall awesome trees, the rivers flowing past them, the green grass mingling with fields of darker green, and the distant hills dotting gently rolling hills. Whether it is the summer, which dries the land, or the southwest monsoon whipping the wind-swept trees and turning the land into an endless stretch of green, it won’t matter. You’ll love the serene and the calm land of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Many hands have ruled this quiet magical land of 72 villages. And the memory of these rulers still lingers on, for a century and a half, the fiery Portuguese were the masters of the land. When the land was liberated from their rule, it was taken over by the locals until it merged with the Indian Union. As a land it is not very large, only 491 sq. Kms. is covered with forests and woods, a heaven for the simple, colourful tribal folks. But as a place, it will stay on the margins of your mind.

Silva, in Portuguese means Woods. And this can be seen when you visit Silvassa, the tiny, sleepy capital township. Tall trees reaching for the heavens line the roads. Off the beaten track, little cottages back in the warm sun or lie in the shadows of the trees.

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