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Silvassa, the political seat of Dadra and Nagar Haveli

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Silvassa is a small yet upcoming city, situated in the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. In fact, the city is the capital of the union territory and thus, is the home to all political judicial bodies. It is situated between two influential states, namely Gujarat and Maharashtra. The city and the union territory is the home of the Warli tribe, which are the original natives of the region. The tribe in particular is famous of its unique and beautiful painting style. Besides, they are also popular for the palm leaf mats, bamboo crafts, and rich culture. Meanwhile, today being the centre of administration, the city is an imperative significant city. Additionally, the city is also quickly becoming the centre of commerce, education, healthcare, and industrialization.


The contemporary Silvassa is the epicenter of education. The increasing number of educational institutions and colleges in the city consolidates the fact. Out of these some of the most significant ones include: SSR College of Education, BAPS Institute of Information Technology, and Silvassa Polytechnic college of Engineering, etc. Other than that, presently the city is one of the prime centers of industrialization in the region. In order to develop the city infrastructure, the government made the city tax-free to the industries at the initial ages, because of this, a number of industries were established, and today there are all sorts of companies and industries in the city.
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The good thing is that Silvassa is easy to access. The city is in close proximity and well-connected to a couple of cities including Vapi, Bhilad, Daman, Mumbai, and Surat etc. The nearest railway stations are in Vapi and Bhilad. They are 18 km and 12 km away respectively. There are some good hotels in Silvassa that offer transportation facility to the railway stations. Additionally, Mumbai has the nearest airport to the city. In the meantime, Silvassa is also growing in the domain of tourism. The city consists of beautiful greenery capped landscapes that are home to multiple waterfalls, small cliffs, viewpoints, and dense and varied flora and fauna. Plus, the city is also bestowed by a rich past where the colonial Portuguese play a major role. Silvassa became the administrative seat of the Portuguese in the year 1885 when they moved their administrative headquarters from Dadra to the city. Before that, the city was a cluster of small villages.

The city saw significant growth during the reign of the Portuguese, and also received a number of constructions of churches, synagogues, and colonies. Today, these old remnants, churches, and other testaments are major constituents of the city’s tourism. Other than that, the city is one fine place to explore and learn about the tribal culture and tribal life of India. The Tribal Museum of the city is a must visit. It exhibits a realistic feel of tribal culture through a collection of masks, jewelry, musical instruments, knitwear, and hunting tools. The museum is one of the prime attractions of the city. The good thing is that it is well-connected to the city commerce centre, where also exist the most number of budget hotels in Silvassa.

Additionally, the other popular places of interest in Silvassa include: Hirwa Van Garden, Our Lady of Piety, Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple,Tribal Museum, Vanganga Lake Garden, Island Garden Silvassa, Khanvel, Vanvihar Tourist Complex, Vasona Lion Safari, and Tapovan Tourist Complex.
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About the author: Atul Chaudhary is a travel enthusiast and passionate travel writer for an online travel search engine in India.

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