Dadar and Nagar Haveli

Dadar and Nagar Haveli

Dadar and Nagar Haveli Union Territory – What do you know about these two union territories?

Dadar and Nagar Haveli are two union territories in India that make up the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UTDH). It was established on 1 July 1954 after splitting from Portuguese India with an area of 7 km2. The territory comprises two separate geographical entities, each headed by a Chief Commissioner. The western enclave of Dadra forms part of the district of Daman and Diu, while the smaller eastern enclave of Nagar Haveli is attached to the Gujarat district of Bhavnagar.

A brief history

Dadra and Nagar Haveli comprises two small separate territories on either side of a narrow, uninhabited strip of land, known as ‘The Border’, at its northern end. The larger territory is located in western India (Gujarat) while its smaller counterpart is situated in eastern India (Uttar Pradesh). The larger area has been administered by Portugal since it annexed it from India in 1954, which means that neither India nor Portugal recognizes ‘The Border’. In 1961, the Portuguese administration ended when Dadra and Nagar Haveli were peacefully integrated into India.

Famous monuments

The Archaeological Survey of India, in its report for 2009-10, mentioned that work had begun to conserve some other major monuments in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. These included nine monuments from Silvassa, five from Chharwad, and one each from Bet Dwarka (Nagar) and Jambudi Island. Preliminary conservation techniques like removal of vegetation cover, and cleaning surface deposits from water bodies near monuments were carried out, ASI said. The first monument ASI worked on was Siddhi Vinayak Temple at Silvassa in May 2009.

How to reach Dadar and Nagar Haveli

Dadar and Nagar Haveli are located at a distance of 14 kilometers from each other. You can reach Dadar by air, rail, or road. You can go to Nagaur by air, rail or road. Apart from that, there is also a direct bus service between Dadra & Nagpur and Mumbai.