This union territory is made up of 4 geographical regions (1. Daman, 2. Diu, 3. Dadra and 4. Nagar Haveli), which come under the following 3 districts:
This union territory was created through the merger of 2 former Indian union territories - Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The proposal was made in July 2019 by the Indian government for better administration of these regions, and it came into effect in January 2020.
The official capital of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is Daman, a municipal council situated in Daman district of the union territory.
The most commonly spoken language in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is Gujarati.
Gujrati is largely spoken in all three districts under the union territory of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, but apart from this, Hindi and English are also well understood and spoken by locals.
The majority of the population in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is Hindu, followed by Christians and Muslims.
Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu are known for their glorious past and rich culture. Their culture is a blend of Indian and Portuguese culture (as these areas were once under the Portuguese empire’s rule/Portuguese India, and some of their influence has settled here). So, the customs, rituals and traditions of this territory’s’ people are Indian laced with some Portuguese traditions.
The union territory is home to many tribes such as: Kokna, Warli, Koli, Dhodia, Kathodi, Siddi, Naika and Dublas. Each of these tribes have their own traditions and beliefs and their practices are also a lot different from each other.
Dance and music are a big part of people’s lives in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, and the performances during tribal festivals and fairs here are a must-see! While Dadra & Nagar Haveli district is famous for Tarpha Nach and Mask dances, Daman & Diu districts are known for their Portuguese folk dances such as Mando dance, Verdigao dance and Vira dance – these are a colourful and unique presentation with themes based on festivity, eating, singing and drinking.
For travel within cities, the union territory has modes like rickshaws, buses and private (or rented) vehicles. For travel to other cities from Daman, Diu, Dadra or Nagar Haveli, these are some options:
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu is known for its exotic cuisine of the tribes here. Some dishes are inspired by the neighboring state of Gujrat, and others dishes are local to each region/district, and most of these involve using lots of pulses, and vegetables like wild mushrooms and bamboo shoots (especially in Dadra & Nagar Haveli).
While vegetarian food is predominant in the region of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu is known for its sea food – mainly lobster, crabs and fish. The cuisine in Daman and Diu is partly Goan and partly Gujrati influenced.
Some of the famous dishes in this union territory are:
The territories of Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman are Diu are known for their beautiful beaches, greenery, lakes, hilly surroundings, historic forts and churches.
Some of the must-visit places in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu are:
Daman offers many water sports and activities that are a must-try for adventure enthusiasts. These include: