Practical Information in Silvassa

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Silvassa is the economic center of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and has numerous factories and thriving industries. It is situated on the River Daman Ganga, about 25 kilometers from the Arabian Sea. Below is some Silvassa practical information for anyone planning on visiting this city.

Visas

To visit Silvassa, those who are not citizens of India need to acquire visas. There are several different types of visas for tourists, students or business purposes, so mnake sure you're applying for the appropriate one. Go to the Indian Embassy or a nearby Indian Consulate to inquire about your visa application. You can also contact these offices through the mail, but this will take longer.

Demographics

As of 2006, the population of Silvassa was 27,359. Men constitute 57.5 percent of the population, and women make up 42.5 percent. 75 percent of the city is literate, which is higher than the national average of 68 percent.

Languages

The main languages spoken here are Marathi and Gujarati, but the language you will hear spoken here is a mix of the two called Warli. There are also some Christians residing in Silvassa who speak Portuguese.

Getting to Silvassa

Gujarat airways offers flights to the Daman Airport from Baroda and Mumbai. If you are planning your trip through rail, the nearest railway station to Silvassa is Vapi, on the Mumbai, Ahemdabad railway line. There is also a bus service that can get you to Silvassa from other cities in India.

Places to visit

The Tribal Cultural Museum displays the ethnic tribal culture of Silvassa. The museum has puppets and dolls, ornaments, and fishing and hunting devices demonstrating facets of tribal life.

Vanganga Lake, the Island Garden, Hirva Van, and Khanvel are also famous places to visit in Silvassa. These locales are enriched with greenery all around. Another special place to visit is the Church of Lady of Piety. Built in 1889, this is one of the oldest churches in India.

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March 27, 2010 new by nik.singh31

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