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Old 10th March 2008, 13:13   #1
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Default Anybody been to Silvassa?

I have a day off on 21st of this month and wish to use the long weekend for a trip with wifey dear .

Was thinking of Silvassa as an option. Does anybody have any information about the place, how to get there etc?
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Infinitely preferable to:
a. wait post monsoon. it will be dry to the bone.

like twas:

Entrance of Dadra Nagar Haveli
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ba_Ride_01.jpg
Silvassa bridge
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ba_Ride_02.jpg

Silvassa
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ba_Ride_03.jpg

b. Dangs/Saputara trump it infinitely ANYDAY.
I mean only till silvassa. not been beyond, heard of amazing virgin forests, which I couldn't see much till silvassa tho. I liked the valsad - dharampur chokdi -wilson hill - vansda - ahwa/mahal/saputara-nashik-pune route.

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Silvassa is a fast drive on NH8 (North of Bombay). After getting into Gujarat, at Bhilad (around 15 kms before Vapi), turn right (good signages) to reach Silvassa. If you leave Pune early in the morning, you could reach Silvassa in 6-7 hours
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After getting into Gujarat, at Bhilad (around 15 kms before Vapi), turn right (good signages) to reach Silvassa. If you leave Pune early in the morning, you could reach Silvassa in 6-7 hours
The Bhilad route will take you through Khanvel which has a very nice lake and is a jungle area. It has a very good jungle lodge too. And driving for another 30 minutes gets you into Silvassa.

Another route could be when you drive up to Vapi and turn right under the main fly over - straight to Silvassa.

ps- if I was going, I would turn left from Vapi right to Daman.

Have fun and remember we need a report.
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Infinitely preferable to:
a. wait post monsoon. it will be dry to the bone.
so, not a good option this time of the year! damn, will have to look for another option now -:(
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The Bhilad route will take you through Khanvel which has a very nice lake and is a jungle area. It has a very good jungle lodge too. And driving for another 30 minutes gets you into Silvassa.

Another route could be when you drive up to Vapi and turn right under the main fly over - straight to Silvassa.

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There is a 3rd route also, this one totally offbeat. This is via Thane, Bhiwandi, Wada, VIkramgad, Jawhar to Silvassa. Goes through small roads through the jungle and absolutely no traffic.
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There is a 3rd route also, this one totally offbeat. This is via Thane, Bhiwandi, Wada, VIkramgad, Jawhar to Silvassa. Goes through small roads through the jungle and absolutely no traffic.
I think there is no bypass for Bhiwandi and I would not want to be stuck up in Bhiwandi traffic. The last time when I came through there, was held up for 2.5 hours

Thanks for the route, anyways!
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ps- if I was going, I would turn left from Vapi right to Daman.

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How I wish I could do that as well . but with wifey around, chances are bleak. hehe
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I think there is no bypass for Bhiwandi and I would not want to be stuck up in Bhiwandi traffic. The last time when I came through there, was held up for 2.5 hours

Thanks for the route, anyways!
2.5 hours only... you were lucky, dude. I have been stuck there twice, once for 12 hours and once for 7 hours. All due to insensitive drivers who simply choose the opposite lane in case of traffic in their own lanes!
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2.5 hours only... you were lucky, dude. I have been stuck there twice, once for 12 hours and once for 7 hours. All due to insensitive drivers who simply choose the opposite lane in case of traffic in their own lanes!
Oh my gawd! the 2.5 hours were frustrating for me because it was the last day of my 4300 kms trip and I was heading back to Pune. You are right, the bridge just before you enter the Thane city is the main culprit.

I dare not venture that road ever.
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Silvassa is a great weekend getaway, especially if nature is your thing. The drive boasts excellent roads (last I checked). Just make sure you plan your trip well....places to visit, hotel etc.

Here are two pictures from one of my trips to Silvassa. Can you rent / borrow a 4x4? Trust me, that place is mega off-roading territory.

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@GTO, off-roading is not my forte, sadly. Lovely pictures!
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I have a day off on 21st of this month
Oye! Everyone else also has a day off on 21st on account of good friday. Even I am on the lookout for a weekend getaway. With the summer starting, hill stations are ruled out. Do you think Harnai beach would be a good option?
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Dangs is something I'm overly biased towards. Here is an old trip pics set:
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