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  • Dahanu Festival 2.0: Celebrating Coastal Maharashtra’s Vibrant Culture and Commerce

    Published on February 15, 2024

     Dahanu : After the resounding success of the 1st Dahanu festival, which witnessed over 1.5 lac + footfall and 1.5 cr+ economic movements via shopping, food, and activities now get set to explore picturesque coastal Maharashtra as the Dahanu Festival 2.0 is now around the corner. The Sea View Park at Dahanu Beach will host the annual event on February 23rd, 24th, and 25th, with free entry for all visitors. Conceptualized to promote Dahanu as an excellent off-beat yet easily accessible beach holiday destination and to promote local art culture and local entrepreneurship, the annual festival is organized collaboratively by the Government of Maharashtra, the local government bodies, and the Dahanu Municipal Council.

    Dahanu is a peaceful coastal town with almost two thousand years of history situated in the north Konkan belt of the Maharashtra-Gujrat border in the Palghar district. The Iranian and Persian cultures add a touch of oomph to Dahanu. Dahanu is just 2.5 hours drive from Mumbai, Nashik, and Surat. With good connectivity options from all major regional cities, Dahanu has retained its relaxed environs, coastal culture, and natural beauty and has 17km of beautiful beach spread around it. It is one of the major towns in the belt and is also renowned for its Chikoo farming. Not to forget the Warli culture, paintings, and art of the Warli tribe, which is what Dahanu is associated with.

    Mr. Vaibhav Aware, Chief Officer of Dahanu Nagar Parishad, said, “Dahanu has excellent potential for beach tourism, for people to explore local culture, art, and craft, and for people to indulge in water sports. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as aero sports, water sports, and horse riding on the beach and visit fisherman’s villages to get a first-hand experience of the coastal rural lifestyle in Maharashtra. The town is already a popular choice for people looking for a weekend getaway from Mumbai, and we are now aiming to leverage the Dahanu festival to promote it nationally.”

    Furthermore, Abhijit Deshmukh, Tehsildar of Dahanu, said, “Dahanu is a wonderful place for tourists to visit and explore. Depending on one’s preference, it is perfect for a weekend visit or even a relaxed staycation. All amenities are available for people, and we have train and road connectivity to all big cities in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Delhi. We welcome visitors from all parts of the country, and even from other countries, to come and explore the wonderful ambience of this place during the Dahanu festival 2.0 and throughout the year.”

    The Dahanu festival boasts diverse attractions, making it a truly enriching experience for attendees. Among its major highlights are engaging workshops on pottery and painting, providing an opportunity for artistic expression and skill development. The festival also features captivating art displays and exhibitions, showcasing the creativity of local and visiting artists. For thrill-seekers, there are exhilarating water sports and aero sports.

    The event includes a mesmerizing sand art display and a helicopter air show conducted by coast guards. Horse beach racing will be thrilling for those with a penchant for equestrian pursuits. The festival extends beyond the immediate venue with off-site activities such as star gazing, farm visits, night camping, and explorations of fisherman’s villages, ensuring a well-rounded and memorable experience for all participants.

    Visitors planning a trip to the Dahanu festival can either drive down to Dahanu by road, as it is entirely accessible by road or reach the venue via train by getting off at Dahanu station. One can easily reach the destination via local autos. Various farm stays and local restaurants are open for booking, and one can make the bookings online right away to avoid a last-minute rush. Dahanu Festival is a highly anticipated event that promises to be a fantastic weekend getaway for tourists and locals alike. It’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed!

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