In the last few decades, the Dang forest has become a tourist destination known for its hills and waterfalls. But most tourists know very little about the local Dangi people and their rich culture. Dang is Gujarat's biggest tribal district, and the Dangi tribes celebrate unique festivals and customs, ranging from Dungardev, where tribesmen perform brilliant acrobatic dances, to Dang Darbar, a 150-year-old ritual, where India's only 5 hereditary kings are celebrated.
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Dang is a tribal district located in the South Gujarat region of India and spread across 311 villages, with a population of approximately 2.3 lakhs (as of 2011). The Dangs collectively refers to the indigenous tribes of the district, including the Bhil, Kukna, and Warli.
The Dang district is known for its dense teak forests, and is home to four rivers: Purna, Ambika, Gira, and Kharpi. Most of Dang’s tribespeople earn through agriculture, although some have migrated to bigger cities for jobs.
Dang also hosts India’s only remaining hereditary royals - the five Bhil Kings, who are revered and celebrated annually in a festival known as Dang Darbar.
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