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Dungarpur

Nestled in the foot hills of the Aravallis, Dungarpur has an interesting topography, ranging from wild and rugged terrain in the north-east to fertile plains of alluvial soil in the south-west. Two magnificent rivers - the Mahi and the Som flow through the area. While the former separates the district from Banswara, the latter draws a natural boundary between the district and Udaipur

Dungarpur was founded in 1282 AD by Rawal Veer Singh.- when he took over this part of the state from the Bhil Chieftain, Dungaria.
The area is rich in Teak, Mahua, Mango and Khajur trees. Dungarpur is also noted for its wildlife varieties such as Jackal, Jungle Cat, Indian Fox, Hyena, Black Faced Monkey, Porcupine, Common Mongoose are the common inhabitants. The commonly seen bird variety includes Partridges, Peafowls, Quails, Cuckoos, Eagles and Vultures. Various migratory birds also visit the area during the winters.

Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture as seen in its palaces and noble residences. These royal residences are adorned by 'jharokhas' built in stone in a unique style typical of the area, developed during the reign of Maharawal Shiv Singh (1730-1785 A.D.) The district's gold and silver smiths are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing.

Prime Attractions of Dungarpur

Baneshwar Fair
The name 'Baneshwar' is derived from the revered Shivlinga, which is kept in the Mahadev Temple in Dungarpur. Baneshwar means the 'Master of the Delta' in the local Vagdi language and this name was given to the Shivlinga. The fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima.
Dungarpur Museum
A newly constructed museum named "Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre, Dungarpur" was opened to the public in 1988.
Gaib Sagar Lake
Set amidst the strikingly scenic locale of Dungarpur, is the famous Gaib Sagar Lake. It is the famous bird paradise, with trees lined on the pathway of the lake.
Govt. Archaeological Museum
A newly constructed museum named "Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre, Dungarpur" was opened to the public in 1988.The sculpture gallery of the museum throws light on the history of Vagad Pradesh that was spread over the present areas of Dungarpur, Banswara and tehsil Kherwara of Udaipur district.
Juna Mahal
The 13th century seven storeyed structure resembles a fortress with crenellated walls, turrets, narrow entrances and corridors to slow down the enemy. The splendid interiors embellished with beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings and glass and mirror work, make it an impressive creation.
Udai Bilas palace
The royal residence named after Maharawal Udai Singh II, a patron of art and architecture, the palace is a veritable example of the Rajput architecture ornate with intricately sculptured pillars and panels, impressive balconies, bracketed windows and marvellous arches.
Urs - Galiyakot
Galiyakot is a small village of Tehsil Sagwara in Dungarpur District. It is located on the banks of the river Mahi and holds special significance for Dawoodi Bohras, a sect of the Ismaili Shia Muslims. They converge at Galiyakot for 'ziyarat' (pilgrimage) at the memorial of the revered saint, Sayyed Fakhruddin.

Excursions from Dungarpur

Baneshwar Temple
(60Km.)
At the confluence of the Som and Mahi rivers, stands the Baneshwar Temple with 3 Shivlingas. Nearby is the Vishnu temple, believed to be built on the spot where Mavji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, meditated. Another noteworthy temple is the Brahma temple - a spacious two storeyed structure with exquisitely carved pillars and gateways. The temple is the venue of an annual fair.
Baroda (Dungarpur)
(41Km.)
An erstwhile capital of Vagad, the village has some beautiful temples. Of particular note are the old Shiva temple in white stone and an ancient Jain temple whose black wall has exquisitely carved image of the 24 Tirthankaras.
Bhuvaneshwar Temple
(9Km.)
A famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated here and is the venue of a colourful fair held on the fifth day after Holi. Gair dance by the Bhils is the major highlight of the fair.
Deo Somnath
(24Km.)
A splendid 12th century temple of Lord Shiva built in white stone, the temple has imposing turrets. The brilliant juxtaposition of huge stone slabs to create this impressive edifice epitomises the craftsmanship of the ancient time.
Galiyakot
(58Km.)
Once the capital of Parmars, this tiny village is renowned for its magnificient shrine of Sayed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng here during the Urs. The shrine is beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion. The Jain temple close by are also worth a visit.
Poonjpur
(37Km.)
A beautiful temple dedicated to Mavji preserves the manuscript of 3 books - 'Chopra', written by Mavji and an idol of Nishkalank riding a horse.

Fairs & Festivals - Dungarpur

Holi: Gair dances by tribals wearing colourful dresses and carrying swords, arrows and sticks are the major attraction.

Baneshwar Fair: On the full moon day - Magh Shukla Purnima (February), thousands of Bhils from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan gather at the confluence of the Mahi and Som rivers for a sacred dip. It is an occasion to worship, sing and dance. Magic shows and acrobatic displays add interest to the celebrations. more...

Bar Bij Fair: Held a month after Diwali on the occasion of Bar Bij, it is an important celebration of the district. The Bhils in their traditional finery, dance, sing and make merry.

Climate - Dungarpur

Summer
43°C
26°C
Winter
25°C
9°C
Rainfall
47-76 cms.

General Information - Dungarpur

Location
120-km From Udaipur, Rajasthan
Best Time
October-February
Area
3870-sq-kms

Clothing - Dungarpur

Summer
Light Tropical
Winter
Light Woolen

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