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Dungarpur Travel Guide
Dungarpur is a city in the southernmost part of Rajasthan state of India. Dungarpur is the administrative headquarters of Dungarpur District. The rail line between Udaipur and Himatnagar in Gujarat runs through the town, shortest distance to the National Highway 8 from Dungapur town is 20 km.
Dungarpur district is the iron grip of the Bheels, a clan whose olden times of tenancy in the Aravalli array is said to record back to 4000 BC. Found in 1197. The rulers of Dungarpur position their succession from the Rajput abode of Mewar. The pioneer rulers of Dungarpur were Kunwar Mahap and his offspring who stayed in the town of Galiankot, where their "out of business" mansion still stands. Towards the climax of the 12th century, Samant Singh, the oldest son of the ruler of Mewar, had to vacate Mewar in goodwill of his brother Kumar Singh. Samant Singh skated into the mountainous area of Bagar and within the next century, Samant Singh's descendents controlled the whole region of Bagar. Rawal Udai Singh of Bagar was hewed at the battle of Khanua in 1527, combating for Mewar in opposition to Moghul Emperor Babur. His province was later separated between his two sons, forming two divided states. Prithvi Raj stayed back in Dungarpur while his sibling Jagmal Singh became autonomous ruler of Banswara.
The region is named after the capital of the previous royal state of Dungarpur. "Dungar" means a hill or a mountain and "pur" means a town, thus Dungarpur means a 'hill-town'.
Rawal Veer Singh Dev conquered this part of the state from the Bhil tribal chief Dungaria and laid the underpinning of the city as well as of the Old fortress on October 14, 1282 AD.
Dungarpur is celebrated for its exceptional fashion of structural design. The castle of the Dungarpur princes and the residences of the noblemen are adorned by a new fashion of jharokhas, which was urbanized throughout Maha Rawal Shiv Singh's supremacy (AD 1730-1785). The jewelers of Dungarpur and Banswara are well known for their polish painted toys and picture framing.
The name 'Baneshwar' has its origin from the honored Shivlinga, which is reserved in the Mahadev shrine in Dungarpur. Baneshwar means the 'Master of the Delta' in the neighboring Vagdi language and this name was awarded to the Shivlinga. The fair is organized at a small delta naturally created by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima.
A recently constructed museum named "Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre, Dungarpur" was surrendered to the public in 1988.
Gaib Sagar Lake
Set amidst the remarkably picturesque backdrop of Dungarpur, is the well-known Gaib Sagar Lake. It is the celebrated bird heaven, with foliage wrinkled on the trail of the lake.
Govt. Archaeological Museum
The statuette arcade of the museum illuminates the history of Vagad Pradesh that was extended over the current district of Dungarpur, Banswara and tehsil Kherwara of Udaipur district.
The 13th century seven storied construction reminds you of a castle with well designed parapets, turrets, narrow entrances and passage to slow down the enemy. The grand interiors overstated with good-looking frescos, small paintings and glass and mirror work, make it an impressive creation.
Udai Bilas palace
The imperial house nominated after Maharawal Udai Singh II, a supporter of art and architecture, the fortress is an authentic illustration of the Rajput structural designing ornate with delicately sculptured columns and sections, impressive balconies, bracketed casement and marvellous archway.
Urs - Galiyakot
Galiyakot is a small rural community of Tehsil Sagwara in Dungarpur District. It is situated on the banks of the watercourse Mahi and holds extraordinary worth for Dawoodi Bohras, a cult of the Ismaili Shia Muslims. They congregate at Galiyakot for 'ziyarat' (pilgrimage) at the monument of the respected saint, Sayyed Fakhruddin.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit would be in the months of October, November and December.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Nearest airport is Udaipur
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Ratlam of Madhya Pradesh (80 km) connected with all the major cities of the country.
Road: Dungarpur is well connected by road network. Dungarpur is approchable by road from Udaipur.
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