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Dungarpur :: City Information

Dungarpur :: City Information

Best Travel Duration

October to February

History of Dungarpur

The district is named after the capital of the former princely 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 took over this part of the state from the Bhil Chieftain Dungaria and laid the foundation of the city as well as of the Old Palace on October 14, 1282 AD. Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture. The palaces of the Dungarpur princes and the residences of the noblemen are adorned by a new style of jharokhas, which was developed during Maha Rawal Shiv Singh's reign (AD 1730-1785).

Fairs & Festivals of Dungarpur

Baneshwar fair

About the 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 Baneshwar fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima.

Baneshwar fair in its present form is actually one of two fairs: one which used to be held in of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair, which started after the construction of the Vishnu Temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Activities

The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Cultural shows are arranged by youngsters of the clan. Groups of villagers are also invited to participate in the programme. The fair resounds with the gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings. The large number of shops in the fair provides an opportunity for buying and selling of essential goods and fancy articles.

Description: Baneshwar Fair

Baneshwar Fair

Places to Visit at Dungarpur

Udai Bilas palace

Description: Udai Bilas palace

The Udai Bilas palace was the royal residence named after Maha Rawal Udai Singh II, a patron of art and architecture. The palace is an example of the Rajput architecture characterized intricately sculptured pillars and panels, impressive balconies, bracketed windows, and marvelous arches.

Juna Mahal

 

The Juna Mahal is a 13th century seven storied structure resembling a fortress with 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.

Gaib Sagar Lake

 

The Gaib Sagar Lake is a famous shrine of Shri Nathji lying along the lake. The shrine is a collection of several exquisitely built temples with one main temple.

Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple

 

The Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural splendor and a fine example of craftsmanship of the shilpis of Dungarpur.

Govt. Archaeological Museum

 

Govt. Archaeological Museum houses a fine collection of ancient statues.

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How To Get To Dungarpur

By Air:

 

Udaipur (120 km) is the nearest airport, connected to Jodhpur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.

By Rail:

 

Dungarpur is connected to Udaipur and Ahmedabad by regular trains. The Railway station is three km from the city.

By Road:

National Highway No. 8, which runs between Delhi and Bombay, passes through the district for a total distance of 31 km. The Sirohi-Ratlam State Highway passes through the district too. There are regular buses for almost all the major cities in India.