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Nestled in the foothills of the Aravallis, Dungarpur has an interesting topography, ranging from wild and rugged terrain in the northeast to fertile plains of the alluvial soil in the southwest. Two magnificent rivers – the Mahi and the Som flow through the area. While the former separates the district from banswara, the latter raws a natural boundary between the district and Udaipur.
The area is rich in teak, mahua, mango and khajur trees. Dungarpur is also noted for its wildlife variety-jackal, jungle cat, Indian fox, hyena, black faced monkey, porcupine, common mongooses are the common inhabitants. The commonly seen bird variety includes partridges, peafowl, quails, cuckoos, eagles and vultures. Various migratory birds also visit the area during winters.
Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture as seen in its places and noble residences. These royal residences are adorned by ‘jharokas’ 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 silversmiths are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing.
How to reach
By Air - Nearest Airport is in Udaipur (120 kms), Ahmedabad Airport is just 175 kms away.
Ry Rail - The closest railway station is located in Ratlam, which is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
By Road - National Highway No.8 which runs between Delhi and Bombay passes through the district for a total distance of 31 kms.
Places to see
Udai Bilas Palace
The royal residence named after Maharawal Udai Singh II, a patron of art & architecture, the palace is a veritable example of the Rajput architecture ornate with intricately sculptured pillars and panels, impressive balconies, bracketed windows and marvelous arches.
Gaib Sagar Lake
A famous shrine of Shrinathji lies along the lake. The shrine is a conglomeration of several exquisitely built temples with one main 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
The museum houses a fine collection of ancient statues.
Deo Somnath (24 km)
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 epitomizes the craftsmanship of the ancient time.
Baneshwar (60 kms)
At the confluence of the Som and Mahi rivers, stands the Baneshwar temple with a Shiva lingam.Nearby is the Vishnu temple, believed to be built on the sopt where mavji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, medicated. Another noteworthy temple is the Brahma temple – a spacious two storied structure with exquisitely carved pillars and gateways. The temple is the venue of an annual fair.
Baroda (41 km)
An erstwhile capital of Vagad, the village has some beautiful temples. Of particular note is the old Shiva temple in white stone and an ancient Jain temple whose black wall has exquisitely carved image of the 24 trithankaras.
Bhuvaneshwar (9 km)
A famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated here and is the venue of a colorful fair held on the fifth day after Holi. Gair dance by the Bhils is the major highlight of the fair.
Poonjpur (37 Km)
A beautiful temple dedicated to Mavji preserves the manuscript of a book – ‘Chopra’, written by Mavji and an idol of Nishkalank riding a horse.
Once the capital of Parmars, this tiny village is renowned for its magnificent shrine of Sayed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng here during the Urs. The shrine is beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion.The Jain temples closeby is also worth a visit.