Dungarpur - Quick Facts

Area: 55.76 sq. kms

Population: 50,000

Altitude: 225m

Rainfall: 47-76 cm

Climate: Summer (35 °C Min to 45 °C) | Winter (5°C to 20°C)

Clothing: Summer - Light Tropical’s | Winter - Light Woolens

Season: Winter - Oct. to March | Summer - April to June

Language: Rajasthani, Hindi & English

Best Time to visit: Nov-Mar



Dungarpur district is the stronghold of the Bheels, a tribe whose history of occupancy in the Aravalli range is said to date back to 4000 BC Founded in 1197.
The rulers of Dungarpur claim descent from the Rajput house of Mewar. The first rulers of Dungarpur were Kunwar Mahap and his descendants who resided in the town of Galiankot, where their ruined castle still stands. Towards the end of the 12th century, Samant Singh, the eldest son of the ruler of Mewar, had to leave Mewar in favor of his younger brother Kumar Singh.
Samant Singh drifted into the hilly area of Bagar and, within the next century, Samant Singh's successors controlled the whole province of Bagar. Rawal Udai Singh of Bagar was killed at the battle of Khanua in 1527, fighting for Mewar against Mughal Emperor Babur. His territory was thereafter divided between his two sons, forming two separate states.
Prithvi Raj remained in Dungarpur while his brother Jagmal Singh became independent ruler of Banswara.

By Air
Nearest airport is Udaipur 110 kms.

By Train
Rail Nearest railway station is in Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) 80 kms connected with all the major cities of the country.

By Road
Dungarpur is approachable by road from Udaipur 110 kms.

Udai the Royal Residence
Named after Maharawal Udai Singh - II, a patron of art and architecture, is a veritable example of Rajput architecture, ornate with intricately sculptured pillars and panels. Impressive balconies, bracketed windows and marvelous arches add to its beauty.

Juna Mahal
The 13th century seven storied structure resembling a fortress has crenellated walls, turrets, narrow entrance and corridors to slow down the enemy. The splendid interiors embellished with beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings, a glass and mirror work, make it an impressive creation.

Gaib Sagar Lake
The most famous shrine of Dungarpur is the Shrinathji temple located on the bank of the Gaib Sagar Lake. It is a conglomeration of several small and medium sized temples with one main temple, all massive and strongly built. The latest architectural glory in marble is the Vijay Raj Rajeshwar temple dedicated to lord Shiva. It is beautifully carved in the typical Dungarpur style. The Government Archeological Museum with its fine collection of old statues is worth a visit.

Baneshwar 60 kms
The Baneshwar temple, a Shivalinga temple, is situated on a delta formed by the confluence of rivers Som and Mahi. Nearby is a Vishnu temple, believed to be built on the spot where the incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mavaji had spent his time in meditation and devotion. There is also a beautiful temple of Brahma which has a spacious two storeyed building and exquisite carving on pillars and doors. A big fair is held here annually.

Dev Somnath 24 kms
On the banks of the Som River is a beautiful 12th century old Shiva temple. Built in white stone, the temple has imposing turrets. The juxtaposition of huge slabs of stone, both vertically and horizontally reflect the skill and workmanship of the architects in those days.

Galiyakot 58 kms
Once the capital of the Parmars, this is a small village with an important shrine of Syed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng this place for the annual URS, held from the 27th day of Muharram. During this time the shrine is tastefully decorated and illuminated. The Jain temples in the vicinity are also interesting.

Poonjpur
Poonjpur is situated 37 kms from Dungarpur. It is renowned for an exquisite temple dedicated to Mavji. The temple houses an idol of Nishkalank riding a horse, along with the manuscript of Chopra, a book written by Mavji.

Baroda
A former capital of Vagad, Baroda lies 41 kms from Dungarpur. This village is renowned for some beautiful temples of Rajput architecture. The most remarkable ones include the ancient Shiva temple in white stone, along with an old Jain temple, dedicated mainly to Parsvanath. The temple is adorned with elegantly carved image of the 24 Jain Thirthankara on its black wall.

Boreshwar
The temple of Boreshwar Mahadeo is situated at a distance of 83 kms from Dungarpur near village Solaj in Aspur tehsil and belongs to 1179 A.D.

Bhuvaneshwar
Bhuvaneshwar, a temple of Lord Shiva, is situated 09 kms from Dungarpur. A fair is organized here on the fifth day after Holi, with the focal point being the Gair dance by Bhil tribal.


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