Dungarpur

Dungarpur is one of the important Cities of the Vagad region in Rajasthan. The word Dungar means hills in the common language and hence the Dungarpur means the city of hills. Dungarpur has an interesting topography ranging from rugged and wild terrain in the north east to the fertile plains of the alluvial soil in the south west. This region was also the stronghold of the Bhils. It is built around the huge Gaibsagar Lake and is enclosed by lolling hills on three sides. Dungarpur means a 'Hill Town' was founded in 1282 A.D. by Rawal Veer Singh. 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 14th Oct. 1282 AD. The important tourist attractions in Dungarpur are Juna Palace and Udai Bilas Palace.

Udai Bilas Palace is a good example of the Rajput architecture with its intricately sculptured pillars and panels, impressive balconies, bracketed windows and marvellous panels. The Udai Bilas Place was built in the mid-19th century by Maharawal Udai Singh-II, by the bluish-grey sandstone. The Udai Bilas Palace has been now converted into a heritage hotel and still under the control of the royal family of Dungarpur and a royal residence. The other attractions include Temple of Shrinathji it is a famous temple which is dedicated to the Shrinathji. It lies on the banks of the Gaib Sagar Lake. Various lakes and forests in Dungarpur attract a large variety of migratory birds during the winters. In Dungarpur the important fair is celebrated as the Baneshwar Fair.
It take place in the month of February at Baneshwar, a small delta formed by the river Mahi and Soma which is located about 50 km from Dungarpur. It is a religious fair with traditional and simple rituals. It is one of the biggest and most important fair of the Bhils. 'Baneshwar' means the ‘master of the delta’ it is derived from the Shiva Linga kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. The tribal folks of Bhils assemble here from the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

How to reach

Airways
The Nearest airport is Dabok Airport. There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Dungarpur.

Railways
Dungarpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.

Roadways
You can easily get regular buses to Dungarpur from other major cities of the country.