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Rawal Veer Singh founded Dungarpur in the year 1282 AD after taking over from Bhil tribal Chief, Dungaria. Dungarpur is situated in the foothills of Aravallis and has a varied terrain ranging from wild and rugged to fertile plains of alluvial soil. Dungarpur is widely known for wildlife varieties like Jackal, Jungle Cat, Indian Fox, Hyena, Black Faced Monkey, Porcupine and Common Mongoose. The birds that are commonly visible in this region are Partridges, Peafowls, quails, Cuckoos, Eagles and Vultures. A few varieties of migratory birds also come to this place during winter season. Teak, Mahua, Mango and Khajur are commonly found here. Two magnificent rivers namely Mahi and Som flow through this region separating it from the cities of Banswara and Udaipur.

It is believed that during the reign of Maharawal Veer Singh Dev, the sixth descendant of Sawant Singh of Mewar, the area of the present Dungarpur was under a powerful Bhil tribal chief, Dungaria. Dungaria aspired to marry the daughter of a wealthy Mahajan name Sala Shah. Sala Shah fixed a distant date for the wedding and, in the meantime, conspired with Veer Singh to assassinate the whole marriage party including Dungaria while they were intoxicated. After the assassination, Rawal Veer Singh took over the possession of the entire area and founded the town of Dungarpur. The name Dungarpur was given to the new town as Rawal Veer Singh had promised the two widows of Dungaria that the new name of the town would be after the name of Dungaria. He also erected a monument in the honor of Dungaria. He further announced that in future, at the time of taking over of the new ruler, a descendant of Dungaria would put the 'Tilak' on the forehead of the ruler from the blood drawn from his finger.

Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture as seen in its palaces and noble residences. These royal residences are decked by 'jharokhas' made up of 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 silver smiths are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing.

Baneshwar Fair
This name Baneshwar meaning delta was taken from the venerated Shivlinga kept in the Mahadev temple at Dungarpur. Every year this fair is organized at the place where the rivers Som and Mahi form a delta and the time of the fair is from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima every year. More About Baneshwar Fair

Juna Mahal: One of the main tourist attractions of Dungarpur is the Juna Mahal. It is a seven-storied structure that resembles a fortress, dating back to the 13th century. Crenulated walls, towers, narrow access ways and passages were built in this fortress to impede the enemy. Adorning the interiors of the Mahal are beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings and exquisite glass and mirror work. The royal family of Dungarpur still resides inside the palace.

Udai Bilas Palace: Maharwal Udai Singh II built this palace to serve as the royal residence. The palace, a magnificent example of Rajput architecture, is adorned with sculpted pillars and panels, balconies and spectacular arches

Gaib Sagar Lake: The famous places to see in Dungarpur include the Gaib Sagar Lake. Set amongst scenic environs, the lake is a bird watcher's paradise. The picturesque surroundings of the lake house numerous species of birds. Also situated along the lake is a famous Shrinathji temple. The temple complex has a number of beautifully built shrines inside it, with one being the main temple. One of them is the Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre: Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre, Dungarpur" was opened to the general public in the year 1988. The museum has a beautifully sculpture gallery that brings to fore the history of Vagad Pradesh, which spreads over present day Dungarpur, Banswara and Kherwara

Climate

The climate of Dungarpur is dry and summer season is extremely hot. The temperature ranges from 41'C to 45'C in the month of May itself. The coldest month here is January with a minimum night temperature of 5'C. The district receives scanty rainfall with an average of 710mm annually.

How to Reach Dungarpur

By Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur, approx 110 Km from Dungarpur.

By Train: The nearest railway station from Dungarpur is Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh), which is 80 km away and connected to major cities and towns of the country.

By Road: A network of roads connects Dungarpur to cities and towns of Rajasthan and North India. State transport as well as private bus service is easily available for different cities and towns.

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