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Introduction of Banswara

Banswara is presently known as the City of Hundred Islands due to the river Mahi, which borders the district and surrounds a number of islands. The Mahi River, revered by the locals, separates the Banswara and Dungarpur districts into two distinct regions.

Banswara lies on the southeast of Rajasthan and is bounded by Udaipur in the west, Chittaurgarh in the north and the states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in the east and the south respectively.

Banswara can be best described as the native place of the Bhils who form 39% of the tribal population of India. Banswara either got its name from bans or bamboo trees (Dendorocalamus stricus) which once grew in abundance here, or from a Bhil chieftain named Bansna.


This Bhil chief was killed by Maharawal Jagmal Singh in the battle over the possession of the region. But Jagmal was quite impressed by Bansnas bravery, and true to his generous nature he named the place after his rival. District Banswara is situated in the southern - most part of Rajasthan. It has an area of 5037 square kilometre and lies between 23.11° N to 23.56° N latitudes and 73.58° E to 74.49° E. longitudes.

History of Banswara

he Banswara district forms eastern part of the region known as Vagad or Vagwar. The district was formerly a princely state ruled by the Maharavals. It is said that a Bhil ruler Bansia ruled over it and Banswara was named after his name. Bansia was defeated and killed by Jagmal Singh who became the first Maharaval of the princely state.

It is also named so because of the bamboos (Bans) which were found in abundance in the forests. In 1913 some bhils revolted under the headship of a social reformer Govindgiri and Punja which was suppressed in November, 1913. Hundreds of Bhils were shot dead at the Mangarh hillock where they were holding a peaceful meeting. The event is also known as the Mini Jalianwala Bagh massacre. The place has become sacred and is better known as the Mangarh Dham.

With the merger of the princely states in the Union of India, the Banswara State and Kushalgarh chiefship got merged in the Greater Rajasthan in 1949 and Banswara was carved out as a separate district by merging these principalities.

Tourist Attraction in Banswara

Tripura Sundari
A temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari, commonly known as Turtia Maata. It has a beautiful idol of black stone having 18 hands, each carrying some symbol, while the Goddess is seen riding a tiger. It is believed that this temple was built before Samrat Kanishka, who rule here. The exact date of its construction is not yet known. It is said to be one of the "Shakti Peeths" of the Hindus having charismatic divine power.

Mahi Dam
Banswara is also well known for the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project and for numerous dams and canals situated at beautiful sites. The Mahi river has a number of islands inside the Mahi Dam catchment area and thus Banswara is also known as the 'City of Hundred Islands'.

Kagdi Pick Up Weir
This is the main tourist attraction situated on the Ratlam Road from the main city of Banswara. It's a worthy place to see, especially for its fountains, gardens and water, spread over a wide area.

This place of great archaeological importance, is the major attraction of Banswara district. There is a complex of ancient temples which were built in the 11th and 12th centuries. In ancient times it was the capital city of the Parmar rulers. Many temples have been excavated which reveal the glorious past of our rich heritage. It is called the village of old and broken temples.

This famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated inside the natural cave of a high hill on the eastern part of the city. It presents a sensational natural view. The cave temple provides an Amarnath Yatra like feeling to the pilgrims, due to its typical location. Inside this temple, you will find all the religious temple. During Maha Shivratri, rudra abhishek Pooja is carried out. Kavadi Yatra is to be start from this Temple to Baneshwar Temple by Walk to bring the Water of Mahi and Pooja will be carried out from that water to Lord Shiva.

Abdulla Pir
Situated in the southern part of the city is the Dargah of Abdul Rasul which is known as the "Abdulla Pir". Every year "Urs" is held at the Dargah and its very popular with the masses. The people of the Bohara community take part in it in large numbers.

Andeshwar (Jain Temple)
This is very famous Jain temple housing rare Shilalekhs of the 10th century. Such temples are also found in Talwara, Kalinjara, Bagidora, Ajna and Banswara. Every Jain people having the culture of visiting this temple once in their life cycle.

It is famous for the ancient temple of the Sun God, Lord Amaliya Ganesh, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Dwarka Dhish temple and Jain temple of Sambharnath. A number of Sompura sculpture artists can be seen carving stones on the roadside in Talwara.







Anand Sagar Lake
On the eastern side of the town lies this artificial lake, said to have constructed by Lachhi Bai Of Idar - The Rani of Maharawal Jagaml. The chhatris or cenotaphs of erstwhile rulers of the state are situated close by. Also near by are the holy trees known as "Kalpa Vriksha" which are said to fulfill the desires of visitors.

This is a famous 12th century temple of "Lord Brahma". The black stone statue is of an average man's height.

Diablab Lake
A part of this lake is covered with beautiful lotus flowers. On the banks of the lake is Badal Mahal, the summer residence of the former rulers. Peoples used to enjoying this place in the summer by going boating.

Raj Mandir (City Palace)
This 16th century palace is very attractive. Sprawling over a large area, it is a fine example of old Rajput architecture. The palace is still owned by the royal family and can be visited only on invitation.

Shri Sai Baba Mandir
This is a famous Sai Baba temple built in top of the hill.

Ram Kund
It is a place surrounded by hills. People call it "Phati Khan" because it is a deep cave under a hill. There is a pool of very cold water which is found throughout the year. It is said that Lord Ram, during his exile came and stayed here for some time.

Bhim Kund
This is a scenic spot. It is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas stayed here. There is a tunnel here, which is believed to be going upto Ghotiya Amab, a far off place. It is said that the Pandavas used this tunnel as their passage during the rainy season.

This is a famous Shiv temple of the 12th century which was built by the king Mandalik.

Mahi Dam



Tripura Maingate



How to Reach Banswara

By Road:
As such there is no Railway Station (Meter Gauge / Broad Gauge) at Banswara, But Ratlam Junction (80 KM) is the nearest Railway station to Banswara and it is the Major Junction to go to Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Ahmedabad.

By Air:
As such there is no Airport at Banswara, But Udaipur (160 KM), Indore (MP) (212 KM) & Ahmedabad (Guj) (285 KM) are the nearest Airports.

By Road:
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh roadways operates frequent busses and connects it to other major cities of India which includes Ahmedabad, Baroda, Ujjain and Jaipur.


You will visit “Banswara” during the below Tour of Rajasthan.

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Delhi - Alwar - Deeg - Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Dholpur - Ranthambore - Tonk - Bundi - Jhalawar - Kota - Bijolia - Chittorgarh - Dungarpur - Banswara - Udaipur - Rajsamand - Nathdwara - Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur - Mount Abu - Rohetgarh - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner -  Nagaur - Mandawa - Sikar - Jhunjhunu - Jaipur - Delhi


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