Dungarpur Tourism ( The City of Hills)
Established by Rawal Veer Singh in 1282, Dungarpur (the City of
Hills) was one of the major cities of the Vagad region. Veer Singh
acquired this land from the Bhil chief Dungaria from whom the place
got its name. The rulers here were a faction of the Sisodias (ruling
dynasty of Udaipur) who had separated themselves from the main branch
in the 12th century. Several stories relate to this fact, among which
the best is the one that refers to the misunderstanding between the
heir apparent of Mewar and his father, the Rana. In those days it was
customary for the brides family to send a ceremonial coconut to
the grooms family which was to be accepted by the groom himself.
It so happened that the Rana mistakenly accepted the coconut sent for
the prince. Whereupon the prince got annoyed and said that since the
father had received the coconut he might as well marry the girl. With
this parting shot he left for Dungarpur with his followers to
establish a kingdom by the same name. The princes younger
brother inherited the Mewar kingdom while the elder happily ruled the
Dungarpur region of Rajistan. Later this rough country was taken over
by the East India Company in 1818.
110km south of Udaipur
Max 43°C and Min 26°C in summer, Max
25°Cand Min 9°C in winter
October to February
Light tropical in summer, Light woollen in
English, Hindi, Rajasthani
¤ Wildlife and The Scenic
Secure at the foothills of the Aravallis, this region of Rajastan is
a beautiful blend of wild and rugged terrain towards its northeast and
fertile alluvial plains in the southwest. The Mahi and the Som rivers
quietly flow through here, the former separating it from Banswara and
the latter forming a natural boundary from Udaipur. Originally the
native place of the Bhils and once quite inaccessible, Dungarpur still
retains its isolation. Anyone in love with nature and wildlife can
look forward to a peaceful sojourn here.
¤ Rich Vegetation
Rich in teak, mahua, mango and date trees, Dungarpur town of Rajistan
also plays residence to a wide variety of wildlife including the
jackal, jungle cat, Indian fox, hyena, monkey, porcupine, and
mongoose. Thick forests also have a substantial aviary population like
eagles, vultures, peafowls, partridges, quails and cuckoos. Apart from
the flora and fauna, the terrain here is perfect for trekkers and for
those who would love to take a walk in the jungles.
In the celebration Dungarpur does not lack in festivals. The Vagad
Festival is a beautiful amalgamation of folk music and local amusement
like archery competitions.
Baneshwar Fair (17-23 Feb 2000), a famous tribal festival at the
Baneshwar Temple. This fair is held on the full moon day in the month
of February when hundreds of Bhils from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya
Pradesh take a holy dip at the confluence of the Mahi and Som rivers.
Magic shows and acrobatic skills are on display as a part of the
Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated in an interesting way
with gair dances by the tribals in their bright clothes and swords,
arrows and sticks.
Bar Bij Fair
The Bar Bij Fair is held a month after Diwali, the festival of
Diwali is an important festival of Hindus and is also celebrated
thoroughly by the Bhils of Dungarpur. The tribals show up in all their
finery and sing, dance and revel in their celebrations.
¤ Art & Architecture
The city is pretty well known for its distinguished style of
architecture which has been extensively followed in the royal palaces
and havelis (mansions). These palaces were distinctly decorated with
stone jharokhas (windows) built in the style developed during the rule
of Maharawal Shiv Singh (1730-85).
¤ Shop At Dungarpur
Dungarpur is also famous for its lacquer toys and the art of picture
framing, which can be abundantly seen on display during the fairs and
festivals here. Artisans first make toys from wood and coat them with
lacquer, giving them a shining coat. Semi liquid lacquer is also
moulded into a certain shape and then left to dry, eventually being
shaped into animal and human figures.
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