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Information about Banswara

Banswara is a city in Banswara District in south Rajasthan in India. The generous state of Banswara was built by Maharawal Jagmal Singh. It is named for the "bans" or bamboo forests in the area. It is also well-known as 'City of Hundred Islands', due to existence of numerous islands in the Mahi River, which flows through Banswara. Banswara city is governed by City Council (Nagar Parishad) which comes under Banswara Urban Agglomeration. Although the city has population of 100,128, its urban / metropolitan population is 101,177 of which 51,941 are males and 49,236 are females.

It has an area of 5037 square kilometre and it lies between 23.11° N to 23.56° N latitudes and 73.58° E to 74.49° E. longitudes.Situated in the laps of the ancient Aravallis, Banswara is known for its rich flora and fauna. This is one of the few places in India where you can witness and enjoy the tribal culture in its full glory.

Located amidst the Aravali valley, Banswara represents tribal culture in Rajasthan. With a landscape dominated by bamboo trees the region came to be known as Banswara. Banswara town has eleven and a half Swayambhoo Shivalingas; it was also called 'Lodhikashi' or little Kashi. Due to this inter-regional neighborhood, the Vagdi culture has emerged as a mixture of Gujarati, Malwi, Rajasthani and Mewari cultures. Banswara district is rich in forests, hills and wildlife. Tribals are the inhabitants of this region. The place is known for its ancient temples and natural beauty.

Climate and rainfall

The district has a climate which is very much milder than that in the desert regions in further north and north-west.
• Maximum temperature is 45 degrees Celsius to 46 degrees Celsius.
• Minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius
• Normal annual rainfall is 922.4 mm

History of Banswara

Banswara was a Rajput feudatory state in Rajputana during British India. It borders Gujarat and is bounded on the north by the native states of Dungarpur and Udaipur or Mewar; on the northeast and east by Partabgarh; on the south by the dominance of Holkar and the state of Jabua; and on the west by the state of Rewa Kantha.

Banswara district forms eastern part of the region known as Vagad or Vagwar. The district was previously a princely state ruled by the Maharavals. It is said that a Bhil ruler Bansia or Wasna, 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 named so because of the bamboo which were found in plenty 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 by the Mewar and Sirohi forces. The place has become holy and is better known as the Mangarh Dham. With the amalgamation of the princely states in the Union of India, the Banswara State and Kushalgarh chief ship got merged in the Rajasthan in 1949 and Banswara was fixed as a separate district by merging these principalities.

Tourist Attractions in Banswara

• Madareshwar Temple Madareshwar: This wonderful natural cave is situated inside the natural cave of high hill on the eastern part of the city.It is home to a well-known temple of Lord Shiva. It presents a amazing view The cave attracts a large number of tourists from India and abroad. .. The cave temple provides an Amarnath Yatra like feeling to the pilgrims, due to its classic 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.

• Paraheada: This place is situated about 22 kilometers from Banswara in the Garhi Tehsil. The Place is famous for its temple known as the Mandaleshwar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple that is located on the banks of Nagela Tank in the village is an iconic representation of the wonderful ancient Indian architecture

• Raj Mandir: Raj Mandir is a 16th century palace and it is very beautiful. Extending over a large area, it is an excellent example of old Rajput architecture. The palace is still owned by the royal family and can be visited only on invitation.

• Ram Kund: It is a place enclosed 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.

• Sai Baba Mandir: This is a well-known Sai Baba temple constructed on top of the hill.

• Tripura Sundari: It is a temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari.It is 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 constructed before Samrat Kanishka, who rule here..

• Andeshwar Parshvnath Temple: This is very popular 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.

• Anand Sagar Lake: This is another famous tourist destination in Banswara, Rajasthan. Anand Sagar Lake is one of the few artificial lakes in the country; it was founded by the late Lachchi Bai of Idar. One of the most striking features of this lakes is that it has plantation of holy trees, known as, ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ all around it. Legend has it that these trees have godly powers to fulfill the wishes of the visitors to the lake.

• Diablab Lake: A part of this lake is covered with attractive lotus flowers. On the banks of the lake is Badal Mahal, the summer residence of the former rulers. People used to enjoy this place in the summer by doing boating.

• Mahi Dam Banswara: It is also famous for the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project and for numerous dams and canals situated at wonderful sites.. Mahi Dam is about 18 km from Banswara, in Rajasthan. The dam is located amidst beautiful surroundings and is one among the various dams and canals built over the Mahi River under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project. 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' There is a beautiful garden with a fountain worth visiting

• Bhim Kund: This is a beautiful spot. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile.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.

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

• Talwara: This is one of the most sacred places for the local residents. The city is home to a wide range of temples including Jain temple of Sambharnath, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Lord Amaliya Ganesh. The most eminent feature of the temples in the region is that the idols in these temples are specially carved out of the wonderful local black stones.

• Abdullah Pir: This is a famous temple of a well-known saint, Abdul Rashid, who belonged to the Bohra Muslim community. The temple is situated in the south of the city holds ‘Urs’ every year. It is a popular festival that attracts a large number of Bohra Muslim devotees of the saint from all across India. The festival brings out the best cultural assembly of this community.

Location of Banswara

The Banswara district lies in the southernmost part of Rajasthan. It is enclosed by Pratapgarh in the north, Dungarpur in the west, Ratlam and Jhabua districts of Madhya Pradeshin the east and south and Dahod district, Gujarat to the south.

The nearby major city to Banswara is Udaipur which is 165 km away. Indore and Ahmedabad are also close, at 225 km and 280 km away respectively. The town is about 827 km from New Delhi and 816 km from Mumbai.

How to Reach

By Rail
Ratlam Junction is the nearest Railway station to Banswara which is about 80 kms from Banswara and it is the main Junction to go to Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Ahmedabad.

By Road
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh roadways operates regular buses and links it to other major cities of India which includes Jaipur , Baroda ,Ahmedabad, and Ujjain.

By Air
Nearest airports to Banswara are Udaipur (160 km), Indore (MP) (212 km) & Ahmedabad (Gujarat) (285 km)..

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