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Nestled in the foot of the Aravalis , Dungarpur has an interesting topography , ranging from wild and rugged terrain in the north-east to fertile plains of alluvial soil in the south –west .Two magnificent rivers –the Mahi and the Som flow through the area . While the former separates the district from Banswara , the latter drams a natural boundary between the district and udaipur .
Dungarpur was founded in 1282 A.d by Rawal Veer Singh ,when he took over this part of the state from the Bhil chieftain Dungaria .
The area is rich in teak , Mahua , Mango, and Dates trees . dungarpur is also nated for its wildlife variety –jackal, jungle cat , Indian fox , hyena, black faced monkey , porucupine , common mongoose are the common inhabitants .The commonly seen bird variety includes partridges , peafowls .quails ,cuckoos, eagles and vultures .Various migratory birds also visit the area during the winters .
Dungarpur is famous for its unique style of architecture as seen in its palaces and noble residences . These royal residences are adorned by “ jharokhas “ ( windows ) built in stone in a unique style typical of the area developed during the region of Maharawal Shiv Singh ( 1730-1785 A.D ) the district’s gold and silversmiths are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing .
Udai Bilas Palace : The royal residence named after Maharawal Udai Singh II , a patron of art & architecture , the palace is a veritable example of the Rajput architecture ornate with intricately sculptured pillars and panels , impressive balconies , bracketed windows and marvelous carved arches .
Juna Mahal : The 13th century seven storeyed structure resembling a fortress with crenellated walls , turrets , narrow entrances and corridors to slow down the enemy . The Splendis interiors embellished with beautiful frescoes , miniature paintings and glass and mirror work , make it an impressive creation . One requires prior permission of the resident royal family to visit the Palace .
Gaib Sagar Lake : A famous shrine of Shrinathji lies along the lake . The Shrine is a conglomeration of several exquisitely built temples with one main temple . The Vijay Raj Rajeshwar temple , dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural splendour and a fine example of craftsmanship of the shilpis of Dungarpur .
( 60kms) : At the confluence of the Som and Mahi rivers ,
stands the Baneshwar temple with a Shiva lingam nearby is the Vishnu
temple , belived to be built on the spot where Mavji , an incarnation
of Lord Krishna , meditated another noteworthy temple is the Brahma
temple – a spacious two storeyed structure with exquisitely carved
pillars and gateways .
Deo Somnath ( 24km) : A Splendid 12th century temple of Lord Shiva built in white stone , the temple has imposing trrets . The brilliant juxtaposition of huge stone slabs to create this impressive edifice epitomizes the craftsmanship of the ancient time .
Galiyakot ( 58 km ) : Once the capital of Parmars , this tiny village is renowned for its magnificent shrine of syed Fakhruddin . Thousands of devotees throng here during the Urs . The shrine is beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion , the jain temple closeby are also worth a visit .
Baroda ( 41km ) : An erstwhile capital of Vagad , the village has some beautiful temples . Of particulas note are the old Shiva temple in white stone and an ancient Jain temple whose black wall has exquisitely carved image of the 24 tirthankaras .
Bhuvaneshwar ( 9km) : A famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated here and is the venue of a colourful fair held on the ifth day after Holi ( Festival of Colour ) .Gair dance by the bhils is the major highlight of the Fair .
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