One of the most important cities is Dungarpur of the Vagad region in Rajasthan. In the common language Dungar means hills hence the meaning of Dungarpur is the city of hills. It is irrigated by two rivers Som and Mahi is Harsh and wild in the northeast and teeming with life in the fertile plains of the southeast. It is enclosed by rolling hills on three sides and is built around the huge Gaibsagar Lake. Deo Somnath, Shrinathji, Surpur, Vijay Rajrajeshwar, Nagfanji and Kshetrapal are other significant temples to see in Dungarpur which lies on the bank of the perfect Gaib Sagar Lake.
Dotted with various temples out of is Dungarpur offers itself an ideal place for spiritual tour as the city apart from a heritage tour which the most important place to visit is Baneshwar. It was founded by Rawal Veer Singh after he drove out the local Bhil chieftain who was the eldest son of Karan Singh (the ruler of Mewar) in 1258 AD. During the time of Maharawal Shiv Singh most of these architectural wonders are built in one signature style that was brought into the picture and embellished with the (windows) ‘jharokhas’.
Udai Vilas Palace
After the founder of the Udaipur city and a Maharana of Mewar, Maharawal Udai Singh II is the 19th century Udai Bilas Palace. Striking design of the palace is which follows classic Rajput architectural style and boasts of detailed designs in its windows, balconies and arches. A veritable marvel of Rajput architecture featuring intricate sculptured panels and pillars, bracketed windows, frieze and arches of marble carvings, ornate balconies, balustrades is the Ek Thambiya Mahal. The finest example of the Rajput architecture is bracketed windows, sculptured pillars, ornate balconies and carved panels. Inlaid with a variety of semi- precious stone is the large room on its top storey.
The seven storied Juna Mahal is dominating Dungarpur which is built on a large rock in the 13th century. Owing to lack of consistency maintenance completely architecture of current status of Juna Mahal in ruins. Its rugged exterior provides it a resemblance of a citadel and is built on a high platform which constructed from Pareva stone. From the Kama Sutra in erstwhile ruler’s bedroom on the top floor of the palace these include a series of paintings which remarkably well preserved. Well vandalized and glows with its mirror work and exuberant ornamentation is the interiors but unlike its exteriors.
Gaib Sagar Lake
This is mainly popular for the tourist’s attractions that nestle on its lakeside and best diversity of migratory birds that consider this location as their home is Gaib Sagar Lake which is located in the heart on the city. Near the lake white breasted water hens, green pigeons, gray, egrets, thousands of ducks, bee- eaters, purple moorhens and purple herons are seen. It is a well known bird heaven set within scenic vicinity with native foliage lining the trail.
An exquisite example of Rajputana décor with the majesty of Mughal architecture is Badal Mahal which is situated on the bank of Gaib Sagar Lake and built as a leisure home for state guest. This is another impressive palace of Dungarpur which is built by using Pareva stone. A fusion of the architectural styles of the Mughals and the Rajputs is Badal Mahal. Colorful light lit the Badal Mahal when the dust settles in the evening and when a dancing image, it looks spectacular, is created on the lakebed.
Situated on a delta formed by the confluence of Mahi and Som rivers, containing the most revered Shiva Linga of the region is the Baneshwar Temple. This temple is split into five parts and stands on five feet high stone. Located quite close to Baneshwar temple, make a point to visit the temple of Vishu. Baneshwar temple was built by Jankunwari who was the daughter in law of Mavji (a highly revered saint who is believed to be an incarnation of lord Vishnu) in 1793 AD. Also, there is a Lord Brahma’s temple besides these temples. Do visit the temple of Burma along with all these temples.
The main attraction is the idols of Goverdhan Nathji and Shri Radhikaji. This temple is constructed in the year 1623 by Maharawal Punjraj. A wonderful ivory white marble is Shrinathji temple which is nestled on the bank of Gaib Sagar Lake. The complex houses several other sacred of shrine toShri Baake Bihariji and Shri Ramchandraji along with the main temple. Worth a visit too is various other small temples which sprinkled in the complex.
The center of attraction is Dungarpur for also the Jain pilgrims too not only the Hindu pilgrims. Visitors can see the pretty stat of Dharnendra, Parshwanath, Devi Padmavati and Nagphani inside the temple. The Shivalaya of Nagfanji is also a tourist attraction which is located close to this temple. Owing to lush green hills around, during monsoon the place looks exceptionally pretty also one can visit Nagfanji throughout the year. One can either take a private car or taxi as from Dungarpur it is located 35 km to reach the temple.
An old and beautiful Shiva temple called Deo Somnath which is constructed in the 12th century is there on the banks of Som River. The temple has grand turrets which are built of white stone. One can see an amount of shrines and memorials that have been created in the memory of the warriors whose last rites were there performed nearby the temple. The Shiva devotees created this duplicate temple on the inland in the fear that like raids will actually destroy the temple. From within the temple one can see the beautiful sky. Sabha Mandap is in fort of it which is constructed on 8 magnificent pillars.
Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple
This is located on the bank of Gaib Sagar Lake such other famed attractions of Dungarpur such Badal Mahal and Srinathji. One of the finest examples of Rajput style temple is the construction of this which was started by Maharawal Vijay Singh but official consecration was done by maharawal Lakshman Singh in 1923 AD. Display of the temple is fine architecture of its times which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. The prettiest statue of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiv that are positioned in the sanctum of the main temple is the main importance of the temple.
Government Archaeological Museum
From Vagad region, Dungarpur’s Government Archeological Museum exhibits a collection of commodities excavated which is operational since 1959. Its own personal collection of inscription of historically important and charming sculptures and the Royal family of Dungarpur helped set up the museum by gifting land. Here the collection housed statues of stone inscriptions, paintings dating back to the 6th century, many deities and coins. Exhibited also in the museum is an excellent collection of articles which belonging of Gupta dynasty from the 6th century.
By Road: Connects the city an extensive system of roads with other towns of North India and Rajasthan.
By Train: The closest railhead is Ratlam well connect with the key cities of the nation from the city at a distance of about 80 km.
By Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur from the city at a distance of about 110 km.