Home to the tribal with Bhils constituting half of the total populations
Banswara has its name derived from Bans or bamboo trees, which once grew
here in abundance. Maharawal Jamal Singh founded the erstwhile state. With
Udaipur and Chittorgarh, forming its boundaries, the district presently
comprises of the territories of former Banswara State and the Chieftainship
of Kushalgarh. While the central and western portion of the district are
fertile plains, the scattered ranges of the Aravali form the eastern region.
The ancient town is surrounded by a stone wall, now in ruins. A palace of
a former ruler of Banswara stands overlooking the town. The teak forests
are found on the slopes of the Aravalli hills. Mango, Khajur and Mahua trees
are also a part of the vegetation of the district. Banswara has rich wildlife
including squirrels, lizards, snakes, chinkara, ronj and four horned antelope.
Panthers can be seen rarely. The avian variety includes the black drongo,
grey shirke, green bee-eater, parrot, jungle crow, wood pecker and common
myna. Grey jungle fowl and grey partridge are generally spotted in the remote
parts of the forests.
Places to See :
Dam (18 Km)
Under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project, various dams and canals have been built
over the Mahi river amid beautiful surroundings. The Mahi river has a number
of islands at intervals and hence Banswara is at times referred to as the
city of hundred islands. The Mahi Dam and the Kagdi Pikup have a picturesque
fountain garden, surely worth a visit.
A beautiful lake covered with lotus flowers. On the bank of the lake is
Badal Mahal, the summer resort of former rulers.
A popular shrine of a Bohra Muslim saint, attracting a large number of Bohra
Muslims from all over during the annual Urs festival.
A temple of Lord Shiva Mahadeo Temple. Kali Kalyani Dham and Padoli Rathore
are other spiritual centers near the town which attract thousands of people
from all over the country every year.
Excursions in Banswada :
The ruins of a cluster of Shaivite and Jain temples dating back to the 11th,
12th and 15th centuries are found in this village. The Mandleshwar Temple,
built in 1080 A.D. by Chamunda Raja Paramara Chief, is noteworthy. Arthuna
is famous for its special Shivratri and Holi celebrations.
Talwara (15 km)
It's a historic city with ruins of some ancient monuments and temples famous
for their beautifully carved idols in local black stone. The famous temples
of Talwara include Laxmi Narain Temple, Gokarneshwar Mahadeva Temple and
Jain Temple of Sambhar Nath
Tripura Sundari (19 km)
An ancient temple of the goddess Tripura Sundari, commonly known as Turtia
Mata. The idol of the goddess riding on a tiger is a magnificent one in
black stone with 18 hands, each carrying some symbol. The temple is said
to be one of the Shakti Peeth of Hindus.
Parahera (22 km)
Situated in the Garhi tehsil a temple of Lord Shiva Mandaleshwar temple,
built by Mandlik, stands on the banks of the Nagela Tank in the village.
Famous for its 12th century Brahma temple with a beautiful life-size statue
of Lord Brahma.
How To Reah Banswada :
Nearest airport is Udaipur - 160 kms.
Nearest Railway Station is in MP, Ratlam (80 kms.). It is connected with
all the major cities of the country.
No route in the district has so far been nationalized and only stage carriages
which are privately owned ply within and out of the district