DUNGARPUR

Dungarpur district is of  tourist interest as you can come across different tribes of the region, The tribes are the Bheels who are beilieve to have been living in the aravali range since 4000 BC. The rulers of Dungarpur are the descendents from the Sisodia  Rajput house of Mewar. The initial rulers of Dungarpur were Kunwar Mahap and his descendants who resided in the town of Galiankot, where their ruined castle still stands. Towards the end of the 12th century, Samant Singh, the eldest son of the ruler of Mewar, had to leave Mewar in favor of his younger brother Kumar Singh. Samant Singh drifted into the hilly area of Bagar and, within the next century, Samant Singh’s successors controlled the whole province of Bagar. Rawal Udai Singh of Bagar was killed at the battle of Khanua in 1527, fighting for Mewar against Moghul Emperor Babur. His territory was thereafter divided between his two sons, forming two separate states. Prithvi Raj remained in Dungarpur while his brother Jagmal Singh became independent ruler of Banswara.

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Juna Mahal
The seven storey palace, Juna Mahal was built in stages between 13th and 18th centuries. It is filled with many old frescoes and paintings. The Aam Khas, or main living room, has impressive mirror work and glass inlays. The former royal hunting lodge, on a nearby hilltop, has sensational views over the town and its many temples.

 

Deo Somnath Temple
The beautiful Deo Somnath Temple about 25 km north of town, dates back to the 12th century. An amazing banyan tree which must be hundreds of years old also attracts attention.

Galiakot
About 50 km south east of Dungarpur is the important Muslim Pilgrimage center of Galiakot. This town is famous for the tomb of the saint Fakruddin, who spread the word of Mohammed in the 10th century. Each year, thousands of local and international Bohra Muslims flock here to pay homage to the saint.

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