About BanswaraBanswara is a small city located in south Rajasthan. The city is also referred to as the ‘City of Hundred Island’ because of the presence of number of islands in the Mahi river. Maharawal Jagmal Singh founded princely state of Banswara. The city is named Banswara for the bamboo (baans) forests located in the area. The city of Banswara is governed by the City council or Nagar Parishad.
History of Banswara
During the rule of the British, Banswara was a Rajput feudatory state in Rajputana. The district of Banswara forms eastern part of the region known as Vagwar or Vagad. Earlier, the Maharavals ruled the princely state of Banswara. It is also believed that Bansia, a Bhil ruled over the place and hence the place was named after him.
The place is also named Banswara because large quantity of bamboos or Baans was found in the forests. In the year 1913 some bhils revolted under the leadership of a social reformer punja and Govindgiri which was howevever, suppressed in November in the same year. Hundreds of Bhils were shot dead during a peaceful meeting at the Mangarh hillock. Later this event came to known as the the Mini Jalianwala Bagh massacre. Since then the raea became a sacred place and is now better known as the Mangarh Dham.
Post independence, in the year 1949 Banswara and Kushalgarh chiefship were merged in the Greater Rajasthan and Banswara later became a separate state by merging these principalities.
Geography and climate of BanswaraThe district of Banswara is located in the southern most part of Rajasthan. The city is bounded by Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh in the east, Aspur and Sagwara tehsils of Dungarpur district in the west, to north lies the Dhariawad tehsil of Udaipur district and Pratapgarh district and to the south is the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.
The climate of the region is very much milder compared to the other desert regions. The maximum summer temperature of the region is 45 degrees Celsius and the minimum winter temperature is 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius. The annual rainfall of the region is 922.4 mm.
Culture of Banswara
Located amongst Aravalli valleys, Banswara depicts tribal culture in its original form. Banswara being located on the southern part of Rajasthan, the boundary of the region meets with Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The inter-regional neighborhood results in a compact culture. The so called ‘ Vagdi Culture ‘ is nothing but a amalgamation of Malwi, Gujarati, Mewari and Rajasthani cultures. The tribal people also celebrate various festivals like the Holi, Haryali Amavasya, Aamligyaras, Baneshwar Fair, Ghotia Amba Fair, Mangarh and many more.
Tourism in Banswara
Banswara is also much known for its tourism sector. Hundreds of tourist visits the place every year. Tripura Sundari is a popular temple in Banwsara dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari locally known as Turtia Maata. Another major attraction of the place is the artificial Anand sagar lake.
Apart from these other tourist spots in Banswara includes Mahi Dam, Chheench, Kagdi Pick Up Weir, Diablab Lake, Arthuna, Shri Raj Mandir, Madareshwar, Shri Sai Baba Mandir, Abdulla Pir, Ram Kund, Andeshwar (Jain Temple), Bhim Kund, Talwara and Paraheada.
Transportation in BanswaraRoadways is the best option to reach Banswara. The city has direct road connection with Dohad, Dungarpur, Ratlam and Jaipur. Banswara does not have a railway station of its own however, the closest rail link is the Ratlam Junction just 80km from Banswara. The city also does not have its own airport. The nearest airport to Banswara is Udaipur, Ahmedabad and indore.
Banswara Facts and FiguresGeographical Area: 5037 sq km
Altitude: 302 m above sea level
Population (2001): 17, 98194 lakhs.
Average Temperature: 45 degrees C (Max), 10 degrees C (Min)
Rainfall: 922.4 mm.
Best time to visit: All throughout the year
STD Code: 02962