Geography of BanswaraBanswara is a small city located in the southernmost part of Rajasthan. The city covers a total area of 5,037 sq km. The city is surrounded by valleys and hills. About 20% of the total area of Banswara is designated as forested land. Banswara has different geographical features in comparison to other parts of Rajasthan.
Location of BanswaraBanswara is in located in south Rajasthan at an average altitude of 302 metres above sea level. It lies between 23.11° North to 23.56° North latitude and 73.58° East to 74.49° East longitudes. Banswara is bounded by by Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh in the east, Sagwara and Aspur tehsils of Dungarpur district in the west, Dhariawad tehsil of Udaipur district and Pratapgarh district in the north and to the south lies the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. Banswara also shares its boundary with Panchmahal district of Gujrat on the south-west.
The entire region depicts a rugged terrain undulated by short ridges on the west of Banswara. The eastern part of the region is occupied by flat-topped hills of the Deccan trap. The Aravalli mountains also lies in the southern end of the region. The Mahi river is major river in Banswara and the drainage system of the region belongs to this river. The origin of this river is from the Amjera hills near Dhar in Madhya Preadesh. The main tributaries of this river are Anas, Chanp, Hiran , Erav and Kagdi.
Climate of BanswaraBanswara has a milder climate compared to that of west and north Rajasthan. The summer here starts from the month of March and last till the month of August. The temperature during the summers remains quite high. The summers in the area are extremely hot and exhausting .During this season the temperature hovers between 25° C to 45° C.
The winters here begins from the month of November to February. The climate remains generally cool during the winter season. Due to the Desert landscape of Rajasthan, the temperature of Banswara dips down to as low as 0° C. The temperature during the winter ranges from 10°C to 26°C.
The monsoon here begins from the month of July and last till September. The average annual rainfall 92 cms. The best time to visit Banswara is from the month of October to the February.
Flora and fauna in Banswara
Banswara is rich in flora and fauna. About 20% of the total areas comprises of forest land. Teaks are found in the forests of Banswara in abundance. However few crops grown here include Wheat, Maize, Gram, rice and soya bean.
A large variety of wild animals are also found in the region which includes chinkara, leopard, squirrels, snakes, Ronj ,lizards, and four horned antelope. Panthers can be rarely seen in the region.
Some birds can also be seen in the region which includes partridge,fowl, black drongo, green bee-eater, grey shrike bulbul, wood pecker, jungle crow, parrot and common myna.