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Banswara is a city in Banswara District in south Rajasthan in India and City is known as the cherrapunji of rajasthan (Receive Highest rain In Rajasthan) and it is greenest City in the Rajasthan It is also known as 'City of Hundred Islands', due to presence of numerous islands on the Mahi River named "Chachakota" where the islands located, which flows through Banswara.
Banswara gets its name from the ‘bans’ or bamboo trees that once grew here in abundance. The district was formerly a princely state ruled by the Maharavals. It is said that a Bhil ruler Bansia ruled over it and Banswara was named after his name. Bansia was defeated and killed by Jagmal Singh who became the first Maharaval of the princely state.
Place to Visit in Around Banswara
In the backwater of Mahi Dam there is a beautiful natural place Chacha Kota which is 14 Kms from the city of Banswara The green hills, the sea beach like sight with “water water everywhere” as long as one can view. The high rising surrounding hills, the green passage all along the approach road, the serpentine zigzag road and the waterfalls collectively give the best felling Ever
Mahi Bajaj Sagar dam is the lifeline of Banswara district which has turned out to be a great source of agricultural and economic development of the region. It is the second largest dam in Rajasthan with 16 Gates. It is situated 18 kilometers from Banswara town A number of hills partially remain submerged in the Mahi Dam Backwater which present beautiful view of Small Islands, which is why the place is also called a “City of Hundred Islands”. When in the rainy season the main Dam gates are opened to discharge the excess water it creates a wonderful site for the visitors. Mahi Dam is indeed a favourite attraction of the tourists.
Tripura Sundari Temple
Tripura Sundari Mandir is situated at a distance of 19 km from the headquarters of Banswara district. This temple is dedicated to Tripura Sundari Devi, also known as Mother Tirtia. The gorgeous idol of Tripura Sundari has got eighteen arms holding various armaments riding a lion. There are small idols of 52 Bhairwas and 64 Yoginis around the main idol. The government has taken up in a big way the renovation and beautification work of this area. Tripura Sundari is the most famous place of pilgrimage in the wagad region and people from far of places visit here to pay their worship
On the eastern part of the city Banswara Kagdi Pick-up is a prominent centre of attraction for the tourists. The Kagdi lake and the garden on the side are worth seeing. A number of migratory birds have made the lake their playground, particularly in the rainy season. It is a major attraction for the bird watchers, particularly at the time of sunrise and sunset
Abdulla Pir Dargah
It is a popular shrine of a Bohra Muslim saint.This is the Dargah of Abdul Rasul, known as Abdullah Pir, situated in the southern part of the city. Every year a large number of people, especially of the Bohra Community, take part in the ‘URS’ at the Dargah.
The Beneshwar Dham is known as the prayag of Wagad region. The confluence of three rivers Mahi, Jhakham and Som takes place here. It is a major centre of religious, cultural and social activities.
Every year on Magh Poornima during February the biggest tribal fair of Rajasthan is held here. This seven day fair is jointly organised by Dungarpur and Banswara district administration.
Syedi Fakhruddin Shaheed Memorial (Galiyakot City)
Galiyakot is a town in Dungarpur District of Rajasthan and 80 KM from Banswara. It is one of the famous pilgrimage site of Dawoodi Bohra Community the town is famous for the tomb of Babjee Moula Syedi Fakhruddin who lived there in the 10th century. Many Dawoodi Bohra Muslims visit the tomb each year to pay homage. Mazare-e-Fakhri includes mosques, gardens, and international class accommodation facilities for visitor around the world
How to Reach Banswara
Air: The closest airport is Udaipur Airport which is 185 kms away.
Train: The nearest station is Ratlam which is 80 kms away.
Road: Buses are available from Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur and Mumbai to Banswara