Location : 120 km from Udaipur, 175 km from Ahmedabad
Popular As : The City of Hills
What To See : Juna Mahal, Gaib Sagar Lake, Udai Bilas Palace
When To Visit : September-March
The Udai Bilas Palace
Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake at its heart, travel to the rural town of Dungarpur which is an excitement in itself. Once a Bhil stronghold, this fertile region was created into a state in the 13th century when Rawal Veer Singh took over this part of the state from Bhil Chieftain Dungaria. Beside beholding a magnificent contrast of wild and rugged terrain in the northeast to fertile plains of alluvial soil in the southwest, you can also visit the local gold and silver craftsmen creating magic in their courtyards. Take a travel excursion from Udaipur to enjoy the Dungarpur village attractions.
Walk along the treacherous terrain to meet the splendid
13th century seven-storied structure of Juna Mahal. Though it was
originally meant to be a leisure palace, it also served as a sentinel to
slow down enemy. Touch the crenulated walls, bent your head to enter
through slender entrances and try to find out the royal secrets in its
voluminous corridors that run straight from the regal aura to a tourist's
heart. Enter the pleasure alcoves of yore, and you will be amazed to see
beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings and glass and mirror work,
embellishing the walls of the room. Remember to get a prior permission
from the resident royal family who still stay in this palace. Your next
stop in the Dungarpur rural tourism itinerary should be on the banks of Gaib Sagar Lake,
an exquisite gift to the people by naure. Wash your hands and feet before
entering into the famous shrine of Shrinathji roosting on the banks of
this lake. The location is surely awe-inspiring with the main shrine
contoured by several exquisitely built temples of yore.
If you want to fill your holidays with fun and recreation, and that too at a scenic location, plan a stay in the famous Udai Bilas Palace, a heritage hotel with a modern outlook, thi sis the main attractions of Dungarpur. The history of Udai Bilas Palace, traces its pedigree to the mid-19th century, when Maharawal Udai Singhji-II, a great patron of art and architecture, built a wing of bluish grey local stone "Pareva" overlooking the cobalt blue waters of the lake. Enter the 'Ek Thambia Mahal', and you can't stop your jaw falling apart with the grand vista of intricately intricate sculptured pillars and panels, that bedeck the colosseum. Look anywhere and you can see multiple magic of craftsmenship - balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings - creating a true marvel in marble. Only one thing remains the same. The beauty. Enjoy the unhurried hospitality and the royal grandeur, that naturally floats in the air of this palace. Enjoy a wildlife cruise through the forests, meet the tribes dwelling here from time immemorial and in the enjoy the evenings with hand in hand, standing on the ornate balconies and gazing at the shimmering waters of the Lake.
Deo Somnath Temple
Drive 41 km by road from Dungarpur village, to visit Baroda village, once the capital of Vagad, now an indispensable part of the Aspur tehsil. The trivial town once had the privilege of being known for its religious importance - Saivism and Jainism - which swelled much during the medieval period. Now, this serene and untouched pad of Rajasthan, stands mute with its numerous ruins of splendid Rajput architecture. When in Dungarpur, take a travel excursion from Udaipur and don't miss the opportunity to visit Deo Somnath, situated at 24 km from the downtown. No doubt you will be fascinated to behold the magnificent 12th century temple of Lord Shiva, that stands straight, with its white stone head held high. The brilliant juxtaposition of huge stone slabs to create this impressive edifice epitomizes the craftsmanship of a magnificent era.
You can fly upto Udaipur (120 km) or Ahmedabad Airport (175 km), and then hire a taxi to reach the leisure destination of Dungarpur. However you can also disembark at the local junction if you change your course at Udaipur and get the 9643 Express (Himatnagar-Dungarpur-Udaipur); Mewarpass Express (Himatnagar-Dungarpur-Udaipur). It is a much convenient option, because you can visit Udaipur and then move towards Dungarpur. One can also get into the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation buses, that carry out a satisfactory service throughout the district. Once you are in Dungarpur, you can use rickshaws or tongas for local commutation.
Top 5 Reasons To Visit Dungarpur
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The Palace of Pleasures
Enjoy A Royal Stay
Try The Rural Flavour
See A Tribal Dance
Rajasthan & The Taj
Wildlife Safari Tour
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