Looking for a break from the bustling and bigger cities of Rajasthan rather an escape into a small land of serenity and a distinct charm? Dungarpur opens its arms wide to welcome you and give you an indelible experience of an utter nomadic delight to cherish forever.
Why should you visit Dungarpur?
Rajasthan hosts some fascinating traditional cities like Udaipur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur. One place that is not known to many, but has much to offer is Dungarpur. It is situated in the southmost part of the state.
Adjudged as the cleanest, fastest developing, and the first ever open defecation free city in Rajasthan, Dungarpur is famous for its exotic architectural heritage, beautiful temples, royal palaces, sprawling Aravalli range bounded by rivers, and much more. In short, if you have not been to Dungarpur, you have surely missed something.
There are many worth visiting attractions in Dungarpur. You must explore the wonderful sites named below, to leave yourself amazed and startled.
As the name suggests, the grandiose Juna Mahal is an old palace from 13th century. Built on an elevated platform with seven storeys and several unique rooms, it has a not-so-impressive exterior. But once you step in, you will be astonished to see the beautiful paintings and intricate glass work. A true depiction of Rajasthani culture, undoubtedly, it is one of the magnificent places to be in Dungarpur.
Udai Bilas Palace
Yet another name that speaks of opulence and colorful Rajasthani luxe, is Udai Bilas palace. Situated near the Gaib Sagar lake, it is now reincarnated as a hotel. Be ready to get spellbound as you catch a glimpse of the temple floating in the lake, while you sip your coffee sitting in the sprawling lawn of the Udai Bilas Palace hotel.
One not to miss place in Dungarpur is Badal Mahal which is also built on the shore of Gaib Sagar Lake. It is a beautiful concoction of the Rajputana and Mughal architecture. Characterized with expansive domes and elaborate design, Badal Mahal is a must visit.
This is a place that boasts of having Jain shrines that attract tourists especially Jain devotees from various parts of the country. The impressive temple has Devi Padmawati statue along with the statues of Nagfanji Parshwanatha and Dharnendra.
To see this inimitable site, you will have to cover quite a distance, but it is worth traveling. It is located at a 60-kilometer distance from Dungarpur. On the banks of the Mahi river, it is a shrine of Syed Fakhruddin. Adorned with white marble with Quran teachings intricated on the walls, Galiakot is a place that will not fail to impress you.
Deo Somnath is a beautiful Shiva temple which is situated on the banks of Som river. It is located 25 km from Dungarpur. It was built in an early as 12th century. A temple made up of white stones, has extraordinary towers and domes. It houses the statue of the deity as well as the memorials of the warriors.
Gaib Sagar Lake
Watching the Gaib Sagar lake from a distance is a treat to eyes. You may find a variety of attractive migratory birds, beautiful ducks, colorful herons, moorhens, waterhens, pigeons etc. by the lakeside.
It is a mesmerizing picnic spot especially at the time of sunset. The tourist attractions like Shrinathji, Vijay Rajrajeshwar Temple, Badal Mahal, and Udai Bilas Palace, that are located on the bank of the lake, make the spot even more stunning.