Dharampur is situated on the banks of the Swargavahini River and
is surrounded by the Sahyadri mountain range on east, west and south
sides. Due to its location, the town enjoys a very pleasant climate,
all throughout the year.
Dharampur, situated in South Gujarat, was capital of the former
princely State of Dharampur. Originally, it was known as Ramnagar.
The present day Dharampur dates back to 1764 AD and was founded
by King Dharamdevji. It is located at 20. 32'N and 73. 13'E, in
the Valsad district.
Dharampur was ruled by the descendants of the Sisodia Rajputs
of Chittod. After the fall of Delhi Sultanate in south Gujarat,
the State of Dharampur flourished and gained a very significant
and powerful position by controlling at least seven strategic forts
in the region. The Dharampur State was surrounded by the Muslim
states of Khandesh, Ahmednagar and Gujarat Sultans, but because
of its strategic importance, was never attacked by the Muslims.
Even the Parsis found political patronage under the Dharampur kings.
The Dharampur kings had cordial relations with Portuguese traders
from the south Gujarat ports and used to receive tax revenue from
The city of Dharampur had two major phases of development. The
first was in the late 18th century, when the Rana undertook the
construction of Raj Mahal, public buildings, step wells and temples.
The second phase was in the late 19th century, when as a part of
the queen Victoria Golden Jubilee celebrations the Anglo Vernacular
school, jail and hospitals were constructed.
King Mahadevji (1891-1921 AD) studied at Rajkumar College and introduced
many reforms. Under his patronage, Mohan Vilas Palace, Pramod Bhavan,
State Guest House and several temples were constructed. Roads, water
tanks and bridges were built to improve the infrastructure of the
King Vijaydevji, on his accession to kingdom in 1921, constructed
a museum and dedicated it to Lady Wilson. Vijaydevji undertook extensive
traveling to collect rare and genuine art objects for display in
museum. He was also fond of hunting and constructed a hunting lodge
at Audha and residences at Wilson Hills as summer retreats.
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