Banswara, it is likely, derived its name from bans or bamboo shoots,
which once grew in abundance around the places. It was a part of
the territory known aas Bagar during the regin of Udai Singh (who
succeeded to the throne sometime between 1496 and 1498 AD) and is
said to have been founded by Jagmal, the younger son of Udai Singh
who, being much devoted to his queen, the mother of Jagmal and wanting
to see him installed as a ruler of a separate State, had partitioned
Bagar between the two claimant sons before his death. Banswara remained
the capital of erstwhile State of the same name for about four centuries
The crumbling stone wall enclosing the old town is still visible,
overlooked by the palace of the former rulers of the principality.
Bai Tal - an artificial tank - believed to have been constructed
by Lachhi Bai of Idar, the Rani of Maharawal Jagmal, lies on the
eastern side of the town. About a kilometre away, are the chhatris
or cenotaphs of the royality. The town has some Jain and Hindu temples
and old mosques.
Shri Raj Mandir
This 16th century old city palace of Banswar overlooks the town.
It covers a large area, and is a typical example of old Rajput architecture.
The palace is still owned by the Royal family and can be visited
only on invitation.
Anand Sagar Lake
On the eastern side of the town is an artificial lake also known
as Bai Talab, which is said to have been constructed by Lachhi Bai
of Idar, the Rani of maharawal Jagmal. Nearby lies the chattris
or cenotaphs of the rulers of the state. Couple of holy tree known
as "Kalp Vriksha" which is said to fulfill the desires
of the visitors is also present nearby. The charming surroundings
also attract many visitors overhere.
Part of this lake remains covered with beautiful lotus flowers.
Badal Mahal, the summer residence of former rulers is located on
the embankment of the lake.
A shrine of Bohra Muslims saint, a large numbers of Bohra Muslims
visit this place during Urs from different parts of the world every
Stone idols at Talwara 15 kms. from Banswara. 'Hats' or weekly fairs,
Tribals set special market on particular days in villages or towns.
Farming instruments, Tribal jewelery, dresses and weapons are sold
Nearest airport is Udaipur (160 kms) And airport in Indore (212
No route in the district has so far been nationalised. Rajasthan,
Gujarat and M.P. Roadways and the private travel agencies operate
frequent buses to major cities like Ahmadabad, Baroda, Ujjain, Bhopa,
Udaipur, Jaipur , Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Bombay, Delhi etc.
Rail Nearest railway station is in Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) (80 kms)
connected with all the major cities of the country.
Banswara is a relatively small town and easy enough to get around
on foot, but there are plenty of unmetered auto - rickshaws and
cycles - rickshaws.
Best time to come: Sep to March
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