The Vagad region is the home of the Bhils, a tribe inhabiting the region. Owing to slightly difficult accessibility, the region has been able to preserve its natural beauty and cultural identity.
Dungarpur is located near the Gujrat border. It was founded by Raja Dungar Singh in the early 13th century. the Juna Palace, Udai Bilas Palace and Udai Sagar are the main attraction of Dungarpur.
The Beneshwar fair held in January February every year is a religi ous festival and is an event of great importance in this area.
Banswara is surrounded by Udaipur and Chittaurgarh district in the north and north - east. The district comprises the territories of the former Banswara and Kushalgarh States.
Maharawal Jagamal Singh was the founder of the erstwhile princely state. The name Banswara has been derived from 'bans' or bamboo trees which once grew in abundance. The area is inhabited mainly by the Bhil tribals. Banswara is also known for the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project and for the dams and canals situated at beautiful sites.
LOCATION: Dungarpur is situated the Udaipur - Himmatnagar section of the Western Railway. It is well connected by the road with Udaipur.
HISTORY: Dungarpur was founded in 1358 A.D.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: Dungarpur is a picturesque town surrounded by hills on three sides. It projects a scenic beauty, especially during the rainy season. Udai Bilas Palace which is built by the side of a lake is famous for its fine architecture and carvings. Juna Mahal is a treasure house of miniature paintings, frescoes, glass and mirror work.
There are a number of old temples in and around Dungarpur. About 24 kms. from here is a temple on the banks of the River Som. The temple is known as Dev Somnath and is an excellent specimen of Indian temple architecture. It is protected monument, under the management of Archaeological Survey of India.
The local artisans here prepare beautiful carved, exquisite idols from green stone.
LESSER KNOWN DESTINATIONS AROUND DUNGARPUR
LOCATION: Beneshwar is situated 24 kms. from Aspur in the district of Dungarpur.
HISTORY: The name Beneshwar has been derived from the most reserved Shivlinga of the area.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS: there are various temples in Beneshwar dedicated to Hindu deities. Beneshwar is best visited between the months of January - February, when a tribel fair of the Bhils is held at the confluence of Mahi, Jakham and Som rivers. During the fair, magic shows, aerobatics and a sale of traditional weapons add spice to the ambience.
Galiyakot was once associated with the Parmar rulers of the region. The village owes its importance to the shrine of Sayyed Fakhruddin.
LESSER KNOWN DESTINATIONS AROUND BANSWARA
LOCATION: Arthuna is located 55 kms. from Banswara and is known for its antiquity. It was once the capital of Parmaras of Vagad.
HISTORY: The area adjoining Arthuna around Lankiya village has remains of Shaivite temples. Some of the idols found here bear inscriptions dating back to v.s. 1173 and 1194. Among the dilapidated ruins is a beautifully carved conjugated statue of Shiv, Ganesh and Parvati.
The statue is considered to be a marvellous piece of Indian sculpture. Another idol found is that of Lord Hanuman seen in a very unusual posture.
In and around the village of Arthuna, clusters of ruined Hindu and Jain temples of the 11th, 12th and 15th century still exist. Temple Mandanesh or Mandleshwar (built in 1080 A.D. by Chamunda Raja Parmara and named after his father, Mandan Deva), bears several inscriptions that speak of the past glory of Arthuna.
Talwara is famous for its ancient temples and the ruins of some old monuments. Laxmi Narain temple, Gokarneshwar Mahadeva and Sambhav Nath Jain temple are the main places of tourist interest.