Dungarpur is another city in Rajasthan that has deep roots in history. The native inhabitants of Dungarpur are the members of the Bheel tribe. Their presence in these areas can be traced back to 4000 B.C. The city of Dungarpur was established in 1197 by rulers who claimed to be descendants of the ruling dynasties in Mewar, Rajasthan. The city is protected by the Aravalli Mountains. The interesting terrain of this area contains both – rugged terrain of the mountains as well as the fertile alluvial soil in the southwestern parts. The rivers, Mahi and Som, flow through Dungarpur, delineating it from Banswara and Udaipur respectively.
The Juna Mahal is the pivot of the tourist attention. Built across several centuries spanning from the 13th to the 18th, the Mahal is packed with old paintings and murals. The main living room, or the Aam Khas, is a gallery of mirrors and glass cuttings. When you visit the Juna Mahal, you can get a breathtaking view of the entire city of Dungarpur. You can see a number of temples in the vicinity. The Government Museum is another place that the tourists never miss out on. Artifacts dating back to the 6th century can be found here. The only drawback of the museum is that the writings are in Hindi.
The Deo Somnath Temple dates back to the 12th century. It is about 25kms away from the center of Dungarpur. There is an ancient banyan tree, hundreds of years old that grab the eyes of the tourists. If you are willing to stretch farther, you can pay a visit to the Muslim shrine at Galiakot. The tomb of the famous saint Fakruddin can be found here. Throngs of Bohra Muslims come here every year to pay obeisance to the saint. You can also visit the confluence of the rivers Mahi, Som and Jakham at Baneshwar. A week-long fair in January-February is the high point of this spot.