Dungarpur, situated in the foothills of the Aravalli hills is a naturally beautiful city.Dungarpur, is located in the far south of Rajasthan state in India.
Dungarpur was founded in 1282AD by Rawal Veer Singh Dev. At the time of inception Dungarpur was popularly known as 'Dungar na Gharan', because in local Vagdi language 'dungra' means small hills. In 1358AD Rawal Dungrsinah renamed 'Dungar na Gharan' to Dungarpur.
Dungarpur is not only naturally beautiful, but also boasts marvelous historical architecture.
Gaipsagar lake situated in heart of the city adds charm and beauty to this place.
In addition to natural beauty and historical grandeur, local sculpture has given Dungarpur a distinct name world over. High quality Green marble and soapstone excavated from Dungarpur district is exported across the globe.
Ideal time for tourists to visit Dungarpur is between July and March.
Historical heritage of Dungarpur is very rich. Much research needs to be done to establish and confirm ancient history of Dungarpur. The history of Dungarpur is well documented after the arrival of Parmars of Malwa in this region.
The descendants of ruler of Mewar took control of this region in 12th century AD. Towards the end of 12th century, Samant Singh the elder son of the ruler of Mewar paved way for his younger brother Kumar Singh to become the ruler of Mewar. Samant Singh himself left claim to the kingdom of Mewar and came to this hilly region of Vagad and in the next century his successors took control of whole region of vagad.
But between 1183-84 Chalukya king of Gujrat Bhimdev II removed Samant Singh from Vagad and made Amritpal Dev the King of Vagad. Amritpal Dev belonged to the Bhartrapatta branch of Guhil dynasty.
Between 1209-1218 Jayat Singh somehow managed to regain control of some parts of Vagad lost by his father Samant Singh and then between 1218-1248 Sinhad Dev, son of Jayat Singh won the Capital Baroda by his own bravery. His son Jai Singh added Arthuna during 1248-1251.
Rawal of Mewar Jaitra Singh sent Madan of Talaraksh family to help Rawal Jai Singh for the Arthuna Battle. Madan showed extraordinary bravery in that battle. His younger brother Devpaldev captured Galiyakot from Parmars during 1251-78. His son Veer Singh Dev captured the area known as Dungarpur today and surrounding areas also from Bhil Chieftan Dungariya Bhil...
Juna Mahal is situated on the foothills of Dhanmata hillock in Dungarpur. It's a lively document of seven hundred years old, breath taking paintings and splendid construction style. Juna Mahal is also known as "Bada Mahal" (Big Palace) or "Purana Mahal" (Old Palace).
Rawal Veer Singh Deo initiated the construction of this palace in Vikram Samvat (Hindu Calender) in 1939 on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi. After realizing the importance of this palace, his son Rawal Bhuchand transferred the capital of Dungarpur State to this palace. Since then, this palace became the centre of all the activities of Dungarpur State.
The construction of this palace could only be completed in eighteenth century after laying the foundation stone in thirteenth century...