“Bans” means bamboo and Banswara has been named after the bamboo forests that carpet the area. The city is also referred to as City of Hundred Islands, because of the presence of numerous islands over Mahi River flowing across the vicinity.
Being surrounded by Aravali Hill Range, Banwara offers a splendid view along with a vibrant culture of Rajasthan. In fact, as it borders Gujarat, there is a perfect blend of Gujarati, Malwi, Mewari and Rajathani ethnicity. Another popular name of Banswara is “Little Kashi” or “Lodhikashi”, due to the presence of eleven and half Swayambhoo Shivalinga. Archeological significance of Arthuna has made it one of the prime attractions of Banswara. The temples located in Arthuna date back to 11th century and flaunt a flawless concept of architecture. For people looking for a good time picnicking, head to Mahi Dam. Boating can also be enjoyed in Diablab Lake.
The Baneshwar Festival celebrated at Baneshwar, at the confluence of the Mahi, Som and Jharkam Rivers, also draws numerous tourist to embark on tours to Banswara Rajasthan.
Some of the must visit tourist places on your Tour to Banswara in Rajasthan include:
Shri Raj Mandir - the 16th century city palace, which spreads over a large expanse and is an exemplary specimen of traditional Rajput architecture
Kagdi Garden - a beautiful fountain garden overlooking the Kagdi Lake
Anand Sagar Lake - An artificial lake also known as Bai Tal, this lake is beautifully adorned by 'Kalp Vriksha'. A must visit spot on tours to Banswara Rajasthan, this lake is believed to fulfill the desires of visitors.
Dialab Lake - another prominent tourist attraction in Banswara, this beautiful lake is mostly covered by a lotus flower, and has the Badal Mahal - the summer residence of the erstwhile rulers, on its banks.
Abdulla Pir - a Muslim shrine of Bohra saint
Wildlife Attractions - Banswara is also home to a wide and varied wildlife populace, consisting various animals, reptiles and fish.
How to Reach Banswara
By Air - The nearest airport to Banswara is at Udaipur (160 km) and the next nearest is at Indore (212 km).
By Rail - The nearest railway station is at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, about 80 km from Banswara.
By Road - Frequent buses are available to reach Banswara from major cities like Ahmedabad, Baroda, Ujjain, Bhopa, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Bombay, Delhi etc.