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Banswara: City of a Hundred Islands

Banswara is a city in the Banswara district of southern Rajasthan, India. The city gets its name from King Bansiya Bhil.

Banswara is also called the “City of a Hundred Islands” and “The Green City.” It is often referred to as the “Cherrapunji of Rajasthan” because it gets the most rain in the state. The city is known for the many islands in the Mahi River, which is also called “Mahati” in the ancient Vayu Purana text. Thanks to the heavy rainfall, Banswara is the greenest city in Rajasthan.

Talking about travel in Banswara, you can visit Banswara at any time of the year, but the best time to explore Banswara is during the winter and monsoon seasons. Banswara is particularly famous for its Kalpavriksha trees. It is also known as Kalpavriksha Banswara. The Kalpavriksha is a magnificent tree located on the Ratlam road, considered to be one of the fourteen gems that emerged during the churning of the ocean. There is a religious belief that, like the Peepal and Banyan trees, this vast tree fulfills people’s wishes and holds its own religious significance. It is considered a popular pilgrimage site in Banswara and remains a center of attraction for devotees.

Places to visit in Banswara during monsoon

1. Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam
Mahi Bajaj Sagar Dam is built across the Mahi River. It is located 16 kilometers from Banswara town in Banswara district, Rajasthan, India. The dam was built between 1972 and 1983 to generate hydroelectric power and provide water supply. It is the longest dam and the second largest in Rajasthan.

2. Anand Sagar Lake
Anand Sagar Lake, also known as Bai Talaab, is an artificial lake in the Banswara district of Rajasthan. It was built by Jagmal Singh of Banswara for his queen, Lanchi Bai.

3. Diablab Lake
Diablab Lake is surrounded by a large pool of blooming lotus flowers. It’s situated less than a kilometer away from Banswara district. The lake is famous for its beautiful lotus flowers that add to its charm. With its historical importance, Diablab Lake is one of the main tourist spots in Banswara, Rajasthan.

4. Madareshwar Shiva Temple
Madareshwar Shiva Temple is a well-known temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s located inside a cave on a hill in the eastern part of the city. Because it’s a Shiva temple inside a cave, people who visit it often compare it to the famous Amarnath pilgrimage.

5. Kagdi Pick Up Weir
Kagdi Pick Up Weir is a popular tourist spot located on Ratlam road, just 3 kilometers away from the Banswara district center. It’s known for its lovely gardens, fountains, and expansive water area, making it a favorite destination for tourists.

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