Huddled in the foothills of the Aravali,
Dungarpur has a fascinating landscape of an array of wild and rugged
terrain in the northeast to fertile plains of alluvial soil in the
southwest. Two rivers the River Mahi and the River Som flow through the
area. Rawal Veer Singh founded Dungarpur in 1282 A. D., when he took
over this part of the state from Bhil Chieftain Dungaria.
The area is rich in teak, mahua, mango and
Khajur trees. Dungarpur is also noted for its wildlife variety - jackal,
jungle cat, Indian fox, hyena, black-faced monkey, porcupine, common
mongoose are the common inhabitants. The commonly seen bird variety
includes partridges, peafowl, quails, cuckoos, eagles and vultures.
Various migratory birds also visit the area during the winters.
Dungarpur is famed for its unique style of
architecture as seen in its palaces and noble residences. These royal
residences are adorned by 'jharokhas' built in stone in a unique style
typical of the area developed during the reign of Maharawal Shiv Singh
(1730-1785 A. D.) The district gold and silversmiths are renowned for
lacquer painted toys and picture framing.