Formerly a princely state under the reign of the Maharavals and home to the Bhil tribals of the region, Banswara gets its name from ‘baans’ or bamboo tree that once grew in abundance. The city is famous for hundreds of tiny islands (known as ‘Chachakota’ in local parlance) situated on Mahi river. The presence of centuries-old temples and shrines, such as Arthuna, are prime attractions for tourism in Banswara. The tribal culture prevalent in the Banswara makes it a popular tourist hotspot. Shrouded by the majestic Aravali range from the east, the landscape of Banswara is a mix of different geographies.
One of the famous tourist places in Banswara is the ruins of 11th and 12th century Hindu and Jain temples at Arthuna. Some of the Shiva temple ruins at the site have intricate carvings depicting various religious figurines. Anand Sagar or Bai Talab is an artificial lake constructed by the queen Lanchi Bai which is encircled by Kalp Vriksha (wishing trees) and royal chattris (cenotaphs). Ram Kund (also known as Phati Khaan) is an under hill cave where it is believed that Lord Ram stayed during his exile. Andeshwar Parshwnathji is a revered Jain temple visited by devotees from all over the country and is home to rare rock inscriptions dated around 10th century.
Some other famous temples in Banswara are Talwara Temple, Madareshwar Temple, Vithala Deo Temple and Raj Mandir. Paraheda is a famous Shiva temple built around 12th century while Tripura Sundari is one the Shakti Peeths in Hinduism dedicated to 18-armed goddess Tartai Mata. Kagadi Pikup Weir is another tourist attraction in Banswara known for lush green gardens, beautiful fountains overlooking the Kagdi Lake. AbdullaPir is a revered Muslim dargah which is an important place of pilgrimage for Bohra Muslims.
Other places of interest in Banswara include Dailab Lake and Anekant Bahubali Temple Lohariya. Mangarh Hil is a tribal fair organized here tribals of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh participates and pays respect to the Guru Govindgiri, founder of the Samp Sabha.
Tourists can visit all the twelve and half Swayambhoo Shivalingas that are peppered all over Banswara, earning the nickname ‘Little Kashi’ or Lodhikashi. The rainy season brings the waterfalls in Banswara to life. Kagdi Falls, Juha Falls, Kadeliya Falls, Bhuadara Falls and Jhulla Falls are worth the visit if you are travelling to Banswara during the rains.
Banswara is quite during summers so the best time to visit Banswara is between the months of August and March. At this time the weather is cool and pleasant.
Banswara has hot summers with temperatures ranging between 27° C and 43° C from march to may.
It experience cool winters with temperatures ranging between 26 °C and 10 °C from november to february.
Banswara, unlike other parts of Rajasthan receives good amount of rainfall during monsoons.