A place of worship for the Bohra Muslims, the Abdulla Pir Dargah in Banswara has historical significance. Also, known as Dargah of Abdul Rasul, this shrine happens to be an important landmark of Banswara and is located in the southern part of the city.
This place gets flooded with people during the time of URS - a festival that commemorates the death of Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of Sufi order in India. The festival takes place for over a period of 6 days and there are night long musical programs comprising of qawwali singing. Thousands of pilgrims from all the over the country travel to Banswara during this time.
It is visited by other tourists too all-round the year as the shrine has a richly carved structure made completely out of white marble.
In order to visit Abdulla Pir Banswara, you would need to Banswara first. Once in Banswara, you would get several options like buses and taxis to reach Abdullah Pir Dargah and the other places.
By Air: Udaipur is the closest domestic airport to Banswara and is 185 km away.
By Rail: Ratlam is the nearest railway station and is located about 80 km from Banswara.
By Road: It’s best to go for the bus option as there are regular buses from Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur, and Bharatpur.
Things to Do in and around
Banswara, is also known as the city of thousand islands and is home to the famous Bhil Tribe of Rajasthan. It has got its name from ‘bans’ or Bamboo and is a beautiful city to live in or visit. The Aravalli Range surrounds its eastern side and there are lush green forests that are home to a rich and diverse wildlife.
Arthuna is one of the major tourist attractions of Banswara. There are three Shiva Temples here, which are known to have great archeological significance. There are other temples here too that are centuries old. Even if you are not a religious person, you would love exploring this place for its quaint charm and for the fact that they are so many years old. Some of them are located on top of the hill and offer a sensational view of the surroundings.
Another place that you can visit is the Anand Sagar Lake, which is an artificial lake, located on the eastern side of the city. ‘Kalpa Vriksha’ or holy trees surround this lake and these are famous for fulfilling the wishes of the visitors.
Ram Kund or Phati Khan is a deep cave located under a hill. It has a pool inside which has chilled water all throughout the year. This is a picturesque place surrounded by hills on all the sides.
The Dialab Lake is another beautiful lake of this place, which happened to be the summer residency of the rulers in the past. The Kagadi Piek Weir is a garden with a beautiful fountain and perfect for families. The Mahi River has several islands on it and is another major tourist attraction of Banswara. Behind Mahi Dam, about 14 km away from the city is Chachi Kota giving you an illusion of hill station - a must visit for all.
Try visiting Cheech, an old village famous for its Brahma temple that was built in the 12th century.
Best Time to Visit
Winter is the best time to visit with the temperature being in the range 10°C to 26°C. Monsoon is a good time too.