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This article is about the district. For its eponymous headquarters, see Banswara.
Location in Rajasthan

Banswara District has an area of 5,037 km2, 1.47% of Rajasthan state, India. The city of Banswara is the district headquarters. It is bounded on the north by Udaipur District, on the northeast by Pratapgarh District, on the east and southeast by Madhya Pradesh state, on the southwest by Gujarat state, and on the west by Dungarpur District.

Origin of name[edit]

The district is named after the former Princely State of Banswara. There are two traditions regarding the etymology of Banswara. According to one tradition, it is derived from the name of the Bhil chief Bansia who ruled over this area before being killed by Maharaval Jagmal Singh in 1529 CE. According to the other tradition, the name is derived from the Bans Vara (the country of bamboos) due to the abundance of bamboos in the dense forests of this region.


Banswara is part of the Vagad region of southern Rajasthan, which includes Banswara and Dungarpur districts. The region is mainly inhabited by tribals, predominantly Bhils. Banswara and Dungarpur are combilnely called VAGAR, and in both the places local language is VAGRI.

The District lies in the Mahi River basin. The Mahi flows north through the district from its origin in the Vindhya Range of Madhya Pradesh, entering the district from the southeast and flowing north towards the northern end of the district, where it turns southwest to form the boundary between Banswara and Dungarpur districts before entering Gujarat and emptying into the Gulf of Cambay.

Banswara District has rich flora and fauna. The forests include mainly teak. The wildlife includes a large variety of wild animals like leopard, chinkara, etc. Common birds in the region are fowl, partridge, black drongo, grey shrike, green bee-eater, bulbul, parrot etc.


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Banswara one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[1] It is one of the twelve districts in Rajasthan currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[1]


Banswara district is divided into 3 sub-divisions, which are further divided into 5 tehsils and 8 development blocks. Banswara sub-division consists Banswara and Garhi tehsils, Ghatol sub-division consists Ghatol tehsil and Kushalgarh sub-division consists Kushalgarh and Bagidora tehsils. The 8 development blocks in the district are: Talwara, Garhi, Ghatol, Peepal Khunt, Bagidora, Anandpuri, Kushalgarh and Sajjangarh.

The district consists 5 Vidhan Sabha constituencies, Kushalgarh, Danpur, Ghatol, Banswara and Bagidora. All of them along with 3 other Vidhan Sabha constituencies from Dungarpur district are part of the lone Lok Sabha constituency of the district, Banswara.[2]


According to the 2011 census Banswara district has a population of 1,798,194,[3] roughly equal to the nation of The Gambia[4] or the US state of Nebraska.[5] This gives it a ranking of 267th in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 399 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,030/sq mi) .[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 26.58%.[3] Banswara has a sex ratio of 979 females for every 1000 males,[3] and a literacy rate of 57.2%.[3]


  1. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ CEO, Rajasthan website - district & assembly constituency wise electorates
  3. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Gambia, The 1,797,860 July 2011 est. 
  5. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Nebraska 1,826,341 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°12′N 74°00′E / 27.200°N 74.000°E / 27.200; 74.000

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The New Indian Express
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:15:00 -0800

JAIPUR: A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by setting herself abaze in Banswara district of Rajasthan, police said today. Diya, a class 12th student of a private school in Sikar, alleged in her suicide note that she was being tortured by ...

Udaipur Kiran

Times of India
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:15:00 -0800

JAIPUR: Leaders across the political spectrum would gather at the famous Mangarh Dham on Tuesday to pay homage to the hundreds of martyrs who were killed in a massacre, better known as Rajasthan's Jallianwala Bagh, on the 102nd anniversary of the ...
Times of India
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:55:01 -0800

Ramesh Joti Nisarta, accused in a robbery case registered at the Fatepura police station in Dahod district, was nabbed from the Kunthi village in Banswara district of Rajasthan on Sunday night. The police had received a tip off regarding his ...


Times of India
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -0700

UDAIPUR: In a gruesome incident, a woman and her nine-year-old daughter were burnt alive in Chidiawasa village under Sadar police station area of Banswara district. The charred bodies were found from their house, which was reportedly locked from ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:47:19 -0700

Raje govt to relocate, rename university named after Rajiv Gandhi, Cong Says 'Political Vendetta'. The Rajasthan government is set to relocate Udaipur-based Rajiv Gandhi Tribal University, to Banswara district and may also rename it after Govind Guru, ...
Inside Philanthropy
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:14:52 -0700

The N.M. Sadguru Water & Development Foundation, one of Anandana's past grantees, used its award to build 19 water structures such as dams and water reservoirs on 3,073-hectares of land spanning 20 villages in the Banswara district of Rajasthan.
Times of India
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:11:07 -0700

The report said that as per the tender documents, RSWM Limited, Noida was composite mill supplier located at Mordi Lodha, Banswara district; Kharigram; Gulabpura; Mandpam, Bhilwara district; Rishabdev, Udaipur district; Ringas, Sikar district in ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:46:32 -0700

Regarding the quantification of conversions, he said, “I only want to cite the examples of Beawar area in Ajmer and Banswara district of Rajasthan, where district collectors needed a clearence from the church for declaring a holiday, but now (due to ...

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