Location: Mewar Region
Area: 10,455 sq. Km.
Altitude: 421 mts.
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 01482
Bhilwara is an important district of Rajasthan famous for its minerals and textiles. The district derives its name from a special section of the society known as Bhills. In old days the area was mostly inhabited by these people. Bhilwara is an industrial town. It is famous country wide for the textiles industry and hence known as “Textile City of Rajasthan”.
Bhilwara, synonymous with industries like cloth mills and stone quarries, is the headquarter of a small district of the same name in southern Rajasthan. Getting to know Bhilwara by its industries is not very unusual, as the town was developed mainly as a large-scale industrial town. After having been ravished by many invaders over the centuries, the British offered to turn it into a successful mart in the 19th century. So Bhilwara itself is not very attractive and might not figure in the mainstream tourist itinerary, especially when it is surrounded by a host of more glamourous destinations like Chittaurgarh (54km), Rajsamand (87km) and Udaipur (151km).
But a trip to Bhilwara is not totally unprofitable; some of the nearby places like Banera, Bijolia, Menal, Shahpura, Gangapur and Mandal do offer good surprises to one who likes to tread the offbeat track and more than anything else, this inconspicuous little town has a very interesting past to boast of.