Bhilwara District is situated on the state of Rajasthan in western India. The town of Bhilwara is the district headquarters. The district has an area of 10,455 km², and a population of 2,410,459. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. 14.78 of the population is under 6 years of age. An industrial center, Bhilwara district lies in the south-eastern part of Rajasthan and is bound by Ajmer in the North; Chittaurgarh in the south, Udaipur in the west and Bundi in the east, Bhilwara town, and a major textile centre is the headquarters of this district. State Highway (Jaipur-Udaipur) passes through the district, as does a broad gauge railway line measuring 84 km and connecting Ajmer with Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Udaipur (171 km).
The major industry is textiles, with more than 400 manufacturing units in the town. The main textile product is synthetic fabric used in trousers. It began with a spinning and knitting company named Mewar Textile Mills, owned by industrialist Shri Sampatmal Lodha, started in 1938. Thereafter Shri Laxmi niwas Jhunjhunwala started his first unit for synthetic textile in 1961 at Bhilwara. Then many other units came up.
Now the city boasts of producing around a billion meters p.a. of trouser fabric, making Bhilwara one of the major textile centres in India. The turnover of the textile industry is more than Rs. 10,000 crore p.a. The city has nine major and five small spinning mills. The total spindlage installed at Bhilwara are approximately 4.50 lacs, about 40% of the state capacity. It has 18 modern process houses to process polyester/viscose suiting with the annual capacity of a billion meters of fabric. In the weaving sector it has approximately 13,500 looms out of which about 9000 are modern shuttle less ones. Annual exports of textiles from the district is of more than Rs. 2750 crore.
Bhilwara is the only center in the country producing insulation bricks. There are about 33 units in city.Shree Devnarayan Refractory’s is a manufacturer unit of insulation bricks. In the mining sector there is large scale mining of sandstone, soap stone and other minerals like feldspar, quartz, China clay, etc.
Also Mica mining has played a very important role in development of economic and social condition of Bhilwara. Lt. Sh. Jugal Kishore Sharaf and Lt. Sh. Chetan Sharaf owner of (JK Mica manufacturers) has played a very important role in manufacturing and distribution of this mineral.
Places of Interest
Once known as Vardhanpur, this beautiful village in Bhiwara district is believed to have been founded by the Parmar King Badna in 845 BC, and is associated with many historic anecdotes and legends.
Harni Mahadev (64km)
A famous pilgrim center, this hilly region is famous for a waterfall and Chamunda Mata temple. One can have a complete view of the city from the hill top. During Mahashivratri and Shravan, devotees gather here and perform various religious rites.
This place has three old temples of Lord Shiva of the 9th century style of architecture. The entrance to the temple is through a carved archway with a fine image of the elephant headed ganesh.
This picturesque lake at a dam site has boating facilities, a small fort and an old temple of Nil Kanth Mahadev. Bagor, a village 30km north of Mandal, is a place of historical importance.
Located on the Bundi-Chittorgarh Road, this place of natural beauty is famous for its ancient Shiva temples of the Gupta period. The waterfall here is spectacular after a good monsoon. The magnificent temple of Mahanaleshwara built around 10th or 11th century is famous for its fascinating carvings and was once the centre of art and architecture, especially during the Chauhan period.
Mejha Dam (17km)
A ideal picnic spot, perfect for vacations and parties. The dam here is 30ft high and also has a rest house, swimming pool, swings for the children and toy train. The best time to visit Mejha Dam is during the monsoon season.
Mandalgarh (54km South-East)
A historic place, the fort here constructed by the Balnote clan of Rajputs is about half a mile long with low fortifications and bastions. It houses an old temple of Jaleshwar and a Shiva temple.
The capita of an erstwhile princely state of the same name, the former rulers of Shahpur (Manoharpur) were descendants of the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs. It is also famous for the Phad paintings.
How to get there
The nearest airport is at Udaipur and it is easily accessible by rail and road from any part of the state.