|Nickname(s): Manchester of Rajasthan Textile City|
|Elevation||421 m (1,381 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||1000/915  ♂/♀|
- 1 History
- 2 Location
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Social and cultural significance
- 7 Medical
- 8 Tourism
- 9 Fairs
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Bhilwara is known as "the city o, textiles & looms".
Bhilwara is located at  It has an average elevation of 421 metres (1381 feet). It falls between the districts of Ajmer (in north) and Chittorgarh and Udaipur (in south). Major rivers flowing through the district are Banas, Bedach, Kothari, Khari, Mansi, Menali, Chandrabhaga and Nagdi..
There is no natural lake in the district but there are number of ponds and dams so the district is the most irrigated in the state of Rajasthan.
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 shuttleless 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. 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. Late Sh. Jugal Kishore Ji Sharaf and Lt Sh Chetan Sharaf has played a major role in developing the then crucial minrel.
Bhilwara receives electricity from Kota, Beawar, Rana Pratap Sagar Power Station (Rawatbhata) and Nimbahera. All 1,565 villages have been electrified.
The main rivers in the district are Banas, Beduch, Kothari, Khari, Menaali, Unli and Meja dam (10 km from center). The water table is comparatively high between 10 to 20 meters. The district has about 86,600 wells and thousands of tube-wells, providing drinking water and irrigation facilities. Ground water is fresh and generally considered as potable although the concentration in fluoride was regularly above normal and can cause fluorosis. Since 2001, Bhilwara city receives water from the Kota-Chambal River.
National Highway No. 79, part of the Golden Quardrilateral (four lane), and another National Highway No. 76 part of the East West Corridor (four lane) pass through the district. The total length of both section is 120 km.
National Highway No. 758 (Kota-Ladpura-Bhilwara-Gangapur-Rajsamand-Udaipur) passes through the district. The length of this highway is 146 km. and other NH 148D (Bhim-Gulabpura-Uniara).
The total road length in the district was 3,883 km on 31 March 2000.
With a government bus depot in the heart of the city, Bhilwara is connected to all the important cities of Rajasthan and other states. Many private service providers are available.
A broad gauge railway line connecting Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kota, Indore Junction, Ujjain, Delhi, Bharatpur, Agra, Gwalior, Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Patna, Kolkata, Chittorgarh, Udaipur City, Mavli Jn., Ratlam, Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai and Hyderabad passes through the district. Kota (160 km) is the convenient railway station to provide connectivity to the southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The nearest airport is at Udaipur (165 km) — approximately 2.5 hours, by road. The other nearest airport is at Jaipur (251 km) which takes about 4 hours by road. The nearest international airports are in Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
Number of each:
- Post Offices 391
- Telegraph Offices 95
- Telephone exchanges 71
- Public call offices 1,180
- An airstrip is available at Hamirgarh approximately 22 km from Bhilwara city.
Bhilwara is second in central India region for CA Exams.
- Primary and middle schools 2,009
- Higher secondary and secondary schools 212
- Undergraduate and post graduate colleges 7
- Engineering colleges 2 (MLVTEC and ITM)
- University 1 (Sangam University)
Manikya Lal Verma Govt. Textile & Engineering College, Bhilwara is the only textile college of Rajasthan. Institute of Technology and Management is the another engineering college in Bhilwara.
Social and cultural significance
- Art: Great Indian miniature artist Badri Lal Chitrakar highlights the city on international maps for Indian miniature art. He was given the Shilp Guru award by the vice-president of India on 9 September 2006.
- Bhilwara is famous for its 'Fad Paintings' which are depictions of traditional stories on cloth using naturally available colours.
- Sports: Bhilwara is the source of national basketball team players. Coach Mohit Bhandari is the national coach for basketball. Bhilwara has many other state- and national-level players, some of them being Shanker Lal Gattani, Mahipal Solanki (basketball). Several other sports personalities hailing from the city include Karun Pahwa (athletics), Varun Mansinghka (tennis), Anirudh Singh (rowing) and Viraj Dhuri (weightlifting) who are some of the recognizable faces of the modern day sports and athletics scene.
- Shri Yogendra Sharma is an international poet and one of the best poets of India.
Bhilwara has large number of hospitals. Mahatma Gandhi hospital is one of the biggest in the Mewar region. Ram Snehi Hospital is among major medical service providers which include Smt. Kesar Bai Soni Hospital Assisted by Apollo Hospital Ahmedabad, Arihant Eye Hospital, Red crescent Uro-Surgical Hospital, Krishna Hospital,Ajmera eye & gynice (specialist)Hospital and many more. Recently Bhilwara has emerged as an attraction for orthopaedic surgeriesas well.
- Badnore Fort is 70 km from Bhilwara on the Bhilwara Asind road.
- Pur Udan Chatri is about 10 km from Bhilwara city. It is famous for Udan Chatri, Adhar Sheela Mahadev where a huge rock is resting on a small one.
- Kyara ke Balaji has a natural image of Lord Hanuman. It is said that the image spontaneously appeared on the rock. Patola Mahadev Temple,Ghata Rani Temple, Beeda ke Mataji Temple and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple are nearby attractions situated on the beautiful hills of the Aravali mountain range.
- The Bhilwara Municipal corporation is developing a tourist place at Gata Rani Mandir.
- The Madhav Gou Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra (Madhav Cow Science Research Centre), Village Gaadarmala(Pur) is a very popular Gousala.
- Mandal is around 16 km from Bhilwara city; it has the Battis Khambon ki Chhatri. As the name implies, this is a handsome chhatri made of sandstone with 32 pillars. Some of them have beautiful carving at the base and the upper portion. Within this chatri a huge Shivling is situated.
- Harni Mahadev: Founded by the ancestors of the Darak family, a Shivling lies under the mountain, built into a Shiva temple is 8 km from the city. It got the name Harni on the name of village near it, a nice place for people from the city for outing as it has hills around. On the occasion of Shiv Ratri a three-day fair is held here. Near this Chamunda mata Mandir is a hill from where one can have a view of whole city. Dadi dham temple is also there on the way.
- Ganesh Mela, Ganesh Temple, Gandhi Nagar, Bhilwara
- Tejaji Mela, Tejaji chowk, Bhilwara
- Harni Mahadev Mela, Village Harni, Bhilwara
- Gangapur Pashu Mela (Gangapur Cattle Fair), Gangapur, Bhilwara
- Gyaras Mata Mela, Pur, Bhilwara
- Sawai Bhoj Ka Mela, Asind, Bhilwara
- Phool Dol Mela, Shahpura, Bhilwara
- Jal Jhoolani Ekadasha, Kotri Charbhuja, Bhilwara
- Dhanop Mataji Mela, Village Dhanop Shahpura, Bhilwara
- Joganiya Mata Mela, Village Joganiya, Bhilwara
- Dev Narayan Mela, Malaseri ki Oongra, Bhilwara
- Ramdev Ji Ka Mela, Bagore, Mandal, Bhilwara
- Tilaswan Mahadev Mela, Tilswan tirth, Village Tilaswan, Bhilwara
- Badnore Pashu Mela (Badnore Cattle Fair), Badnore, Asind, Bhilwara
- Chouth Mata Ji ka Mela, Raila, Bhilwara
- Dashara Mela, Mandalgarh
- mela at diwali,kachhola,bhilwara
- 56 Bhog and Jal Jhoolani Ekadasha, danthal Charbhuja, Bhilwara(9 km from Bhilwara and 4 km from Haled )
- Bhilwara city population Census, 2011
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Bhilwara
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- 2011 Census information for Bhilwara, Population Census India.