Dungarpur was founded as the capital of Wager Desh which means a forested or sparsely populated region. Dungarpur literally means a town among the hills or Dungarpur a local name for a hill. The name of the town also attributes to the name of maharawal of Dungar who founded the town as his capital in 1358 A.D.
During the long period of its History, the town has undergone many changes in its physical and political character. The town has all typical characteristics of a medieval town such as fort. rmpart, constrained development and residential segmentation. The site of the town is typically defensive, aided both by natural as well as by artificial fortification. The history of the town development can be studied under different stages of development.