Pravin Villas – Owner / Family Background
–K.S. Harshwardhan Singh Solanki.
–Bansda State (Wansda)
The erstwhile royal state of Bansda was bounded on the west by Surat District; on the north by the State of Baroda; on the east by the Dang States; and on the south by the State of Dharampur. With exception of few villages bordering on Surat, almost all whole country is covered with forest. The annual rainfall averages about 80 inches.
The Family of the chief are Hindus of Rajput extraction, descendants from the Solanki race which ruled Gujarat. The ruins of the fortified enclosure near Bansda, and of several temples and works of irrigation, point to a former period of prosperity. The family follows the rule primogeniture and has received a sanad authorizing adoption. The Marathas seem to have been the first to bring the chiefs entirely into subjection and to impose a tribute upon them. The right of levying this tribute was transferred by the Peshwa to the British under the Treaty of Bassein (1802).
The Raja has the power to try his own subjects for capital offences. The number of police is 131. 34 mounted men and 33 Arabs are there to perform miscellaneous duties about the court. The State contains one jail. There are 14 boys’ schools and 1 girls’ school in the State, maintained at a cost of Rs. 5,271 with an average daily attendance in 1903-1904 of 416. The boys of the wild tribes are allowed free education in the State schools. Bansda contains a hospital and a travelling dispensary, which together treated 28,000 persons in 1903-1904. The expenditure of the Bansda Municipality is wholly born e by the State.
Pravin Villas – Property Background
–The Property was constructed in 1922 and was the residence of the younger Prince of Maharaja Pratapsinhji of Bansda named Pravinsinhji, whose family has lived in it thereafter.
Pravin Villas – Property Descripation
–The Property has four wings which has 3 rooms each, there is a big courtyard and is surrounded by roads in 3 directions.
–Bansda / Vansda is nestled among hills and is on the way to Saputara, it is 4 hours by road from Mumbai.
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