Deesa is a city and a municipality in the Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat, India.


Deesa is located in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat, India
Deesa is located in India
Deesa (India)
Coordinates: 24°15′0.4″N 72°10′56″E / 24.250111°N 72.18222°ECoordinates: 24°15′0.4″N 72°10′56″E / 24.250111°N 72.18222°E
Country India
 • Total111,149
 • Rank31st (Gujarat)
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code02744-xxxxxx
Vehicle registrationGJ08-xxxx


Deesa is situated on the east banks of the river Banas. Deesa was an estate and thana ( faujdari/thanedari ) ruled by the Mandori (Jhalori) dynasty. Today original Deesa known as Juna Deesa.[1]

New Deesa was also recognized as Camp Deesa. In 1820, the British military cantonment named Deesa Field Brigade [2] was built in the middle of Rajasthan and Palanpur to maintain and protect the regions between Abu and Kutch from dacoits and the incursions of the desert and Parkar Khosas into Vagad and north-west Gujarat.[1] The cantonment had a resident Catholic chaplain and a chapel.[3]

Deesa, as an estate of Palanpur, was under Palanpur Agency of Bombay Presidency,[4] which in 1925 became the Banas Kantha Agency. After Independence of India in 1947, Bombay Presidency was reorganized in Bombay State. When Gujarat state was formed in 1960 from Bombay State, it fell under Banaskantha district of Gujarat. Deesa expanded significantly in recent times due to growth in agricultural produce business of potatoes and other commodities.

Deesa has a non-functioning airport.


As per provisional reports of Census of India, population of Deesa in 2011[5] is 111,149; of which male and female are 58,724 and 52,425 respectively. The sex ratio of Deesa city is 895 per 1000 males.


The places of interest include nani bhakhar (a temple of goddess on a small hill), Hari Manjil Palace, Satrah Sahid Dargah, Darbargadh, Banas dam.

Siddhambika Mataji temple is situated at Juna deesa (nearby town). Siddhambika Mataji is the clan goddess of the Dishaval Vania.

There are also two Jain temples and a mosque.[1]

A tower known as Hawai Pillar was constructed by the British in 1824 to measure air pressure. It is renovated in 2013 as a heritage monument.[6]

Deesa being famous for its potatoes and milk quality, the businesses are also famous around it. One famous outlet named Saraswati Restaurant (since 1967) is very popular for its aaloo sabzi poori and Dilbahar. Dilbahar is essentially a milkcake made of different process which gives it unique texture and tase. Dilbahar also gets exported from here. Saraswati has recently opened its second outlet named "Dilbahar" on highway area as well.



  • Sir Charles Watson High School, established in 1853, is one of the oldest schools in Deesa and also State of Gujarat. It is run by Deesa Nagar Palika. It has twenty-one classrooms and an enrolment capacity of 1500 students.[7]
  • St. Xavier's School
  • Adarsh School
  • St. Anne's School
  • Sardar Patel School



Deesa is known for its potato plantations. Considering the area under cultivation and agro-climatic conditions for potato research, a centre of All India Co-ordinated Potato Improvement Project was initiated in 1971-72, with the financial help of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. Thereafter ICAR realized the need for multidisciplinary long-range research for increasing the production of this valuable crop and strengthened the project during Fifth Five Year Plan (1975–80) to have systematic research work on potato started to overcome the farmers problems of the state. Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University runs a potato research station in Deesa. It falls under the North Gujarat Agroclimatic Zone-IV of the State.[8]

The town is also major medical hub in the region.


  1. ^ a b c Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Cutch, Palanpur, and Mahi Kantha. Government Central Press. 1880. pp. 341–342. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Deesa - Asiatic Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Gandhinagar Archdiocese". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Radhanpur" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 785.
  5. ^ "Deesa Census of India". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  6. ^ "ડીસાવાસીઓ આનંદો, હવાઈ પિલ્લર બનશે નવલું નઝરાનું". Divya Bhaskar (in Gujarati). 13 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Deesa Info". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Potato Research Station, Deesa". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
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