Rajasthan, the land of the kings, at its exotic and colorful best. The home of the Rajputs, a group of warrior clans who have controlled this part of India for 1000 years according to a code of chivalry and honor akin to followed by medieval Europe's knights. The land of proud peoples whose chivalry: pride, honor and martial traditions are legendary. Truly the most fascinating land, the land of many touching tales of valor and courage. Although the fortunes of its former rulers may be in tatters, the culture of Rajasthan, with its battle-scarred forts, color full fair & festivals, amazing palaces, riotous colures and sense of gallantry, is still very much alive.
The state with a magical air of romance, speckled with desert forts, lush flora and fauna, and exotic cities that rise out of the landscape like shimmering backdrops to Tales of the Arabian Nights. No one visits Rajasthan without taking home superb memories, a swag of folk art and a helluva lot of grit in the eye.
Fair & Festivals of Rajasthan
Rajasthan, is a colourful desert. The unconvincing Thar Desert and with it all the barren land of Rajasthan has much to offer through the plethora of celebrations. Festivals and fairs, music and dances, turns the land to a creative fertile basin. Season heralded with a festive fervour and cattle marts turn into delightful fairs.
Culture of Rajasthan
Rajasthan - the land of royalty is a glittering jewel set in the golden sands of a barren deserts landscape. The light that reflects off the golden sands engulfs a land renowned for its vibrant colors, people in bright clothes and beautiful jewelry, living in cities dotted and dominated by towering forts and palace that rise from the sands like mirage.
Music & Dance of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is culturally rich and has extensive tradition in art and culture, which reflects Indian way life. The dance, music and art forms have been watchfully cultivated and patronized by the erstwhile courts. An equally rich and varied folk culture from villages is both fascinating & mesmerizing.
History of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is where all the country's similes and metaphors appear to have come together. Sand dunes, wooded hills and amazing lakes, palaces and rugged forts, men and women in colorful turbans and skirts, bustling towns and quiet villages, camels, elephants and tigers, harsh sunlight and the cool evening breeze - are all there in abundance.
Tribals of Rajasthan
Rajasthan according to the 2001 census has a population of 56.5 million. Rajasthan has a large indigenous populace Minas (Minawati) in Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Dholpur areas. The Meo and the Banjara are travelling tradesmen and artisans. The Gadia Lohar is the Lohar meaning ironsmith who travels on Gadia meaning bullock carts; they generally make and repair agricultural and household implements.
A magical sojourn reverberating with age old culture and traditions, the state enfolds in its lap a diverse kaleidoscope of breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating art-de-facts. The range is unparalleled even while it is sophisticated in its simplicity.
The mixture and brilliance of Rajasthan's architectural heritage can amaze a visitor. Majestic forts, intricately carved temples and Havelis (meaning mansion) and even step well make Rajasthan a paradise for an architecture buff. The desert state of Rajasthan is a land of irony and extremes.
How to Reach Rajasthan
Jaipur is the main airport to enter Rajasthan. Serviced by all the domestic airlines of India, Jaipur has connections to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Jodhpur and few more cities in India. Other major airports are in Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Rajasthan holidays, like many other facets of the state is another unforgettable experience, more if you consider traveling by train. Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world, is the highpoint of any travel to Rajasthan. Seven days of unmatched hospitality, living life like a king, in the moving kingdom of Palace on Wheels is just out of this world.
Road transport in Rajasthan, on the other hand, is much better than in the other parts of India. But, most enduring of the memories in Rajasthan is undoubtedly Camel Safari and Horse Safari across the Thar Desert.