Vibrant Rajasthan

It won’t be an exaggeration if the word Rajasthan produces a very sad and dry picture in the minds of the people around the globe. The place is tantamount to the likes of great Sahara desert. The weather conditions are known to be harsh and rainfall is scanty. But ironically despite all the facts and figures, Rajasthan is undoubtedly the most vibrant place of India.

It is a hot tourist destination which has everything to offer to its explorers. Every nook and corner of the place seems to be sprinkled with color. The folklore is abundant in tales of valour. The palaces seem to narrate a tale of their own. From colorful festivals to spicy delicacies, huge sand dunes to multicolored fresco adorning the walls of the houses, the bemusing tunes of the trumpets, to the agility of the ‘Ghoomer’ or pirouette dancers. Festivities are synonymous with the lives of the people of Rajasthan.

The traditional Ghoomer dance
Celebrations occur at the drop of a hat here. The fun loving people do not need an excuse to break into dance and songs. You will be amused to know that there are endless number of festivals celebrated with great fun and fervour. One of them is the TEEJ which is very peculiar to this place. Green is considered to be the color for it. It is branded as a festival of swings where people of all ages take turns to be a part of the celebration.

Gangaur is yet another festivity to celebrate womanhood in this place. Women are decked up in the best of their attires complete with ‘16 shringaars’ meant for the brides according to our tradition. They are considered to be very important aspects of the Indian married women. Since the beautification of the bride consists of sixteen parts and covers almost every part of the body, right from the head to the toe, hence this name.

Typical Rajasthani Thali
A typical Rajasthani is an ardent food lover. People love to play with various combinations of oils and spices. Their typical food, Dal-Baati-Choorma is not ideal for the faint-hearted. When it comes to taste, they just don’t compromise with oil and use it liberally. Opulent indulgence in pure ghee defines the very aroma and character of the cooking here. Any kind of vegetable made here will be nothing short of an oil bath. It is said that since Rajasthan has scarcity of water, the food is cooked with minimal water content and more of oil and spices. Many of the dishes are even made with buttermilk, milk or clarified butter instead of water to give it a richer flavor and longer shelf life. The absence of fertile land also resulted in a pronounced use of lentils, pulses, legumes and locally grown beans rather than green leaves. In other words, we can say that the simplest of the vegetables are infused with abundance of pure ghee and spicy flavors.

Those who have been to this part of the world will swear by the fact that the folks here are notorious for their hospitality. They take immense pride in the age-old Indian tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which means that a guest is God incarnate for them. The tradition is to serve the guests on a mat. Making them wear a turban is a mark of respect. The warmth with which they receive and treat people is actually commendable. The moment you enter a restaurant the waiters hover around you and will make a beeline to serve you. Even in a typical household, it is a tradition to serve the guests till they start pleading for mercy. People believe in the traditional ‘manuhaar’ system which means appeasement. Under the system, the guest is actually offered more and more food beseechingly in order to appease. So next time you plan a rendezvous with the folks here , leave your weight issue for a while and be prepared to a real hara-kiri on your stomach. The emblematic Rajasthani hospitality can surely find a place in your heart despite being profound on your stomach.

Apart from celebrations and food, Rajasthan is also a place totally steeped in art and culture. Blue pottery is an art form which is peculiar to the state and so is the traditional art of tie and dye. It is also a renowned hub for precious stones and jewels. Be it handicrafts, miniature paintings, ornamental pillars, stone carvings, facades, wooden and marble Jharokhas, carpets, stain glass panels, ivory carvings, leather ware, puppets, metal ware the terrain has abundance of talent in all art forms.

Rajasthan art & culture
It is this art and culture that has given vibrancy to an otherwise dry and arid landscape. It’s not nature but man who has bestowed this riot of color to this land despite it being tucked in a semi-desert countryside and having extreme climatic conditions. This indulgence in color and is man’s answer to what God had forgotten to bestow upon it.

The costumes of Rajasthan display a symphony of colors. When it comes to food, they don’t believe in any hitch ups. So next time you plan a rendezvous with the people of Rajasthan , leave your weight issue for a while and be prepared to a real hara-kiri for your stomach. The taste lingers in the mouth.

The emblematic Rajasthani hospitality can surely find a place in your heart despite being profound on your stomach. Apart from celebrations and food, Rajasthan is also a place totally steeped in art and culture.

Blue pottery is an art form which is peculiar to the state and so is the traditional art of tie and dye. It is also a renowned hub for precious stones and jewels. Be it handicrafts, miniature paintings, ornamental pillars, stone carvings, facades, wooden and marble Jharokhas, carpets, stain glass panels, ivory carvings, leather ware, puppets, metal ware the terrain has abundance of talent in all art forms.

It is this art and culture that has given vibrancy to an otherwise dry and arid landscape. It’s not nature but man who has bestowed this riot of color to this land despite it being tucked in a semi-desert countryside and having extreme climatic conditions. This indulgence in color and is man’s answer to what God had forgotten to bestow upon it.

Rajasthan pictures

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  1. Your write up has actually made me plan up a holiday in Rajasthan!!

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