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Handicraft of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan is globally famous for its rich art & craft. Art and crafts of Rajasthan was well developed in the state since ancient times. The state has well preserved its rich ancient tradition of exquisite art & craft. The state produces some of the most impressive art & craft products even today.

Handicrafts of Rajasthan are worldwide famous with their eye-catching designs and patterns. Handicrafts which are made of locally available wood feature in wood carving, furniture, boxes, chairs, jhulas, temples, table tops, etc. All these wooden crafts are crafted by local craftsman.

Each region of Rajasthan is known for having its own unique art & craft culture. Barmer is famous for wooden crafts with stunning carving. It is also famous for miniature painting on furniture. Jaipur is famous with art & crafts like carpets & durries, block painting, stone carvings, blue pottery, paintings, gems & stones, artificial jewellery, leather crafts. Jaipur rajai (quilt) and jutis (shoes) are popular across the country. Jodhpur is known for furniture carvings, stone carving, leather crafts, etc. Jodhpuri shoes (mojaris) are popular.

Jaisalmer is known for wall-paintings. Various buildings like palaces, havelis and also huts of common people have got their walls and ceilings decorated with colorful paintings. In the streets of Jaisalmer also fabulous wall paintings can be seen. Paintings are popular form Rajasthan arts and crafts. Folk and miniature paintings can be seen here. Paintings here are known for treatments, composition, color scheme and theme. These paintings are made with the use of sparkling colors, distinct lines, and two-dimensional treatment of figures and distribution of the entire composition in compartments. These paintings are commonly known as ‘PHAD’ paintings.

Examples of stunning handicraft in Rajasthan also features in Fine Block Printed Textile, Wood or Ivory Carving, Tie-and-Dye Fabrics, Lacquer & Filigree Work, Stunningly Crafted Precious Stones, Enameled Jewellery, Silver Jewellery, Miniature Paintings, Hanging Painting, Blue Pottery, etc. All these items when you will see on your Rajasthan tours you will surely love to purchase some of them. Metal Craft, Terracotta, Leather Products, Embroidery, Zari Work, Textile, Wooden Artifacts, etc are also important part of Rajasthan crafts. The hand knotted woolen carpets of Rajasthan are in great demand. The traditional cotton carpets of Jaipur & Jodhpur are also beautiful with pastel shades and geometrical motifs.

Textiles have also a major place in exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts. The textile has an interesting range of tie-and-dyed, block-printed fabric and embroidered. Each regions of the state has its own design and color scheme. Generally people here prefer costumes of bright colors like red, saffron, green, blue, pink, yellow, etc.
Tie-and-Dye textiles called Bandhej or Bandhani are an important Rajasthani textile and perfect example of arts & crafts of Rajasthan. Different methods are used to tie the fabric to produce various patterns like lehariya, mothda, ekdali and shikari. Rajasthani Bandhej from Jodhpur, Sikar, and Jaipur are very famous.

Jewellery, Leather Wear & Items, Stone Carving, Painting, Metal Crafts, Puppets, Textile, Blue Pottery, Terracotta, Durries & Carpets, Wooden Furniture, Wooden Artifacts, etc. are some of popular example of Rajasthani Handicrafts.

Rajasthan Map

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Culture of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan – the land of maharajas – is one of the most significant tourist destinations of India. It is a worldwide famous tourist destination appealing tourist from all over the world. It is extensively renowned for its prosperous culture and tradition. Vibrant fairs & festival and outstanding forts & palaces show the affluent culture and heritage of the state. It has imaginative and vibrant cultural traditions which can pompously recite the ancient Indian way of life. It is also well-known for great Indian hospitality. The tradition of hospitality is truly worth admiring. There are a number of heritage palace hotels in this state offering world-class accommodation with traditional and cultural charm.

Rajasthan Folk Culture – Music & Dance

Rajasthan culture also can be seen in its rich and varied folk culture from villages. Folk dance and folk music with its distinct style are truly worth praising and way to observe rich culture of Rajasthan. Folk culture of the state depicts the saga of heroism and romance of its glorious past. Folk music is an important part of Rajasthani culture in India. Panihari, Ballads, Chang, Bhopa, Kathputali, etc are popular folk music of India. Internationally famous folk dances like Goomer dance from Udaipur, Kalbeliya dance from Jaisalmer are truly mesmerizing and showing rich cultural tradition of the state.

Rajasthan Arts & Crafts

The rich and varied Rajasthan culture India can be also seen in its traditional colorful art & crafts. Exquisite handicrafts, beautiful silver jewellery, block prints, tie & die prints, zari work, embroidery work, etc are major products of art & craft of this culturally rich state of India. Handicraft items like wooden furniture, printed pottery, woven carpets, designer jewelries, etc are worth for shopping in local colorful bazaars of the state during your tours.

Rajasthan Costumes

Costumes of Rajasthan are colorful and delight for every visitors coming to this state. Men tie colorful pagri on their head look like truly royal. Traditional women wear colorful Lehnga or Ghaghra (long skirts) and choli (top) worked with lots of mirror work. Rajasthani traditional dresses are generally designed in bright colors like red, saffron, green, yellow and blue.

Rajasthan Monuments
Vibrant culture of Rajasthan can be also seen in its magnificent monuments showing proudly rich culture and legacy of its erstwhile rulers. Rajasthan is globally famous for its magnificent monuments. Tourists can visit here several invincible forts, elegant palaces, painted Havelis, terrific temples, and several places of cultural heritage in this most colorful state of India. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Amber Fort, Neemrana Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Pushkar Temple, Dilwara Jain Temple, Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Jaisalmer Havelis, etc are must visit attractions of Rajasthan tours and truly part of true architectural and cultural heritage of India.

Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals

Fairs & festivals of Rajasthan are also worth visiting. During period of fairs and festivals of the state the whole state drench into cultural and festive ambiance. Festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Gangaur, Teej, Makar Sankranti, Brij Festival, etc are celebrated in this state with great zeal and enthusiasm. Pushkar Fairs, Elephant Festivals, Bikaner Camel Festivals, Summer Festivals, etc are also worth enjoying and very famous among tourists.

History of Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan is worldwide acclaimed for its rich culture and glorious history. It is the land of people who are brave and well-manners. It is the land of monuments which say the royal saga of erstwhile era with pride. Glorious history of this historical state narrates the most amazing saga of romance and heroism. Rajasthan history deserves the attention of several scholars and researchers. On Rajasthan tours, tourists have a wonderful opportunity to observe rich culture and glorious past of the state. The glorious past and history of Rajasthan delight tourists.

There is an interesting myth about the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. According to Hindu mythology, Ram (the hero of epic Ramayana) aimed an arrow towards Lanka to burn the island where his wife (Sita) was jailed by the demon king – Ravana. But instead of reaching that land the arrow turned towards the direction of the sea which resulted in the evaporation of all the water. The dry land which emerged due to the evaporation of water was the land of Rajasthan.

The history of Rajasthan is as inspiring and mystifying as India itself. The state has a rich cultural & historical heritage and has been the kingdom of several rulers. So, you will to love to explore this historical state of Rajasthan that is packed with rich history, tradition, art and culture that go back several centuries.

The glorious history of Rajasthan can be divided into four groups narrating information about four different eras.

Ancient Era: Till 1200 A.D.
The history of ancient Rajasthan dates back to 1200 AD. Rajasthan was a part of famous Mauryan Kingdom in around 321 – 184 BC. It has also witnessed several other empires. Archaeological dig has also proved that it was associated with ancient civilization like Harrappan and Indus Valley Civilization.

Rajputs came and occupied this place in around 700 AD. They came in power during the period of 800 – 1200 AD. Rajputs were divided into 36 royal clans and 21 dynasties. Pratihars ruled most of north of India till 1000 AD. After that there was a constant struggle for supremacy among Chauhans, Parmars and Chalukyas till 1200 AD which made the sands of Rajasthan red with blood.

Medieval Era: 1201 – 1707
The internal conflict within Rajput rulers and their battle for power resulted in declining of the unity between them. As a result, after 1200 AD Muslim rulers again took over a part of Rajasthan. Ajmer, Nagaur and Ranthambhore came under the Mughal control. Finally the great Mughal Ruler – Akbar took all power in hands from Rajputs rulers by striking unity with them or forcing war against them.

Around 1300 AD, Mewar emerges as one of the most powerful states in Rajasthan and remained so for quite sometime. It was the prime battlefield and has witnessed some of the most horrific clashes with Mughals. During this period Rana Uday Singh, his son Rana Pratap, Bhappa Rawal and Rana Kumbha showed their great vigor and bravery. The sagas of their chivalry are still imprinted in the glorious sands of Rajasthan, India.

Modern Era: 1707 – 1947
Rajasthan and Mughal Empire flourished in its all magnificence till the period of great mughal emperor Akbar. But after 1707 the mughal supremacy began to decline. As a result the political collapse of Rajasthan began to take place. Then Rajasthan was robed by Marathas and Pindaris. This continued till the start of 19th century after which the British conquest and continued till the year of 1947.

Post Independence Era
British had broken up Rajasthan into several small provinces for easy administration. After 1947 the first step was takes to merging of all the provinces into a single state. This long process continued till the year of 1948. Then it was officially declared as a single mighty state called Rajasthan. Now this is the largest state of India having 32 districts.

Today this state Rajasthan is the one of the most important tourist destinations India. With its rich history and glorious past the state deserves the attention of tourists from all over world. There are lots of attractions and places of tourist interest in this historical state. The magnificent forts & palaces say the rich history and saga of the state.

About Rajasthan

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: About

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Rajasthan is the largest state of India. It is situated in the northwestern part of India and surrounded by Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. It also has long international boundary with Pakistan.

Rajasthan has emerged as globally famous destination for tourism and holiday in India. Tourists and vacationers from all over the world embark on Rajasthan tours and travels and have a great opportunity to relish wonderful tourism and marvelous holidays.

Jaipur, the capital city, is the largest city in the state. It is famously described as the Pink City of India. City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and Amber Fort are highlights of Jaipur city. Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, is the second largest city of the state. Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are attractions of worth visit in the city.

Udaipur, the city of lakes, is one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan and India. It is also referred to as the Romantic City. It is known for beautiful palaces, lakes, temples and gardens. Lake Palace, situated in the middle of the picturesque Pichola Lake, is the most visited tourist attraction in the city. Jagdish Temple, Folk Art Museum, Jag Mandir Palace, City Palace, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Eklingji Temple, etc are worth visit attractions in the city.

Bikaner, lovingly known as the Camel City, is a beautiful city in the state. Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Camel Breeding Farm, Sand Dunes, etc are attraction of Bikaner city tours in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer, situated in the middle of Thar Desert, is a wonderful land and important city of the state. Golden Fort, Jain Temples, Merchant Havelis, Desert National Park, Desert Camping, Camel Safari, Sand Dunes, etc are attractions of Jaisalmer city tours and travels in Rajasthan.

Ajmer and Pushkar are sacred and pilgrimage places in the state. Ajmer is known for Dargah Sharif and Pushkar is noted for temples, especially for temple of Hindu Lord Braham. Pushkar Fair is globally famous and attracts tourists from all over the world. Urs Festival of Ajmer is also popular among tourists and devotees. Rose Gardens in Pushkar are worth visit attraction.

Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan. It is known for cool & cheerful climate and fantastic nature beauty. Dilwara Jain Temple, Jaipur House, Bikaner House, Raghunath Ji Temple, Nakki Lake, Honeymooners Point, Sunset Point, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar, etc are attraction of this picturesque hill town.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Neemrana Fort Palace, Chittorgarh Fort, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Lake Palace, Fort Mandawa Castle, Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Dilwara Jain Temple, Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranthambhore Fort, Kanakwadi Fort, Sariska Palace, Lohagarh Fort, etc are worth visit monuments you will love to explore on your travel and tours in Rajasthan, the royal and imperial state of India.

Rajasthan is home to also some famous wildlife sanctuaries & national parks. Wildlife enthusiasts and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world embark on Rajasthan tours to explore various wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of this regal and historical state. Ranthambhore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, etc are attractions for wildlife tourism in Rajasthan.

In fact, Rajasthan is a land which is full of surprises and wonders. And you will relish Rajasthan tour a lot. Accommodation facility is excellent in Rajasthan with a number of budget hotels, luxury hotels, heritage hotels and lodges.

Rajasthan Travel Packages

February 14, 2014 By: matthewsimpso Category: Travel Packages

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