Rajasthan is one of India’s most popular holiday destinations for its arts and culture, palaces, and forts; many of the old and neglected forts and palaces have been converted into heritage hotels that offer the best in luxury, friendliness and hospitality that the Rajasthani people are known for. Most Rajasthan tour packages include visits to more than a few forts and natural sites.
What to Expect in Rajasthan Holidays
Rajasthan is endowed with natural beauty and a great history of kings, warriors, royal battles, and a palpable spirituality that includes its traditional Vedic health-care system based on naturopathy. Yoga is practiced everywhere and by all ages. Herbal treatments, massages, and the ancient traditions of Ayurveda and yoga, hydrotherapy and meditation are part of the way of life and there are many Nature Cure Centers in this, the Land of Kings.
The Rajasthani people belong to several sub-ethnic groups, but all see themselves as Marwaris, as they are known, first. The men wear the traditional dhotis, kurta, and paggar or the Chudidar payjama (puckered trousers), depending on the region. Women wear the ghagra (long skirt) and kanchli (top). The official language is Rajasthani, which is a part of the western group of Indo-Aryan languages.
There are many artistic and cultural traditions in Rajasthan that reflect the ancient way of life, although they are slightly different in the cities and the tiny villages. The classical music that is native here is highly cultivated, and usually accompanied by dancers with a very distinctive style.
The Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer and the Ghoomar dance from Udaipur are internationally renowned, and Bhopa, Chang, Ghindr, Kathputli, Kachchhighori, Teratali, and Tejaji are perfect examples of traditional Rajasthani culture. Folk music from the villages is very popular too and usually consists of ballads relating heroic deeds and love stories. Bhajans and banis are religious or devotional songs that are often sung accompanied by musical instruments such as the dholak, sitar, and sarangi.
Rajasthan is also known for its textiles, semi-precious stones, handicrafts, and traditional art which is very colorful and consists of tie and dye prints, block prints, Sanganer prints, Bagaru prints, and Zari embroidery all of which are major exports. Crafts such as blue pottery, wooden furniture, and carpets are exquisitely done and can be found everywhere in Rajasthan.
One of the features of Rajasthani cooking has its roots in medieval times when the chieftains were at war most of the time and the focus was on food that could be eaten without heating and would last for several days whilst they were marching. Cooking is therefore done according to what can be found in the area, with the cooks in the desert belt of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner cooking with a minimum amount of water, rather using buttermilk, clarified butter and milk.
Both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes are made, although the majority of Hindu and Jain Rajasthanis are vegetarian. Jains do not eat after sundown, and they do not use garlic or onions in their food.
Rajasthani cuisines differ from region to region, but Jowar, Bajri, legumes and lentils, curry leaves, tamarind, coriander, ginger, garlic, chili, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin, and rosewater are commonly used to give the food its distinct flavor and aroma. The most famous dishes are Dal-Baati-Churma and Junglee maas.
Our Rajasthan packages at holidaybirds will give you the opportunity to visit many of the heritage areas and meet the wonderful people of this area and taste different variations of their cuisine.
We have daily departures to Rajasthan (India) from several international places (Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saudi Arabia, England, United Kingdom (UK), United States (USA), Australia, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Qatar, Philippines, Ireland.