Musings from Rajasthan – India


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The largest state of India – Rajasthan accounts for more than 10% of India’s surface area on the globe. Rajasthan is the only Indian State that has captured the imagination of the people, rulers and invaders through the ages as well as tourists both national and international.

painting

Above is a painting by my super talented aunt. It truly depicts the exotic and vibrant nature of this state, a culture that has retained the very essence of the bygone royal era.

decoration, rajasthan

Rajasthan was dominantly ruled for over 1000 years by the Rajputs, a warrior clan who claim descent from the sun, the moon and the flames of a sacrificial fire. They have a strict sense of honor and chivalry similar to that of the medieval European Knights and preferred to die an honorable death rather than face defeat at the hands of the enemy.rajasthan

India’s oldest mountain range as the backdrop; feast your eyes on spectacular sand dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. Rajasthan offers it all.

rajasthani painting

Rajasthan is culturally rich and has extensive tradition in art and culture, which reflects the Indian way of life. The dance, music and art forms have been consciously cultivated and patronized by the erstwhile royal courts. An equally rich and varied folk culture from villages is both fascinating and mesmerizing. The music is of uncomplicated innocence and songs depict day-to-day relationships and chores, more often about the bringing of water. Rajasthan’s cultural tapestry takes in simple folk to highly cultivated classical music and dance, in its own distinct style.

Ganesh JI

Rajasthan has a rich tradition of cuisines – for this land of princes had some of the finest cooks in the palaces. The common-folk also took epicurean delight in the culinary art. Aptly has it been said that the royal kitchens of Rajasthan raised the preparation of food to the level of a sublime art.

Generally, Rajasthani curries are brilliant red but not as spicy as they look. Most Rajasthani cuisine uses pure Ghee (clarified butter) as a means of cooking.

decoration at home

Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler.

Other Fun links :

travel to Rajasthan – why?

facts and figures

wiki page

myths from Rajasthan – movie

Rajasthan Tourism

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29 thoughts on “Musings from Rajasthan – India

  1. Agreed! My husband and I were married in Jaipur… We came away with beautiful Rajasthani art. My dad is a Brahma Kumari and this must be the only place where his dietary requirements are completely understood! I’ve been to India twice and it was more a pilgrimage than a holiday. Look forward to taking my daughter to beautiful Rajasthan.

  2. Stunning! I have never been there. Will reserve it for my next visit.
    btw thanks for dropping in and liking my poems and stories. I also plan to check out your other blog. Great going. You make us proud. 🙂

  3. “Rajasthan is the only Indian State that has captured the imagination of the people, rulers and invaders through the ages as well as tourists both national and international.”
    after reading your post I’d like to go there too.
    Love your auntie’s painting!

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  5. I loved the painting! It truly captured the rich colors and distinguished detail of the Indian culture. I have a love and passion for India they are wonderful people and exquisite culture. Thanks for visiting my blog. God bless you!

  6. Rajasthan was my first taste of India, we covered approx 3000km and only scratched the surface. Our only regret is we didn´t visit earlier but saving like mad to return. Can´t wait to go back and learn more as well as see other areas.

  7. Hi Sakshi! I have a soft spot in my heart for India and I’ve never been to Rajasthan. This makes me want to go! Maybe my next trip. Thank you for reading and liking my posts at releasing the tiller–I so appreciate it. I am obviously just getting started and haven’t really announced my blog yet, so your faithful readership means a lot : )

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