Rajasthan: Land of colors and colorful people

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Usually, you can find the term “Land of Maharajas” associated with Rajasthan but Rajasthan can surely be attributed with the title “Land of colors”- Rajasthan has a pink capital, Jaipur, a cobalt blue old city, Jodhpur, white alabaster, Udaipur and yellow citadel, Jaisalmer. The hearts of people in Rajasthan retain more colors than the state. They retain the traditional Rajputana flavour in their lifestyle even now. The glory of the majestic palaces and fort, rich culture of Pushkar, greenery and tiger reserve of Ranthambore and heritage beauty of Ajmer have attracted millions of tourist from all over the globe.

History

Rajasthan has always been said to be “Land of Kings”. It has held the rich culture of Rajputs and Mughals. It is often referred in history that the ancient cities of Rajasthan were precursors to Indus Valley civilization. The land of Rajasthan had witnessed, several mighty kings, competing for conquering and expanding their kingdoms. Mughals made their grip over Rajasthan during the reign of the great Akbar. Mughals decided to get into a matrimonial alliance with the Rajputs to turn them from threatening kingdom to the faithful alliance. As the Mughal rule weakened, Rajput spread their sovereignty over Rajasthan. Since then Rajasthan has been singing praises of the Rajputs.

Tourism

Royalties glorify the cities of Rajasthan. The pink city, Jaipur with its age-old charm never fails to surprise curious travellers. Jaisalmer, the golden city preserves the heritage of the living fort, Jaisalmer fort. The architectural beauty and glorious past can be depicted from the several forts and historical places such as Jaigarh fort, Nahargarh fort,  Chittorgarh Fort, Junagarh fort. Rajasthan is the house of artistically designed palaces which reflects the royalty even now. Hawa Mahal, Lake Palace, Amber Palace are some of the examples of palaces and havelies which have not failed to amaze tourist since decades. Rajasthan hosts the colorful festival of Pushkar Camel fair, where the unique and captivating rituals are exhibited to the tourists. Moreover, the scenic beauty of Udaipur, the sandhills rising over the calm lake of Picholi have inspired several couples to arrange destination wedding in Udaipur. It can be attributed as the most romantic destination in India. The national park at Ranthambore has been the foremost tiger reserve in India preserving the lives of 30 or more tigers. The camel and the deserts serve as an attraction to traveller all over the globe.

Culture

The people of Rajasthan have retained their ancient way of lifestyle. Rajputana culture is in their blood. Some traditional dance forms such as Ghumar from Jodhpur, Kalbeliya of Jaisalmer have achieved global recognition.  Rajasthan has always been famous for semi-precious stones and handicrafts and this factor has attracted several tourists.

Lifestyle

People of Rajasthan prefer to live a simple and traditional life. Agriculture has been the main occupation over years for them. However, tourism serves as one of the main occupations for the people of Rajasthan. The caste was divided several years ago according to the occupation – Just like other parts of India, Brahmin was the top caste while Warriors were looked upon with great reverence while the status of merchants followed after the warriors. This caste system still prevails in Rajasthan. Some people earn their living from handicraft.

The colorful hearts of Rajasthan hold on to their culture through their traditional lifestyle.

Rajasthan is a land of rich culture and heritage which not only strives to retain Indian culture but also is preserve the threatened species of tiger from the cruelty of the world. The captivating rituals and historical monuments provide a real treat to the travellers.

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