The people of Rajasthan
, living in the barren and monotonous
landscape, add a whole range of colors in their lives through their costumes.
Their affinity to colors can be seen in the way they decorate themselves,
their houses and even their animals. Pageantry, a part of the daily ritual,
manifests in the way the men and women dress. Resplendent, in their raiment,
where the preferred bright red, dazzling yellow, lively green or brilliant
orange, highlighted by a lavish use of sparkling gold and silver 'zari'
or 'gota', never seem to cease.
Men, in Rajasthan
, are no less ritually adorned than the
women and can almost vie with the amount of jewelry they sport. For their
own dressing, the turban, an Angrakhi or Achakan as the upper garment and
Dhoti or Pajama as the lower garment makes the male outfit.
The Rajasthani men
adorn themselves with astonishing variety
in styles of turban that denote their region and caste. To be able to give
different shapes to such length of cloth requires a good bit skill that
the Rajasthani men take pride in perfecting.
As social customs are still governed by the age-old traditions, it is only
natura l to see women in swirling skirts, who spontaneously pull the veil
or ghunghat over the faces at the sight of a man. They generally wear a
three-piece dress which includes the ghagra (skirt), the odhni (head cloth),
the kurti (shirt). Women are particularly inclined to wear jewelry on many
parts of their body including specific types that are worn on the feet,
head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers and waist.
They go even further by making beautiful henna decorations on their hands
and feet, especially on the occasion of marriages.
Shoppers Paradise The Art of the Land
Jewelry and Gemstones
famous for its jewellery industry from very early
times, being an important source of precious and semi-precious stones such
as emerald, garnet, agate, amethyst, topaz and lapiz lazuli. Though Jaipur
is internationally renowned for its exquisite Kundan (the art of setting
precious stones in gold) and meena (enamel) jewellery, meenakari is also
done in Nathdwara near Udaipur.Lac and glass bangles are a special attraction
of Rajasthan and are made in a variety of colours and designs in Jaipur
and Jodhpur. Silver is commonly worn by rural women and one can pick up
old tribal silver jewellery as well.
textiles come in a fascinating range of dyed
and block-printed fabric which are further embroidered. Each region has
its own special colour scheme, design and technique.
Hand-block printed textiles of the townships of Sanganer and Bagru near
Jaipur have won the hearts of millions at home and abroad. Jaipur's
quilts are a hot favourite with most tourists. Tie-and-dye textiles, called
bandhej or bandhani are an important Rajasthani craft. Different methods
are used to tie the fabric into small points and produce various patterns
like lehariya, mothda, ekdali and shikari. The best bandhej comes from Sikar
and Jodhpur, while Jaipur, Barmer, Pali, Udaipur and Nathdwara are the other
centres. Zari and gota are lavishly used in bridal and formal costumes.
One can pick up saris or even cushion covers with this elaborate metallic
The entire tradition of metal crafts probably arose from the warrior's need
to embellish his armour. His sword handle was probably damascened, the scabbard
worked with gold and set with jewels, the dagger decorated despite its rapier
sharpness, the shield and body armour enamelled so that he went to the battlefield
proud as a peacock.
In later years the art of enameling became merely decorative and, in Rajasthan
has been used for everything from table tops to wall plates, flasks, and
for crafting objects d'art. Usually done with brass, it has a tinsel-like
quality unless the base itself is heavy enough to carry off the work successfully.
However, the silversmith does a better job with a range of statuary that
is stunning once patterned into animal figures , an orchestra of musicians
, or caparisoned elephants with human figures a top a howdah . these enamelled
silver pieces are some of the finest examples of the jeweller and metal
smith working together.
Puppetry is an ancient and popular form of folk entertainment. No village
fair, no religious festival and no social gathering in Rajasthan
can be complete without the kathputlis (string puppets).
With their exaggerated eyes and brightly coloured dresses, the kathputlis
are simply eye-catching.
produces the country's finest marble, sandstone,
quartz and slate. The extraordinary craftsmanship of Rajasthani stone workers
is visible in the numerous temples, palaces and havelies. For the connoisseur,
there are life-like and life-size statues, the intricately carved pillars
and jalis (latticed grilles). The finest examples of jali work can be seen
in the various havelis (mansions) of Jaisalmer
carved statues, busts, pillars, furniture items and other objects in white
marble stone in Makrana are unforgotten able
Palaces, Havelies, even huts are commonly having Walls and ceilings covered
with colourful paintings in Rajasthan. Some of the finest paintings can
be seen in havelis of the Shekhawati region and the ancient towns of Bundi
and Kota. And some of the most humorous on the walls of houses tucked away
in the lanes of Jaisalmer
They include the phad and the pichwai (cloth hangings used behind the deity
in Vaishnava temples such as the temple of Shrinathji at Nathdwara). Done
in bright colours with bold outlines, these paintings have strong religious
Different schools of this fascinating art have flourished here since the
16th century, each with its own distinctive style.
The Kishangarh school is best known for its Bani Thani paintings. A totally
different style with highly exaggerated features - long necks, large almond-shaped
eyes, long fingers and the use of subdued colours.The verdant greenery of
the Kota-Bundi region is reflected in the paintings of that region.
are traditionally known for their footwear.
Incredibly comfortable and sturdy, the jootis have artistically emroidered
Leather is also an essential raw material for making musical instruments
especially percussion instruments (such as the tabla and dhol) and the stringed
instruments (like kamaycha) used by Rajasthani folk musicians.
Bikaner is known for its painted lampshades, shields and vases made from
camel hide. Designer hand-bags, purses, belts, hats, stools and collapsible
chairs with graphic emroideries from Tilonia village near Ajmer also make
a good buy.
Carved wooden chests and boxes with brass inlay and laquer work, together
with sandalwood statues and objects, are the some of the most popular hand
There is also a wide range of grand furniture, reminiscent of the royal
era. Tilonia (near Ajmer) furniture also stands out for its fine embroidery
work done on leather. As also carved furniture from Barmer region.
Carpets and Durries
The hand knotted woollen carpets of Tonk, Bikaner and Jaipur, are generally
based on Persian styles .The traditional cotton durries of Jaipur
are, mostly in pastel shades with geometrical motifs
design .These can brighten any dullest floor. Woolen Namda of Tonk (non
woven) are equally popular.
One of the finest crafts to emerge from Bikaner uses the inner hide of the
camel. the is scraped till it has the consistency of paper , and is translucent.
this is then moulded into forms that range from lamp shades and frames to
hip flasks, perfume phials or vases. this is then painted over with fine
gesso work using gold to lend richness to the otherwise bright reds and
greens used in the work.
From palaces to huts, paintings can be found everywhere in many colours
and forms. Rajasthani paintings can broadly be classified into Wall, Cloth
and Miniature Paintings.
Tour Cost Based on Per Person in US$
|No. of person travelling
|Twin Sharing ( minimum 02 )
|Triple sharing ( Minimum 03
||Incredible Home Stay
||The Royal Plaza
||Hotel Bharat palace
||Hotel Rang Mahal
||Haveli Inn Pal
||Country Inn Suits
||Hotel M House
||Hotel Heritage Inn
• Accommodation in all the hotels on single/twin/triple sharing basis in A/C STD room, as per the list above.
• Breakfast on all days.
• All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.
• All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by an air-conditioned transport.
• Inter state road tax, toll tax, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
• An elephant ride at Amber Fort , Jaipur.
• Camel Ride in Jaisalmer.
• 01 hour man pulling rickshaw ride.
Train Tickets : Agra – Varanasi – The best available A/C class
• Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary.
• Services of an English speaking local guide
• Flight : Varanasi – Delhi
• Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee.
• Any airfare or airport tax
• Tips, gratuities.
• Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.