Rajasthan is a land of imperial history boasting a glorious majestic past. The history of Rajasthan dates back to 1200AD, perhaps even older; as some associate it with the Harappan civilization of 1000 BC. The literal meaning of Rajasthan is Rajgdhani.e. Capital, which before independence consisted of 21 principalities.
It is the land of heroes and warriors. The geographical features have affected the people making them tough, stubborn and courteous. Culture and traditions of Rajasthan makes it a place of worth visiting.
- Culture and traditions of Rajasthan
The ways of living, architecture, cooking and the festivals reflects the cultural and traditional values of Rajasthan.
- Architecture of Rajasthan
Rajasthan has treasure of marvelous architecture dating back to the golden eras of history. Ubiquitous forts, sacred shrines attract visitors’ in hordes. Besides, each city has its own unique selling protocol. The Golden Fort famed Jaisalmer or the Pink City of Jaipur- each has its own charm and glory.
- Life Style
In Rajasthan culture majority of population in Rajasthan reside in villages. The rural outlook has a lot to offer to the visitors. Being the origin of the famous folk arts and crafts of the state, the rural settings full of most warm-hearted people and peaceful surrounding. Instead of the hustle bustle of cities, rural life is the best way to re-energize you through a warm and very generous society of villages.
- Food and Cooking
In the culture of Rajasthan cooking has its own unique flavor. The most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most of the dishes. The war -like lifestyle of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this region influenced the cooking of Rajasthan. In the desert region, cooks use the minimum of water and prefer, instead, to use milk, butter milk and clarified butter. Gram flour is a major ingredient here.
- Music & Dance
Each region of Rajasthan has its own tongue of music and dance. The Ghoomer dance of Udaipurand Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer are world-famous. Folk music is a very important part of Rajasthan culture. A large variety of musical instruments and singing styles are used in the countryside.
- Colorful Festivals of Rajasthan culture
Festivals are the major attractions for the people all over the world. As in its civilization Rajasthan is also rich in its festivals. These festivals bring rejoice, happiness and sense of unity among the people of Rajasthan.
Some well known festivals are,
- The Brij Festival, takes place a few days before Holi, in this festival people performs Raslila dance, a dance about the story of radha and crishna.
- Desert Festival, take place around the January and February by the tourist authorities.
Gangaur Festival is a most important local festival, during this festival, Goddess Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva is worshipped. The festival is also the celebration of monsoon.