The most colorful region in India . An exotic land of valiance and
chivalry. A land endowed with invincible forts, magnificent
palaces and waves of sand dunes and serene lakes. The State
represents an unusual diversity in all its forms-people, culture,
customs, costumes, cuisine, dialects and music.
No other region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of
India as does the desert land of Rajasthan. Unexpected forest
glens, lakes and temples appear like mirages in the deserts. On
the crag are seen rugged forts, testimony to a turbulent history.
Innumerable temples dating back to the 7th century still survive
amidst scattered ruins, medieval cities exist around turreted
marble palaces and spacious gardens.
Rajasthan, a land of princes, palaces and preening peacocks is
renowned for its monuments, art and culture that go back to
several centuries. Admire a range of miniature paintings and
frescoes of exquisite refinement. There is romance in Rajasthan's
forts and palaces and arts of gallantry retold in ballads and
legends. Then there are sanctuaries sheltering rich and varied
species of flora and fauna. And the shimmering Thar desert belt
charms with a rare and amazing sight. Rajasthanis are a handsome
people with colorful costumes. They express themselves in color
and sound not easily seen or heard anywhere else in the country.
Rajasthan overwhelms with color found in bustling bazaars; in wide
ranging costumes of its people; in streets where elephants and
camels vie with buses and cars. The irresistible gamut of
Rajasthan art and handicraft souvenirs will bewitch you. An
exciting variety of Rajasthani delicacies will pamper your palate
with a never-before gastronomic delight.
Rajasthan with a treasure of history, picturesque architecture and
bewitching landscape is an unparalleled destination on the tourist
map of India. A destination that defies definition in shape of
Shopping Paradise in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is among the richest states of India. Each period of its
history made if contribution to this fild. The kings and nobles
were patrons of hart and crafts and encouraged the craftpersons.
There was an obsessive desire to decorate their surroundings.
Right from the walls of the forts and palaces, to the walls of the
rural villagers,the desire to add colour prevailed. Warriors, not
only gave elaborate attention to their clothing and armours, but
also ensured that the horses and elephants that carried them into
the battleground where equaly decorated.Ornaments like jewelled
saddles and intricate silver howdas were proudly displayed .the
women of Rajasthan are famed for there beauty and it is said that
the printed patterns on the women's skirts are different in
villege even 30 Kms apart.
Rajasthan Paintings- Shopping
'Rajsathan has many schools ol painting having Their own districts
styles, well known among them being Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti
Kishangarh, Dhundhur and Alwar.
The Miniature Paintings of Rajsthan which had flourishedunder
princely patronage are still reproduced and descendants of the
original craftsmen continue to produce miniture masterpieces,
retaining their classic elegance . They are often made on hand
made paper mathological the ms from Ramayana, Krishna Lila,
Ragamala, and Geetgovinda are commonly used . In the paintaings ,
Vivdly rendred are hills valleys, gardens, palaces, court scenes
and relifious processions.
Rajasthan Jewellery- Shopping
Bangles are a special attraction of Rajasthan. Lac bangles are
believed to be worn as a sign of good omen and are available in
many colours & designs. Glass bangles, made in great variety in
Jaipur & Jodhpur, are perennially in demand and are available in
most parts of the state.
Kundan and enamel jewellery has been a
speciality of Rajasthan, particularly that of Jaipur. Kundan is
the art of setting precious stones in gold.
The stones are embossed into decorative shapes & patterns and
embellished with delicate enamel ornamentation in the champeve (
raised field ) technique. The designs are mostly exquisitely
entwined flowers and birds and sometimes human and animal figures.
Jaipur is well known for its gold and silver enamelling. This
traditional art of Meeriakariis also done in Nathdwara.
The thewa work of Pratapgarh is highly exquisite and popular, in
this technique, designs are enamelled in gold on a glass base. The
base used is generally green or red in colour.
Rajasthan Textiles - Shopping
Heart-warming textiles, dyed in the bandhani or tie & dye style
reign supreme in Rajasthan. The artofbano^an/isa highly skilled
process. Different methods are used to tie the fabric into small
points producing different patterns like Lahariya, Mothda,Ekdali
and Shskari. The best bandhani work comes iikar and Jodhpur, while
Jaipur. Pali. Udaipur and Nathdwara are the other centres.
The women of Rajasthan haveembroidering fabrics. Embroidery
practised in Bikaner is done by counting threads. The women of
skar and Jhunihunu specilize in making patterns of animals. Chain
stitch is popular in A!war. Dancing figures. Flowers and peacocks
are the favourite motifs. Women of Barmer use mirrors, thus
enhancino the beauty of the embroidered piece.
In applique, different pieces of cloth are patched together to
make a multicolouredmosiac.. The exotic colours, shapes and
pattern combinations against constrasting backgrounds catch the