|Whenever there are talks about bravery, courage, honor, patriotism and sincerity, the name of Rajasthan is always mentioned because it is a fascinating embodiment of all these qualities. Rajasthan tours are means to get inspired by India’s regal past and to admire the sheer awesomeness of the country’s artistic brilliance. On these tours to Rajasthan be prepared to experience royal fervor amidst a grand setting, listen to legendary folklores, learn to sit-down on the floor to relish delicious cuisines with authentic flavors and shake a leg like folk dancers on ancient tunes.
Folklores of gallantry of mighty Knights and sighs of lovelorn royal couples still echoes in the corridors of splendid palaces in Rajasthan. These massive structures have been preserved in their original might with great efforts of rigorous maintenance work by states’ government and history and architectural enthusiasts. Feeding the guests with the best has been part of popular-culture in India since centuries and the Kings too loved to wine and dine in style. Therefore numerous delicious cuisines were produced to satiate taste-buds of royalty; recipes of some such dishes prepared by royal kitchens continue to be a secret even till date.
It is most rightly said that royal kitchens of Rajasthan raised the procedure of cooking to the level of an art form. The Khansamas (royal cooks) would keep these recipes under utmost secrecy and have only passed it on to their descendents. In the scarcity of water, milk, buttermilk and clarified butter were used as substitutes for cooking and mango powder was used as a suitable substitute for tomatoes. As you head for your Rajasthan tours the cuisines you must dig-into are Dal Bati Churma, Mawa Kachori, Alwar ka Mawa, Junglee Maas, Jaipur Ghevar and more.
The spirit of Rajasthan is best expressed in the sounds of Kamaycha Sarangi, Nad, Satara and Morchang’s beats. The state is well-known for excellence of its performing art forms. The songs and dances are not just means of celebration, but are also the perfect way to re-visit history. They bring forward a clear display of ancient sagas of revolutionary times with stories of brave and chivalrous kings, beautiful maidens and political turmoils. While the royal courts patronized this form of music the popular folk culture produced music which was filled with uncomplicated innocence and would depict day-to-day chores and relationships.
On your tours to Rajasthan you can also discover another fascinating shade that of its effervescent dance forms. Thar Desert seems to have come alive when these beautiful dances which are symbolic of the region’s festive spirit are performed. Ghoomar is a community dance which is performed by women-folk during any auspicious occasion, Kalbelia dance belongs to people of Kalbelia tribe, the snake charmers. Other famous dance forms are Kachhi-Ghodi, Kathputli (puppet dance), Chari Dance and more.
Such glimpses of the state makes Rajasthan tours a journey laden with colors, festivity, celebration and royal elegance.