Experience The Royal Culture of Rajasthan

view of the yellow facade of Amer Fort
a man dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire playing a folk instrument
women in traditional Rajasthani attire dancing at a festival

Rajasthan, the largest state of India is also home to the country’s largest desert , the Thar desert . The exuberant colors and culture of Rajasthan make this state one of the most alluring tourist destinations in the world. From costumes to food, the people never fail to adhere to their rich history and culture. It is a land of art, traditions, handicrafts, stone carvings, tombs, cenotaphs, and textiles.

The history and culture of Rajasthan can be traced back approximately 5000 years ago, to the Indus Valley and Harappan civilizations. The earliest signs of human life here were found in the Brahmavatra, Mehrangargh, and Rewari areas, where archeologists discovered traces of habitation by diverse tribal groups. These groups included Lohars, Bhils, Minas, and Garasias, who were ruled over by Arjunyas, Kushans, and several other clans before Rajputana took control over the entire state.

Despite Rajput culture and tradition being primarily followed in the state, tribal ethnicity is still practiced in several small regions. The extravagant and radiant lifestyle of Rajasthan can be seen in the attire of the locals, which includes bright colors, intricate designs, mirror work, and jewelry like golden Haathphool, Aad, Nath, Jhaale, Kardhani, rakhi, and much more.

Even though the sari is considered their traditional wear, the love the local women have for Ghagras is evident all across the state. The men don colourful pagri or Jodhpuri Safa paired with pajamas or dhoti and kurta or angrakha.

a woman wearing ghagra and dancing
exterior white facade of Jaipur Palace

The languages are a mixed bag as every region has its own accent. This variety is reflected in the affinity and inclination towards folk music, which has been an integral part of the lives of the people of Rajasthan. Furthermore, the various traditional art forms like Ghoomer, Kalbeliya, Kathputli, Ghindhar, Tajaji, and Kachchi Ghori have been a pivotal part of the folklore of the state.

When we talk about the culture and heritage of Rajasthan, the first things that come to mind are the extravagant Havelis and palaces. The monumental sites like Jaisalmer Fort, Golden Fort, Umaid Bhawan, Hawa Mahal, Sahelio ki Badi, and Jaipur Palace are a few crown jewels of the state that are must-visit tourist destinations when you’re here.

Alongside the supreme fashion, folklore and heritage of Rajasthan comes its gastronomic culture. Its cuisine reflects the grandeur of Rajputana’s traditional food that was cooked in the royal kitchens. Dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Ghevar, Mohanthal, Ker Sangri, Gatte ki Sabzi, Pyaaz ki Kachori, and Mirchi Vada are lip-smacking specialties that no gourmand can avoid. The next time you are in Rajasthan, we suggest trying all these flavorful succulents which will leave a lasting impression on you.

Another phenomenon you cannot miss while you’re here is the traditional festivals. The most widely celebrated of these are the Mewar festival, the international kite festival, Brij Holi - which is played in honor of Lord Krishna, the expansive Thar desert festival,Teej - the traditional worship of Goddess Teej, and the list goes on.

a thali of rajasthani food

Rajasthani village culture is something every visitor to the state needs to witness and partake in. This memorable experience can be yours with the help of Ananta Hotels. We have multiple properties across the country, including The Baagh Ananta Elite, RanthamboreThe Ananta Udaipur, Jagira Ananta Elite, Sultan E Jawai Ananta Inn and Ananta Spa & Resort, Pushkar, and others. Visit our website for more details about our properties and contact us for an unforgettable stay in the land of royals.