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‘The Land of the Kings (Rajas)’, the name itself denotes the real meaning of Rajasthan. Formerly known as Rajputana, which means the country of Rajputs has a glorious history of brave kings and their deeds. Rajasthan is a beautiful state with a much beautiful art and architecture, more than popular for its folk culture. Rajasthan is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. Situated in the western side of India is considered to be a hot state. Very famous for its Great Indian Desert, commonly known as Thar Desert and is the most popular tourist destination.
Rajasthan addresses the enriching Indian culture as a whole. The land of princes is an enigmatic state where tradition and history blend with contemporary lifestyle. The culture of the state is a result of its 5000-year old history and the varied topography of the desert land. Rajasthan has a diverse population belonging to different castes, tribes, and religions, which titivate the culture by their unique customs and beliefs. The rich cultural heritage of the state is reflected in its impressive folk music and dances, different languages and dialects, the majestic forts, palaces, mansions and divinely holy places of religious worship, its multi-hued fairs and festivals, it’s tempting cuisines, and, above all, its inviting and cheerful people. Rajasthan is truly one such stop to experience all the shades of a healthy culture.
Rajasthan is world famous for its textiles, jewellery, paintings, pottery, leather ware, carpets, wood carvings, stone carvings, puppets and metal craft, lavish Bandhej saris & kurtis, zari & embroidered saris, luxurious and royal hand knotted carpets & durries, astonishing blue pottery, captivating mojaris & jutis, and so on. Rajasthani fabrics include tie & die prints, block prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer Prints and Zari work. One can easily find suits, dress materials, sarees, angrakhas, pagris/safas/paggar (Turban) in tie & die print and block print. The markets are overflowed by products reflecting the culture of Rajasthan
The most beautiful is the Rajasthan’s jewellery made of Laakh. Laakh or Lac is the oldest form of bangles available in Rajasthan. Now days, Lac is also used to make earrings, necklaces and hair clips. Jaipuri Jutti is the most famous form of footwear worn in Northern India which is made of leather with beautiful zari embroidery or colorful threads, sequence, motifs, pom-poms. Jaipuri Jutti is loved and worn by every age group be it old or young, they are comfortable and affordable.
Rajasthan is also famous for its majestic forts, temples, havelis, built by the previous kings. The very popular one is Hawa Mahal situated in heart of Jaipur also known as Pink city, due to the pink/red stones of Hawa Mahal. Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu, Mirpur Jain Temple in Mirpur, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace Hotel, City Palaces, Jaisalmer Havelis are part of the architectural heritage of India. In Ajmer, the white marble Bara-dari along side Anasagar Lake is beautiful and attractive. Ana Sagar Lake is an artificial lake built in 1135-1150 AD. The lake is spread over 13 kilometers. Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is known as one of the largest forts in India. The main attractions of Mehrangarh Fort are Elephant’s howdahs, Palanquins, Daulat Khana, Armoury, Paintings, Turban Gallery. The city of Jodhpur is also known as the blue city, as you look over from the Mehrangarh fort to the city all the houses are painted in shades of blue.
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