The Radiance of Rajasthan
India, being the seventh-largest country in the world is a highly diversified nation with 29 states and 22 official languages spoken across the homeland and with Jaipur as the capital city. Each state is like a new country as it has its own languages or dialects, specific culture, music, garment ensemble, colorful arts, festivals and many other specialties. It has a multi-ethnic, pluralistic community. A cornucopia of culture and traditions. This diversity has made India more appealing and famous among tourists.
Rajasthan or “the land of kings,” with its vibrant culture and exquisite heritage is one majestic place to be when you’re in India. I find this place a totally unique world of its own. Despite the crazy fad of the modern era, the people of Rajasthan still don their stylish traditional garbs with much pride and continue to adapt and maintain their traditional lifeways to thrive in the present times.
The Rajasthani society is an interweave of predominantly Hindus and sizable minorities of Jains and Muslims and yet regardless of their religious differences, Jain, Muslim and Hindu Rajasthanis mingle socially with each other. The costumes of Rajasthani people are very vibrant and colorful. Men traditionally wear kurta, dotis or chudidar payjama and paggar or safa (kind of turban headgear). While women wear the kanchli or kurti (top) and the ghagra (long skirt). Their clothing varies as dependent on the weather and climate in the region. They are also big fans of ornaments, gems, golds and silver ornaments are reflection of their status in the society as well.
Rajasthani Music involves the major schools of music in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur and has high reverence for rare ragas. Jaipur Gharana has complex and buoyant melodic rhythm, which is its most distinguishing feature. Singer Alladiya Khan was one of Rajasthan’s pride during the late 19th and early 20th century.
As to culinary expertise, each state of Rajasthan have their own style of recipes and each Rajput household have their own prized recipes that were passed on by their ancestors from generation to generation and in connection to their geographical location in the region. High protein and low-fat diet usually consists Rajasthani diet except for the Marwari cuisine, which is highly rich in its contents. You can expect a rich cuisine for both vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Distinct aroma and flavor are very evident and is achieved by blending various spices such as tamarind, coriander, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, cumin etc.
I was able to try Rajasthan’s famous dish, called “Dal-Baati-Churma”. It is a little bread with lots of clarified butter and roasted over hot coals then served with a dry, flaky sweet made of gram flour, along with desert fruits and beans for Ker-Songri.
Rajasthan, is on the western side and is India’s largest state by area. The climate here is so unique that at one end there’s a desert and at the other end it could be very chilly. It actually has a tropical desert climate and can be extremely cold from October to February while it can be very hot from March to September, where dust storms and hot winds can occur in the desert tract.
The Radiance of Rajasthan is not just an eye candy but it also offers the rich and magnificent history and culture of India in a fascinating light. It truly deserves to be called, “The Land of Kings.”