Rajasthan’s culture is as diverse as the clans of Kings who have ruled the state (Rajput, Marathas, and Muslims). The beauty of its culture reflects through its majestic forts, architecture, pilgrim centers, language, and customs. Hence, the culture here plays a significant role in Rajasthan’s tourism. The state has multiple elements which can link you with its culture. Folk music and dance, heritage sites, festivals, hospitality, and handicraft items are among them.
Speaking of the cuisine of Rajasthan, it is something that will give your taste buds a treat. From various spices to the taste of sweetness, you will find a perfect blend of them in Rajasthani foods. Dal Baati Choorma, Laal Maas, Ghewar, among many others, are famous foods of the state. To know more about Rajasthan’s culture and cuisine, read further.
Rajasthan, the melting pot of culture and culinary heritage
Words would fail to describe the grandeur of Rajasthan’s culture and cuisine. A soulful medley of folk music and dance, hospitality, and everything royal, the state lives by “Atithi Devo Bhavah” (God resides in Guests), Rajasthan has never failed to surprise the guests with the way they celebrate life.
The state carries a history of chivalry, royalty, and romance. You cannot help but look at those forts and stare in awe at the splendid architecture and royalty that Rajasthan once witnessed.
A plate full of Royalty
The real taste of Rajasthan can only be savored when you sit down and feast on the massive spread comprising more than 20 dishes. Some of the most delectable dishes from the royal state are listed below. It’s mandatory to try them if you haven’t already, they are life-changing! For a fantastic dining experience in Jaipur, visit Chokhi Dhani.
A heavenly blend of flour, milk, and ghee is used to prepare Ghewar, the king of all desserts. If you enjoy sweets, Ghewar is likely to top the list of your favorite sweets. Soaked in ghee and topped with malai and chopped dry fruits, Ghewar is a delicacy made in Rajasthan and famous across the globe.
Though Rajasthan is known for its vegetarian population and cuisines, Laal Maas is a total show-stealer for meat lovers. The dish is essentially a preparation of meat with fiery gravy. Red chilly is the ingredient used to give the dish the ‘red’ color. You definitely cannot miss Laal Maas when you’re in Udaipur.
Dal Baati Choorma
Who hasn’t heard about this iconic dish from Rajasthan? This signature dish is a full meal in itself, containing dal (pulses), baati (a hard ball made with flour and dipped in ghee), and choorma (a mixture of crushed wheat bread, ghee, and jaggery).
This dish is as filling as it is rich. Equally enjoyed by the erstwhile royalty and the everyday joe, this dish perfectly encapsulates the all-encompassing royal cuisine of Rajasthan.
Tap your feet to the beats of Ghoomar
Ghoomar is one of the most celebrated dance forms in Rajasthan. Originating in Udaipur, the City of Lakes, Ghoomar is a folk dance of Rajasthan performed on festivities and special occasions. The beats of Ghoomar are popular not only across India but have also traveled across the world. Visit Rajasthan during the festivals to witness this beautiful dance form.
Apart from Ghoomar, various other dance forms are performed by the different Rajasthani tribes, including Bhopa, Tejali, Kathputli, and Chang. You can experience these graceful dance forms at Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur.
Lose yourself in Rajasthan’s rhythms and ragas
Rajasthani music is famous worldwide. Different music groups like Manganiyars, Langas, Banjaras, and Jogis narrate the culture and history through their songs. The Langas are exclusive to Muslims, while Manganiyars follow a more liberal approach. These music performances essentially sing ballads of the heroic deeds of the Rajasthani rulers, their romances, and the daily life of the women folk.
Legend has it that the Gandharv women would dance in the court of Lord Indra while the musicians played for them. The women vowed to perform every time the Mirasir musicians played.
But when the Mughals invaded Delhi and married the Gandharv women, the musicians were moved to the Mughal courts, and they started singing for the Mughal rulers. As a result, the musicians converted to Islam. Since then, the Mirasirs have played at royal functions, temple festivities, and special occasions.
Visit Jaisalmer to witness the world-renowned Rajasthani folk musician Dapu Khan who had previously been invited to play at the White House by the then US President Bill Clinton.
Feel the Festivities in Rajasthan
Whether the Pushkar Mela, the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, or the streak of Dusshera celebrations in Kota, festivals in Rajasthan are always larger than life. The mighty Thar looks as dazzling as a beautiful bride when the entire country assembles to celebrate the Jaisalmer Festival in January. Evenings full of dance, music, camel race, beautiful sunsets, and delectable food welcome guests across the globe to witness the festivities in Jaisalmer.
It’s the month of November and December that witnesses Pushkar in its best form when the Pushkar Mela is organized. Pushkar has the only Brahma temple in the world, and taking a dip in the holy water of Pushkar Sarovar is considered very auspicious. People around the globe come to Ajmer Shareef and Pushkar and enjoy the vibrant colors the city paints itself in.
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