India Tourism, Travel to India, India Vacations, Vacations in India, India Travel Packages

Home   -  About UsContact Us   -   Query Form  -   Email - Request Brochure


Camel Safari
Elephant Safari 
Horse Safari
Historical Places
Villages & Tribes
Religious Places
Fair & Festivals




















































Rajasthan Introduction

Ajmer Alwar Bharatpur Bikaner Chittorgarh Jaipur
Jodhpur Jaisalmer Mount Abu Ranthambore Sariska National Park Udaipur

Conjuring up images of a desert state, it is a place no one would think of palaces shimmering on idyllic lakes; or imaging, in its blazing heat, temples and forts of stunning artistry carved from stone i.e. honey or rose, marble - white or sandy stone - red; nor would any one fill their mind with painted streets where pageantry and color walk out of life - size frescos, producing crowds of brightly turbaned men with proud moustaches and women whose beauty is lethal, though, alas, veiled. But this is exactly what the desert state of Rajasthan is.

Not many places in the world can boast an ancestry dating beyond 2500 B.C. It has now been proven that the very ancient civilization of the Indus valley had its precursors in the north Rajasthan. It seems that the local Bhil and Meena tribes inhabited this area around 1400 B.C. The Aryans wheeled their fast equestrian chariots into Rajasthan, shooting strong arrows from taut bows.

More than a half of Rajasthan is desert or semi-arid, a continuation of the sand belt that girdles the world. This desert belt is separated from Indian Peninsula by the Aravalli ranges, geologically the oldest mountain in India.

Both the Thar Desert and Aravalli Ranges lend their distinct personalities to the landscape of Rajasthan. It is interesting that this picture of a rocky, rugged skyline over the soft-stagnate dunes where camel plod, is only one of the clichés which represent Rajasthan.

General information
Population:                56, 473, 122

Area:                        342,239 sq km

Capital:                    Jaipur

Languages:             Hindi and Rajasthani

District:                   32

People Per Sq. km: 165

Literacy:                 61.03%

Best Season:         October to March


Marwar Festival (October)
An annual festival of dance and music, celebrating the classical 'Maand' style of folk music. The festival brings alive the legend, folklore and romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.

The Desert Festival (February)
During the three day long festival, Jaisalmer reverberates with music, color and joy, displaying its glorious past and rich culture. Under the full moon, the vigorous folk dancers sway to the enchanting music. The turban tying contest and Mr. Desert contest add to the enthusiasm. A trip to Sam sand dunes, where one can view folk musicians performing and even enjoy a camel safari, marks the finale of this colorful extravaganza.

Camel Festival (January)
Held in the month of January every year on the full moon night, the festival is dedicated to the indispensable ship of the desert. A fascinating spectacle of camel performances. Camel races, camel dances and camel rides, along with the joy, color and vigor unique to Rajasthan, make this a joyous event.

Kolayatji Fair (October)
Held in October-November at Kolayat (53 km. from Bikaner). Devotees throng here in large numbers to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake on the full moon of Kartik or Poornima and offer prayers to Karni Mata.

Marwar Festival (October)
An annual festival of dance and music, celebrating the classical 'Maand' style of folk music. The festival brings alive the legend, folklore and romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.

Art and Handicraft

Rajasthani jeweler made of purest and finest materials is world-renowned. Sophisticated jewelry, set with precious stones using the ‘Kundankari’ technique, or decorated with bright enamel work, known as ‘minakari’, were made for the Rajput courtiers and affluent people. Skillful artisans from Lahore, Delhi, Gujarat, and Bengal, attracted by the liberal patronage of the kings, came to work in Jaipur, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur are the center for gold ‘kundan’ work and a renowned center for diamond and emerald cutting. The temple market at Nathdwara is the best place to buy silver ‘kundan’ and ‘meenakari’ work

Old silver jewelry, which is much in vogue, can be bought in Jaisalmer’s every nook and corner. Pratapgarh in Chitorgarh district is famous for ‘thewa’ jewelry .The red, green, or blue foil below highlights the intricate gold work in the best possible manner.

The metal ware of Rajasthan comprises artistic brass work, enameled, engraved and filigree cut work on silver. The Jaipuri-engravers have mastered the medium of engraving on metal. Lacquered and engraved brassware comes in an amazing variety of articles: hanging lamps, boxes, bowls, picture frames, and plates. Traditional designs are used in different techniques such as hammered, chased or embossed and the motifs are of flowers, hunting scenes and landscapes.

One of the old crafts, has its own standing tradition in Rajasthan. Certain shapes are characteristic of Rajasthan. Alwar has been known for its double cutwork pottery known as “kagzi”. It is made of a thin layer of clay and needs a high degree of skill. Purely decorative, the pottery of Bikaner uses lac colors embellished with gold to give a glittering finish.

Blue Pottery of Jaipur is unique in appearance. The art of glazed pottery came to India through Persia. The materials used are Multani clay or 'fuller's earth', quartz, raw glaze, and sodium sulphate. The best pieces are hand painted with conventional floral or arabesque patterns and sometimes with figures of animals. Besides traditional articles like 'surahis', pots and cylindrical jars, other items include ashtrays, tiles, flower pots, lamp stands, beads, ear rings, soap cases, jugs, mugs and door knobs.

Miniature and folk painting of Rajasthan are known world over composition and color schemes. Women have been given prominence in all the artists’ creations. Folk paintings have also developed side by side. Use of vibrant colors, bold lines, two dimensional treatment of figures and entire composition distributed in compartments are some of the unique features of these paintings, popularly known as ‘phad’ paintings.

Leather Work
The beautifully designed leather shoes are well known items in the world market. Leather is embroidered, punched, studded and stitched in various eye-catching designs. The best known centers of traditional footwear are Jaipur and Jodhpur.

Decorative saddles for horses are prepared in Bikaner, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. A special type of water bottle called ‘kopi’ is made from camel hide.

Carpet And Namdas
The Rajasthani carpet is a true expression of the workers' simple philosophy, his sensitive perception of nature and its changing moods convincingly translated into the craft. The color combinations are lovely and workmanship exquisite. It is a treasure that lasts a lifetime. From Bikaner and Tonk come also the gaily-patterned, felt 'numdahs' or small rugs. A Durree is a cool, light rug. Rajasthani durries are smooth and closely woven. Jaipur is a thriving center for carpets and durrees today.

Ivory Carving
Among the most intricate and painstaking crafts is ivory carving. Under regal patronage, the most delicate art of ivory carving flourished, in the princely capitals of Rajasthan; Bharatpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur. The art is still alive in the delicate ivory figurines of gods and goddesses, minutely carved and perfectly proportioned. Jali-work of lace like intricacy is testimony to the ivory carvers, fine eye and unerring hand. Animal figures, birds, fish trays and paper knives and a host of other decorative objects are carved with utmost artistry and craftsmanship

NORTHERN STATES- Delhi -|- Hariyana  -|- Himachal -|- Jammu- Kashmir -|- Punjab  -|- 
Uttar Pradesh
-|- Uttranchal 
SOUTHERN STATES - Andaman & Nikkobar  -|- Karnataka -|- Kerala -|- Lakshdweep
-|-  Tamilnadu -|-  Andhra Pradesh
WESTERN STATES - Daman and Diu -|- Goa  -|- Gujrat  -|- Rajasthan  -|- Maharastra 
EASTERN STATES - Arunachal -|- Assam -|-  Manipur -|- Meghalaya -|- 
-|- Nagaland  -|- Orissa  -|- Sikkim -|- Tripura -|- West Bengal  -|- Bihar -|- Jharkhand
CENTRAL STATES- Madhya Pradesh -|-   Chattisgarh

Aero Sports - Water Sports  - Water Cruise  -  Winter Sports  - Health And Fitness
Study Tours  - Corporate Tours  - Support And Services

Home   -  About UsContact Us   -   Query Form  -   Email - Request Brochure - 

Float and Fly Tour Pvt. Ltd.
198/1, 3rd Floor Ramesh Market,Sapna Road,
East of Kailash, New Delhi - 110065(India)
Telephone - 91-11-26224644,41623562/63,
Fax -  +91-11-26447708

Email -,,

© Copyright 2005 Float and Fly Tour Pvt.Ltd
All rights Reserved Best Viewed at 800 x 600 using Internet Explorer or above.