As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Rajasthan's ancient past has left it with an unparalleled architectural legacy. Visitors to this desert state will be captivated by its grand places, imposing forts, exotic temples and its breath taking landscapes. Rajasthan has lured travelers throughout time and will continue to do so in the future.
Our Rajasthan village safari will show you a facet of Rajasthan that that not many visitors are fortunate enough to see. We will enable you to catch a glimpse of Rajasthan villages and the way of life of the people living in them. The people in the remote hamlets of Rajasthan have been living the same kind of life that their ancestors lived. They have held on to their culture and tradition in spite of the many changes that have been wrought around them, due to advent of the modern age.
A Rajasthan village typically comprises of a group of thatched roof huts circular in shape with walls that are made up of a mixture of cow dung, clay, and hay. The border of the houses is made of dry branches of shrubs. These shrubs have sharp thorns and this ensures that the cattle and other livestock do not leave the compound untended.
A Rajasthan village safari will take your through the various colors of the people of Rajasthan and their villages. A camel safari is the best way to get into the mood of the whole idea and we specially recommend it to the tourists who want to see Rajasthan in its entire entirety. You can participate in all the village activities and get a taste of all aspects of the lives of the simple village folk. This will be an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
Every Rajasthan village is symbol of the past. Even today camels and buffaloes are used to plough the fields. Taking a walking along the green fields you will find women milking cattle, while the elderly and the young take them out to graze.
The Rajasthan village safari will let your live the life of the village folk and participate in their daily routine. Not only can you see women carrying earthen pots from the well to their house but you can try the same. The sight of women gossiping and generally enjoying themselves around the village community wells is a truly admirable sight, and one which will remain etched in your memory for ever.
In the evening, a Rajasthan village comes to life with people sitting in groups and discussing everything right from farming to politics to domestic issues. The people of Rajasthan are the definitive word in hospitality and will give you all the love without expecting anything back
Many of these villages are populated by the Rajasthan tribal population, which constitutes (at last count) almost 12 % of the entire population of Rajasthan. A large part of the Rajasthan tribal population comprises of ‘Minas’ and ‘Bhils’. These and the other Rajasthan tribes were actually the original inhabitants of this desert state. The main Rajasthan tribes are:
A majority, almost 39%, of the Rajasthan tribal population is made up of Bhils. They are predominantly found in the Banswara area of Rajasthan. Originally food gatherers, the passage of time has seen them taking up small-scale agriculture, or making their way to the cities in search of employment. If you want to catch sight of this Rajasthan tribe then do attend the Baneshwar fair, held every year, which they attend in large numbers.
This Rajasthan tribe is the second largest of all the Rajasthn tribal population. They were the original inhabitants of the now vanished Indus Valley Civilization. Their build is athletic and tall, and their faces have sharp features, thick lips and large eyes. They dominate the regions of eastern Rajasthan.
‘Lohar’ means a blacksmith and ‘gadiya’ means a cart. These traveling blacksmiths travel all over Rajasthan on their exquisitely decorated bullock carts. They were a martial Rajput tribe, who had to leave their homeland when Emperor Akbar defeated Maharana Pratap.
They are a unique part of the Rajasthan tribal population as they are essentially jungle dwellers and are the most backward of all Rajasthan tribes. They reside in and around Kota, Sawai Madhopur, and Dungarpur. They are primarily hunters, fishermen, or shifting cultivators.
Other Rajasthan Tribes
• Rabaris (breeders of Cattle)