Rajasthan is famous for its royal palaces and castles and is a dream destination for those who want to dive into the rich culture, history, royal traditions, and art and want a feel of royalty of Rajasthan. The old gharanas were bestowed with family castles and lodges. These family castles deteriorated without proper maintenance. So to preserve the legendary royal Rajputana hospitality, authorities converted these havelis into hotels and homestays and revived the local culture.
Royal castles converted into hotels and homestays
You can feel like a true royal by staying in royal castles, and Havelis turned into hotels and homestays. Starting with a royal welcome, they serve lip-smacking delicacies and old family recipes. They provide a royal experience with live dance performances from folk artists and camel and elephant rides for sightseeing. Hotels like Alsisar haveli, Samode palace, Mandawa haveli, and Castle Kanota will make you feel like the royals of Rajasthan with their impeccable hospitality. Royal luxury stays like Sujan Jawai- Jawai Dam, Vanyavilas in Ranthambore, and Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur give you the taste of the grandeur lifestyle and royal traditions of the royals of Rajasthan.
Royal tour on Luxury trains
Luxury trains like The Palace on Wheels, and Maharaja Express, give tourists a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These royal chariots pamper you with Rajasthani delicacies, liquors and hospitality on board. They connect the most iconic destinations with luxurious cabins and state-of-the-art facilities. The train’s interiors meet high luxury standards with designs inspired by the royal lifestyle of Rajasthan. The itinerary allows you to make the most of your travel experience. You can explore the wildlife, world heritage sites or visit the royal palaces.
Havelis and forts converted into museums to preserve royal artefacts, culture, and art forms
Wandering around as a traveller, you can see old Havelis adorned with fresco paintings, meenakari work, jharokhas, glass houses, etc. The Havelis of Mandawa, Shekhawati, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer are prime examples of royal architecture. Most forts are converted into museums, homestays or cafes to preserve the culture and heritage. City Palaces of every major city of Rajasthan were converted into a museum preserving royal artefacts, clothes, jewellery, war weapons, and other household items. You can buy souvenirs made by local artists from these museum’s gift shops.
Cultural fests around Rajasthan will allow you to experience the royal traditions and culture first-hand. The Rajasthan International Folk Festival of Jodhpur, the Desert festival of Jaisalmer, the Pushkar Fair, and the Teej and Gangaur Fairs provide the ultimate royal experience. These festivals attract hordes of tourists making these festivals a bonanza of culture. They host activities like folk dances, music shows, camel rides, puppet shows. You can also find vendors selling delicious food and handicraft souvenirs from local artists.
Preservation of culture through the art experiences
If you want to satisfy your wanderlust for an authentic Rajasthani experience within a short time, we present you with unique art masterclasses, where you can learn about the art and culture of Rajasthan, create souvenirs with artists and take home a piece of Rajasthan’s royal culture.
Meenakari on silver
Enamelling or meenakari work was introduced by the Mughals. It has been an integral part of jewellery worn by the royalty of Rajasthan for the last 500 years. Meenakari creates a design on brass, copper, silver and gold by filling the engraved design on the metal with coloured enamels to have a final vibrant output. Experience the 500-year-old art of Meenakari with 55 years experienced master artist, and design a royal piece of jewellery for your loved ones.
Juttis have been an integral part of royal families’ attires. Footwear made of leather adorned with various threads of silk available in vibrant colours has been a part of the Rajasthani culture for centuries. Be a part of a unique Jutti-making art masterclass with award-winning artists and bring yourself one step closer to the royal experience.
The capital city of Jaipur is popular for its distinguished art form. It has a rich history and massive aesthetic value. Fresco art (Arayash) adorned castles and haveli walls. Get a live experience of fresco with an award-winning artist in our masterclass.
The state of Rajasthan has been famous for its royal traditions for centuries. Even after many years of independence, families are trying rigorously to preserve the royal traditions and culture. Through these unique cultural experiences, let us all together preserve our culture so that our new generations can live and enjoy the royalty of Rajasthan.
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