Saris covered in jewels and sequins sparkle in the sun, worn by women walking Rajasthan’s streets. The heat is almost unbearable, and the men wear the top buttons on their collared shirts lose as they walk briskly between business meetings avoiding the eyes of tourists reclining in the outdoor cafes. A respectful and incredibly strict culture, the lifestyle of Rajasthan is more similar to that of old India than modern cities like Delhi;
there’s an appetite for extravagance mixed with exotic mystery and this, the largest state in India, offers both the isolation of the Thar Desert and closeness of bustling cities like Jaipur. Jaipur stands out as having taken it upon itself to move Rajasthan towards modernization and away from tradition.
Lavish palaces in and around the major cities embody the wealth that underlies the extreme poverty of a people still firmly rooted in an old-world caste system. Choose one of Rajasthan’s cities to walk through and the duality of wealth and poverty living side by side is obvious, a chance to see the brilliance of a culture coping with its past. Take a day trip to one of the many wildlife reservations throughout the state and watch
tigers, just a few yards away in their original habitats, then return to the city at dusk, just as the sun turns it into a glowing aura of light, an orange tint gleaming off of all the buildings, for a flavourful local meal.
Written by Emily Christian-Michaels.
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