“ When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.”
Every foreigner who sets foot into India is eager to discover the true essence of the country.Only few people (both Indians and foreigners) know that the true picture of India lies hidden in its villages. Some such villages are to be found concealed between the undulating Vindhya and the Aravalli ranges. These gorgeous hamlets in the district of Ranthambhore hold their own distinctive allure, attracting citizens of the world to present them with loud manifestations of what India is all about. Behind cheerful exteriors one sees the true picture.
It is the adversity that binds the people, compelling them to work harder to achieve their goals and survive in the deadliest of circumstances. Truly, rural Indian life is not for the weak hearted – through thick and thin, happiness and sorrow, residents stand by each other. Even though they may be suffering from stubborn droughts, shortages or other problems, you will always see the village folk with a smile on their sunburnt faces, welcoming you into their humble abode with open arms. Their devotion is evidently visible when you look at the in-house temples built to have easy access to god, to thank him for all their blessings.
The best way to explore a rural setting is by taking a camel cart ride through it. You will be enamored by the smells that waft in the air – the aroma of traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Vibrant colors donned by the womenfolk going about their routine cut through the russet walls which are decorated charmingly with interesting animal, bird, human and floral motifs. Renowned for their handicrafts, you can watch the local artisans create ethnic ornaments, traditional clothes, antiques, earthenware and more as you ride through the village. Ever ready to share tales of yore, the village elders sit below the banyan trees.
Approach them with our guide and you will get a cultural lesson hidden in a fabulous historic tale. Visiting a Rajasthani village can be a life changing experience, especially if you happen to stopover during a festival.