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Rajasthan is Not Just About Havelis and Camels!

Rajasthan is Not Just About Havelis and Camels! pixabay - antriksh

The culture of Rajasthan is defined by the Rajputana kingdoms that ruled it for centuries. Sprawling as it is, Rajasthan is minutely dotted with exquisite havelis, temples, baoris, market places and forts. But what many are not aware is that there is more to the state than just the exotic architecture and historic buildings. 

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Day 1. Pali: Watch the locals perform customary ceremonies

Pali: Watch the locals perform customary ceremonies
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Drive down 44 kms from Mandawas and you will find Pali. Though Pali is known as “The Industrial City” owing to the large number of factories and industries, it has more to it than meets the eye. Go to the villages such as Gundoj, Hemawas, Tewalli Kallan and Koorna and you can witness some amazing and vibrant ceremonies that are conducted there.

Day 2. Udaipur: Ride the Marwari horses

Udaipur: Ride the Marwari horses
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Udaipur is 3 and a half hours drive from Pali, where you can experience riding a Marwari horse. It is said that very few breeds of horses showcase the grandeur of a royal Marwari horse. Kunal says, "You can find everything there like palaces, lake, sunset view, mountain view, wildlife, shopping and special the pride of Rajasthan Folk Dance."

Day 3. Jaisalmer: Camp on the sand dunes

Jaisalmer: Camp on the sand dunes
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Camping on the sand dunes in the Thar Desert is an ethereal experience. Suhani shares on HolidayIQ, "we enjoyed folk dance night with the DJ music, followed by dance till the last beat. We returned back to out tents and trust me it was so cold, with the temperature dipping to degrees, we used 4 quilts to keep ourselves warm."

Day 4. Pali: Try opium with the locals

Pali: Try opium with the locals
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Many tribes in Rajasthan have this tradition of drinking opium in the morning. If you go to any of the Rabari villages and happen to be up early, visit the elder's home and you will see all the men gathering at the house and smoke opium. 

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Day 5. Kuldhara: Visit a haunted village 20 kms from Jaisalmer

Kuldhara: Visit a haunted village 20 kms from Jaisalmer
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Suhani tells HolidayIQ, "About 200 years ago, Kuldhara was the home to Paludal Brahmins. Salim Singh, Diwan of Jaisalmer was known for dissipation. He set eyes on the beautiful daughter of the chief of the village. Brahmins were very staunch towards their principles. Fearing the Salim Singh, instead of giving their daughter, the villagers left their homes."

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