Camping can be done over sand dunes, in the wilderness or over the ramparts of lonely forts. The great makeshift kitchen, barbecue and pulsating folk performances are ideal to create memories of great days that linger on forever.
Safaris and Enjoying Nature
The most popular adventures in Rajasthanis are the safaris. There are innumerable places of great natural beauty in Eastern and Southern parts of Rajasthan. The hilly terrain in these regions is covered with dense forests dotted with forbidden forts and castles. The jungles are also a home to many tribes. Trekking and nature trails in these areas serve the dual purpose of enjoying nature's gifts, while getting a glimpse of history. The Western and Shekhawati regions of Rajasthan are extremely popular ways to appreciate the unique heritage and landscape of Rajasthan mixed with great fun.
Rajasthan can be considered as a solid bastion of the royal sport known as Polo. Polo is played riding, most commonly, a horse but in Rajasthan it is the camel and even elephants. Jaipur and Bikaner are well-known the world over for their historic affection to Polo. Tourists can avail of excellent polo facilities in Jaipur. For golf lovers a very good golf course (18 hotels) is located in beautiful surroundings at Jaipur.
It is a skill that is in the blood of the people of Rajasthan and everyone practices it with unfailing punctuality in several parts of Rajasthan. The sport is truly a SCENE and now quite a few events are organized to enable international tourists to participate with equal enthusiasm. Jaipur and Jodhpur are quite popular for such events. Several exciting sports such as tug of war is tried in various fairs like that at Pushkar.
Ballooning and mountaineering are still not very popular activities in Rajasthan but are periodically held.
It is the people of this state who make Rajasthan a lively place. The vibrancy, love for life, and color they wear, make the people of Rajasthan quite different from the people of other parts of India. The Rajasthanis are sturdy, cheerful and simple folks relatively untouched by the fast pace of modern times making Rajasthan one of the safest destinations anywhere in the world. The people of Rajasthan show a distinct preference for bright costumes. From the simple village folk or tribal to the rajas and ranis, the preferred colours are bright red, dazzling yellow, lively green or brilliant orange, highlighted by a lavish use of sparkling gold and silver zari or gota. Tribal and nomadic women are known for their love for silver jewellery (although men too sport ear studs and earrings). The ornaments follow age-old designs typical of a particular tribe. In daily use the ladies wear normal ornaments of neck, hand, nose and ear but on special occasions and social functions women wear all the ornaments of different parts of the body to look beautiful and attractive. For its exquisite designs and delicacy of art Rajasthan Jewelry is a rage not only for ladies of India but also for women of foreign countries. There are about 1,000 different styles and types of turbans in Rajasthan, each denoting the class, caste and region of the wearer. Turbans come in all shapes, sizes and colours; and there are specific turbans for specific occasions as well. The people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After hard work in the harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain whenever they take time off they let themselves go in gay abandon. There is dancing, singing, drama, devotional music and puppet shows and other community festivities which transform the hardworking Rajasthanis into a fun-loving and carefree individual. Each region has its own folk entertainment, the dance styles differ as do the songs. Interestingly enough, even the musical instruments are different. Rajasthan has made its contribution to Indian art; there is a rich literary tradition, especially of bardic poetry. Chand Bardai's poem on Prithvi Raj Raso or 'Chand Raisa', the earliest manuscript of which dates to the 12th century, is particularly notable. Its rich cultural heritage has produced some of the finest artistes of international repute... the celebrated sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Grammy winner Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, the Dhrupad singers - Dagar Brothers, the legendary oriental dancer Uday Shankar and the noted ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, to name a few.