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The title is the translation of the name, I would sometimes call it Ranisthan, country of queens, so beautiful and full of courage the women of this country are, without the women, Rajasthan would not be Rajasthan.
I spent a few days in the Thar Desert, and the Aravalli Range, looking at some (very) old rocks, among other things, and was lucky to quickly visit two big cities, visit a number of little villages, little temples and shrines, had the luck to sleep in a maharajah’s bed (well, not his bed but in his palace, (and without a Rani. . . haha . . . ), and what remains of Rajasthan is a mix of all this: incredible luxury, incredible poverty, incredible contrasts, extremely welcoming people in the villages, beautiful landscapes, architecture I found so disorienting, in one word: I was enchanted; not the thousand and one nights (these took place in the Caliph’s palace in Baghdad), but not far from there, a mix of central Asia I loved so much when I travelled there, and Orient where the people (and their way of looking at things and the world) are so different from my western view of things.
And every day’s life, in that country (state, to be correct!), I only had a very tiny flavour of it; I would have liked to share more of my hosts life there.
Rajasthan exists as it is only since 1949, when at independence of India, all the Rajputanas, little states ruled by local princes (Rajputs) were merged in one state, included in the Union of India. Each prince was more or less a tribal leader, and history, wars, resistance to Islam led to a mosaic of little states, each with its own traditions, religious life, social rules. . . .
An emblematic animal of this country is the camel; without camel, no agriculture, no travel across the desert, no meat (not all people are vegetarians); I have seen lots of camels elsewhere, but here, they are decorated, a bit venerated, more than just an animal. . . .
The most famous Rajputanas were Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Amber, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, . . etc. I only visited Bikaner and Jodhpur, just a little bit of desert and mountains of Rajasthan, but it gives an idea of the architectural richness, of the strange countryside, of the wonderful people of this state and makes me wanting to visit it again. It is a really beautiful place! I hope to give here a little bit of this beauty. I was here on a working trip with a few geologist colleagues and had tight schedules and the purpose of the trip was looking at some rocks; I won’t bother you with rocks --well, just a little bit (-: --, and every time it was possible, I left the group for a few minutes or an hour or two, to see something “real” of the places.
A few days in the desert of the country of kings; the name sounds to me a bit like a mix of orient and central Asia
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