Best Rajasthan Tours

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Booking Print this Page E-mail this page!! Add to Favorites
RajasthanRajasthan ToursTravel Guide Forts Palaces HavelisPilgrimage National Parks Hotels
Best Rajasthan Tours
Best Rajasthan Tours
Pushkar Fair with Taj Mahal
Rajasthan Wildlife Tour
Royal Rajasthan with Taj Tour
Romantic Vacations in Desert
Cultural Rajasthan Tour
Colourful Rajasthan Tour
Camel Safari Tour
Rajasthan Village Tour
Rajasthan Desert Safari
Royal Rajasthan Tour
Mewar Festival Tour
Rajasthan Heritage Tour
Best Trip Rajasthan
Rajasthan Desert Festival Tour
Forts & Palaces Trip
Rajasthan Heritage Travel
Rajasthan Imperial Trip
The Kingdom of Rajasthan Trip
Rajasthan Pilgrimage Tour
Rajasthan Palace Trip
Rajasthan With Taj Mahal Trip
Rajasthan Vacation Tour
Rajasthan Rajputana Trip
Rajasthan Romantic Trip
Royal Rajasthan Trip
Rural Heart of Rajasthan
Rajasthan Special Trip
Cheap Rajasthan Tours
More ...

Rajasthan Travel Guide
Rajasthan Travel Guide
Ajmer Tourism Guide
Alwar Tourism Guide
Banswara Tourism Guide
Bharatpur Tourism Guide
Bikaner Tourism Guide
Chittorgarh Tourism Guide
Dungarpur Tourism Guide
Jaipur Tourism Guide
Jaisalmer Tourism Guide
Jhalawar Tourism Guide
Jodhpur Tourism Guide
Kota Tourism Guide
Kumbhalgarh Tourism Guide
Mandawa Tourism Guide
Mount Abu Tourism Guide
Nathdwara Tourism Guide
Pushkar Tourism Guide
Ranakpur Tourism Guide
Ranthambore Tourism Guide
Sariska Tourism Guide
Shekhawati Tourism Guide
Udaipur Tourism Guide
More ...

Rajasthan Forts
Rajasthan Forts
Amber Fort
Junagarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort
Chittorgarh Fort
Kishangarh Fort
Jaisalmer Fort
Mehrangarh Fort
More ...

Rajasthan Havelis
Rajasthan Havelis
Nathmalji-Ki- Haveli - Jaisalmer
Patwon Ki Haveli - Jaisalmer
Alsisar Haveli - Jaipur
Samode Haveli - Jaipur
More ...

Date Time in India: Bookmark and Share

Home » About Rajasthan » Gypsy of Rajasthan

Gypsy of Rajasthan

A Brief Note about Gypsies , Rajasthan
The Gypsies, Roma, the ethnic minority who brought to the West the spark of a vibrant culture, left the Indian subcontinent about a thousand years ago embarking on a migration that scattered them all over the world. The culture they left behind remained unscathed throughout the centuries,isolated within the barriers of their hostile habitat: the Thar Desert of Rajasthan.

Still nomadic, with their unique gift for artistic self-expression, these independent spirits roam freely throughout the desert today as their ancestors did at the time of the migrations. "Once the Gypsies" will attempt to capture the dramatic, colorful and personal story of the current nomadic tribes in the region, following the travels of carts and camel caravans on the open roads of the Thar Desert. Gypsy of Rajasthan

Brief History of the Gypsies
Before they left India, little is known about the culture which generated the Gypsies, except for their migrations, within and out of India. Linguistics and historians believe that the Gypsies were originally from North Central India. Their first known migration started around 300 BC, when they moved to North Western India. The Persian Book of Kings relates an incident corroborated by independent chronicles that took place in the fifth century, when the Indian King Shankal made a gift of 12.000 musicians to the Shah of Persia. It is assumed that those musicians were the ancestors of the Roma since after a year the Shah sent them away from Persia.

Why and when, then, the Roma left India is clouded in uncertainty, yet some scholars state that the Gypsies entered southeastern Europe in the last quarter of the 13th Century. Because they arrived in Europe from the East, they were thought by the first Europeans to be from Turkey, Nubia or Egypt, or any number of non-European places. They were called, among other things, Egyptians or 'Gyptians, which is where the word "Gypsy" comes from. All analysis seem to corroborate the fact that the Roma ancestors are linked to this common lineage in India. As well, the Roma have been known as entertainers and inspired musicians in every country they have traveled, as some of the nomadic groups present in the Thar Desert today.

Gypsies in Rajasthan

In Rajasthan it is not uncommon to see people with green eyes. Among the lowest castes are the Bopa and Kalbeliya Gypsies. In spite of their low status, these beautiful people are proud of their roots. Both Kalbeliya and Bopa people make a living by performing songs and dances. In recent decades, the Maharajahs have gone and Indian and foreign tourists have replaced the royal audiences.

The Kalbeliya Gypsy people are known as the snake charmer caste. The women are skilled dancers and are accompanied by men playing percussion and wind instruments. The Kalbeliya were once hired to entertain great kings and maharajahs. Today they are sadly considered to be squatters and experience much discrimination. They struggle to preserve their culture and dances. They follow Indian fairs and festivals hoping to get hired to perform dances in hotels and private resorts.

The Kuna
The Kuna are known for their fierce pride and serious composure but they have a warm sense of humor in relaxed situations. This young woman is amused at the attention she receives from visitors. Perhaps she smiles because she knows she is about to be paid. The Kuna know the value of their faces as subjects for photos and expect compensation for each shot.

The Bhils - The Bow Men of Rajasthan
The Bhils form an important group, which inhabits mainly the southern districts of Rajasthan and the surrounding regions of Udaipur and Chittaurgarh. The generic term, which describes their tribe apparently, derives its name from bil, meaning bow, which describes their original talent and strength.
The Bhils practice endogamy, marrying with a narrow kinship. Their Gods like Pantha and Vina, hold a special sway over their minds.Their other deities honor the primeval needs of the pastoral society. Nandevro is worshipped as the presiding deity of corn, while Gwali is the goddess of milk. The god of agriculture is Heer Kulyo.

Contact for right Tour Request, Price Quotation, Itinerary Suggestions, Bookings.




How can we help?

About Rajasthan
About Rajasthan
The History
Folk Music & Dances
Gypsy of Rajasthan
Rajasthani Wedding
Arts and Crafts
More ...

Pilgrimage In Rajasthan
Pilgrimage In Rajasthan
Ajmer Sharif
Dilwara Temples
Ranakpur Temple
Eklingji Temple
Osian Temple
Birla Temple
Jain Temple
Galta Temple
Bikaner Temples
More ...

Rajasthan National Parks
Rajasthan National Parks
Ranthambore National Park
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Desert National Park
More ...

Rajasthan Palaces
Rajasthan Palaces
City Palace - Udaipur
Fateh Prakash Palace - Udaipur
Umaid Bhavan Palace - Jodhpur
Rai ka Bag Palace - Jodhpur
City Palace - Jaipur
Lake Palace - Udaipur
Deogarh Mahal - Udaipur
Balsammand Palace - Jodhpur
Jal Mahal - Jaipur
Hawa Mahal - Jaipur
More ...

Best Rajasthan Hotels
Best Rajasthan Hotels
Lake Palace Udaipur
Fateh Prakash Palace Udaipur
Rambagh Palace Jaipur
The Oberoi Rajvilas - Jaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas - Udaipur
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur
More ...
RajasthanRajasthan ToursTravel Guide Forts Palaces HavelisPilgrimage National Parks Hotels
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Booking | Sitemap | XML Sitemap | Links