The portrait that is painted across every tourist’s mind when you mention Rajasthan is that of “colorful festivals”. And when you actually visit the place, that portrait is magnified ten fold. The North Western state of India is way beyond just colorful festivities. Today we list out some aspects of Rajasthan that every tourist must know before or while touring this amazing place.
COLOR COORDINATED CITIES
Any discussion on Rajasthan is incomplete without colors, so let’s start with that. Major cities in Rajasthan are all color coordinated.
THAR : THE MOST INHABITED DESERT ON EARTH
It’ s been a long held notion that deserts are barren and lack life and vitality. Not Thar though. It boasts of a population density of 83 people per square km.
THE BATMAN CONNECT
0.0005050505th part of Batman- The Dark Knight Rises was shot in India. Don’t believe us? Okay, remember some of the scenes below? The pit where Bruce Wayne was imprisoned?
If you zoom into the frame where he comes out of that pit, you will see blue houses beside the fort? Why? Because that prison is located in Jodhpur, the blue city, next to the Mehrangarh fort (Below in the circle is dear ol’ Bruce).
TANKAS : UNDERGROUND WATER STRUCTURES
If you have ever been to Rajasthan before, you must have come across cemented water structures such as this
As one moves away from populated areas, into the fields, they will find these underground water structures called “Tankas”. These amazing structures are built applying some cool concepts of “desi” science. They are constructed in such a way that rainwater gets accumulated there, which, after proper filtering is used for drinking. Moreover, the area around the tanka is cemented so that dust doesn’t go inside it.
PYAU : BECAUSE THE BEST CHARITY IS GIVING WATER TO THE THIRSTY
Most parts of Rajasthan experience scarce rainfall. As a result, the generous Rajasthanis know the importance of water, more than most. Pyaus, for serving water, can be cited as the most apt example of the helpful nature of Rajasthani people. They are constructed at bus stops, in every village.
When , in most parts of the globe you will have to pay for a glass of drinking water, in Rajasthan you have a person designated with the SOLE task of maintaining the pyau and serving water to people.
Literally cool, isn’t it?