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Duration : 16 Days / 15 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Ranakpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Pushkar - Mandawa - New Delhi
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Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Kota – Chittorgarh – Dungarpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – New Delhi
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imgMysterious Rajasthan Tour
Duration : 10 Days / 09 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Kuchaman - Khimsar – Mandawa – Samode – New Delhi
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Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights
Destination Covered : New Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Pushkar – Udaipur - Jodhpur – Jaipur –New Delhi
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Rajasthani Paintings and Sculpture

Rajasthan is a state of bright colors and celebration. Rajasthan's role in the development of Indian art has been very important. The decoration of dwellings and other household objects was but one aspect of the creative genius of the Rajasthani - the world of miniature paintings is perhaps the most fascinating and the distinctive styles that have existed here are renowned the world over. The paintings are so unique that they are beyond any kind of imitation. The beauty of Rajasthani paintings is sure to make a place in your heart. From the 16th century onwards there flourished different schools of paintings like the Mewar school, the Bundi-Kota kalam, the Jaipur, Bikaner, Kishengarh and Marwar schools.

The painting of Rajasthan bears witness to the zeal and elegance of the people of Rajasthan. The paintings done in inimitable styles and color rendering are so distinctive that they catch the eye and touch the soul. It throws light on the royal heritage of ancient Rajasthan. Various schools of paintings are cultivated and practiced in Rajasthan such as phad paintings, miniature paintings, kajali paintings, gemstone paintings and more.

The Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan which had flourished under princely patronage are still reproduced and descendants of the original craftsmen continue to produce miniature masterpieces, retaining their classic elegance. Miniature paintings are today among the most sought after souvenirs from Rajasthan. All major centers of miniatures, namely Kishangarh, Udaipur, Jaipur and Marwar have their own styles of depicting religious and court scenes. They are often made on hand made paper mythological the ms from Ramayana, Krishna Lila, Ragamala, and Geetgovinda are commonly used. In the paintings, vividly rendered are hills valleys, gardens, palaces, court scenes and religious processions. A painting of women is another theme, which Kishangarh has perfected as the Indian Mona Lisa.

Pichwais are cloth paintings hung in temples. Made in Udaipurand Nathdwara these paintings depicts lord Krishna, as Shrinathji different moods. They are done in dark rich hues and have deep religious connotations. All over Rajasthan one can see brightly colored Murals depicting folk processions and battles.

Phad is another style painted on long cloths using red colors, which mostly depict the entire life story of popular local legend Pabuji. They are made by the Joshis of Shahpur, near Bhilwara, and are now available in smaller panels portraying single incidents or chracters from the epics.  Rajsathan has many schools of painting having their own districts styles, well known among them being Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti Kishangarh, Dhundhur and Alwar. In the Jodhpur regions the tourists can find the paintings of warriors, legendary lovers, hunting scenes etc. 

The medieval paintings of Rajasthan have its own unique styles. The medieval paintings of Rajasthan highlights on the life of Lord Krishna, religious processions, palaces and forts, and so on. There are so many magnificent paintings of Rajasthan. Out of them the Goeta Govinda and the Raagamala Paintings of Rajasthan are the treasures of Rajasthan. The tourists can witness these attracting treasures of Rajasthan. Other than these paintings, there is lot of fascinating paintings that the travelers can witness at the time of his Rajasthan travel. Each and every painting of Rajasthan has its unique distinctive features. The painting includes the natural sceneries, figures of women, hills and valleys, palaces and forts and so on.

The Frescoes of Shekhawati are world renowned and the region is popularly termed as an "Open Air Art Gallery", Today the tourist can take home a piece of this art and decorate their walls at home, for these traditional murals have been recreated in paper and also in cloth.

Miniature Art Paintings
The most known and famous paintings of Rajasthan are the miniature paintings. They date back to the 11th century. Painted on hand made paper with mineral and vegetable colors, these paintings are full of colorful depictions. There are as many as seven painting styles of the miniature paintings themselves. Initially, the miniature painting styles were used for the purpose of manuscripts for text illustrations. Later on, they started depicting the life and time of the royals.

This is the most visible and widely prevalent type of painting, colorful pictures painted in glowing mineral and vegetable colors on hand-made papers. The miniature painter did not lack patronage. Seven styles in different kingdoms developed rapidly (the technique was similar to wall paintings, cloth and manuscripts illustrations) used initially manuscripts for text illustrations, they gradually evolved as portfolios of the life and times of their Royal patrons. 

The miniature tradition goes back at least to the 11th century. Later the Mughal influence though their style was of Mughal court style, yet the painters by the 17th century settled for traditional idioms and regional elements. And the modern miniature painting speaks of those age-old traditions of Rajasthan.

Miniatures are the most famous among paintings developed under the patronage of various rulers. The are still continues, though with considerably less patronage, in places like Nathwara, Udaipur and Bikaner, although most paintings made now are copies of old originals.

Phads Paintings
Phads are the traditional sroll paintings, still thriving in Rajasthan. Phads are paintings mainly showing the life and exploits of Pabuji and Dev Narain, the popular folk heroes of Rajasthan. They are painted on a rectangular piece of a coarse cloth. Other depictions include scenes from the Bhagvad Purana and other folk stories.

Special mention must be made of cloth scroll paintings rendered in folk style known as phads, depicting the lives of local heroes. They tell mostly the story of Pabuji Ramdevji and Dev Narainji whose exploits songs sung by minstrels (bhopas) around the villages. The use of vibrant, raw colors and bold lines and a two dimensional treatment of figures with the entire composition arranged in sections are some of the unique features of these paintings.

Pichwais Paintings
Another type of paintings Rajasthan is famous for are the Pichwais. The main use of Pichwais is to be used for the background in Srinathji, Nathdwara. Pichwais can be made in a number of ways like woven, hand painted, embroidered or printed with hand blocks, etc.

Noted among paintings are those made on cloth, known as pichavais, and intended as backdrops for the statue of the temple deity. Originally, these were made for different seasons and festivals for use at worship but later they came to be sold to pilgrims. In this thin layer of starch is applied on the cloth and painting is done in tempera.

Folk Painting
Usually done for some specific occasions like marriage, birth ceremony and other festivals. This tradition is found in villages and rural areas practiced by various tribes. They are very original, fresh and done with raw-hand.

Folk paintings are made with raw hand. They are generally made on some special occasions like marriage, birth of a child, festivals, etc. In the rural and tribal areas of Rajasthan, this tradition of getting a folk painting made is followed.

 

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