Rajasthan needs no introduction.\nColors flood my senses from the moment I drive into the city of Udaipur from the airport late in the evening.\nAfter stopping to pick up the best Dal Baati in town from Santosh Snacks -a small eatery frequented by locals, we drive past the new areas of the city until we reach the old haveli area \u2013 the area near the Pichola lake.\nThis is where the festivities of the Gangaur festival will be held in its full splendour over the next few days.\nI have come to experience this folk festival \u2013 its people, its costumes, its sounds, its sentiments, its traditions and its colors.\nBut before we get to the colors, an ironical glimpse of the dry and harsh terrain of Rajasthan \u2013 a terrain that hosts the most beautiful colors and cultures of India!\n\nRajasthan is the most visited tourist spot in India after the Taj Mahal in Agra. And so, it caters to a wide spectrum of tourists> There are 7 star comforts in hotels, food and in transport modes.\nAnd as usual I try to spend my time living at the level of the locals in order to extract the most from my trip.\nI have not come to see buildings and landscapes \u2013 although those are interesting too. I have come to experience the lives of the people. And for that it is necessary to mingle with the people \u2013 not other travellers like myself \u2013 but with the local people \u2013 the Rajputs, the Marwaris and the tribals.\nAnd so in the city I dissolve within the urban festival crowds. I travel by local state buses used by tribals and stand shoulder to shoulder with the rural visitors of an annual village fair.\nIn all of these places I have a great time. Because I am surrounded by warm smiling people who are inclusive and welcome me into their lives.\nA few articles that chronicle my experience in Mewar, Rajasthan :\nFolk Dances of Rajasthan\nThe Gadaliya Blacksmith tribe of Rajasthan\nMusic of the Manganiyar Tribe\nWomen of India \u2013 the Weaker sex\nThe Gangaur Festival \u2013 praying for Marital Bliss\nThe Classic Indian Village fair \u2013 Gogunda Mela\nAlternate Sexuality Traditions 4 \u2013 The Garasia Tribe\nPuppets\u00a0 &\u00a0 Puppeteers\nTurban Art \u2013 The Crowning Glory of Indian Men\nWall Art of Rural Rajasthan\nIf you enjoy the articles please share them with others and connect with me through a comment.\njm\nApril 2012\n\u00a0\nThe post Mewar Diaries appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.