In Rajasthan also many types of tribes are putting their base and contributing by adding colors on Rajasthan’s culture and art. Tribal Tour in Rajasthan now becomes the trend among domestic and foreign tourist.
Rajasthan’s tribal peoples are unique and they capable of leaving in extremely worst conditions. Tourist likes to learn how these people leaving and the skills they implement to survive in these deserts. So tourists prefer to book Tribal Tour Packages in Rajasthan in which they get chance to meet with Rajasthan’s tribal people and observe them properly.
Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days
Destinations: Delhi – Nawalgarh – Sikar – Kuchaman – Bundi – Kota – Shahbad – Chittorgarh – Dungarpur – Banswar- Udaipur – Ranakpur – Sirohi – Daspan – Rohet – Jodhpur – Delhi or Mumbai
RajasthanRajasthan’s population includes many tribals, who today constitute 12% of the state population, nearly double the national average. The main tribes of Rajasthan are the Bhils and the Minas that were the original inhabitants of the area now called Rajasthan. But they were forced into the Aravalli Range by the Aryan invasion. Smaller tribes include the Sahariyas, Garasias and the Gaduliya lohars.
The tribes share common traits, which seem to link their past together but it is the differences in their costumes and jewellery, fair and festivals that set them apart from one another.
The Bhils compromise 39% of Rajasthan’s tribal population. Their stronghold is Banswara. The generic term derives from Bhils, which describe their original talent and strength. The Bhils maintained their numbers by mingling with rebellious outcaste Rajputs.
According to legends, the Bhils were fine archers. Bhil bowmen are mentioned in both the Mahabarata and Ramayan. They were highly regarded as warriors and the Rajput rulers relied on them. Although originally food gatherers, the Bhils these days have taken up small-scale agriculture, city residence and employment.
The Baneshwar fair is a Bhil festival held near Dungarpur in January/February each year and large number of Bhils gather for several days for singing, dancing and worshipping. Holi is another important time for Bhils. Witchcraft magic and superstition are deeply rooted aspects of the Bhil culture.
The Minas are the second largest tribal group in the state after the Bhils and are the most widely spread. They may have been original inhabitants of the Indus Valley civilization. The Vedas and the Mahabharta mention them, and it was the Kachhawah Rajputs who finally dispersed them and forced them into the Aravallis. The Minas have a tall, athletic build with sharp features, large eyes, thick lips and a light brown complexion.
They live in the regions of Shekhawati and eastern Rajasthan. The name Minas is derived from ‘men fish’. Originally they were a ruling tribe, but their slow downfall began with the Rajputs, and was completed when the British Government declared them a ‘Criminal tribe’ in 1924, mainly to stop them from trying to regain their territory from the Rajputs.
RajasthanJust like the Bhils, the literacy rate among the Minas was very low, but is improving. Marriage, arranged by the parents is generally within the tribe and most marriages take place when the children are quite young.
Gaduliya Lohars The Gaduliya Lohars, named after their beautiful bullock carts (‘gadis’), were originally a martial Rajput tribe, but nowadays they are nomadic blacksmiths. They are said to have wandered from their homeland of Mewar because of their promise to their ‘lord’ Maharana Pratap who was ousted from Chittaurgarh by Akbar. This clan of warring Rajputs vowed to re-enter the city only after the victory of Maharana Pratap who was, however, unfortunately killed in the battlefield.
They are a small Rajput tribe found along the Abu Road area of Southern Rajasthan. The Garasias have an interesting custom of marriage through elopement, which usually takes place at the annual Gaur Fair held during the full moon in March. After the elopement, which can be spontaneous or pre-arranged, a bride price is paid to the bride’s father.
They are thought to be of Bhil origin and are found in the areas of Kota, Dungarpur and Sawai Madhopur in the south- east of the state. The Sahariyas are jungle dwellers, their name possibly deriving from the Persian ‘Sehr’. The Sahariyas are regarded as the most backward tribe in Rajasthan and make out a living as shifting cultivators and by hunting and fishing.
The small tribal community of Damors probably migrated from their original home in Gujarat to settle in Dungarpur and Udaipur districts. They are mainly cultivators and manual labourers.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi and on traditional welcome transfer to hotel. Half day sight seeing of Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Nawalgarh
Morning drive to Nawalgarh in the heart of the Shekhawati region. Arrive and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon, explore surrounding towns and villages of Minas tribes with their painted havelis and temples. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Nawalgarh – Sikar – Kuchaman
Morning after breakfast drive to sikar to explore tribal village of minas. Continue drive to Kuchaman. Evening enjoy folk dance performing by local artist. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Kucheman – Pachewar
Drive to Pachewar village and its restored fort. Flourishing agricultural practices, toy makers and a blue pottery kiln. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Pachewar – Bundi
Drive to Bundi for sightseeing of fort, and Raniji ki Baori stepwell. Continue to Rajmahal, a 300-year-old palace with the village named after it. The palace overlooks the river below. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Bundi – Kota
Morning drive to Kota of one hour drive. Check in to your pre booked hotel. Later explore the fort and palace and afternoon explore the village life of Sahariyas tribe. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Kota – Shahbad – Kota
Morning excursion to Shahbad to explore the culture of Sahariya tribe. Spent the day by interacting with some tribal people. Picnic lunch and evening drive back to Kota.
Day 08: Kota – Chittorgarh
Drive to Chittaurgarh Fort to Bijaipur, the base for the Mina tribes. The village is located beside a lake. After noon visit Chottorgarh fort and palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Chittorgarh – Dungarpur
Drive to Dungarpur. Enroute stop sometimes to visit Jai Samand Palace. Rest of the day at leisure. Dungurpur is the base place of Bhil Tribe. Also place of Sahariyas and Damors tribes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Banswara excursion
This morning excursion to Banswara wto explore the Bhil tribal culture in best preserve form. Come back to hotel. Evening enjoy the folk tribal dance in hotel. Overnight.
Day 12: Dungarpur – Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur with its Bhil villages all around. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Udaipur – Ranakpur
Drive to Ranakpur. Afternoon visit some village of Gaduliya Lohras and Garacias tribe. Evening watch the tribal dance performing by Garacias tribe. Overnight.
Day 14: Ranakpur – Sirohi – Daspan
Drive across the flat, irrigated lands of Sirohi, drive to Leopard’s Lair at Bera. There is a large settlement of Rabaris in the vicinity. These migrants move around, but this permanent settlement has well-kept, clean homes. Continue your drive to Drive to Daspan village where the fertile fields grow bountiful crops, and the village is known for its embroidered shoes. There are also some families that make bows and arrows in the Bhil style. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Daspan – Rohet
Morning drive to Rohet to check in to hotel. Afternoon explore with a jeep safari to the surrounding Rabari and Bishnoi villages. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: Rohet – Jodhpur
Morning one hour drive to Jodhpur. Afternoon city tour of Jodhpur. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Jodhpur – Delhi or Mumbai ( Flight)
This morning fly back to Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Departure
Transfer to Apt to board the flt for onward journey.