India is a land of diverse culture and heritage. Over the years, conquerors have come to lot our country but made it their home instead. They brought their own language, food, architecture, and culture. While it enriched our country, we cannot forget the original residents of the country, who have been here for thousands of years. These indigenous people have been guarding their own culture for years. India has several tribes – tribal jewelry, music, language, handicrafts are quite popular all over the country. So where should you go to experience a complete tribal culture? Here are 5 great destinations for you to explore and put in your holiday planner.
Bishnoi Village, Rajasthan
The Bishnoi village in Rajasthan would be an amazing place to visit to watch Marwar culture up close. They are not an indigenous tribe, but the followers of Guru Jambeshwar who established this sect in 1451. The main aim of the community is to protect wildlife and nature. Their Guru laid down rules and regulations for the community and the primary rule was to take care of nature. The village tours and the resorts in this sleepy place will take you back to another time. As worshippers of Vishnu, they are called Bishnoi
Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
The Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is considered to be a tribal district. It is extremely beautiful and many parts of it are still not under the tourist radar, which is a blessing! The main cities here are Kalpa, Sangla and Chitkul. The language and culture here are very different from the rest of the state. Tibetan influences are largely visible. Chitkul happens to be the last Indian village from the border. Explore local culture and the breathtaking nature here to your heart’s content.
Bara Bhangal, Himachal Pradesh
Another tribal region from Himachal Pradesh that can be visited is Kullu. The Gaddis are usually found here and in Jammu and Kashmir. Like several tribes living in the mountains, Gaddis are semi-nomadic and spend the summers in lower altitude, where their domestic animal can graze and survive the harsh winters in their own homes. They mostly live around the Bharmour region of Chamba, Dharmsala etc. If you want to visit a specific village go to Bara Bhangal. It is a trekker’s paradise and tons of adventure sports nearby too!
If you truly want to see the real tribal culture, you have to visit Chattisgarh. This comparatively new state is rich in tribal cultural heritage and is home to some of the oldest tribes in the nation. The local tourism board offers not just tours but the opportunity to stay in these villages as well. What better way to live like a tribal? Just be respectful to the locals and take their permission in case you are invading their privacy.
While you can’t see tribals in Udaipur itself, if you drive about 20 to 50km from the city you will come across the Bhils – the largest tribe in India. There are many villages nearby where you can go and see their lifestyle. It is best to get a local guide and a private car that will take you away from the main road and enter the side roads to find these small villages. It is best to go on a day where they have local markets. That way you can actually buy some trinkets and bring them home.
Our country is indeed incredible! But you need time to cover all the destinations. Having a good travel agency in India who can make a customized itinerary for you is important, hence contact Rajput Holidays for the best experience.