Rajasthan is the largest state in India as it encompasses much of the Great Indian Desert. Located close to Pakistan, Rajasthan is one of the most beautiful states in India and so unsurprisingly attracts a lot of tourists on a yearly basis. The local population of Rajasthan is around 57 million people.
Rajasthan attracted 14% of all the foreign tourists visiting India during the year 2009. Tourism is a flourishing industry in the state and generates the majority of the state’s revenue. With a number of palaces, forts and castles there is a lot for tourists to see on a trip to the state. Also known as a shoppers paradise due to the amazing jewelry, clothes and handicrafts created in the state, Rajasthan is popular not only with tourists but with other Indians for its cheap yet well made goods.
Aside from tourism, the main economies in Rajasthan are agriculture and pasture. The state is among the largest producers of edible oil in India, as well as being the biggest wool producer and the biggest opium producer. Tobacco and cotton are the state’s main cash crops, whilst barley and wheat are also cultivated in large areas. Revenue is also gotten from the mines in the state; with mines including marble, zinc, copper and salt; as well as from the hundreds of IT companies who have claimed Rajasthan is their home.
Culturally, Rajasthan is rich with artistic and folk traditions. The state has a highly cultivated style of music with its own distinct style that separates it from other states in the country. Folk music is a renowned part of the Rajasthan culture with some of the accompanying dances such as the Ghoomar dance now enjoying worldwide acclaim. Aside from music the state is well known for its fabulous art and crafts. Tie dyes, block prints and embroideries are major exports from the state; and one of the main reasons many choose to visit from afar. Rajasthani clothes are typically made in bright colors such as orange, yellow and blue, and then decorated with mirroring and embroidery. Rajasthani clothes are worn throughout the state, especially during one of the festivals. Rajasthan is mainly a Hindu state, and a number of religious festivals are celebrated throughout the year.