India is a land of diverse culture, lifestyle and tradition. Rajasthan's arts and Handicrafts are Treasure of India. Rajasthan, India's region in the north-west corner of the sub-continent is of breathtaking beauty- packed with history, art and culture that goes back several centuries. Rajasthan, bordered on the north and northwest by Pakistan, on the northeast by Punjab and Haryana, on the east by Uttar Pradesh, on the east and southeast by Madhya Pradesh, and on the southwest by Gujarat.
Rajasthan is the land of desert, the land of palaces, colourful people, the home of warriors. Immensely rich in culture, history and natural beauty it attracts tourists from all parts of the workd. Its a land of contrast with desert and lakes, gardens and hilly regions which are a pleasure to the eye.
Rajasthan has rightly been called as 'the treasure trove of Indian handicrafts and shopper's paradise'.
History of Rajasthan reveals that the Kings and nobles were patrons of Art and Craft and they encouraged the craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving, pottery and painting. People of this region had a strong desire to decorate their surroundings. Rajasthan is among the richest states in the country in arts and crafts.
The home of the valiant Rajputs known for their bravery and chivalry, Rajasthan is said to have been a region where human settlement dated back to the early historical period.
Archaeological excavations establish a connection with the Harappan culture which dates to about 1000BC. In the period from 3000-500BC this region formed a part of the river valley inhabitation. The relics of Virat also speaks of the area being inhabited by the Pre-Aryan people of the oldest called Push Karara Nanya (modern Pushkar in Ajmer). The first Aryan settlement here was at Dundhmer in modern Dundhar. The influence of Jainism and Buddhism, also spread to this region. It witnessed the rule of the Magadha, Kushanas and the Guptas, during which it was divided into Mahajanapadas and Janapadas. Rajasthan formed part of the Mauryan Empire in about 130-150AD and the Guptas ruled it in the 4th century.
From about 640AD the Gujars, Pratiharas, Chauhans, Gahlots etc established their independent Kingdoms. Internal rivalry between the Rajput Kingdoms led to the establishment of many strong Rajput Kingdoms which resisted the supreme domination of the Mughals. The Mughal rule declined by about 1707AD and gave way to the Marathas. The Marathas were subdued by the British who disintegrated many of its areas. After Independence Rajasthan was organised into a state in 1956.