One of the highlights of any trip to India is to discover the local traditions, and when it comes to the northern states, one of the most alluring certainly is the culture of Rajasthan.
In an old post about the people of India I mentioned I had witnessed the opium ceremony, performed in Salawas village, in Jodhpur surroundings, Rajasthan. Important part of the culture of Rajasthan, this ritual serves the function of maintaining peace within the community in case of argument, and keeping firm the bonds among its inhabitants.
I’m not sure they actually used (and normally use) opium, but this is what the locals told me, proudly explaining as much as they could about the most traditional and intimate aspects of the culture of Rajasthan.
Being part of such old rituals, anywhere I am, is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Apart from witnessing rituals and traditions that are gradually getting lost all over the world, you will have the chance to better understand the society that is hosting you, and you will be able to feel part of it, even for only one day.
If you reach Salawas village early in the morning you can enjoy also some local wildlife routine before the traffic gets too mental and noisy and the animals, such as deers, antelopes and peacocks, alongside with many species of migratory birds, prefer to withdraw in their hidden and intimate surroundings until silence and quiet plunge again.
Salawas is only a small fraction of what you can do in Jodhpur to unearth the local culture of Rajasthan. The Blue City, in fact, offers a plethora of activities and historical places, from the Mehrangarh Fort to the Umaid Bhawan Palace to a camel-riding day out in the huge, barren expanse of the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert for its remarkable size.