Rajasthan, in the west of India, is known for its vibrant festivals, for the radiant colours of women’s saris, and as a land of diverse cultures and deep history. It is here that you will visit and stay in palaces unmatched in the rest of India. Built for the Rajputs, these princely mansions dot the landscape, taking up real estate in the heart of bustling old towns and the beautiful deserts which stretch across this part of the country and remain home to people living mainly nomadic lifestyles.
And while the sights, sounds, smells and flavours can sometimes be overwhelming, some of our guests have commented on something else during their stay: the moustaches of Rajasthan.
To the men of Rajasthan, nothing is more manly and a stronger sign of vitality than the hair that grows below their noses. In the state, a moustache is the ultimate sign of masculinity and is something men take great pride in growing. Starting in their teen years, men often will never trim the facial hair above their lips, and instead grow it into a long, spiraling coil stretching out alongside their cheeks. The moustaches come in all sizes and shapes, and the best arranged facial hair will even land you a spot in the local competition held annually at the Pushkar Fair.
Not long ago, the shape and size of a man’s moustache was an indicator of social class. The lowest levels of society, the untouchables, were not permitted at all to grow a moustache, hence the reason why this thin strip of hair is taken very seriously even today. Even famous Bollywood macho men will sport a little hair to demonstrate their manliness.
While travelling overland between cities on Nezasa’s Highlights of Rajasthan itinerary, it isn’t unusual for guests to ask the driver to stop so that they can get out and take pictures of the men travelling across these dusty, sun-soaked highways on foot along with their livestock. The farmers are all to happy to oblige and will often wait for you to get that perfect shot.
At Nezasa, before you travel, we provide you with a comprehensive list of things to take into consideration before your trip, such as visa information, and guidance regarding money, business hours, and other essential pieces of information. Not mentioned in our final documents is the suggestion for men to leave the razor at home, or even stop shaving a few weeks before the trip, just to get a head start on growing that remarkable Rajasthan sight.