2020-10-21T19:00:38

Gujarat India: Visiting a Rabari Shepherds village near Vijaynagar

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In 2019 we travelled to Gujarat, India. For the time being our last big trip because of the Corona crisis, I fear. I hope everything will return to normal.

But how we enjoyed our trip. Gujarat is one of the most interesting federal states of India but still , but is still one of the least known regions of India in Western India, between Mumbai and Rajasthan. Gujarat has impressive jain temples on hilltops, deserts, vast salt flats with a wide variety of birds, villages with colorful minority groups such as the Rabari, Harijians, Ghats, Ahirs, Dhaneta jat, Banni, Ravari, Meghwal and Rathwa and many itinerant nomads with their sheep, goats and camels.

Gujarat is still little visited. So for those who do not want to meet other tourists on a trip and want to experience daily life in the countryside, like us, Gujarat is an Eldorado. Besides, Gujarat is also known as the residence of the last Asiatic lions.

During our stay at the Vijay Villas Hotel in Vijaynagar Gujarat we made a unique excursion in the Polo forest and the villages/different tribes in the surrounding of Vijaynagar with Mr. Vijay Wardhan Singh Vijaynagar owner of the hotel and head of the royal family in Vijaynagar.

Traditionally the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, living in tents or under the open skies and raising cattle, camels and goats as show in my earlier report: https://youtu.be/i-Dv--u6HCo.
But, as India has changed, so has general tolerance to nomadic groups, who relied in the past on ancestral grazing rights and ancient right-of-way’s.

Today only a very small percentage of Rabari are truly nomadic. The majority have settled on the outskirts of cities, towns and villages and live in semi-nomadic lifestyles. During our stay at the Vijay Villas Hotel in Vijaynagar Gujarat we made a unique excursion in the Polo forest and the villages/different tribes in the surrounding of Vijaynagar with Mr. Vijay Wardhan Singh Vijaynagar owner of the hotel and head of the royal family in Vijaynagar.
Traditionally the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, living in tents or under the open skies and raising cattle, camels and goats as show in my earlier report: https://youtu.be/i-Dv--u6HCo.
But, as India has changed, so has general tolerance to nomadic groups, who relied in the past on ancestral grazing rights and ancient right-of-way’s.
Today only a very small percentage of Rabari are truly nomadic. The majority have settled on the outskirts of cities, towns and villages and live in semi-nomadic lifestyles.
Following the seasonal rains for periods of time, the shepherds return to their villages. Or the shepherds, as shown in this report, leave for the grazing fields during the day and then return home for the night.
Thanks to our host we had the opportunity to visit one of the villages. The people were very friendly. It was a very special and privileged experience for us.

Following the seasonal rains for periods of time, the shepherds return to their villages. Or the shepherds, as shown in this report, leave for the grazing fields during the day and then return home for the night.

Thanks to our host we had the opportunity to visit one of the villages. The people were very friendly. It was a very special and privileged experience for us.

music used in this video:
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