has been a centre for producing handicrafts and today it is the
biggest cottage industry of the capital of Marwar. Tent making has
been an art of Jodhpur and during the feudal era a number of tents
manufactured by the artisans of Jodhpur became the prized possessions
of the royalties.
famous Dal Badal tent was a palace in tent and once pitched it gave
a look of a palace in canvas. Tent making as an art was developed
at Jodhpur and a whole range of these tents would spring up overnight
for guests at a wedding, for a viceroy and his entourage, for trade,
war and safari.
former ruler Gaj Singh has revived the tradition of the royal camps.
The rulers of Jodhpur would go out in the desert during winter just
for the pleasure of feeling some fresh air.
Singh's Oxford educated, polo playing son Shivraj Singh, while schooling
in England brought some friends from Eaton. It was decided to go
for an outing during the Christmas break. Old tents were rolled
out from Ummed Bhawan Palace and they went for a camping trip. The
cooks would roast partridges as the youngsters played a game of
cricket. When the boys returned they enthusiastically narrated their
experience. "Babji" Gaj Sigh decided he would make tent
camping a tourism product. The die was cast.
English designer Clarissa Mitchell, has been the person to make
it happen. She designed tents based on the famous Jodhpur family
tents, but she made it comfortable for westerners. Tent makers of
Jodhpur used printing fabrics in the color of the desert to line
the inside of the canvas tents,twisting ropes,making tassle,stitching
embroidery weaving duries and even making furnitures. The art of
tent making was revived and Gaj Singh's company Jodhpur Jawaharat
Pvt. Ltd. exports them all over the world. Tents of various types
and names -Pergola, Simla canopy, Mahe canopy, Raj-tent etc. are
manufactured on orders and exported.
collection of tents are ideal for garden, poolside, beach or for
safari. All tents are made by hand in the traditional method using
strong fully waterproof cream canvas for the exterior. The interiors
are made from natural cotton with distinctive woodblock prints in
selected colors and motifs. Each tent comes fully equipped with
bamboo poles, pole covers, iron pegs, wooden finials and a full
set of pitching plan and pitching instructions.
designs for custom made theme tents or canopies for interiors can
be made to order.
former Maharaja arranges tent camps for the tourist where the lavaratory
is as good as a five star's. There is a long list of inventories
of 147 items for every tent.
electric light resembling lanterns lit the tents from inside. Travellers
who dought the comforts of the tents forget the little discomfort
once they are inside the tent. Tents were laid out for Pushkar fair
and the Nagaur cattle fair. The rows of tents are straight and true,
all is in immaculate order.
can plan a private camp and choose their own locations. For these
the minimum is usually two nights and fifteen tents. Tents could
be pitched deep in the Thar desert, or in the hills and even in
sanctuary. Dinners are candlelit.
Sardarsamand, the private resort of the Maharaja tents are laid
around the lake for a lifetime experience. Its a unique tourism
product which would soon become fashionable for those going on a
horse and camel safari.