A vast heritage from centuries of nomadic life…

Originating centuries ago in the Jodhpur and Jaisalmer desert areas of Rajasthan, the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. The tribe ranged throughout the subcontinent, negotiating and maintaining expensive contracts to supply goods to important customers such as the Mughal armies and the British.

For centuries, the Banjaras efficiently moved their enormous caravans through vast road less tracts across India, ensuring safe conduct of grains, salt and messages. Doing so, they spread from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Orissa to Gujarat, spilling over into Sind, Pakistan, Iran and further west, considered also as the ancestors of Roma people (Gypsies) living in Europe. They were known for the beauty of their women, their lyricism, song, poetry and dance, as well as the colorful dress and spectacular jewelry they wore.