Our first port of call is Jaipur where we will stay for three nights. Known a the Pink City, it is famous for many things, including the majestic Amber Fort. We will visit the fort and doubtless find inspiration in the pale yellow and pink sandstone as well as the white marble, frescoed arches and intricately decorated courtyards
Jaipur's other attractions include the Hawa Mahahl - a pink-hued, honeycombed edifice that rises five storeys. The City Palace - a complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings right in the centre of town.
Of course it would be remiss of us not to mention the other attraction for which Jaipur is rightly famous. Its shopping. High end London shops source pashminas, bed linen, cushions and carpets from Jaipur and sell them on with a hefty mark up. Artisan jewellery, brassware and pottery together with a wide range of textiles celebrate the revival of traditional crafts.
PUSHKAR - about 2 1/2 hours away is Pushkar, our next destination. A quaint, charming little town, threaded around Pushkar Lake, it is quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It has far more to offer than its famous camel fair and we will enjoy exploring its vibrant bazaars and colourful views. It is a town of great religious significance and the lake draws thousands upon thousands of devotees every year, hoping for spiritual salvation by taking a dip in the holy waters.
JODPHUR - About four hours journey away is Jodphur, The Blue City, where we will stay for two nights. Jodphur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and pleasingly unspoilt by haphazard development. We will take a trip to the Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi people are known for their affection for animals and nature and eco-freindly approach to life. We can engage with the local people and watch them at work as block printers, shepherds, weavers and potters.
The abandoned gardens of Mandore are also on our agenda - the ancient town of Mandore served as the capital of many Jodhpur kings but was left in ruins following its abandonment in 1459 CE.
UDAIPUR - the Venice of India is where we will spend our last three nights. About five hours drive from Jodphur, we will stop en-route to stretch legs, get refreshments and make some images.
The 'city of lakes' is famous for its lavish royal residence, overlooking Lake Picchola. The city is a manageable size and offers up myriad opportunities for capturing a sense of place. We will visit the city palace, take a boat trip on Lake Picchola and enjoy the beauty of this location with its surrounding mountains, magnificent temples and bathing ghats.
The last few days of our tour will be spent celebrating the Holi Festival. In Udaipur, the festival is celebrated in the most imperial and grand manner, where the royal family takes active participation in all functions and rituals. From Holika Dahan, fireworks to spraying colours, Holi celebration in Udaipur is an enchanting and exuberant experience.