Living the dreams

The petite Indian city of Bundi has played muse to artists - most famously, writer Rudyard Kipling, photographer Virginia Fass and poet Rabindranath Tagore - but it has managed to deflect the prying eyes of the tour groups and backpackers.

Sunday, 21 August, 2011, 12:00am

Northern Exposure

WE SIT under open skies, wrapped in the traditional wool stoles of the region and watch the sun set, a fiery orb against the washed-out landscape. Iridescent purple sunbirds and green bee eaters make their last few flurries among the wild cotton and thorn bushes before finding a protected spot.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

In the next issue of STYLE ...

We pack our bags and visit some of the most jaw-dropping palaces in Rajasthan, get shaken and stirred on a tour of the world's best martini bars, and find out the holidays tastes of four top Hong Kong-based chefs. All in LuxeTravel Out May 6

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Villagers recruiting guards to protect precious water wells

When five wizened village elders recently walked into Vijay Singh Rathore's office in Bikaner, Rajasthan, asking for information about private security guards, he was puzzled.

Most of his customers are rich industrialists who need to protect their high-walled mansions from thieves, not poor villagers from the surrounding countryside.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Detours: Jaisalmer, India

A sudden hush comes over the large crowd gathered in the dusty arena in the centre of Jaisalmer, as a roll of drums signals the beginning of the Camel Tattoo, a highlight of the annual Desert Festival, held in northeast India each February.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Caste asunder

As Baby walks through the narrow, winding lanes of Alwar, a dusty, ancient town in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, passers-by swerve out of her path.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Over the hump

With its rounded hills and dun-coloured sand dunes, the Rajasthani town of Pushkar, in India, seems custom made for the world's largest gathering of camels.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Jaipur, India

Design-savvy travellers who want to buy into Jaipur's timeless taste need not drape their home in ethnic tat. Extraordinary antiques and unique modern homewares can be found all over this town.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Jodhpur, India

In Jodhpur, you can easily spend a whole day emporium-hopping for wooden art and craft items as well as carved wooden furniture.

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Slice of a majestic past left high and dry

Enjoyed by royalty for centuries, the famous water surrounding the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan, has dried up. Where once maharajahs took their boats out onto the shimmering water for opulent summer parties and tourists enjoyed a taste of the royal life, there are now herds of cattle grazing the scrubby pasture.

13 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Passages in India

If you've ever wanted to live like a king, rub shoulders with princes and make small talk with maharanis, Rajasthan is the place for you. Dripping with history and culture, its frescoed palaces and forts have been converted into hotels offering olde-worlde hospitality and an inspiring trip back in time.

22 Apr 2001 - 12:00am