Jaipur India Palace of the Winds


Residents of the beautiful Pink City are Parisian in their pride of place.
Writer Louis Nicholson has playfully and affectionately called Jaipur
“the bustling, monkey-filled, oleander pink toytown capital of Rajasthan ” .
Jaipur is indeed a microcosm of India’s cyclonic colourfulness and bustle,
of its endlessly imaginative architecture, and very Indian intermingling of
past and up-to-the-second present. (On a less dramatic note, is also a
world-class shopper's playground, especially for lovers of fine jewelry.)

Mumbai waterfront


In More Tramps Abroad, Mark Twain called Bombay (as it was, and still often is, called) “A bewitching place…an enchanting place–the Arabian nights come again.” The dear fellow may have been having a especially enthusiastic day when we wrote that, but the first two thirds of the quote are as accurate as they were in 1897. A world vanguard city in many ways, Mumbai is famously the capital of India’s massive film industry, not to mention its unquestioned financial and commercial hub. Mumbai is one of those cities that would reward a lifetime of rapt exploration.

bengal tigers

National Parks

Renowned Ranthambore offers perhaps the world’s best chance to
see Royal Bengal tigers—an incandescent beast many consider
the most impressive of Earth’s many trillions of sentient beings
(and Micato-favoured Oberoi Vanyvilas, on the park’s lush
border, is one of the world’s most impressive rural luxury hotels).
Kanha National Park, massive, wildlife-rich, was a haunt and
inspiration of Rudyard Kipling; little more need be said if you
remember his masterpiece The Jungle Book. And Bandhavgarh,
not far from Kanha, supports a zealously protected tiger and
leopard population.