'After Jodhpur’s hectic throb, this is a tranquil haven.'
The sun is welcomingly potent after dismal British drizzle, and the celebratory mood is an instant tonic.
I have been invited to celebrate Diwali at Rass, a hotel due to open in December, in the old city’s heart and minutes from the market, it’s a delicious shock to walk into a serene, spacious courtyard, above which looms the great red Ford Mehrangarh in all its majesty, so gloriously close that it looks as if it might topple into the swimming pool.
Ford Mehrangarh is reason...
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Kerala is the latest part of India to become a fashionable holiday destination, and with good reason. The south-western coastal province at the tip of this massive country is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, the Western Ghats mountain range in the east, and is criss-crossed with dozens of rivers.
The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, more affectionately known as RIFF, descends on Mehrangarh Fort for four nights in October. Usually closed to visitors after dark, seeing the Fort at night is a spectacle in itself. The Fort commands the surrounding desert landscape and sits atop a craggy outcrop overlooking the painted blue roofs of the city, opulent palaces, and the sands of the Thar desert - what could be a better setting?