Here we are, sipping champagne as a horse-drawn carriage deposits us at the palace entrance.
Ignore the occasional sense of impending doom and enjoy the fact that you never know what sight will assail you around any corner.
They call the site for this luxury resort, amid moody misty valleys, the 'Scotland of India'.
Mumbai can be madly overwhelming so it pays to have some decisions up your sleeve.
It's colourful, fun and just a little bit mad. And, like it or not, you're invited …
From the eye-catching interiors to the warm service – not to mention the rooftop pool – this is a wonderful base from which to explore Kolkata.
There are ways to make the most out of a visit to one of the most spectacular man-made sites in the world.
What could ever top this wonder of the world, this building widely considered to be the world's most beautiful? Anything, surely, would be a major let-down.
A visit leaves an impenetrable mark, for this is a country of brilliant colour and culture; from the blue city of Jodhpur, the golden temple of Amritsar to the saris left to dry in the breeze. From the magnificent Taj Mahal, the ghats of Varanasi, its southern tea plantations and backwaters, to its singular festivals and the far mountains of Ladakh, this is a country that has much to offer intrepid travellers.