It began with an announcement aboard my chartered luxury train between Delhi and Mumbai.
Jodhpur's chaotic markets and stunning Meherangarh Fort are now joined by trendy cafes and beautifully restored buildings.
Brace yourself for a fantastic mix of colour, contrasts and chaos.
SpiceJet is India's largest regional carrier with its headquarters in New Delhi.
Delwara, near Udaipur, hides lovely attractions, not least a spectacular castle-hotel.
Right beneath the walls of the tourist-jammed Amber Palace is Jaipur's overlooked old city.
India's Golden Triangle well deserves its reputation for spectacular monuments and flamboyant street life.
Forbidding exteriors hide a more delicate series of pleasure palaces.
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.