At the gateway of the Great Indian Thar Desert, lies a city founded by maharajas who had gained a reputation as fearless warriors. Jodhpur - nicknamed "The Blue City" for its ocean coloured architecture - is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the camera lens. Besides the city's fabulous fortress- a mighty architectural statement that rises up from a hill 400ft above the city, the real beauty here
lies in the contrast between the bright buildings and the bleached sandy surroundings that encompass them. During your Jodhpur holidays (if you can tear your eyes away from your view-finder), you'll discover the delights of the city's bustling bazaar that sits at the foot of the fortress. Teeming with life and overflowing with vivid sari fabrics and fragrant spices, shopping here gives you a real feel for what it's like to live as the locals do.