The Indian exotica experience par excellence. Under bright blue skies and bordered by the Thar Desert, viewed from the ramparts of its striking Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur unfurls in a patchwork of countless bright blue cubist buildings, huddled together as if sheltering from the beating sun and red desert hills. An extraordinary, unique cityscape, Jodhpur is even more intense at close quarters. Turn any corner and spices and fabrics, colour and heady smells greet you head on. Jodhpur is a city to lose yourself in: a glorious, dizzying confusion of alleys and lanes, fabulous for its vivid colour and happy abundance of life, the inspiring India of imagination. And slap-bang in the middle of Jodhpur, that fort – a massive brute of a building lording it over the chaos below, glorious to explore, and keeper of those unforgettable views.