1 Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

Flocks of rare birds – and birdwatchers – travel from across Asia and Europe each winter to visit this remarkable wetland sanctuary.

2 Ranthambore National Park

One of the easiest places in the world to see tigers in the wild, thanks to its large and exhibitionist population of big cats.

3 Savitri Temple, Pushkar

For optimum views of the famous lake and whitewashed holy town, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple at sunset.

4 Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Spectacular hilltop citadel, with maximum-impact views of the Blue City below.

5 Jaisalmer Fort

One of India’s most beautiful forts, its massive, honey-coloured bastions enclosing a labyrinth of narrow streets dotted with sandstone havelis and temples.

6 Camel trekking

There’s no better way to experience the Thar Desert than by riding a camel through it.

7 Udaipur

Rajasthan’s – if not India’s – most romantic city: a fairy-tale ensemble of lakes, floating palaces and sumptuous Rajput architecture ringed by dramatic green hills.

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