Exotic Rajasthan, the 'Land of Princes' is blessed with awe-inspiring monuments to a fierce warrior past. The magnificent forts of Jodphur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur bear testament to the battles that once raged across this desert land, whilst the romantic palaces in Udaipur, Fatehpur Sikri and the world famous Taj Mahal offer a glimpse of a softer side to North India's rich history. Shekhawati is full of colourful havelis (merchants' houses), and an ideal place to explore by bicycle. The camel journey across the shimmering sands, camping under the desert stars and visiting temple ruins and villages is another experience not to be missed. There is also a chance to see Kipling's elusive tiger at Ranthambore. If any one state encapsulates India, it has to be Rajasthan.