Visit Rajasthan just once and you will change ever preconceived notion you ever had about a desert. Deserts are supposed to be barren, inhospitable, colourless and forbidding, with vultures circling overhead looking for carrion. Nothing could be further from the reality of India’s great Thar or the Rajasthani Desert. The princely state is in the northwestern India and is a land of unsurpassed physical beauty, hospitality, romance, legend and colour. It is also a home to magnificent forts and palaces. Every grain of sand has its own story to tell. There is no other place like Rajasthan, so colourful, so vibrant and utterly irresistible. A heavenly destination where an exotic past amalgamates perfectly with the present, Rajasthan offers the visitor enchanting cities, a dynamic culture and spellbinding wildlife. Colonel James todd, a celebrated writer, after returning from a tour of Rajasthan wrote, “Rajasthan exhibits the sole example in the history of mankind of a people to withstand every outrage barbarity can inflict or human nature sustain, the bent to the Earth, yet rising buoyant from the pressure and making calamity a whetstone to courage.” .