Udaipur To the south of Rajasthan lies Udaipur, otherwise known as the City of Lakes. This fabled city is home to five major lakes but its most famous is Lake Pichola. This is where you͛l l find the white marbled Lake Palace, a Rajput palace-island that appears to float on the lake's surface. If you've seen James Bond's Octopussy, you'll know exactly the palace I'm talking about! Also on Lake Pichola are the City palace, the home of the Maharana; Jag Mandir, the former summer palace of the Maharanas, and a handful of uber-luxury hotels. Even if you don't stay at one of the chichi lakeside hideaways, a boat ride along the glassy waters is a must.
Ranthambore National Park For the chance of seeing a tiger in the wild, head to Ranthambore National Park. This forested reserve is home to leopards, wild boar, sambar, cheetal, sloth bears, langur monkeys and, of course, tigers. The park itself is quite beautiful, dotted with ancient temples, hunting pavilions and large reservoirs where the jungle cats like to hang out. For a bird's eye view of the park and its surrounds, climb up Ranthambore Fort that was built in 900AD. Rumor has it that some weaponry remains in the ancient barracks.
Taj Mahal You can't go to India and not visit the Taj Mahal. India's iconic landmark really is as beautiful as everyone says it is (we were prepared to be underwhelmed but were completely blown away). Located in the neighboring state of Agra, this monument to love was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife and took more than 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers almost 22 years to build. Take a tonga ride (horse and cart) to visit at sunrise or sunset and watch how the marble changes color with the shifting light. Nearby is Agra Fort, where Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his very own son. Although you might want to keep that story quiet in case your kids get any funny ideas! TWIST Fall 2017 | 73