Exploring the famous 'Golden Triangle' of Rajasthan makes a romantic and enticing start to married life, but away from the well-trodden trio of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur, more intrepid honeymooners are heading to Lakshman Sagar, a hidden oasis in the rugged, windswept desert.

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Above a lake sit two beautifully restored buildings of a 12th-century hunting lodge with 12 villas dotted over 32 acres.

Far enough apart to feel completely private, each has its own rock-cut plunge pool, while the inside feels like a World Of Interiors makeover of a traditional village home. The daybeds tempt you to do nothing but laze, but don't miss Jeep trips to local villages and historical sites.

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There is no fixed menu; instead you are served a range of local dishes, according to your preferences, and you can learn how to make them in the open kitchen.

WOW FACTOR: Waking to the evocative dawn chorus of peacock calls echoing around the desert is the most exotic start to any day.

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FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours.

GO: Lakshman Sagar costs £200 per cottage, full board. Includes excursions. Greaves Travel www.greavesindia.co.uk offers a seven-night Rajasthan tour, including three nights at Lakshman Sagar, from £1,775 per person. Also includes flights, transfers, cookery lessons and some excursions.