Ranvas, Rajasthan, India

Ranvas, Rajasthan, India

Fancy living like Indian royalty in a fairytale castle? Then head for Ranvas, an intimate hotel in the majestic Fort of the Hooded Cobra in Rajasthan.

Ten of the fort's havelis - 18th-century residences that once housed a maharaja's wives - have been converted into three-bedroom suites.

Those on the top floor offer the space and privacy for the ultimate honeymoon.

Spend your days exploring the pleasure gardens and exquisitely painted palaces, sunbathe at the pool or stroll along the ancient walls and battlements with views of the town below and desert beyond. Or venture out to Nagaur's vibrant tourist-free bazaars, mystic Sufi shrines and many temples.

Wow factor: Dining by moonlight under billowing saffron-coloured silk in the fort's elegant courtyard Baradari restaurant.

Go: The Ultimate Travel Company (theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk) offers five nights B&B in a Royal Suite from £1,700 per person, including flights to Jodhpur via Mumbai and transfers.

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