You can feel like an Indian princess in the 'Venice of the East' with the royal treatment at The Leela Palace, beginning with a shower of rose petals on arrival.


Chandeliers dangle from the ceilings, glittering mirrors adorn the walls and the furniture is inlaid with mother of pearl.

Rajasthani objects d'art fill the 72 rooms and eight suites, which look out on a trio of iconic palaces; the Jag Mandir, City Palace and Lake Palace, which doubled as Octopussy's lair in the eponymous 007 film.

James Bond certainly wouldn't look out of place at the Sheesh Mahal restaurant, which serves refined Indian and continental dishes, but his girl du jour would probably head for the tented Espa spa.


WOW FACTOR: The blissful, four-hour Royal Princesses of Rajasthan spa package.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Abercrombie & Kent ( offers seven nights, B&B, in a Lake View Room from £2,150 per person. Includes flights and transfers.