Tea on the Lawn
Jaipur is more magical than ever in the monsoon. Yes, it's a little steamy after a refreshing downpour, but to see those Aravalli Hills clad in velvety greens, and sense the scent of white flowers on the air is heady and delicious change to its winter season desert ambience... and there are almost no tourists.
I'm on location searching for destinations to accommodate my guests for Spice Voyages Tours and my first-ever Creative Living Retreat in India, November 2017, with artist Cate Edwards, by which time it will be clear, warmer and crisp at night - perfect for our forays into the bazaars after dark, whilst we work on our artworks in this marvellous rural retreat during the days.
Haveli Life is so appealing - traditional courtyard homes to keep joint families together and outsiders, well, outside! But when those spreading lawns, a swimming pool whose frangiapani-strewn water is the colour of chalcedony, and the delights of elephant safaris and horse riding draw one from the cool internal verandahs, it is impossible to resist the charms of Romantic Rajasthan.
The architecture of this graceful 18-room home is a faithful impression of the heritage hotels for which Rajasthan has become famed, reflected by the extensive use of the red stone which has become iconic of 'The Pink City' of Jaipur, just 30 minutes' drive away.Picked out in cooling white, and marbled courtyards, this is a haven of tranquility after the equally intoxication of Rajasthan's bustling capital city, Jaipur.
It's the perfect destination, and with just 4 days here to do a mountain of work (really!), I shall have to stay focussed - let's see how I do !