Scalding winds burn through the Thar desert, the empty, hostile land of Rajasthan, India’s largest state known as the Land of Kings.
It’s a place where Sikh maharajas with handlebar moustaches lived in desert fortresses to defeat raiders and protect their fiefdoms.
A place where children marriage between families cemented alliances and placated enemies.
While most of the maharajas have disappeared, their cultural traditions remain.
Opium, whose tea was consumed in the royal court, continues to be part of a culture and men still wear thick, waxed moustaches.
Walk down a street and you’ll see women dressed in ornately embroidered clothes with gold chains connecting their nose and ears.
Ian Flemming (the author of James Bond) was tipped off and Octapussy was filmed in a former Maharaja’s palace, now luxurious Taj Hotel.
It’s a place where myth and dreams collide into a sweltering desert oasis.