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It is the land of the upturned pointy moustaches and the bright <em>laheria</em> turbans, of the dancers that move to ancient tunes and of the wise-looking camels on the dunes. But there are more reasons to drop everything and head to Rajasthan. Here are my top five.
The early morning horizon is dotted with vibrant balloons as you float mid-air. Time seems to stand still as from the haze emerges one of the most breathtaking sights in the world, the Taj Mahal. I witnessed this mesmerising view at the Taj Balloon Festival, which took place in Agra from 14-18 November.
With her thin dupatta she covered the scars of an attack so brutal that it had shaken her very belief in people, family and love. Rupa had been acid attacked by her step-mother as she slept in her house at Islampur Ghasaoli village, in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Rupa was fifteen years of age at the time.