Midway on the drive north to Bikaner, stop at ravishing Nagaur Fort, one of Rajasthan’s most impressive restoration projects and example of Rajput-Mughal architecture. Built in the early 12th century on the remains of a fourth-century mud outpost, the fort was expanded by successive rulers until the mid-18th century. Check into your divine boutique hotel for the night, the former home of the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner, who – like his namesake hotel – was influenced by the Bombay art deco movement, a love of travel and contemporary European tastes.