Today cross the State to reach the old walled city of Bhuj, capital of the Kutch (“Kachchh”) region known as the “Jaisalmer of Gujarat.” Bhuj is a medieval maze of tight, winding streets, flurried marketplaces, ancient palaces (now museums), and Hindu temples decorated with gaily painted gods, abandoning themselves to the joys and terrors of all their incarnations. Someone described it as “stepping into a Salman Rushdie world of mystery and intrigue”.

Settle into your comfortable inner city hotel before we visit the private home of a collector of museum-quality traditional textiles.