This is an image of a hand-carved column in Agra, India.

We came down into the lake town of Udaipur as it was getting dark. The town is only 500,000 people, but drivers are aggressive and the air rank with diesel and dust. We boarded a launch in the setting sun and our hotel, the Taj Lake Palace, shimmered like a dream in the middle of the lake. We were greeted by a tall man with a red umbrella and red costume. Rose petals rained down on us from above. The palace was built in 1743 and is a hotel with black marble walkways, interior gardens, gorgeous roof terrace and intimate bars, and fine restaurants overlooking the lake and City Palace walls. Our view is of the Jacmandir Island with strobe lights and green and white fairy lights illuminated for a wedding party the night we arrived.