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A palace on wheels prepares to roll across India

A spectacular rail trip and an art-deco masterpiece in Rajasthan

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A palace on wheels prepares to roll across India

Image: Getty Images/photosindia

November 02 2009
Claire Wrathall

Early next year, the palatial new Maharajas’ Express (first and second pictures), a co-venture between IRCTC and Cox & Kings India, embarks on its inaugural journey from Mumbai to Delhi via the principal cities of Rajasthan (www.coxandkings.co.uk; 11-night/13-day tours from £4,795pp).

The state of Rajasthan is also the location of Taj Hotel Group’s dazzling Umaid Bhawan Palace (www.tajhotels.com; doubles from £540) in Jodhpur, an art deco architectural tour de force that features in the recently opened Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts exhibition at London’s V&A Museum.