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Delhi Belly Raj Style

Although it was only launched in 1982, India’s Palace on Wheels harks back to a golden age of travel of more than a century ago. Using carriages designed for maharajahs, it’s the last word in luxury travel. Best described as a cruise on rail, the week-long package begins and ends in the city of New Delhi, taking in some of Rajasthan’s best-known sights along its loop.

These include the pink city of Jaipur, where an air-conditioned coach whisks you off the iron horse and up to the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort before once again changing mount, this time for a caparisoned elephant. Mmmm, that second helping of curry last night doesn’t seem like such a bright idea now, does it...?>

And so it goes for eight days, taking in the desert delights of Jaisalmer, the walled city of Jodhpur, the fort at Chittaurgarh and the lake city of Udaipur. And how much for this bone rattling excursion? About the equivalent of the train driver’s lifetime salary, or €300 per night, based on two sharing. Under-12s are half price while under-fives go free. indianrailways.gov.in

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