Penned some time in 1148- 50, the book has descriptions of Maharaja
Jai Simha as the last great Hindu ruler in Kashmir.
A "Hindu" necklace commissioned by fashion icon Daisy Fellows to Cartier in 1936, made of platinum, white gold, diamonds, carved sapphires, emeralds and rubies, is a perfect example of this taste for the colourful and the extravagant which came directly from the maharajas
. Some slightly more sober creations, like a 1937 necklace made from round-shaped emeralds imported from India to which was added a typical Art Deco motif made of baguette-cut diamonds, further illustrates the perfect merging of two aesthetic traditions, and the creative power nurtured by cultural exchanges.
So, people will really have a great experience in travelling "with Maharajas
Express," which is the theme of the initiative.
Providing a first hand account of the elite's social life of the times, he describes how the maharajas
would come to New Delhi every year in February for the meeting of the Chambers of Princes, they would arrive in fancy cars with pomp and show, which often led to traffic chaos, how they later built their palaces in the Capital and threw lavish parties in which the creme de la creme sported their finest jewels and foreign-tailored suits.
Even after this, Menon had a tough time dealing with the Travancore Maharaja
. The origin of Travancore can be traced to Marthanda Varma, who conquered many small states to form one large one in the 18th century.
Last Days of the Raj owner, Imran Khan, says: "e Maharaja
's Banquet oPSers our guests the unique chance to sample a variety of Indian cuisine and try things they wouldn't normally have the chance to.
The Rolls-Royce Maharaja
Phantom Drophead Coupe, a bespoke vehicle created exclusively for Indian customers in Dubai, was unveiled to an invite-only audience last night.
Not to forget, the Maharaja
lassi, a twist on the ethnic Indian drink with added cardamom and saffron, topped the meal perfectly and I would have definitely gone for a second glass had dessert not been on the agenda.
" Sometimes you are there and you begin to wonder if you heard it right over the phone and whether you will be welcomed," she recalls from her many regal adventures, an assortment of which is Live Life Like a Maharaja
( Penguin; ` 699).
Skilled craftspeople were so highly prized that they were even imported by some maharajas
to improve local production.
' Express, voted Leading Luxury Train in the World for 3 years in a row, is an initiative of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).