Luxury Trains-Maharaja Express-The Southern Jewels (PH18MAHARAJA EXPRESS) *
: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
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Day 1 Trivandrum
Assemble at the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum. Complete your registration and check in formalities at the comforts of the hotel for the Maharajasâ€™ Express. Proceed to the Kochuveli Railway station for a traditional welcome as you board the Maharajasâ€™ Express.
Dinner shall be served onboard. The Maharajasâ€™ Express departs Trivandrum for Chettinad, the land of the South Indiaâ€™s most influential trading community, Chettiars. Overnight stay on board.
Day 2 Chettinad-Karaikudi
Early in the morning the train arrives to Chettinad. Enjoy breakfast on board, later visit famous Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory. Proceed for a visit to one of the Chettinad Heritage Hotel. Participate in for activities including Mundu/Dhoti Draping, Saree Draping, Henna Art etc.
Return to the train for lunch. Enjoy the comforts of your train as the train proceeds to Mahabalipuram. Dinner and overnight stay aboard Maharajasâ€™ Express.
Day 3 Mahabalipuram
After an early breakfast, disembark at around 08:00 hours to visit Mahabalipuram. The historical port town is an interesting site treasuring ruins of the Pallava Empire. The ancient town is known for its earliest successful sea trade with South Asian countries. The mysterious relics are a 40 minute drive from the train station. Check out the UNESCO World Heritages sites including the Pancha Rathas, Arjunaâ€™s Penance and Shore Temple, etc.
Proceed for lunch at an exclusive venue with folk dances for entertainment.
Return to the comforts of Maharajasâ€™ Express as the train proceeds to Mysore. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
Day 4 Mysore
Begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast on board, Disembark for sightseeing in Mysore. The Wodeyar Palace popularly known as the Mysore Palace is the first stop. One of the largest in South India, the palace has served as a residence of the royal family of Mysore. Walk through the two ceremonial halls, number of courtyards, gardens and other buildings.
Lunch is arranged at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. The heritage building, was built for the special stay of the Viceroy of India in the 1920s. The architecture resembles, St. Paulâ€™s Cathedral, London.
Return to the comforts of Maharajasâ€™ Express or are free to choose, as an optional activity, a visit to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Maharajasâ€™ Express proceeds for Hampi. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
Day 5 Hampi
Start the day early. After breakfast, proceed to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. The group of monuments are renowned for its several stone structures. It is spread over a vast expanse on the shores of river Tungabhadra. The monuments are witness to the magnificent Dravidian architectural style of the Vijayanagar Empire. Explore the surroundings and the artwork on Battery Operated Carts. Ganesha Statue, Virupaksha Temple, Narasimha Statute, Elephant Stables and the Vittala Temple complex, housing the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot are the top attractions to check out.
Return to the train for lunch. At around 15:45 hours, de-board for a visit to the Anegudi Village. Dating back to the Neolithic Age, the charming village is spread over the blissful banks of river Tungabhadra. Get a glimpse of village life, interact with the locals, and also participate in activities. An optional rejuvenating spa session is also arranged at one of the deluxe hotels in the city.
Back to Maharajasâ€™ Express. Dinner shall be served onboard. Overnight stay aboard.
Day 6 Hampi-Goa
The train chugs towards Goa in the early morning hours. Enjoy a relaxed morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast talking in the beautiful scenery. Spend time enjoying the luxuries of the train. Lunch is arranged aboard.
Deboard at around 16:00 hours for an evening of dance and music. Make a stop to visit the Goa Chitra Museum, one of the finest private ethnographic museum in the state. Marvel at collection of pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, carts and palanquins. The museum treasures depicting the growth of civilization in Goa.
Later, enjoy a special Goan evening of carnival music followed by dinner at an exclusive venue. After dinner, return to comfort of Maharajasâ€™ Express.
Day 7 Goa
After onboard breakfast, proceed for sightseeing. Visit the Churches of North Goa including the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the remains of Saint Francis Xavier are preserved. The next stop, Se Cathedral was built to mark the defeat of the Muslim Army and conquest of Goa by the Portuguese. Later, proceed for a walking tour. The Old Panjim are interesting to explore as you enjoy the blend of the Portuguese and Goan culture.
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a pre-arranged exclusive venue. Return to Maharajasâ€™ Express. Enjoy an â€˜Indian Eveningâ€™ onboard. Dinner and overnight stay aboard as train proceeds to Mumbai.
Day 8 Mumbai Departure
Post breakfast, disembark the train at around 08:15 hours at Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Bid adieu to the Maharajas\' Express as the journey comes to an end. Return home with fond memories of the Southern Jewels of India.
Day 9 At a Glance
The latest luxury train offering in India, Maharajas Express is considered to be the India\'s answer to the Orient Express of the West. Flagged off in 2010, Maharaja Express offers 7 pan-Indian itineraries crisscrossing across some of the most fascinating terrains in India and covering some of the most prominent tourist destinations across India.
At a Glance
Tour Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
COVERED Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi
FARE STARTING FROM USD 3850
SEASON October to April
DISTANCE COVERED 2591 kms approx
Suffused with nostalgia and drenched in luxury, Maharajas Express rail tours transport you back into an era of elegant traveling reminiscent of the romance of Indian Maharajas. The train is considered to be the India\'s answer to the Orient Express of the West. Flagged off in 2010, Maharaja Express luxury train offers 7 pan-Indian itineraries crisscrossing across some of the most fascinating terrains in India and covering some of the most prominent tourist destinations across India.
There are 7 pan-Indian journeys offered by the Maharajas Express which include 2 golden triangle tour itineraries covering Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, along with 3 pan-Indian & 2 Southern itineraries.
Maharajas Express could carry a total of 84 passengers in elegantly appointed cabins which include a lavish presidential suite spanning over an entire carriage. There are 2 restaurants, a lounge bar equipped with library and souvenir shop to indulge the guests during their journeys.
With the itineraries consisting of tasteful blend of heritage, culture and exclusive insider experiences, a journey on board Maharajas Express is one of the most fulfilling rail journeys in the world. From desert kingdom of Rajasthan to the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and from the holy Ghats of Varanasi to the Classical Khajuraho temples, each of the signature journeys offered by Maharajas Express is a treat to undertake.
A royal journey on board Maharajas Express beckons the new breed of connoisseurs of luxury for unforgettable journey like no other to unravel the essence of \"Incredible India\".
About the Train
Maharajas Express comprises of 14 guest carriages which can accommodate 88 guests on board. There are 20 Deluxe Cabins, 18 Junior Suites, 4 Suites and a plush Presidential Suite offering elegant living comparable to 5 star living.
Some of the amenities that set Maharaja Express apart are the Wi-Fi internet, LCD TVs and direct dial phones in each cabin. Besides, spacious en-suite bathrooms with showers, private butler and 24*7 room service ensure that your journey never fall short of the high standards set by the train. The coaches are set with features such as:
Centrally air conditioning
Interiors fusing the classical Indian royalty and modern sophistication
LCD television with satellite connection
Direct dial phones
Seating 42 passengers at once, two dining cars on board Maharajas Express serve an array of delectable cuisines to the guests. Impeccable interiors and gracious hospitality ensures that you get to dine like a royalty on board Maharajas Express. Besides the Table-d\'hôte meals included in the fair guests can also avail of a la carte menu and en-suite private dining.
For the wine connoisseurs and revelers, there an urbane Safari Bar to take care of you in a suave yet laid back ambience with meticulous concoctions of domestic and international brands of wine and liquors.
The Sitting Lounge of the Palace on Wheels is the perfect place to forget your tiredness of the day’s sightseeing. Just sit back, relax and admire the comfortable ambiance. You can also have a little chit-chat session with your fellow passengers.
This suave restaurant with its serene interiors and glittering furnishing also houses 42 guests at a time and serves an eclectic melange of world cuisines.
The lounge bar housed within Maharaja Express that guests can visit in order to unwind in a perfectly nonchalant yet suave ambiance after a tiring day of sightseeing and travel. The well stocked bar and an array of tantalizing starters and snacks will surely help lift your spirits. The interiors of the bar are based on the motif of adventure as the name suggests.