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Luxurious Southern Journeys on-board the Maharajas’ Express

by Gaurav
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Maharajas’ Express is synonymous with luxury train travel. Titled as ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ at the World Travel Awards for 5 consecutive years, and Luxury Hospitality and Life style Award 2015, the train is one of the finest experiences of train traveling in the world.

Offering unsurpassed luxuries, some adopted from the royal era of Maharajas’ and modern delights, the train offers voyages exploring the rich cultural heritage of the country.

The world’s leading luxury train has recently introduced two luxurious journeys for India’s southern destinations. Two new itineraries, The Southern Jewels and The Southern Sojourn will now be a part of the Maharajas’ Express.

The new journeys will be spent amid the extravagant pleasures of the train and take guests on a journey through abundant natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient history, culture and incredible experiences.

Following are the two new train journeys of Maharajas’ Express

The Southern Jewels

The Southern Jewels present an itinerary of eight days. Starting from Trivandrum, the itinerary covers destinations including Chettinad, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi and Goa, bringing the tour to its end in Mumbai.

Some of the defining features of the train tour include incredible sightseeing. Explore the lovely mansions of Chettinad, temples of Thanjavur, ruins of Hampi, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, relics of the Wodeyar dynasty in Mysore, and the beautiful churches of Old Goa etc.

The itinerary also covers a visit to Anegudi Village dating to Neolithic period settled on the banks of Tungabhadra, fun activities, lunch at palatial venues, folk dances for entertainment and rejuvenating spa sessions in 5-star hotels.


  • Check-in venue: Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum
  • Starting point: Kochuveli Railway station, Trivandrum
  • Ending point: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
  • Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Destinations covered:

  • Trivandrum – Chettinad – Mahabalipuram –Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Mumbai

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The Southern Sojourn

The Southern Sojourn is an itinerary of eight days. This train itinerary is designed in a way to display the magnificence of South India in all its glory. Starting from Mumbai the itinerary covers Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Cochin and Kumarakom, ending the tour in Trivandrum.

The journey includes sightseeing the marvelous Portuguese architecture of Goa including the beautiful churches. Explore the spectacular ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi, Mysore Palace, Chinese fishing nets in Cochin and canoe cruising in the backwaters of Kumarakom.

The itinerary also includes local village visit, local dance performances, lunch at exclusive venues, local activities and much more.


  • Check-in venue: The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower
  • Starting point: Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
  • Ending point: Kochuveli Railway station, Trivandrum
  • Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Destinations covered:

  • Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Cochin – Kumarakom – Trivandrum

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About Maharajas’ Express

Maharajas’ Express, an initiative of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. made its maiden journey in 2010. Soon after its inaugural, it went on to become one of the world’s finest luxury trains.

It has been bestowed the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” award at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016.

Synonymous with luxury, Maharajas’ Express is known for its opulence of Indian architecture, royal décor and incredible hospitality. All cabins are furnished with rich tapestry and antiques passed down from previous generations.

Regardless of your accommodation, Presidential Suite, Junior Suite, Deluxe Cabin or Suite, it will be amid unparalleled luxury. Each cabin include twin or king-size bed, toiletries and private bathrooms.

All rooms are equipped with facilities like Wi-Fi Internet, electronic safety deposit, channel music,  Direct Dial Telephone and LED TV, among others. Individual attentiveness to each guest reflect its incredible hospitality.

Dining in the onboard restaurants, Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal, redefine luxury dining. The Rajah Club, lavish lounge, and the Safari Bar, the bar car add to the feel of being treated like Maharajas.

Other onboard facilities include spa, gym, souvenir shop, an observation car, on-board doctor, generator, store car, etc. redefining luxury train traveling.

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