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Maharajas Express to Cover UNESCO’s Sites on the maiden South Indian Tour

by Gaurav
Maharaja Express

Giving a huge boost to luxury travel tourism in India, the exotic Maharaja’s Express is all set for its Southern Indian foray. Covering the magnificent ruins of Hampi, the heritage hotspots of Pattadakal and cultural abundance of Mysuru, the train is poised to win the hearts of the travelers with this unique presentation.

Maharaja Express

Maharaja’s Express was launched in 2010 and has since then covered 36 trips in Northern as well as Central India. This is however for the first time the train is following a southern course. IRCTC, the parent wing of Indian Railways is now in the final mode of launching its seven night, eight day tour of South India.

Sources from Indian railway Catering and Tourist Corporation (IRCTC) said that the southern route of the Maharaja’s Express will begin from Mumbai and will take you to the selected locales of Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The source also said, adding that “We plan to run two trips between August and September 2017. Since such tours are planned a year in advance by foreign tourists, we are going all out to finalize our partners in providing the services within the next 30 to 45 days”. The final dates of the trip as well as the package charges pertaining to the train’s Southern expedition and still in the talks.

Whereas the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Hampi, Pattadakal and Mysuru will be covered in Karnataka, the trip endeavors to cover Mahabalipuram and Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu. The Package will also include Kochi, backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom and the train’s journey will finally end at Thiruvananthapuram.

Although Golden Chariot, the Karnataka State Run Luxury train which also covers many exotic South Indian destinations, is improving its game to attract more tourists, the packages of the Maharaja’s Express are still very much sought after despite being the costliest of all the luxury trains in its category.

Commenting on the prospect of the business of Golden Chariot being affected by the entry of Maharajas’ Express in the South, a top official of the IRCTC said” Almost 95 percent of our clientele are from abroad. Our luxury package caters to an elite section and will not pose any competition to the state-run luxury train”. The final dates for the South Indian package are now eagerly awaited.

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