This journey begins with visit to a soon to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Site at Chettinad, explore the group of monuments at Mahabalipuram – an ancient town on the south eastern coast, get close to the royal heritage at Mysore, experience village life at the ancient Anegundi village at Hampi, visit one of the country’s finest ethnographic museums at Goa culminating with a Goan Carnival evening.
This afternoon, assemble at 1800 hours at Vivanta by Taj Hotel, Trivandrum and complete your registration and check in formalities at the hotel for the Maharajas’ Express. Further Proceed to the train station for a traditional welcome as you board the Maharajas’ Express.
Later Dinner shall be served onboard.
The Maharajas’ Express departs Trivandrum (Kochuveli Railway station) at 21:15 hours for Chettinad, land of the South India’s most influential trading community Chettiars.
Arrive into Chettinad. After onboard breakfast, visit famous Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory. Further Proceed to visit one of the Chettinad Heritage Hotels for activities including Mundu/Dhoti Draping, Saree Draping, Henna Art etc.
Return to the train for lunch.
Dinner shall be served onboard as the Maharjas’ Express proceeds to Mahabalipuram.
After onboard breakfast disembark at around 08:00hrs to visit Mahabalipuram, the historical port town from where sea trade with South Asian countries flourished. A 40 minute drive from the train station brings you to this historical town. Visit 5 Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore Temple, UNESCO World Heritage site.
Further Proceed for lunch at an exclusive venue with folk dances .
Return to the comforts of Maharajas’ Express as the train proceeds to Mysore.
After onboard breakfast, visit the Wodeyar Palace popularly known as the Mysore Palace. The residence of the royal family of Mysore, the Palace is one of the largest in South India and house two ceremonial halls coupled with an array of courtyards, gardens and other buildings.
Proceed for lunch at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. The heritage building, was built by the Wodeyars for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India in the 1920s. The structure, particularly the central dome, resembles, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and houses a Viceroy Hall, a Ball Room and a restaurant.
Return to the comforts of Maharajas’ Express
Or you may choose, as an optional activity, a visit to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan.
At around 20:00 hrs, Maharajas’ Express proceeds for Hampi.
After an early breakfast, proceed to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi. The group of monuments with several stone structures spread over a vast expanse speaks volumes about the highly developed Dravidian architectural style of the Vijayanagar empire. Prominent sites include Ganesha Statue, Virupaksha Temple, Narasimha Statute, Elephant Stables and the Vittala Temple complex, housing the Musical Pillars Temple and the Stone Chariot.
Enjoy the surroundings as you travel around the ruins on Tuk Tuks and Battery Operated Carts.
Further Return to the train for lunch. At around 15:45 hrs, proceed to visit Anegudi Village. The sylvan village across the Tungabhadra river dates its history to the Neolithic Age. Interact with the locals and participate in activities to get a glimpse of the village life.
Or You may choose for a rejuvenating spa at one of the deluxe hotels.
Return to the comforts of Maharajas’ Express. Dinner shall be served onboard.
After onboard Breakfast proceed by road to 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. Visit the Se Cathedral, just opposite the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The Se Cathedral was built to mark the conquest of Goa by the Portuguese after defeating a Muslim army. A Walking Tour of the Old Panjim houses will give a glimpse of the amalgamation of the Portuguese culture with Goanese. Return to the train for lunch.
Deboard at around 15:45 hrs for an evening of dance and music. Enroute, visit the Goa Chitra Museum, one of the finest private ethnographic museum in the state. The museum houses a collection of pottery, farming tools, musical instruments, carts and palanquins depicting the growth of civilization in Goa.
Later enjoy an exclusive Goan evening of carnival music followed by dinner at an exclusive venue. After dinner, return to comfort of Maharajas’ Express as the train proceeds to Ratnagiri.
After onboard breakfast, disembark at Ratnagiri to visit the Ratnadurg Fort ruins, Govt Aquarium and Thibaw Palace and Tombs. Return to the train for lunch. Enjoy an Indian Evening onboard – an evening of Bollywood dance and music with dinner as the train proceeds to Mumbai.
Return to the train.
Enjoy an ‘Indian Evening’ onboard raising a toast to this memorable experience as the Maharajas’ Express proceeds to Mumbai.
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at around 08:15 hours at Mumbai, the financial capital of India.
Bid farewell to the Maharajas’ Express as the journey comes to an end. The journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever!
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