Southern Sojourn - India Train

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Departure: 9th September 2017

Price from: $13,100 pp twin share

Day 1 (Sat): Mumbai – Goa (D)

This afternoon, assemble at 1500 hours at The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai and complete your registration and check in formalities at the hotel for the Maharajas’ Express. Following which, you will proceed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. On arrival you will be greeted with a welcome drink and the Police Band playing as you board the Maharajas’ Express. The Maharajas’ Express departs Mumbai at 1715 hours approximately and travels overnight through the land of the Marathas to Goa.

Day 2 (Sun): Goa (B/L/D)

Arrive into Goa – the Queen of Beaches. After onboard breakfast, 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 onboard lunch. Disembark 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.

Day 3 (Mon): Goa - Hampi (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast onboard as the train travels towards Hampi. Enjoy the scenic ride through ridges. Lunch shall be served onboard. Arrive HOSPET Railway Station and 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. Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the Optional Activities.

Day 4 (Tue): Hampi - Mysore (B/L/D)

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 these on Tuk Tuks and Battery Operated Carts. Return to the train for lunch as the Maharajas’ Express proceeds to Mysore.

Day 5 (Wed): Mysore – Cochin (B/L/D)

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. This 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 a visit to Shreerangapatnam, the capital of Tipu Sultan. Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the optional activities. Maharajas’ Express proceeds for Ernakulam/Cochin.

Day 6 (Thu): Cochin (B/L/D)

Arrive into Kerala - God’s Own Country. Breakfast and lunch shall be served onboard. Disembark at around 14:15 hrs to visit a village complex practicing various traditional arts. Take a short Tuk Tuk ride to reach the Model Eco Tourism village. Witness the unique Chinese Fishing Nets in action, a traditional crab farm and other activities using coir products. Proceed for dinner to an exclusive venue. Enjoy traditional South Indian dances while you relish a traditional South Indian cuisine.

Day 7 (Fri): Kumarakom - Trivandrum (B/L/D)

After onboard breakfast, proceed for a Canoe Cruise on the famous backwaters of Kumarakom. Enjoy this scenic cruise into the hinterland as the canoe's pass through narrow canals with coconut palms dotting the landscape. Proceed for lunch at an exclusive venue on the lakefront. Witness an exciting Snake Boat Race. Snake Boat Races with up to 60 boatmen rowing in provide a magnificent example of rigorous training and team spirit of the traditional sports of South India. Return to the comforts of Maharajas’ Express. Enjoy an ‘Indian Evening’ onboard raising a toast to this memorable experience as the Maharajas’ Express proceeds to Trivandrum.

Day 8 (Sat): Trivandrum (B)

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at around 08:00 hours at Trivandrum (Kochuveli Railway station), the capital city of Kerala. 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!

Note: It may be required to remove footwear to enter monuments, sites, temples at one or more or all destinations. Wherever possible, shoe covers shall be provided by the accompanying Maharajas’ Express staff.

Included: Accommodation onboard Maharaja Express in deluxe cabin, meals as per itinerary, transfers as per itinerary, taxes and entrance fees

Excluded: International flights, optional activities, gratuities, personal items

 

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