Indian Railways PSU, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to start two new circuits of its flagship luxury train Maharajas’ Express this year. These two new trips have been named as ‘Southern Sojourn’ and ‘Southern Jewels’ which will cover prominent destinations in West and South India. The Southern Sojourn will cover Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Ernakulam, Kumarakom and Trivandrum. The Southern Jewels will cover Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi and Goa. Though the regular trip of these two new journeys will take place in September 2017, two new tour circuits with a view to cater especially to domestic travellers are being planned during monsoon period of June/July 2017.
For the first time, part journey has been introduced in the monsoon special itineraries of Maharajas’ Express.
The Southern Sojourn – Monsoon Special shall start from Mumbai on June 24 and stop at Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Cochin, Alleppey before terminating at Trivandrum. The Southern Jewels – Monsoon Special shall depart from Trivandrum on July 1 and terminate at Mumbai covering Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi and Goa. Each journey shall be of eight days/seven nights duration.
The regular trip of Southern Sojourn will start from Mumbai on September 9 and Southern Jewels will start from Trivandrum on September 16.
In addition to visits to monuments and sight-seeing at each destination under these trips, the guests shall have an opportunity to enjoy traditional cultural performances at Cochin, visit a Coir Factory and enjoy a cruise with lunch at Alleppey, savour traditional Chettinad Cuisine demo and more.
Maharajas’ Express commenced its operations in 2010, and since then the train has become a leading luxury train with comparisons to the Royal Scotsman and the Eastern and Oriental Express. The 23-coach-long Maharajas’ Express has a capacity of 88 guests.