Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station – Axis Of Maharajas’ Express
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (Victoria Terminus) is an important landmark of Mumbai. It is also a heritage site and the headquarters of Central Railways of India. Designed in 1887, this station is the busiest in the country serving local trains, long-distance trains, and luxury trains.
Attractions of the Terminus
The station is built in Indo-Saracenic style, 129 years ago. It took ten years to complete the construction, spending 25 thousand USD during the 19th century. Inside the terminus, you can find interesting architectural features like ornamental iron features, pointed arches, wood carvings, grand staircases and much more that resembles this railway station with a palace of Gothic style.
The gate of the terminus holds a lion figurine, which denotes Great Britain and a tiger, which represents India. Outside the terminus, you can find other statues. A statue of Queen Victoria was a part of this terminus and it was later removed. The statue was the reason for the terminus to be named as Victoria Terminus in the yesteryears.
Terminus and Maharajas’ Express
This terminus is an axis point of numerous luxury trains like Maharajas’ Express. However, this terminus is most commonly used as the arrival or departure station by Maharajas’ Express. The beauty of the station is the main reason to make this an imperial part of the train journey. Even if the tourists are an hour or so early for their check-in formalities, they can enjoy a heritage sightseeing in the terminus. Apart from the architectural beauty, it is also easier for tourists to access numerous cities and states via this terminus.
Southern Sojourn and Heritage of India are the itineraries that start in Mumbai. During the check-in process, the platform of this heritage site is customized into a welcome ground to deliver the traditional red-carpet welcome that is provided to the ancient royals while visiting one of their reigns. Tourists will also be entertained with a music band playing the traditional welcome rhythm of the land. The representatives welcome you with a garland of flowers, which represent victory and a welcome drink.
The Indian Splendor and The Southern Jewels are the itineraries that end in Mumbai. With the network of the terminus, it is easier for the tourists to de-board the luxury train and easily find trains to many major cities of the country. Moreover, Mumbai holds one of the busiest international airports for tourists to fly to required destinations. From the entrance of the terminus, one can easily find autos, cabs, buses and other transportations to reach any part of the city, including the international airport.the