Golden Chariot - Luxury Train of India

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Set Out on a Scenic Trip to Southern India by the Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot Luxury Train makes your trip of South India more exclusive and memorable. Taking you on a scenic trip of south India, the Golden Chariot covers the southern states of India including Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Named after the stone chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi, the train has 19 coaches’ colored purple and gold and bears the logo of mythological animal with the head of an elephant and a body of a lion.

A joint operation of Karnataka Tourism Department and Indian Railways, the train has been awarded with title of “Asia’s Leading Luxury Train”. The coaches of Golden Chariot are named after the famous dynasties of southern India including Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula and Vijayanagar. Among the amenities offered on board the most important are two restaurants, a lounge bar, and conference, gym and spa facilities. For the technology savvy travelers of present era the train has onboard internet connectivity via an USB-stick, and satellite antennae providing live television service in the cabins.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Monday - Start at 18:00 hrs. from Bangalore

Your memorable journey on the Golden Chariot train of India starts from Bangalore at 18:00 hrs.. You will see traditional welcome at the station. The luxurious Golden Chariot train departs from The Taj West End. The Pleasant capital city of the state of Karnataka is known for its salubrious climate. Often called the “Garden City of India”, Bangalore has beautiful parks and avenues lined with flowering trees. Stately buildings, splendid shopping centers, pubs and eating places, golf courses all add to Bangalore‘s charm. The city is also known as the ‘Silicon Valley‘ of India for the extensive software industry that is located here.

Day 02 Tuesday – Arrival at 7:30 hrs. at Mysore

The Golden Chariot luxury train reaches the Mysore city this morning and halts here for some time. Mysore is known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings sprawling gardens and tree lined boulevards, shimmering, silks and sandalwood, the “City Royale” always figures in the tourist’s itinerary. This former state capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity. It retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature, and time-honored crafts. In Mysore, visit to Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary for watching birds. The famous tourist spots here include Srirangapatna and Chamundi Hill. Chamundi hill 13 km outside Mysore city is the temple of Chamundeshwari, the patron deity of the Wodeyars. Later visit the exceptionally beautiful Mysore Palace (magnificent palaces and majestic buildings). After that get back to your luxurious Golden Chariot Train. Dinner and overnight stay onboard at night. The train leaves for Kabini.

Day 03 Wednesday - Arrival at 10:00 hrs. at Kabini

Today early morning on arrival you enter Jungle Lodges & Resorts. After relax enjoy jeep safari into the wildlife sanctuary. Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini) is definitely the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in South India. The excitement starts with a safari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Nagarhole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. After that the Golden Chariot train departs to Hassan. Night aboard luxury train

Day 04 Thursday - Arrival at 6:00 hrs at Hassan

Today morning the train arrives at Hassan. After relaxing you will drive to Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is home to Asia’s largest monolithic statue-lord Gomatesware here towers 58ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri hill. Specially erected pots of curd, milk, honey, vermilion, coconut water, turmeric paste, and even gold and precious jewels over the statue’s head. After visiting Shravanabelagola return to the Golden Chariot train to continue your Journey to Hospet.

Day 05 Friday - Arrival at 8:30 hrs in Hospet (Hampi)

The Golden Chariot train will reach Hospet at 8:30 hrs. The ruins of Hampi alive with the strains of music and sounds of dance when the State Government holds the Vijaya Utsav to recreate the grandeur of the erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire and a bygone era. There were opulent palaces, marvelous temples, massive fortifications, baths, market aqueducts, pavilions, stables for royal elephants and elegantly carved pillars. After visit continue Golden Chariot journey to next destination.

Day 06 Saturday - Arrival at 6:00 hrs Gadag.

Upon arrival Gadag you will be taken to hotel Badami Court. After lunch drive to Badami, Pattadakal & Aihole. Badami caves situated at the mouth of a ravine between two sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. Pattadakal is World Heritage Site on the banks of Malaprabha river bears testimony to the richness of Chalukyan architecture. Aihole is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. After that come back to the Golden Chariot train and continue your trip to Goa.

Day 07 Sunday Arrival Goa at 9:30 hrs

Welcome to the world of the golden beaches, Goa. After Arrival you will go for visit Old Goa. Old Goa is a spiritual place, best experienced in early morning or in the lengthening shadows of evening, where you can almost hear the whispers of those gone by, telling you that this particular place by the banks of the Mandovi was beloved by all who walked these same broad avenues centuries ago . The Goan beaches are the best place to relax.

Day 08 Monday Arrive at 11:00 hrs. at Bangalore

Here your most memorable Golden Chariot train journey ends today. But In future this journey will be part of your dream.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

07 nights aboard luxury train

Meals

07 Breakfasts, 07 Lunches, 07 Dinners

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Jungle safari

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

The Golden Chariot luxury train journey of India is a week-long adventure to some beautiful locations. The 11 plush guest carriages are uniquely decorated with modern amenities for the guests. The luxury train journey offers 07 night accommodation inclusive of all meals and tours.

Single room supplement is also available in Golden Chariot Train for those travelling single and/or not sharing accommodation with other co-travellers. The luxury train does not offer a facility of a triple room.

Remark : Pre and post luxury train trips and hotel stay can be booked upon request.