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Golden Chariot TrainGet ready for one of the most remarkable journeys of your life. The Golden Chariot is here to spell its charm on you.

The destinations covered by the Golden Chariot are absolutely delightful. Why? Because the itinerary has been designed in a way that gives passengers an opportunity to explore both the cultural as well as natural treasures of Karnataka. The journey will begin on Monday from Bangalore, the capital city and proceed to destinations like Mysore, Srirangapatnam, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Hassan, Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola, Hospet, Hampi, Gadag, Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal. And yes, before the journey ends, tourists will also get a chance to visit Goa - the fun capital of India. The culmination of the journey will once again be in Bangalore and on Monday.

Facilities Offered
The eleven passenger coaches of the train are named after the famous royal dynasties that ruled the region in the erstwhile era. This includes a coach for those who are physically challenged. Other than this, there is the lounge bar 'Madira' and the restaurant 'Nala'. A Spa &gym, a conference coach, a staff car and a couple of generator car are also part of the Golden Chariot.

The idea is to give passengers every comfort they desire during their journey. The cabin coaches are fully air conditioned with wardrobe, a writing desk and LCD Tvs. The restaurant coaches have interiors that have been inspired by the art of Hampi and Halebid. Sofas and chairs apart from 4 and 2 seater dining cabins give a feeling of luxury. The Loung bar is in no way behind when it comes to offering comfort and luxury. Also, the interiors, inspired by the beautiful interiors of Mysore palace, are a treat for art lovers.

The gym coach offers more of luxury. There are two massage rooms for a relaxation that will drive away all weariness from the body. For those who wish to work out a little bit everyday, there is a fully equipped gymnasium. The conference coach has a seating capacity for 25-30 guests with a 42 inch LCD television. The hospitality services on the Golden Chariot is provided by the Mapple Group, one of the most renowned names in Indian hotel industry.

Golden Chariot has two programs “THE PRID OF THE SOUTH” and “THE SPLENDOR OF SOUTH”


Itinerary for The Pride of South
Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi, Badam, Goa

Day 1 (Monday)
Bangalore
12:30pm : Check-in at the Leela Palace followed by lunch at jamawar or citrus
03:00pm : Depart for Bangalore Sightseeing Tippu’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh and shopping
08:00pm : Arrival at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Platform No. 6. Traditional In­dian welcome at Railway Station and escorting to respective cabins. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
09:00pm : Depart for Mysore
11:30pm : Arrive at Mysore - Overnight in The Golden Chariot at Mysore Railway Station

Day 2 (Tuesday)
Mysore/ Kabini/ Bandipur

10:00am : Depart for Kabini / Bandipur after breakfast
01:00pm : Reach Jungle Lodge
Lunch at the Jungle Lodge
Post Lunch : Jungle / Boat Safari
Return in the evening for wildlife film
Dinner and stay overnight at Jungle Lodge

Day 3 (Wednesday)
Mysore

06:30am : Depart for boat ride in the kabini river
08:15am : Breakfast at kabini jungle lodge and depart for mysore
01:00pm : Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
03:00pm : Mysore sighting seeing, srirangap atnam
07:00pm : Dinner at Lalita Mahal Place with a Culture Show
10:00pm : Back onboard The Golden Chariot

Day 4 (Thursday)
Hassan

06:00am : Depart from Mysore to Hassan
08:15am : Arrive to Hassan
09:00am : Depart for Sightseeing to Shravanabelagola
01:00pm : Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
02:30pm : Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing
07:15pm : Back onboard The Golden Chariot
08:40pm : The train would depart for Hospet (Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot)

Day 5 (Friday)
Hampi

06:00am : Arrival at Hospet.
08:30am : After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple. Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables and Local crafts bazaar.
01:00pm : Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
03:00pm : Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rarna Temple. Illuminated Vittala Temple.
08:00pm : Dinner on board The Golden Chariot.

Day 6 (Saturday)
Badam

05:00am : Depart from Hospet to Badami
08:30am : Arrival at Badarni
09:00am : Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal
01:30pm : Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
02:00pm : Depart for Goa. Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard The Golden Chariot Spa, Gym Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot. Reach Goa post midnight.

Day 7 (Sunday)
Goa

09:30am : Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00am : Depart for sightseeing
11:00am : Visit the famous churches of old Goa
12:15am : Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maiorfortea/ coffee and cookies; shopping at the emporium
02:00pm : Reach Majorda Beach Resort for lunch
03:00pm : An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino chargesextra as applicable)
05:00pm : Depart from the Resort
07:15pm : Return to The Golden Chariot.
Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
09:00pm : Depart for Banqalore

Day 8 (Monday)
Banqalore

11:30am : Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station
Tour ends


Itinerary for The Splendor of South
Bangaluru, Chennai, Pondi­cherry, Tiruchira­palli & Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiru­vananthapuram & Poovar, Backwaters & Kochi

Day 1 (Monday)
Bangalore
12:00pm : Check-in at the Leela Palace followed by lunch
03:00pm : Depart for Bangalore Sightseeing Tippu’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh and shopping
08:00pm : Arrival at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Platform No. 6. Traditional In­dian welcome at Railway Station and escorting to respective cabins. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
10:00pm : Depart for Chennai

Day 2 (Tuesday)
Chennai

06:00am : Arrive Chennai early morning
07:30pm : Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
09:00pm : Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. The tour begins from the ‘St. Mary’s Church’, built in 1678 – 80, was the first English Church in Chennai. Other attractions include the National Art Gallery and Mu­seum, which house some beautiful temple friezes, the bronze gallery, archeological section. Drive past the High Court Building, Fort St. George and the famous film studios.
11:30pm : Drive to Mamallapuram
01:00pm : Lunch at Temple Bay Mamallapuram
02:30pm : Excursion to Mamallapuram, an ancient coastal port, south of Chennai, world famous for its shore temple, Mamallapuram was the second capi­tal and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram, the first Tamil dynasty after the fall of the Gupta Empire. The whole of Mamallapuram is a fabulous open-air museum of sculptures in living rock, Monolithic shrines scooped out caverns magnificently sculpted within and the world’s biggest Bas relief in rock, are truly wondrous examples of the sculptor’s art. The famous temples of the Rathas , the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple and the eight Mandapams. (Shallow, rock cut halls) are also located at the beach.
05:30pm : Depart for Chennai
07:00pm : Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
Departure for Pondicherry after the dinner. Overnight in The Train

Day 3 (Wednesday)
Pondi­cherry

07:00am : Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
08:00am : The Train arrives at Pondicherry (Vellupuram Railway Station) and drive to Pondicherry
09:30pm : Sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, visiting Auroville. Conceived as a trib­ute to Sri Aurobindo, Auroville is an entirely new concept in education and urban living.
01:00pm : Lunch at Indo French Cuisine Restaurant of Neemrana Hotel
02:30pm : The Aurobindo Ashram is known to the world over as the "Centre of Integral Yoga". Sri Aurobindo, India’s philosopher around 1920 founded it.
06:30pm : Drive to Pondicherry (Vellupuram Railway Station)
08:00pm : Dinner onboard The Golden Cheriot.
10:00pm : After dinner onboard, the train continues to Tiruchirapalli

Day 4 (Thursday)
Tiruchira­palli & Thanjavur

Arrival in Tiruchirapalli early in the morning
07:00am : Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
08:30am : Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) - Situated on the banks of the River Kaveri, just 320 kms from Chennai, Trichy was a Chola Citadel during the Sangam Age when the Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic Rock Fort, which played a vital role in the Carnatic wars in the 18th century. The most famous landmark is ‘The Rock Fort Temple’, a spec­tacular monument perched on a rock outcrop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the first level are the remnants of a huge hall blasted into ruins in 1772. The next storey is the Mathrub­huteshwar Shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Finally at the top of the hill, is the Ucchi Pillayar Koil – A Lord Ganesh Temple, offering a com­manding view of the city.
12:00am : Drive to Tanjore
01:00pm : Lunch at Sangam at Tanjore
02:30pm : Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Tanjore where you will visit temples built during the 10th and 14th centuries. These later became a part of the Vijaynagar Kingdom, which subsequently passed into the hands of the Marathas and went to the British. The most famous landmark is the Brihadeshwara temple , which ,is now a world heritage site.
00:00pm : Drive to Trichy
08:00pm : Dinner onboard The Golden Cheriot.
10:00pm : After dinner onboard and leave for Madurai

Day 5 (Friday)
Madurai

07:00am : Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
08:00am : Arrival in Madurai
09:00pm : Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai – The primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be con­sidered to be at its best. Its Hall of a thousand Pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour also includes a visit to the – Thirumalai Nayak Palace & Thiruparangundram temple.
01:30pm : Lunch at Taj Garden Retreat
03:00pm : Local Market Tour and evening ceremony at Meenakshi Temple
08:00pm : Dinner onboard, overnight at The Golden Chariot
10:00pm : The Train will leave for Thiruvananthapuram
12:00pm : Depart for Poovar

Day 6 (Saturday)
Thiruvananthapuram - Poovar

The tour begins from “The Padmanabhaswamy Temple”, which, was constructed in the Dravidian style, by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1733. Only Hindus are allowed inside this temple. It has a 7 storey high tower with a curious pagoda – Shaped Peak. Later also visit the Napier Museum, housed in a bizarrely attractive, decaying Indo-Saracenic building dating back to 1880. The museum has a good collection of historical and contemporary bronze ornaments, temple carts, ivory carvings and life size figures of kathakali dancers in full regalia.

The tour also includes a visit to the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which houses paintings of the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools. It is renowned for its collection of art from Tibet, China and Japan as well as from North and South India.

For lunch we continue to Poovar a beautiful island just off the coast of the Arabian sea. Lunch in a nice hotel and time to explore the beaches. Evening Gala dinner with music and dance.

Day 7 (Sunday)
Backwaters & Kochi

09:00am : Arrival in Allepey and Backwater Cruise
01:00pm : Lunch at kumarakom Lake Resort and afterwards drive to Kochi
02:30pm : Drive to Kochi
04:00pm : Arrive at Kochi The tour of Kochi begins from “The Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portugues in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the pu­ranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. Other attractions include the traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher folk in their colorful costumes.
08:00pm : Kathakali dance and dinner at Taj Malabar Hotel
10:00pm : Departure for Bangalore

Day 8 (Monday)
Bangaluru

11:00am : Arrive at Yeshwantpur Railway Station after Breakfast
Tour ends

Tariff for Pride of South – Valid from 2016 to 2017
Tariff per person per night
Tour Itinerary : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Departure : Every Monday

Destination Covered :
Bangalore > Kabini > Srirangapatnam > Mysore > Shravanabelagola > Belur > Halebid > Hampi > Badami > Pattadakal > Goa

Departure dates 2016 -17
10th Oct 2016
7th Nov 2016
5th Dec 2016
16th Jan 2017
13th Feb 2017
13th Mar 2017

PRIDE OF SOUTH - Foreign Nationals

Occupancy Type (Per person per night)
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights (per person)
(IN $)
Single occupancy US$ 790 US$ 5530
Double occupancy US$ 590 US$ 4130
Triple occupancy US$ 500 US$ 35000

Indian Nationals Onlys

Occupancy Type (Per person per night)
(INR)
Total for 7 nights (per person)
(INR)
Single occupancy 26,000 1,82,000
Double occupancy 22,000 1,54,000
Triple occupancy 16,000 112,000

Note :


The Splendor of South – Valid from 2016 to 2017

Tariff per person per night
Tour Itinerary : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Departure : Every Monday

Destination Covered :
Bangalore > Chennai > Pondicherry > Tanjavur > Madurai > Thiruvananthpuram > Alleppey > Kochi > Bangalore

Departure dates 2016 -17
28th Nov 2016
26th Dec 2016
9th Jan 2017
20th Jan 2017

SOUTHERN SPLENDOUR

International Travellers

Occupancy Type (Per person per night)
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights (per person)
(IN $)
Single occupancy US$ 875 US$ 6125
Double occupancy US$ 665 US$ 4655
Triple occupancy US$ 575 US$ 4025

Indian Nationals Only

Golden Chariot Train - Tariff
Occupancy Type (Per person per night)
INR
Total for 7 nights (per person)
INR
Single occupancy 31,000 2,17,000
Double occupancy 25,000 1,75,000
Triple occupancy 20,000 1,40,000
Note :




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