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Golden Chariot Train

Tour Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Kabini - Belur - Halebid - Shravanabelagola - Hampi - Anegundi - Badami - Pattadakal - Aihole - Goa

Golden Chariot TrainThe land once ridden by formidable armies is now governed by be world's most unique railway - the Golden Chorion beckons you go discover worlds that are enriched with history and culture. Recline and relax as the magnificent scenery unfolds outside your window with luxury on the inside, thus far reserved for royalty. We present The Golden Chariot - a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and an omnipresent tomorrow in a magical land.... that is Karnataka

Bangalore - A World of Royalty
The capital of Karnataka is known as the Garden City because of its salubrious climate and greenery. Perched 3250 feet above sea level, temperatures seldom exceed 30°C (88°F). Founded by Kempegowda, a powerful chieftain, the city is unique with its rich cultural heritage that coexists with its modern day technological and industrial achievements. Today, Bangalore is popularly known as India's Silicon Valley.

The Palace on Wheels is high on demand, hence, tourists are advised to make their bookings well in advance. The best season for a journey on the Palace on Wheels is between the months of September to April. The train usually travels in the night and allows the passengers to complete their sightseeing during the day time.

Mysore - A World of Royalty
Mysore Palace, Mysore Mysore has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore was the capital of the princely state with palaces and princely buildings till Independence. Mysore also has a rich cultural heritage and celebrates festivals with pomp and grandeur like the world famous dussehra.

A visit to the Island fortress of Tipu sultan of Srirangapatna lets you relive the pages of history of courage of this great warrior who stood up bravely to the might of the British Empire.

Kabini - A World of Wildlife
Rajiv Gandhl National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas, 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. Some of the popular sightings are elephant gaur, sambar, chital, wild boar and the more exclusive predators like tiger and leopard. A bird watcher's paradise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to these Jungles.

Belur & Halebld - A World of Worship
BelurBelur in Hassan district 220 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan is famous for its magnificent Hoysola Temple Complex. The Chennakesava Temple here is the major attraction, built by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the Cholas. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures with no portion left blank. It Is the only Hoysala Temple sill in active worship.

Halebid in Hassan district is 27 kms away from Hassan and was the capital of the Hoysalas. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. The Hoysaleswara Temple, perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, bards and friezes depleting the life of the Hoysala Kings.

Shravanabelagola is a pilgrim centre for the Jains with the world's tallest monolithic standing statue of the Lord Bahubali.

Hampi - A World Heritage Site
The Lotus Mahal, Hampi One of the greatest civilizations of its time, Hampi was not only the capital of the powerful Vijaynagar Empire but also rich in agricultural yield and trade. Founded by Hakka and Bukka in 1336AD, it fell to the Sultans who invaded in 1 565 AD. Hampi has rightfully earned its distinction as a World Herltage Site.

A viskt to Anegundi village by traversing the gushing Tunga Badra river on a coracle is an experience that provides the guests with a glimpse into the traditional country Iife in Karnataka.

Badami - A World Heritage Site
Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole ensemble depict rich South Indian temple architecture and rock-cut cave temples. Badami showcases four ancient rock-cut cave temples, the largest of them dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Pattadakal is a World Herltage Site, which stands testimony to the richness of Chalukya kings.

Aihole is widely acknowledged as the cradle of South Indian temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples strewn in the villages nearby.

Goa - A World of Gold Beaches
Goa, once a colony of the Portuguese, is a melting pot of Portuguese culture, art and architecture building structures is starkly evident. Known for its popular beaches, Goa also offers magnificent churches and temples.

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)
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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)
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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Tariff for Pride of South – Valid from 2017 to 2018
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 2017 -18
Month Departure Dates
Oct 2017 16, 23
Nov 2017 06, 20
Dec 2017 11, 25
Jan 2018 08, 22
Feb 2018 05, 19
March 2018 05


The Golden Chariot - Tariff Card - 2017 – 2018
For Indian Nationals Only
Occupancy Type Per person / night (INR) Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single Rs.26,000 Rs.1,82,000
Double Rs.22,000 Rs.1,54,000
Triple Rs.16,000 Rs.1,12,000
For International Travellers
Occupancy Type Per person / night(INR) Total for 7 nights per person(INR)
Single Rs. 53,720 Rs. 3,76,040
Double Rs. 40,120 Rs. 2,80,840
Triple Rs. 34,000 Rs. 2,38,000

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The Splendor of South – Valid from 2017 to 2018

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Tour Itinerary : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Departure : Every Monday

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

Departure dates 2017 -18
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