The Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot luxury train draws its name from Stone Chariot of Hampi. The luxury train tour of India offers the best amalgam of luxurious speedy travel, plenty view of rural landscape and enchanting luxury of hotel. The Golden Chariot luxury train has been designed in such a fashion that keep experiencing golden past of Karnataka with modern luxury. In order to keep you enthralled with pristine old world charm, the fully air-conditioned coaches have been decorated to relapse you in rich cultural ambience of Karnataka. The names of various coaches are named after famous dynasties of glorious Karnataka like Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula, Vijayanagar, Bahamani and Adilshahi. On this tour with Golden Chariot, you will see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi and sequentially the triangular heritage sites of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole. Fascinating places like Mysore, Bangaluru, Srirangapattana and Nagarhole National Park will drawn resuscitating impact on you. And all this with relaxation on the golden beaches of Goa will only elicit WOW. Captivatingly decorated restaurants- Nal (famous king & chef of Mahabharata age) & Ruchi (meaning salubrious taste in Sanskrit, a lounge bar (Madira), conference coach and gym Ayurveda massage & Spa centre (Nirvana) coach in Golden Chariot make it truly luxury train.

Bangalore to Bangalore Tour Tour Details: 7 Nights / 8 Days

The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South Train Tour starts on every Monday of the week from Bangalore and ends in Bangalore on every Monday morning respectively.

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Detail Itinerary :-

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm: Check-in at Taj West End

4.00 pm to 5.00 pm: High Tea at Banquet Hall

5.00 pm to 5.30 pm: Presentation on The Golden Chariot tour, Dos & Don'ts, safety & security, etc.

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm: Visit to Chitrakala Parishad / Art Gallery

6.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Cultural Show

8.00 pm: Arrive at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Platform No. 6 to a traditional Indian welcome. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot

9.00 pm: Depart to Mysore

Alternate Itinerary*

11 am onwards: Check in at Our Native Village

12 Noon to 2 pm: Lunch

3.00 pm to 3.30 pm: What is it that makes us a 100% eco resort - Resort tour

3.30 PM to 4.00 pm: The Revivalist movement - Art and culture tour

4.00 pm to 4.30 pm: Living an organic life Herbal & Medicinal plant tour, Organic farm tour

4.30 pm to 5.30 pm: Enjoy pottery session, the simplicity of village games & Bullock cart rides.

6.00 pm to 6.30 pm: Rest and depart to Yeshwantpur Railway Station

Bangalore The Garden City & Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka and rechristened as Bagaluru, is world over known as 'Silicon City of India' due to concentration of behemoths of Indian software industry. The capital of Karnataka, Bangaluru, was founded by a strong chieftain Kempegowda.

The name Bangaluru has a very interesting story. King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara while got missed in a dense forest and was wandering hungry hither and thither. While attempting to find some food and way out of the forest, he came upon a lone hut in the thick forest where he met an old woman. The old lady offered him baked beans ('Benda Kalu' in Kannada) which the king found tastier than royal meal. The king called the place "Benda Kalu Ooru" (place of baked beans) to re-commemorate the incidence and the place. Bangaluru today is getting popular though for a different variety of Beans-JavaBeans.


Bandipur National Park, erstwhile hunting ground of the Wadiyar Maharajas of Mysore, was created in 1930. It was termed as Venugopal Wildlife Park. In 1941, it was expanded and got adjoined with the Nagarhole National Park (Karnataka), Wynad (Kerala) and Madumulai Sanctuaries (Tamil Nadu). Collectively, these four wildlife sanctuaries create India's biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the 'Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve'. In 1973, it was declared as Tiger Reserve and, in 1974, Bandipur had been declared as National Park. It is at the meeting point of Indian Deccan plateau and Western Ghat mountains. The Mysore-Ooty highway passes through Bandipur National Park and, therefore, all of vthe tourist lodges and resorts are located alongside the highway. The jeep safari in the jungle imparts a truly wild experience. Bandipur National Park is extremely rich in flora and fauna. There is a high density of wild elephants here. Tigers, gaurs, leopards, wild dogs, sambar deers, chitals, boars, serpent eagle, malabar squirrel, the brain-fever bird, Indian palm squirrel, grizzled Indian squirrel, liontail macaque, golden jackal, sloth bear, Indian grey mongoose, striped hyaena, rusty-spotted cat ratel, Indian spotted chevrotain, Nilgiri Tahr (adjoining areas), Indian porcupine, Hanuman langur, Bengal fox, Eurasian otter, small Indian civet, ruddy mongoose etc can be observed easily. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.



10:00 am: Depart for Kabini / Bandipur after breakfast

01:00 pm: 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

Alternate Itinerary*

Raganatittu Bird Sanctary,

Mysore Zoo,

Lunch on board,

Brindavan Gardens

*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Kabini / Bandipur tour (A minimum of 5 passengers required for alternate Itinerary)

Nagarhole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park)

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is re-christened as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Kabini river (original name: Kapila river) is the border between Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur National Park. The dense forest of Nagarhole is part of Nilgiri biosphere and home to largest population of Asiatic elephant. The Asiatic elephants rule the roost here. Along with Asiatic elephants, you will find gaur, sambar, chital, wild boar and three major predators- tiger, leopard and dhole or wild dog, with all three co-existing in high densities. This feature is quite unique to Nagarhole. More than 300 species of the birds make Nagarhole National Park a paradise for bird watchers.



Detail Itinerary :-

08:30 am: Breakfast and Depart for Mysore

11:30 am: Back onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

01:00 pm: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

03:00 pm: Mysore sightseeing: Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam

07:00 pm: Reach the Lalitha Mahal Palace for cultural show followed by dinner

10:00 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

Mysore: A World of Royalty

Mysore can be safely termed as the city of regal splendours. Due to royal association and patronage, Mysore is still home to resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. Laitha Palace and Mysore Palace are not only the testimony to the royal past but it is still evident in the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. Mysore has kept its tradition in music and dance, art and literature and its time-honoured crafts intact and can be relished with its pristine glory to this day. Do explore handicrafts of Mysore in the form of exotic sandalwood items and rich silk sarees. Mysore, 141 kms from Bangalore, was earlier capital city of the Karnataka state. Moreover, during British regime, the present day Karnataka was called as Mysore state. Mysore, aptly called as garden city, enchants you with its quaint charm, verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and its sacred temples.

Mysore Palace: Mysore Palace is most-coveted tourist attraction of Mysore. Mysore Palace belongs to still existing Wodeyar dynasty of Karnataka. It is a live palace as it is still inhabited by the royal family. Mysore Palace, rated as most fabulous palace on the earth- even better than the Buckingham Palace. Exquisitely sculptured Mysore Palace is built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. Dussera of Mysore is famous and attracts tourists from all over the world. On the occasion of Dussera, the Mysore Palace is decorated with tasteful lightings and the magnificent jewel -studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here.

Srirangapatna: A historical as well as religious place of Karnataka, Srirangapattana is situated on an island created by the two subdivisions of river Cauvery. Located 120 kms away from Bangaluru in Mandya district, Srirangapattanam is famous for the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple and Fort of Tipu Sultan.Srirangapattanam got its name from Ranganathaswamy temple. The town has historic, cultural and religious importance. History says that Lord Buddha visited and remained on one of the islands near Srirangapatnam.

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06:00 am: Depart from Mysore to Hassan

08:15 am: Arrive at Hassan

09:00 am: Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola [Shravanbelgola is a Jain pilgrimage and is known for 58 ft high monolithic statue Lord Gomateswara. In order to reach to the statue, one will have to climb 700 steps so physically fit can reach on the top by themselves to experience the architectural wonder. For those who can't climb on their own, palanquins are available at no extra cost. But, those who don't want to give a try to this visit may stay back onboard the luxury train- the Golden Chariot- the Pride of South India.]

01:00 pm: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

03:00 pm: Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing

07:15 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

07:45 pm: Depart to Hospet

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

Belur & Halebid : A World of Worship

Belur in Hassan district 220 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan) is famous for its magnificent Hoysala 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 still 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, birds and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala Kings.

Shravanabelagola, 52km from Hassan, is an important Jain pilgrim centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue Lord Gomateswara here towers 58 ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony.



Detail Itinerary :- 06:00 am: Arrival at Hospet

08:30 am: After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple. Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables, Local crafts bazaar

01:00 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot for Lunch

03:00 pm: Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple. Illuminated Vittala Temple.

08:00 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

Hampi: UNESCO World Heritage Site

The story of Hampi is the amazing saga of how a tiny hamlet grew into a sprawling medieval metropolis. Hampi was the capital of the grand Vijayanagar Empire. The city grew to be one of the major trading centres of the medieval world. Art and architecture found a special place in Hampi, as its rulers were great patrons of art and religion. Currently Hampi's monuments- hundreds of them- are popular among tourists and pilgrims. Hampi was declared UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. The senseless destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Muslim invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. Most poignant among debris is probably Hampi, the present day shell of the once great city of Vijayanagar, a metropolis once so important that contemporary European visitors described it with awe as 'as big as Rome'.

There are many worth watching monuments but Virupaksha temple (Pampapathi temple), Ramachandra temple, Hazara Ram temple, Vitthala temple, royal palace of the Vijayanagar Emperors and huge 'balance' are magnanimous monuments.

A visit to Anegundi village, on the banks of river Tungabhadra, offers an opportunity to view, feel and have first-hand experience of typical village lifestyle of traditional Karnataka.

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Detail Itinerary :- 05:00 am: Depart from Hospet to Badami

08:30 am: Arrival at Badami

09:00 am: Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal

01:30 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South for Lunch

02:00 pm: Depart for Goa

Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South: Spa, Gym Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South Reach Goa post midnight Badami: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Badami, one of the famous tourist destinations of Karnataka, is famous for its cave temples that are located in a red sandstone cliff. The co-existence of Hindu and Buddhist cave shrines adjacent to each other is symbolic of inherent secular psyche of religious India. It is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine, between two rocky hills. The temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Of the four temples, the first three belong to the Vedic faith and the fourth and natural cave is the only Buddhist temple in Badami. The first cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, has richly sculptured 18 armed Nataraja with 81 dance poses. Viewing Badami cave temples is simply a treat to the eyes.

Pattadakal, situated on the banks of river Malprabha, is a small town in Karnataka. Pattadakal is renowned for its ancient temples. Pattadakal was once the second largest city of the Chalukyas. It is said that the coronation of the Chalukya kings was always held here. During the 7th & 8th centuries, the Chalukya rulers built the nine magnificent temples known as the Pattadakal temples. Pattadakal is lesson in Hindu temple architecture, a whole complex of shrines dating back to the 7th century, resplendent with bizarre carvings in which the subject, frozen in movement, appears to have lived yesterday and all of them telling the great Indian stories of the 'Ramayana' and the 'Mahabharata'. Gods, dancers, kings, fortune tellers and legions of attendants tell in sun-warmed stone the great story of early Hinduism.



Detail Itinerary :- 09:30 am: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

10:00 am: Depart for sightseeing

11:00 am: Visit the famous churches of old Goa

12:15 pm: Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for tea/coffee and cookies; shopping at the emporium

02:00 pm: Reach Majorda Beach Resort for lunch

03:00 pm: An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)

06:00 pm: Depart from the resort

10:00 am: Depart for sightseeing

11:00 am: Visit the famous churches of old Goa

07:15 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

09:00 pm: Depart for Bangalore

Goa: A World of Golden Beaches

Goa, home to world renowned beaches, offers an exotic amalgamation of Konkani, Indian and Portuguese cultures. Enjoy emerald green sea of Goa, exotic sea foods, 'feni', seashore parties and enchanting fusion of traditions and cultures.

08:00 to 09:30 am :- Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South

11:00 am: :- Reach Yeswanthpur railway station, farewell by the entire crew.

April 2011 - March 2012 (For Indian nationals only):-

Occupancy TypePer person / night(INR) Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 20000140000

April 2011 - March 2012 (For International travellers) :-

Occupancy TypePer person / night(INR) Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 6854795

October 2012 - March 2013 (For Indian nationals only) :-

Occupancy TypePer person / night(INR) Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 22000154000

October 2012 - March 2013 (For International travellers) :-

Occupancy TypePer person / night(INR) Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 7545278

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age. (Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years) :- (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.

Service Tax @ 3.09% shall be levied on the prevalent tariff of The Golden Chariot as per Govt. of India norms.

Above Tariff is Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff includes :- Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board The Golden Chariot/ travel/all meals / Conducted Sight-seeing Tours/ Entrance fees at Monuments / Parks / Palaces and Cultural Programmes.

The Tariff does not includes :- Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, SPA Car, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Reservation Policy: In case of FITs :- 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.

Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group :- 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.

Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy In case of FITs :- 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.

20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.

50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.

100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

In case of Group :- 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.

25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.

75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.

100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment :-

No Show :- In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.

En route termination of tour :- In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.

Amendment :- Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

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