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The Golden Chariot

Bangalore • Kabini/Bandipur • Mysore • Hassan • Hospet • Badami • Goa • Bangalore • Delhi


Welcome aboard a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture. The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South train named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, Resplendent Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches. It's 7 Nights / 8 Days colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore and traverses through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur-the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Halebidu, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore.

Tour Schedule:

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

Months of Operation:

April to March.

Peak Season: January to March & September to December
Lean Season: April to May & August

Cabin Coaches

our chambers are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.

Each Coach of the "The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South" has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.

• Fully air-conditioned cabins.
• 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for the physically challenged.
• Vanity / Writing desk.
• Every cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD television, DVD with 6 satellite channels, wardrobe, vanity/writing desk and private bathroom with luxurious amenities and accessories.

Restaurants

Nala and Ruchi - Two Restaurants
Nala named after a king and legendary chef from the times of the Mahabharata. Ruchi, a name that means fine taste in Sanskrit. The two restaurants serve a spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights.

• Interiors inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid.
• 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with comfortable sofas and chairs.

Madira - The Lounge Bar

Timeless like the spirits we serve, Madira, the mythical drink of the gods in the lounge bar aboard The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South. Pour yourself fine spirits as you unravel your soul, as you watch performances of local artisans. Celebrate the journey into timelessness as lilting music uplifts you.

• Relaxing and elegant seating at bar.
• Plush and royal interiors modeled after the Mysore Palace.

Conference Coach

Where modern day royalty does business.
The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South Conference Coach can seat up to 30 business leaders and gives you lessons in history and leaves with a vision for the future.

• Seating capacity of 25-30 guests.
• 42 inch LCD television.
• High-speed internet surfing area.

Gym Coach

Attain Nirvana. At the Ayurveda centre, Spa and gym on The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South, discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.

• Two massage rooms for an out of this world rejuvenation experience.
• For those who prefer a local flavour - Ayurveda massages are provided.
• Fully equipped gymnasium.


Day 1, Mon : Bangalore

12:30pm: Check-in at the Leela Palace followed by lunch at Jamawar or Citrus.

3:00pm: Depart for Bangalore Sightseeing where you visit Tippu's Palace, Bull Temple & Lalbagh.

8:00pm: Arrival at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Platform No. 6 Traditional Indian welcome at Railway Station and escorting to respective cabins.

9:00pm: Depart to Mysore. 11:30pm: Arrive at Mysore.

Bangalore - The capital of Karnataka is known as the Garden City because of its salubrious climate and greenery. Perched 3,250 feet above sea level, temperatures seldom exceed 30oC (88oF). 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.

Bandipur - Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience - you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Niligiri Mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore Maharaja's private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: On Board - Train



Day 2, Tue : Mysore/ Kabini/ Bandipur

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

1:00pm: Reach Jungle Lodge.

Lunch at the Jungle Lodge.

Post lunch: Jungle/Boat Safari

Return in the evening for wildlife film.

Dinner at Jungle Lodge.

Kabini: A World of Wildlife Rajiv Gandhi 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.

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight at Jungle Lodge



Day 3, Wed : Mysore

8:30am: Breakfast and Depart for Mysore.

11:30am: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.

1:00pm: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot.

3:00pm: Enjoy city tour of Mysore where you visit Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam.

7:00pm: Reach the Lalitha Mahal Palace for cultural show followed by dinner.

10:00pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.

Mysore: A World of Royalty: Mysore has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore is a city known for its resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. A visit to the city conjures up visions of the glory, still evident of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital still retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature and its time-honoured crafts

A 141 kms from Bangalore, the city enchants you with its quaint charm, verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and its sacred temples. Mysore, once the state capital, today is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Many culinary delights await those inclined to sample the regional cuisine.

Mysore Palace: Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The magnificent jewel -studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasara festival.

Srirangapatna: The island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 4, Thu : Hassan

6:00am: Depart for Hassan.

8:15am: Arrive at Hassan.

9:00am: leave for Shravanabelagola.

(Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to experience can stay back onboard The Golden Chariot. Palanquins are available for those who cannot take the climb by themselves. This is available to the passengers at no extra cost).

1:00pm: Lunch on board - The Golden Chariot.

3:00pm: Depart for Belur and Halebid.

7:15pm: Return Onboard.

7:45pm: Depart for Hospet.

Dinner onboard

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.

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 5, Fri : Hospet

6:00am: Arrive at Hospet.

8:30am: After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple, Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables, Local crafts bazaar.

1:00pm: Return to Golden Chariot for Lunch.

3:00pm: Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple, illuminated Vittala Temple.

8:00pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot.

Hampi: A World Heritage Site: If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been classified as a World Heritage Center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India.

Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagara Empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara Empire stretched over at least three states -Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India.

The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth.

The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of man's infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre.

A visit 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 life in Karnataka.

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 6, Sat : Badami

5:00am: Depart from Hospet to Badami.

8:30am: Arrival at Badami.

9:00am: Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal.

1:30pm: Return to Golden Chariot for Lunch.

2:00pm: Depart for Goa. Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard. The train will reach Goa post mid night.

Badami: A World Heritage Site: Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. The exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18 armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.

Pattadakal, with its beautifully chiseled temples is a World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Malaprabha River. It bears testimony to the richness of the Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyan Kings and was once used as a ceremonial center where kings were crowned

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 7, Sun : Goa

8:00am: Breakfast onboard.

10:00am: Leave for sightseeing of Goa.

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

12:15pm: Visit an Old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for Tea/Coffee and cookies and shopping at the emporium.

2:00pm: Reach Majorda Beach Resort for lunch

3:00pm: An Ayurvedic massage a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)

6:00pm: Depart from the resort.

7:15pm: Return to Golden Chariot.

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot.

9:00pm: Depart for Bangalore.

Meals included: breakfast lunch & dinner
Overnight on-board



Day 8, Mon : Bangalore

8:00am: Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot.

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


         
   
         


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