Exploring a vast country like India is a real challenge for travelers both domestic and international. One comes across numerous challenges while planning to take a sojourn across any part of India.
Some of the inevitable challenges include the communication barrier, the itinerary selection, the dining options and the mode of transportation. So whatâ€™s the solution to this perennial problem of travelling in India?
Well Indian Railways has come up with the answer; The Indian Luxury Trains. Well we know that a brand commands a premium and so does the luxury trains in India comes with a price. But just as the Nike is worth paying for, the luxury trains in India will not let you down.
The Golden Chariot - Pride of the South is one such train. Luxury train travel in India unravels the problem of where to go, what and why to see, that too without any strings attached.
For instance there will be no cacophonies of hawkers selling â€˜god knows whatâ€™, no one vying for that little place on the seat reserved by you, no litters lying around the coaches and the list goes on and on and on.
The Golden Chariot is one of such luxury train in India. As soon as you arrive to board the train you are stunned (well you should be because you werenâ€™t expecting that!).
The train is spotless and so is the staff. Well trained warm and responsive; just savor the welcome. Just as you enter to check in the cabin that you have booked you feel that somehow you have been transported into another world (remember The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe).
Soon the shock wears off and you realize that you will be living a dream onboard this palace on wheels. The exquisitely carved interiors, palette of soft hues and the quaint dÃ©cor of the coaches reflect the majesty and the rich heritage of erstwhile Maharajas of the bygone era of the South Indian kingdoms. Each coach is named after a different dynasty that ruled in a bygone era and reverberates with their rich artworks and culture.
Well thatâ€™s the interior for you. Even the facilities which the train comes equipped with are at par with the best in the world. Each coach of this fully air-conditioned train comes with individual climate control. The gracefully appointed cabins are minimally but elegantly furnished keeping in mind the space and comfort for the guest (jeez! itâ€™s a train coach after all).
The train has two dining hall which serves both Ã la carte and table d'hÃ´te meals which takes care of your taste buds. A well stocked lounge bar serves the best labels of wine and spirits in a laid back ambience. For the fitness enthusiasts thereâ€™s a gym as well as a health spa to spend time in. Last but not the least thereâ€™s a conference coach for the high fliers who like to do business with panache.
The itinerary onboard the Golden Chariot will leave you with a content feeling. The whirlwind journey across the heritage sites of Karnataka including Halebid (Hoysala hotbed), Hampi (a World Heritage Site), Badami and the fortresses and palaces of the Mysore kings along with the serene beaches of Goa and the wildlife reserve at Kabini will leave you mesmerized.
Cherish the memories of the varied landscape spool by through this magnificent ride on board this luxury train in India. This royal chug will ensure you leave with a memory for life timeâ€¦Live the dream for the times to come.
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