The southern region of India is a fascinating concoction of ancient cultures, varied topography, exotic flora and fauna, and rich cultural heritage. Be it about nature lovers, wildlife aficionados, art connoisseurs, spiritually inclined travelers, and honeymooners, this enchanting region has something to offer to people from all walks of life. Of many available to explore the diverse hues of south India, Golden Chariot is certainly the most spectacular option available to unearth the natural and cultural treasure troves of south India.

Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot Train

Recreating the forgotten art of elegant train traveling, Golden Chariot presents an eclectic mélange of traditional and contemporary appearances in its ethnic décor and state-of-the-art amenities. This Indian luxury train has the distinction of being India’s first disabled-friendly train and is jointly operated by Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) and the Indian Railways.

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A view of the Restaurant inside the Golden Chariot Train

The royalty factor is well exuded by the exteriors of the train as well. Painted in deep purple and golden color signifying refinement and royalty respectively, Golden Chariot gives an indication of the upcoming royal experience at the first glance. The logo of the train is a mythical animal with an elephant head and a lion’s body.

Rediscover a more gracious age of traveling aboard the Golden Chariot
Rediscover a more gracious age of traveling aboard the Golden Chariot

The 11 guest carriages of Golden Chariot are picture perfect replica of the cultural ethos and architectural traditions of erstwhile south Indian dynasties. The ceilings, wall panels, and furniture carved with exquisite workmanship are suggestive of Hoysala and Mysore architectural styles. With a capacity to accommodate 88 guests in all, the 13 guest cabins come equipped with modern facilities such as Wi-Fi internet, LCD television, DVD players, a vanity desk, and en-suite bathrooms.

Sleeping cabin of the Golden Chariot
The Art of Luxury and Refinement: Sleeping cabin of the Golden Chariot

Just like accommodation, the dining facilities on board the Golden Chariot train are sumptuous to the hilt. The two ornately designed restaurants of this luxury tourist train serve a delectable spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines on the platter of the guests. Madira, the nonchalant lounge bar serves the choicest collection of international wines and spirits to lift your spirits high. Other facilities such as a conference coach, gymnasium, and Ayurvedic spa allow Golden Chariot to stand in the cue of the World’s best luxury trains.

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Lounge Bar on board The Golden Chariot luxury trains

Named after the stone chariots in Hampi, Golden Chariot with its two weeklong itineraries- Pride of the South and Splendor of the South- takes guests on a whirlwind tour across historically prominent, culturally potent, and naturally blessed destinations in south India. While Pride of the South traverses the course of Karnataka, the Splendor of the South encompasses the temple town of Tamil Nadu and the backwater heaven of Kerala. Beginning from an introductory tariff of US$ 545, the journey on board Golden Chariot is truly a spectacular experience.

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