It is said that it’s not the destinations themselves but the journey part which enchants a traveler as opposed to the tourists who are more focused on the former. The Golden Chariot train is a luxury tourist train journeying some of the most significant destinations in South India, offering two distinct itineraries to acquaint you with the fascinating aspects of South India.
The train with its eleven plush guest carriages, each of which is a walking gallery of grandeur, endeavors to imbibe the most subtle and mesmerizing aspects of Hoysala and Mysore architecture. With 2 refined restaurants, lounge, bar, fitness center and an absolutely nonchalant, well stocked bar, this luxury train in India offering great rail journeys in southern part of the country offers a journey to the very depth of your souls in sheer opulence.
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- Pride of the South
- Splendor of the South
|The Golden Chariot Train Ariel View
The Golden Chariot Train
The Golden Chariot is designed on the lines of the more popular Palace on Wheels with accommodations, spa treatments and dining. The train is operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and marketed by The Luxury Trains, whereas The Maple Group handles the hospitality services on the train.
From Bangalore to Goa and from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, the train will let you experience the charismatic beauty of the country’s one of the most visited destination. Named after the World Heritage Stone Chariot in Hampi, the Golden Chariot luxury train has been designed and operated in a manner to recreate the romance of a bygone era. With a total of 26 twin beds with architecture depicting the designing sentiments of the state, the Golden Chariot can accommodate up to 44 guests on one of the best rail journeys in the world.
|Luxury and Panache: The interiors of the Golden Chariot train
The Golden Chariot Rail Journeys
The Golden Chariot offers two evocative rail journeys lasting 7 days and 8 night tours named Pride of the South and the Splendor of the South respectively. The Golden Chariot offers two 7 days and 8 night tours named Pride of the South and the Spledor of the South respectively. Pride of the South rail journey begins from Bangalore and chug along to cover major tourist destinations such as Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami and Goa, before returning to Bangalore.
Splendor of the South is another grand way of traversing across the colorful and culturally vibrant southern regions of India. Extensively traveling through the length and breadth of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this luxury train offers 8-day sojourn to its guests. This tour also begins from Bangalore and covers Cheenai, Mamallapuram, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli, Tanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvanantpuram, Poovar, Alleppey and Kochi before returning to Bangalore.
The Golden Chariot Facilities
Blending seamlessly the classical elegance and modern refinement, interiors of the Golden Chariot train offer pampering and comforts which is at par with the 5 star hotels. Impeccable hospitality and contemporary amenities on board this luxury train ensure that guests have exclusive travel experience.
There are eleven guest coaches to accommodate the guests. Hi-tech coaches ensure that guests don’t suffer any hassle usually associated with normal train journeys. The guest cabin facilities of the Golden Chariot includes air-conditioning, Wi-Fi system, LCD television with satellite television DVD, vanity / writing Desk and attached bathrooms with range of toiletries. All cabins are intricately designed and reflect the rich heritage of erstwhile Dravidian era. Imbibing Hoysala and Mysore architecture, all cabins offer a sumptuous and charming stay to the guests in their cozy and quaint interiors.
|The Art of Luxury and Refinement: Sleeping cabin of the Golden Chariot
Dining & Wining
There are two elegantly appointed restaurants on board the Golden Chariot train offering gourmet dining experience to the guests. The restaurants have been named Nala and Ruchi. Interestingly Nala was a king of Nishadas who finds mention in ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. He had a great knowledge of horse and was a celebrated chef regarded one of the greatest in Indian mythology. The other restaurant named Ruchi translates to fine taste in Sanskrit.
|Gourmet Dining Experience: Restaurant of the Golden Chariot
Both restaurant endeavors to live up to their names, serving mouth tingling cuisines. An array of cuisines both Indian and international, are served to tantalize the taste buds of the guest in a refined ambience. Traditional Indian dining with an assortment of inventive Chutneys, rice and curries are the most sought after food in the Golden Chariot. The food is prepared by skilled chef and uses minimum spices to suit the palate of the international guests. Both table d’hôte and a la carte menu are available to suit your mood.
A well stocked bar is also there to fit the occasion should you need to wind up in just the nonchalance you require. Although prices are high for the drinks, there is nothing better than to sip your drink and engage in light conversations and recuperate after exhaustive day of sightseeing in a laid back ambience.
|Soul Spirit: Madira the bar on board the Golden Chariot
Business & Recreation
A conference coach with seating capacity of 30 persons and facilities such as Wi-Fi internet and LCD television redefines the art of business dealings in sheer luxury. Secretarial service on request is also available for the discerning corporate high fliers to meet there needs. Reshape the future of your business in interiors characterized by splendor of the yore on board the Golden Chariot.
For recreation and wellness a fitness center and a spa with selection of therapeutic massages are there on the Golden Chariot. Various invigorating massages from around the world and Ayurvedic massage suffused with wisdom of ancient Indian healing are offered to the guests to revive their energy chakras and help attain a state of pure bliss in pampering ambience of the spa center.
|Pamper Yourself: Wellness spa therapies are available on board the Golden Chariot
The Golden Chariot Schedule
Tentative list as declared by the operators for the Pride of the South journey
December 2015 7,28
January 2016 18
February 2016 15
March 2016 14
Tentative list as declared by the operators for the Splendor of the South journey
November 2015 16
December 2015 21
January 2016 25
February 2016 8, 22