The Golden Chariot

Pristine beaches, wildlife parks, astonishing architectural wonders, world heritage sites, cultural immersions, and insider experiences: explore the best of India with The Golden Chariot luxury trains.The Golden Chariot offers tastefully crafted luxury train tours in South India. An initiative of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), the Golden Chariot travels to an array of world heritage sites, wildlife sanctuaries, stunning palaces, and cultural sites in the South Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

This Indian luxury train is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, live television, and en-suite washrooms. The train also comes with 2 dining cars, a bar & lounge, a fitness center and spa.

With interior decor inspired by the Hoysala and Mysore traditions of architecture, this luxury train transports the guest into a bygone era of elegant train traveling.

Relax in the privacy of your cabin as breakfast is served to you every morning. Wake up at a different destination each day and watch the landscape spool through the panoramic window as you embark on one of the most unforgettable chugs across various South Indian destinations.

With all-inclusive itineraries which include an array of unique experiences, embark on a voyage through the sand of times as you travel in style aboard this luxury train in South India.

About the Train

This award-winning train is an opportunity to discover the famous destinations of South India with unique travel experiences. The Golden Chariot provides well-crafted tours that make your entire journey joyful and comfortable. This train is an initiative of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).

Golden Chariot covers itineraries – Pride of Karnataka, Jewels of South, Glimpses of Karnataka, Majestic Karnataka, and Sojourn of India.The duration of these itineraries is from 4 to 7 days. The train will take you into a bygone era with extravagant train journeys that showcase the diversity of the South Indian states in the shortest possible time. The itineraries of this luxury train entail heritage, wildlife, nature, spectacular palaces, and luxurious touch.

Throughout the train journey, you will enjoy the facilities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, live television, and an en-suite washroom. Apart from that, this train has two dining cars, a bar & lounge, and a fitness and spa.

The interior of this train is inspired by the Hoysala and Mysore traditions of architecture. You will enjoy relaxing in your cabin, equipped with modern facilities. Breakfast is served to you every morning in your cabin, and you can have your morning meal while enjoying the landscapes through panoramic windows.

The Golden Chariot itineraries are all-inclusive and include many special experiences throughout the journey in South India.

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The Golden Chariot Journey

Pride of Karnataka
Bengaluru – Nanjangud – Mysore – Halebidu - Chikamgaluru – Hospet – Goa – Bengaluru
5 Nights / 6 Days

Starts from $712

Sojourn of India
Goa - Hampi - Chikmagalur - Mysore - Bangalore
3 Nights / 4 Days

Starts from $750

Glimpses of Karnataka
Bengaluru – Nanjangud – Mysore – Halebidu - Chikamgaluru – Hospet – Goa – Bengaluru
3 Nights / 4 Days

Starts from $712

Majestic Karnataka
Bangalore - Mysuru - Hampi - Goa
2 Nights / 3 Days

Starts from $845

Jewels of South
Bengaluru – Mysore – Hampi - Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom – Cochin – Bengaluru
5 Nights / 6 Days

Starts from $712

Golden Chariot Covered Destinations

The Golden Chariot train offers you diverse destinations to discover the charm of the past and rediscover yourself innumerable times. Golden Chariot is the best luxury train to explore southern destinations’ cultural and historical aspects. This train offers itineraries scheduled for the most incredible South India tour.Golden Chariot covers destinations such as Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, and Tamil Nadu. With this train journey, guests can get brief introductions about the history, culture, and traditions of South India.Train journeys give you the opportunity to witness the most mesmerizing forts, temples, palaces, and forests. Guests will visit the ancient sites of Hampi, Shravanabelagola, Halebidu, Gadag, Belur, Pattadakal, Badami, and many more. The train journey of Golden Chariot becomes enthralling when you explore the forest of Kabini and the famous places of Goa and Bengaluru.

Golden Chariot Cabins

The Golden Chariot has eleven guest carriages named after the dynasties that ruled South India over several centuries. Each carriage has four deluxe cabins that mix twin and double cabins. Golden Chariot cabins have 13 double Bed Cabins, 30 Twin Bed Cabins, and 1 Cabin for the specially-abled.Each deluxe cabin is air-conditioned with a temperature control facility. Traditional décor combines flawlessly with modern amenities to offer guests the best of elegance and pampering in their warm and sophisticated interiors. Intricate carvings, sylvan décor, and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture are ingrained in history, narrating eternal tales. In addition, each cabin is equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, LCD television with satellite channels, wardrobes, vanity/writing desk, and an attached bathroom with accessories and toiletries.

Details of Golden Chariot Deluxe Cabins

Type of CabinsNo. of CabinsCapacity of Passengers
Double Cabins1362
Twin Cabins3010
Specially Abled12


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Golden Chariot Dining

The Golden Chariot has two elegantly appointed restaurants, Nalapaka and Ruchi. These restaurants have impressive decor inspired by the Halebidu and Hampi styles of architecture. Guests can taste gourmet cuisines in the aesthetically designed interiors. These restaurants are all about timeless beauty, a serene ambiance, an elegant dining experience, and a touch of great comfort.Nalapaka and Ruchi serve a delectable spread of fresh and aromatic vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. You will enjoy the best dining experience onboard with these restaurants.

Nalapaka: Named after the legendary chef, Nala, this in-house restaurant is best visited by guests for its classic ambiance and range of lip-smacking delicacies. The food is mouth-watering and is a treat for your taste buds. You can relish the different cuisines and dishes in this restaurant.

Ruchi: Meaning fine taste in India, Ruchi serves its guests a comfortable atmosphere to relish Indian culinary delights and a host of international cuisines. The taste and variety of this restaurant of Golden Chariot will blow your mind innumerable times. From tasting the different cuisines to enjoying the atmosphere, everything is at its finest in this restaurant.

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Golden Chariot Lounge & Bar

There is a well-stocked bar in Golden Chariot train that serves home labels as well as international labels. You can experience the vibe of the bygone era while enjoying the sophistication of the bar decor. The bar has an eclectic collection of wine and spirits that you can enjoy with a lovely ambiance.

Madira: Madira is the lounge bar housed within the Golden Chariot that guests visit to unwind and relax after a tiring day of sightseeing and travel. An extensive collection of exotic drinks will surely help lift your spirits. The interiors of the bar wonderfully reflect the design of the Mysore Palace. Sitting in this lounge and bar and enjoying your evening will add an extra layer of fun to your trip.

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Recreational Zones

The Golden Chariot unfolds many shades of experience that you will store in your heart forever. You can explore India’s tourist destinations to learn about the charm of history in elegant ways. But remember that you can also recreate the luxury, comfort, and adventure in the recreational coach of the Golden Chariot. Apart from exploring the destinations, you can connect with your fitness routine, get an Ayurveda spa, and enjoy relaxation in a conference coach on this luxury train.

Arogya Health Centre: This one carriage is fully dedicated to giving a touch of fitness to your luxury journey. Arogya is a spa cum Fitness Center that includes traditional Ayurvedic Spa therapies and modern workout machines. In addition, there are two rooms for Ayurvedic Massage that will unwind your body.

Conference Coach: Golden Chariot has a conference coach that allows guests to enjoy relaxation comfortably. This coach can easily accommodate up to 30 people, and guests can learn about the places’ brief history.

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Golden Chariot Facilities

This luxury Golden Chariot train provides top-class facilities that reflect heritage, culture, and royalty. From well-designed, beautiful interiors to delicious cuisines in restaurants, guests can enjoy the best quality service during their stay on this train. The facilities of Golden Chariot Train offer the experience of really luxurious travel.The train journey with high-quality service is an ideal way to unravel the charm of the South Indian heritage and glory. Golden Chariot aims to offer its guests a brilliant experience.Golden Chariot facilities have a wide array that covers modernity, similar to a luxury 5-Star hotel. On this luxury train, guests will have elegant cabins, multi-cuisine restaurants, A relaxing lounge area, a conference car, and rejuvenating health spa.This train has earned recognition as one of the seven best luxury trains in the world from Vanity fair Magazine. Its world-class facilities and refined hospitality make your train experience remarkable.

Other Facilities of Golden Chariot

  • Centrally air conditioning
  • Interiors depicting essence of Karnataka
  • LCD television with satellite connection
  • Writing Desk
  • Private Bath
  • Padded beds
  • 1 cabin for the disabled guests aboard the train
  • Butler Service

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Golden Chariot Awards

The high-quality service and top-notch facilities make this train journey matchless. This train has earned an award as one of the seven best luxury trains in the world by Vanity Fair Magazine. The interesting part about this achievement is that Golden Chariot won this title within 4 years of its inception. Apart from that, it also won Asia’s Leading Luxury Train at The World Travel Awards.

List of Golden Chariot Awards

  • Asia’s Leading Luxury Train in 2013 at World Travel Awards
  • One of the Seven best Luxury trains in the World

Golden Chariot FAQs

What is the Golden Chariot train route?
Ans : The Golden Chariot train has 3 itineraries with 2 new additions. Each itinerary has a separate route and duration. Take a look.
  • Pride of Karnataka (6 Nights/ 7 Days): Bengaluru - Bandipur - Mysore - Halebidu - Chikmagalur - Hampi - Badami - Goa - Bengaluru
  • Jewels of South (6 Nights/ 7 Days): Bengaluru – Mysore – Hampi - Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur, and Chettinad Kumarakom – Cochin – Bengaluru
  • Glimpses of Karnataka (3 Nights/ 4 Days): Bengaluru – Bandipur – Mysore – Hampi – Bengaluru
  • Majestic Karnataka (2 Nights/ 3 Days): Bangalore - Mysore - Hampi - Goa
  • Sojourn of India (3 Nights/ 4 Days): Goa - Hampi - Chikmagalur - Mysore - Bangalore
What is the Golden Chariot price?
Ans : The Golden Chariot price depends upon the occupancy you select, which comes under various categories, Bed Cabins, Twin Bed Cabins, and Cabin for the specially-abled.
The tariff for different occupancies are given in the table below –

CabinPride of Karnataka
(6 Days/ 5 Nights)
Jewels of South
(6 Days/ 5 Nights)
Glimpses of Karnataka
(4 Days/ 3 Nights)
Majestic Karnataka
(3 Days/ 2 Nights)
Sojourn of India
(4 Days/ 3 Nights)
Deluxe CabinUSD 4,740USD 4,740USD 3,160 USD 2,250USD 3,000
Single SupplementUSD 3,560USD 3,560USD 2,370USD 1,690USD 2,250
Who is the owner of the Golden Chariot train?
Ans : The Golden Chariot train is under Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and The Maple Group. And due to its impeccable hospitality, it was awarded the “Asia’s Leading Luxury Train” title at World Travel Awards in 2013.
Can Indians travel in the Golden Chariot?
Ans : Yes. The Golden Chariot is not operated for foreigners only. People from any country are more than welcome to board this luxury train and explore India in the best possible way.
How can I make the Golden Chariot train booking?
Ans : Booking Golden Chariot trains is an easy process. Click on this link and enter your details. Your details will be submitted to the Indian Luxury Trains team. Our experts will get back to you as soon as possible and confirm your train tickets for this royal journey.