Golden Chariot Asia, India
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About the Train
A journey on the Golden Chariot will take you 1,600 years back in time, through the historic state of Karnataka, the landscape of which was considered heavenly by empire-builders of the past. The voyage unveils empires, treasures, secrets and takes you to lost kingdoms, wrapped in the heady luxury of train travel.
The regal Golden Chariot has been built by craftsmen. Rich culture, palatial architecture and the detailing of temples are blended in the carriage interiors with the finest modern facilities. There are 19 specially-designed coaches, 11 of the carriages with cabins - all suites have private bathrooms.
PRIDE OF THE SOUTH
8 days/7 nights
Places covered: Bangalore – Kabini/Bandipur – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa - Bangalore
Day 1: Bangalore to Mysore. Welcome aboard the Golden Chariot luxury train. Afternoon, assemble at Taj West End at 15:00 hrs for a traditional welcome and briefing. There will then be a cultural show, followed by transfer to Yashwantpur Train Station, to board the Golden Chariot. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 2: Mysore to Kabini. Early morning arrival at Mysore. Breakfast will be onboard after which there is a visit to Mysore Palace. Later, you leave for Kabini by road. Arrive at Kabini and have lunch at Jungle Lodge. Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas, is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in South India. In the afternoon, enjoy a jungle safari in the National Park, where wild animals can be seen in their natural habitat. In the evening, there is a wildlife film. Dinner and overnight will be at the Hotel-Jungle Lodge.
Day 3: Kabini - Mysore. Morning - a boat cruise on the River Kabini. Return to the hotel for breakfast after which one is driven to Mysore. Mysore, once the state capital, is today 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. Lunch is taken back on the Golden Chariot, followed by a visit to Srirangapatnam. The island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 kms 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. In the evening, enjoy a cultural show at Lalitha Mahal Palace, followed by dinner. Overnight on Golden Chariot
Day 4: Hassan. Morning - arrive Hassan. Breakfast will be onboard. Later, you will leave for Shravanabelagola. This is an important Jain pilgrim centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue, Lord Gomateswara, which is 58ft / 17.7m high, looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony. Arrive at Shravanabelagola and visit. NOTE: To experience the architectural marvel, one has to climb 700 steps. Guests unwilling to climb can stay on The Golden Chariot. After the visit, return to the Golden Chariot for lunch. After lunch, you leave for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing. Belur is 83 kms from Hassan and is famous for its magnificent Hoysala style temple complex. The Chennakesava Temple 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 which 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. After sightseeing, in the evening, you return to your train. Overnight on the train.
Day 5: Hospet. Morning - arrive Hospet. Breakfast will be onboard. Following breakfast, you leave for the guided tour of Hampi, which will include the visit to Virupaksha Temple, Queens's bath, Elephant stables, local crafts bazaar, Royal enclosure and Hazara Rama Temple. 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. Lunch served onboard, after which there is a visit to the Vittala Temple with the beautiful Stone Chariot. Dinner is served back onboard. Overnight on the train.
Day 6: Badami. Early morning - leave for Badami, which 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. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses. After breakfast on the train, you have a guided tour of Badami Caves and Pattadakal. Return to the train for lunch and continue to Goa. Overnight on the train.
Day 7: Goa. Early morning arrival in Goa and breakfast onboard. Goa is also known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise". The state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travelers around the world. After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Goa which includes visit to the famous Churches of Old Goa and Portuguese House for tea. Lunch will be at a luxury beach resort. In the afternoon - the beach for leisure activity. By evening, you will return to the comfort of Golden Chariot. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 8: Disembark in Bangalore. Arrive at Bangalore and after breakfast on board, disembark at Yashwantpur Train Station.
Dates and Prices 2017/2018
2017/2018: October 16, 23. November 6,20. December 11,25. January 8,22. February 5,19. March 5.
Train Tour will operate subject to minimum of 25 (twenty five) passengers OR advance received will be refunded.
Both tours can be taken as five night tours, choosing from any departure and arrival points along the tour.
Route and Map
All suites have en-suite attached bathrooms as well as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access and plasma TV. The hand-carved wooden panels on roof and wall panels, hand-woven silk bed sheets like the Maharajas of Mysore, and furniture inspired by the architecture of Mysore and Hoysala creates the atmosphere of opulent travel.
With interiors inspired by historic temples, the Nala and Ruchi restaurants serve a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian cuisine. Sit in cushioned chairs at tables for two and four people.
Plush, royal elegance illustrated by the wonderful décor creates a fantastic atmosphere in which to take refreshing drinks whilst watching the magical landscape pass by.
The luxury of a Spa treatment car on board allows one to discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.
Included: The tariff includes accommodation on board, meals, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned coach on sharing basis, entrance fees (while entering monuments, parks, palaces and other sightseeing location
Not included: It does not include tips, phone calls, camera fees in the sightseeing locations, SPA car and Business car facilities, alcohol or laundry and anything not mentioned above.
Surcharge: Christmas and New Year being the peak holiday season has a 10% surcharge levied on all departures.
Tax: Govt. of India norms, Service Tax @ 3.625 % is levied on the prevalent tariff and subject to changes.
Insurance: Travel insurance is essential. It is a condition of booking that passengers have adequate travel insurance cover from the country of domicile for injury, illness, death, accident, loss of effects or luggage and holiday cancellation. You will need to show your insurance policy.
Visas: Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport (valid for at least 6 months), valid travel documents and valid visa granted by Indian Missions abroad or E-Visa for entering India authorised by the government of India.
Children: 50% off tariff for children between 5 and 12 years of age, subject to proof of age at time of booking. Triple suites available.
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