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Golden Chariot Asia, India

The Golden Chariot 
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About the Train

Southern India. 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.

Itineraries

Pride of the South

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Bangalore – Kabini/Bandipur – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa - Bangalore

Check-in 15:00hrs at Taj West End. 8 days/7 nights

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, leave for Kabini by road to 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, leave for Shravanabelagola which 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. 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. Return to theh trianf or dinner. Overnight on the train.

Day 5: Hospet. 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 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. Breakfast on board as the train arrives Yeshwanthpur railway station and farewell by the entire crew

Dates and Prices 2018/2019

2018: October 8. November 19. December 10,24. 2019: January 7. February 11. March 11.

Price per Suite inc tax INR
Double occupancy 582,826
Single occupancy 390,197

*There is a 10% surcharge for the Christmas period.


Southern Splendour

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Bangalore - Chennai & Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Tanjavur & Trichy - Madurai - Kanya Kumari & Kovalam - Alleppy - Bangalore

Check-in 16:00hrs at Taj West End. 8 days/7 nights

Day 1: Bangalore. The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore allows modernity and age old culture mingle in equal parts. Tea is served following check-in, along with a tour of The Golden Chariot. A traditional dance display is followed by a visit to the ISKCON Temple, after which there is a traditional welcome at the station as you board the Golden Chariot train for the departure to the Golden Chariot.

Day 2: Chennai & Mahabalipuram. India’s fourth largest city and its original metro of the South, Chennai boasts both specimens of Chola bronzes and Raj architecture. Not too far from here is the seaside town of Mamallapuram, where the rhythms of chisels chipping granite resound its stone-carving tradition. Following breakfast, depart for Mamallapuram for a sightseeing tour of Krishna’s butter ball, Monolithic Ganesha temple, Arjuna’s penance area, Five Ratha’s temple and the caves. Lunch here before a visit to the Shiva Temple then back to the train for dinner and stabling at Puducherry station.

Day 3: Puducherry. The former capital of French India, then called Pondicherry, prides itself on leafy boulevards and petanque pitches. Sunny beaches and bakeries that smell of cinnamon and garlic add to the authenticity of it all, as you stroll down tropical streets that are still called by French names. Following breakfast, depart for sightseeing of Auroville – Ashram and Matrimandir. Following lunch there is a visit to Aurobindo ashram in the French town, Ganesha temple, shopping and stroll on the pristine Promenade beach, before returning to the train for dinner as it departs for Tanjavur.

Day 4: Tanjavur & Trichy. Tanjavur is the home of the world’s finest Chola bronze collection. As many as ninety temples have survived the ravages of time in this majestic town. Among them is the breathtaking Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu's most notable Chola monument. Following breakfast we visit the Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Maratha Palace. Lunch is at a riverside luxury resort and then a trip to Trichy to visit the Sri Rangam temple – India’s largest temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Return to the train for

Day 5: Madurai. One of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai was once famous for its silks, pearls and spices. It was this lucrative trade that let its Pandyan kings to erect the mighty Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple. Following breakfast, visit to the Meenakshi Amman temple. Lunch back on the train before having free time for shopping. The a visit to savour the history and culture of Tamil Nadu at the light and sound show and the folk arts performance. Dinner back on board as the train departs for Nagercoil.

Day 6: Kanya Kumari & Kovalam. Before breakfast on the train, we take the coach to watch the sun rise at Kanyakumari, the meeting place of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. A visit to the Padmanabhapuram wooden palace before lunch back on the train as it travels to Kicchuveli. Here we take the coach to Kovalam with its quintessential coconut palms, to visit the beach to view the sunset and stroll along the beach. Famous for its seafood, dinner is taken here before returning to the train.

Day 7: Alleppy. Further north lies Alappuzha (formerly Aleppey), one of the best known ports along the Malabar coast. The interconnecting canals make way for the many house boats that ply these waters. Breakfast on board before departing for the Houseboat cruise on the Vembanad backwaters, to a luxury resort for lunch.Then to visit the city of Kochi with its exotic spice markets, Chinese fishing nets, Synagogue and the Portuguese Palace. Return to the train for dinner and departure for Bangalore.

Day 8: Bangalore. Breakfast on board as the train arrives Yeshwanthpur railway station and farewell by the entire crew.

Dates and Prices 2018/2019

2018: October 22. November 5,26. December 31. 2019: January 21. February 4,25

Price per Suite inc tax INR
Double occupancy 656,914
Single occupancy 432,180

*There is a 10% surcharge for the Christmas period.

Tour Information:

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.

Routes and Maps

Golden Chariot Pride of the South Route Map

Bangalore – Kabini/Bandipur – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa - Bangalore

Golden Chariot Pride of South Route Map


Golden Chariot Southern Splendour Route Map

Bangalore - Chennai & Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Tanjavur & Trichy - Madurai - Kanya Kumari & Kovalam - Alleppy - Bangalore

Golden Chariot Southern Splendour Route Map Luxury Train Club

Accommodation

Suites

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.

Dining Cars

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.

Lounge Car

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.

Spa Car

The luxury of a Spa treatment car on board allows one to discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.


General Information

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 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.

Gratuities: The recommended tipping charges are USD 125pp for the entire journey (this is a guideline advised by train and not mandatory). The guest need not tip anybody off train i.e, it includes tip for coach drivers/guides etc. An envelope will be provided in each cabin on the last night of the journey for the same.

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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