Luxury Train Trip on the Golden Chariot at affordable prices this summer

This summer is going to be super fun, as you get a lifetime chance of a luxurious rail trip on the Golden Chariot, that too at affordable prices. Karnataka Department of Tourism has announced a special summer package between the months of April and June 2017, to attract families to luxury train ‘The Golden Chariot’. The 2 Nights 1 Day package will run every weekend, starting on Friday evening (March 31) from Bengaluru and returning on Sunday (April 2) morning.

The Golden Chariot summer special packages are available for two destinations in Karnataka – Mysuru and Hampi. Both train itineraries are aimed to offer the luxury and experience of Golden Chariot to Indian Tourists. It is the experience of luxury as well as exploring heritage sights at Mysuru and Hampi, at a very affordable price.

The Mysuru Golden Chariot trip will cover destinations like Srirangapatna (summer palace of Tipu Sultan), Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace, Amba Vilas Palace and Brindavan Gardens or Lalit Mahal Palace. The Hampi tour would cover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Hemakuta Hill, Virupaksha Temple, Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple, Queen’s Bath, Vijaya Vittala Temple Complex, Marvel Stone Chariot and the beautiful view of sunset at Tungabhadra River.

Priced at Rs 30,000 per person, the train packages include food, accommodation, guide fees, entrance fees, cultural programs and curated/ guided sightseeing. This special tariff is only applicable for the summer vacation. Also, the tourists will be able to pick up the food of their choice from a large variety of cuisines.

The summer special train packages is aimed at attracting families aboard the luxury train. The trains will depart from Bengaluru on Friday evening and return on Sunday morning. One train will proceed to Mysuru, while the other will go to Hampi. Both shall be back in Bengaluru city on Sunday morning.

All about the Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot (TGC) is the first and only luxury train of Karnataka. One of the luxury trains of the world, it has fine facilities including 44 plush luxury cabins with LCD, TV, lockers, individual bathrooms, 24/7 attendant and guest amenities. The two restaurants on-board serve mouth-watering Indian and Continental cuisine. Gym, spa, steam room, business centre and host of other facilities are some features of the luxury train.

Golden Chariot Soon to host Luxury Weddings

India’s top luxury train, Golden Chariot announces to host luxury weddings. The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) addresses the growing demand for destination weddings offering Karnataka’s plush train coach, Golden Chariot to host destination weddings. The luxuriously appointed coach has already hosted weekend getaways and corporate outings and is now working on introducing wedding and honeymoon packages.

Twin Bedroom on Borad The Golden Chariot

 

An official said, this is the first time that a luxury train will host a destination wedding. Many people around the world are keen on making their wedding a small affair at an exotic place, therefore this is the perfect opportunity to capture the growing demand for destination weddings. These initiatives by KSTDC hopes to further business and profits of the Golden Chariot. It is also talking to the railways to fix the haulage, and the fee to be paid only for use of the tracks.

The plans to host the destination wedding also include other details. Once a party books the train for wedding, KSTDC will arrange for decorations, hire transport from the railway station to the wedding hall, and even book priests. The organisers will also take care of pre-wedding rituals such as sangeet, mehendi and reception. Decorations and cuisine can be customised according to one’s requirements. The train plans to offer a variety of national and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests and family will be ferried around in luxury AC buses, while the couple are driven around in posh cars. If the package covers it, the couple will also be sent off on a honeymoon. Two additional days will be available if they choose to stay at a KSTDC hotel.

Karnataka State Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge, said, “If the wedding is solemnised on the Golden Chariot, the number of guests cannot exceed 86 people, but outside, no restrictions apply. The rates for a package are expected to be between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh. If all goes well, the packages will be on offer within a month.”

The Golden Chariot Pride of the South Itinerary Day 6: Badami

The journey aboard The Golden Chariot train ensures you with the experience of exotic wildlife, striking architecture, pristine beach and much more in just 7 nights and 8 days. Pride of the South is a well planned journey on-board the heritage train, which offers you the best of luxury services and impeccable hospitality. The train covers most of Karnataka, opening your horizon to what the Southern culture, landscape and history has to offer.

Golden Chariot Badami

Duration: 8 days and 7 nights

Destination Covered: Bangalore – Kabini – Srirangapatnam – Mysore -Shravanabelagola – Belur – Halebid – Hampi – Badami – Pattadakal – Goa – Bangalore

Day 6: Badami (Saturday)

In the morning of the 6th day, you arrive to encounter further more architectural sights in the capital city of the ancient Chalukya Empire. Badami is home to a number of structural temples, forts, sculptures and inscriptions. It is placed at the mouth of a ravine embraced by two rocky hills where rock cut caves and the red sandstone cliffs are found in abundance. On having to climb a flight of stairs there are two pairs of ancient rock-cut caves,  each filled with carved pillars and bracket figures. The trip will offer you a chance to visit Pattadakal and Badami cave temples, here 18 armed Nataraja, striking 81 dance poses is considered to be the example of the Dravidian and Nagara architecture in ancient India.

A  traveler, having an interest in architecture and sculptures can get much knowledge about the sense of figures and design which the ancient Indians adapted. Day 6 in brief goes like this:

  • The train arrives at Badami at 0830 hrs.
  • Leave for sightseeing to Pattadakal and Badami cave temples, they are world heritage sites.
  • Return at around 1320 hrs to The Golden Chariot.
  • Lunch will be served on board followed by departure for Goa, On board you can facilitate yourself with the service offered like Spa,gym, movies  etc.
  • Dinner will be served at 2000 hrs, reach Goa at midnight.

The Golden Chariot Pride of the South Itinerary Day 5: Hospet

The southern part of India is a popular tourist destination in the country. In a bid to explore this mesmerizing destination, The Golden Chariot Train, one of the most luxurious travel modes in the world, takes you on an unforgettable voyage through beaches, plains and scenic landscapes of India. This luxury train in India offers two tastefully designed itineraries- Pride of the South and Splendor of the South- takes guests on a journey, spanning over 8 days and 7 nights, across several historically and culturally significant destinations across South India.

Golden  Chariot - Elephants Stables

When it comes to Pride of the South journey, it takes you on a whirlwind tour across famous destinations such as Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Belur, Hospet, Halebid and Hampi among others.

Day 5: Hospet (Friday)

On the 5th day of the ‘Pride of the South’ journey, you will head straight to Hospet from Hassan. Hospet serves as a gateway to the medieval wonders of Hampi. The land of architectural delight, Hampi is home to 500 + monuments of the 15th century Vijayanagar Empire. Some of the popular monuments in Hampi include Virupaksha Temple, the Elephant’s stables, the Hazara Rama Temple and the Vittala Temple.

For tourists who are interested in temple architecture and medieval monuments of Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is a great destination to visit. Here are the brief details of your 5th day itinerary for your kind perusal:

  • The train will arrive in Hospet at 06:00 hrs.
  • Later, set out to explore the popular tourist attractions in Hampi.
  • Return back to the train for lunch.
  • Explore the remaining tourist attractions in Hampi such as the Hazara Rama Temple and Vittala Temple.
  • By 20:00, return back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.

We advise you to go for advance for the Golden Chariot Train to avoid any last minute disappointments.