Golden Chariot to Restart Southern Splendour Tour Soon

Indian luxury train Golden Chariot soon to re-launch the Southern Splendor Tour. In a recent event of the inauguration of three-day “India International Travel Mart – 2018” in Bengaluru, Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh announced that the luxury train will restart its Southern India bound itinerary. The service was discontinued for two years and plans to restart were made after Indian Railways recently revised the haulage charges.

Golden Chariot, run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) reported to have suffered a loss of INR 40 crore last year due to the fall in the number of visitors and high haulage charges. But now reports reveal the train to have earned a profit of INR 12 lakh in last fiscal season.The luxury train has made a number of refurbishments to both its coaches, packages and routes.

Southern Splendour train tour by Golden Chariot covers the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry in a 7 nights/ 8 Day itinerary. Covering UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic monuments, ancient tempels, natural beauty, and cherished experiences, the train itinerary is crafted to provide memories of a lifetime.

As a part of a special plan the Karnataka Tourism department was also preparing a booklet and map of all waterfalls in the state in addition to improving tourist facilities at all these sites. The Tourism Minster also announced, “The monsoon this year was good, therefore waterfalls will be absolutely beautiful which will increase the footfall of waterfalls”. The waterfalls spread all over Karnataka being listed, documented and new itineraries being prepared are an initiative to make the most of the opportunity. The launch of the itinerary will lure crowds interested in exploring the Southern states of India.

Golden Chariot Announces Special Packages for this Dasara

Golden Chariot, the Indian Luxury Train in association with The Tourism Department and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) offers a special tour package for the upcoming Dasara festival.

The Dasara Special Package (two nights and one day) is available for the dates of September 23-25 and September 29 to October 1. The special package is available at a discounted price of Rs 25,000 for Indians and Rs 40,000 for foreigners. The Dasara special journey will start from Yeshwanthpur railway station in Bengaluru on the night traveling to Mysuru and back to Bengaluru on the third day early in the morning. 88 passengers can board the train for each trip.

South India’s first and only luxury tourist train run by KSTDC, the festival special journey is a cherished experience. Endowed with lavish accommodation, decor inspired by dynasties from Karnataka’s past, fine dining and royal service by uniformed attendants, the Golden Chariot offers guests to explore the rich heritage of Karnataka and enjoy the pleasures of royalty on wheels.

Priyank Kharge, Minister for ITBT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka said the new journey at great discounts is a good initiative. Not only will guests have the an excellent opportunity to people to experience royalty on board, which would showcase the state festival of Karnataka ‘Nadahabba’, The Mysuru Dasara and its grandeur. Attend the royal festivities of Dasara as a royal guest and experience the exciting train journey at a subsidised cost.

KSTDC has also planned royal walk for guests to explore the heritage rich city of Mysuru. A Gold pass offered to guests will allow witnessing of the Dasara and cultural programmes in front of the illuminated Mysuru Palace. The festivities continue with both Indian ethnic cuisines and continental culinary delights, unmatched experience of being a part of festivities and many more. See offers…

About Golden Chariot

Golden Chariot is an Indian Luxury Train operated by KSTDC. The heritage train covers the cultural legacy of Karnataka. Passing through ancient history, cultures, UNESCO World heritage sites, and many more. Palatial architecture and rich 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 accommodation, 2 restaurants, recreational coach, conference car and other delights.

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.”