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.

Golden Chariot – Pride of The South Itinerary Day 2: Kabini-Bandipur

Touted as India’s first and only luxury train offering tow fascinating journey across South India, Golden Chariot is an ideal option to experience luxury and panache of erstwhile Indian rulers of South.

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The two itineraries- Pride of the South and Splendor of the South- take guests on a journey, spanning over 8 days and 7 nights, across historically significant, culturally illuminating and naturally beautiful destinations across India. In this blog post, we will talk about the highlights of the day 2 of the Pride of the South journey.

Journey Name: Pride of the South

Duration: 8 nights/7 days

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

Day 2: Kabini-Bandipur

A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur National Park is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the southern region of India. Spanning across 88 kilometers square, Bandipur National Park was once the private hunting grounds of the Mysore maharajas and is now a protected zone for more than 100 species of mammals including tigers, elephant, leopard, gaur, chital, sambar, langur and sloth bear.

Golden Chariot Itinerary Day 2: Kabini-Bandipur

Only government vehicles are allowed to run safaris within the park and the best option is to go on Bandipur Safari Lodge’s two hours drive inclusive of park’s entry fees. The forest department too arranges Safaris for them.

The day will start with a sumptuous breakfast in the jungle environs.

Later, you will set off on a road trip to explore the wildlife environs of Bandipur National Park.

At 1:00 PM, you will enter in Kabini.

Enjoy lunch in the jungle lodge and later head straight to the Bandipur National Park.

Dinner and overnight stay in the jungle resort.

We advice our guests to go for advance bookings on Golden Chariot train so that you won’t face any last minute disheartenment.

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The Golden Chariot Bags Asia’s Leading Luxury Train Award at WTA 2013

India did not stay behind to shine in the list of Asia Winners 2013. The Golden Chariot was voted by travel agents worldwide and announced as the Asia’s Leading Luxury Train 2013 at the 20th World Travel Awards. Other luxury trains nominated for the same category were Deccan Odyssey, Eastern & Oriental Express, Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, and The Indian Maharaja. Apart from this, the train was also nominated for the 2013 World’s Leading Luxury Train.

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Other Asia Winners 2013 from India are:

  • India – Asia’s Leading Destination
  • Trident Gurgaon, India – Asia’s Leading Hotel
  • Maharajah’s Pavilion, The Raj Palace, India – Asia’s Leading Hotel Suite
  • The Oberoi Gurgaon, India – Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel
  • The Golden Chariot – Asia’s Leading Luxury Train
  • Incredible India – Asia’s Leading Tourist Board

La Cigale Hotel (Doha, Qatar) hosted the glittering ceremony of the 2013 World Travel Awards Grand Final on 30th November 2013. To celebrate the leading travel and tourism brands, the ceremony was attended by some industry’s elite such as CEOs of leading travel companies, tourism board chiefs, government ministers, and guests of honor HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority and Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.

At the award ceremony, India also benchmarked its presence in the travel and tourism Industry by bagging some of the prestigious awards. ‘Incredible India’ was awarded as the World’s Leading Tourist Board, 2013.  On the other hand, ‘The Raj Palace, India’ also won the World’s Leading Heritage Hotel, 2013 and ‘Maharajas Express’ also bagged the award for World’s Leading Luxury Train, 2013, for the 2nd consecutive year.

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