The Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation in collaboration with the Indian Railways, run the Golden Chariot, one of the Indian luxury trains. From the time of its conception in the month of March, 2008, it has had many successful journeys. A traveler, on-board this luxury train gets a chance to explore Southern India amidst luxuries. One does not only witnesses the natural beauty but also the architectural and cultural vibrancy.
By the way of this luxury train travel, you can enjoy two journeys- Pride of the South and Splendor of the South. In these journeys, some of the most historically rich cities or towns of the southern part of India are included. The list is long, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Thiruvnanthapuram, Poovar, Bangalore, Mysore, Goa, Mahabalipuram, Hampi, Belur, Madurai , Kochi, Kabini, Badami, Tiruchipalli, Kerala backwaters and Chennai.On-board the Golden Chariot, there are 2 multi-cuisine restaurants, namely Ruchi and Nala, which are two mythical characters.
These restaurants offer sumptuous dishes in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories. A traveler on this luxury train can avail various other facilities too like a conference car for business purposes, a recreational coach, a gym called Nirvana and a lounge bar, called Madira where you can relax yourself while sipping your favorite beverage.
So, far we have seen that both, the itinerary and the services of the train are extraordinary but along with the interiors as well as facilities are also unmatched for.They are absolutely luxurious. There are a total of 26 twin-bed cabins, 1 cabin for a physically challenged traveler and 12 cabins with double bed.
While in your cabin, you can enjoy different facilities like a DVD player, Channel music, attached plush bathrooms with toiletries as well as hot/cold running water, medical assistance, wardrobes, direct dial telephone, AC with individual control, electronic safety box and more. Every room has royal and comfortable furnishings.
the coaches have got their names from the Southern India’s princely states, Yudukula , Kadamba, Hoyasala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Adilshahi, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Sangama, Shathavashna, and Vijayanagar.