Owned and managed by the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC), Golden Chariot has delivered more than 100 trips in the southern region of India with its two week long itineraries- Pride of the South and Splendor of the South. It is needless to say that in present times, when the tariffs of flights and five star hotels have seen an inflation, Golden Chariot is a pretty good option with a price of $440 per person per night.
The price is justified because this luxury train is equipped all the facilities of a five star hotel plus takes you to some of the most popular destinations in the south such as Goa and Kerala.
On the penultimate day of the Pride of the South, the Golden Chariot train enters the precincts of the tiny India state ‘Goa’. True to its theme of exploring cultural heritage, the 7th day trip on board this luxury train starts with a visit to Old Goa, Known for its churches and cathedrals built in the 15th and 16th century. Some popular attractions in this area include Basilica of Bomb Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral among others.
Post Old Goa exploration, proceed to the Old Goa Portuguese home- Sola Souto Maior. Built over 20,000 square feet on a 2 acre site, Sola Souto Maior, built in 1585, is the last remaining Palacio in Old Goa.
It was originally belonged to the aristocratic Souto Maior family who arrive in Goa in the 16th century. There is an art gallery, a team room, a lounge, a café and an orchid garden with over 5,000 plants and a fine collection of rare tropical gingers.
Later, you’ll be taken to a popular hotel where you can play in the casino and indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic session.This will mark the culmination of your Goa trip on board Golden Chariot train .