Splendor of the South Journey : A Weeklong Jaunt amid Seamless Luxury

Golden Chariot is one of the few renowned luxury trains in India that gives you a chance to explore the beauty of South India in the most luxuriant manner.

Offering a spectacular itinerary spread over 7 days and 8 nights, Splendor of the South chugs across some of the choicest of destinations across South India linking some of the most spectacular and exciting destinations.

Every state is unique in its own way for its cultural, historical, architectural and natural significance. The journey commences from Bangalore and crosses through Chennai, Puducherry, temple town of Thanjavur and Madurai and from there on to ‘god’s own country’ Kerala.

The journey continues with a crisscrossing ride to verdant Thiruvananthapuram, backwater heaven Alappuzha, the scenic coasts of Kochi and returns back to Bangalore marking the end of the journey. A magical journey in a timeless era of beauty and romance as you savor each moment you spent on board and off train during your week long voyage.

Southern Splender Journey Route Map

                                         Splendor of the South Route Map

Splendor of the South is fitted with several facilities and services that guests can take indulge in. Luxurious cabins with plush interiors, fine dining at the two onboard restaurants and the in house lounge bar Madira quenches all thirsts of the travelers.

Bangalore

                                                           Bangalore Palace

The tour starts in Bangalore. One can explore the city, also called the IT hub of the country during the day; accommodation is envisaged at Bangalore. In the evening you will assemble at the Bangalore Railway Station. From here begins the enchanting sojourn of the Splendor of the South. After a traditional welcome, guests will be guided to their cabins to relax. By 2200 hours the train will depart for Chennai. Dinner will be served on board for the guests.

Temple at Mamallapuram

                                              A scene of  Mamallapuram Temple

On the 2nd day, the train arrives at Chennai at 0600 hours. Today you will be visiting the town of Mamallapuram, located about 58 km from Chennai. Mamallapuram is famous for its temples. A few of the most important attractions are the temple of Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, and the Shore Temple. After indulging in the local food, proceed back to Chennai. Attractions at Chennai include visit to St. Mary’s Church, St. George Fort, Kapeeleshwar Temple, National Art Gallery and Museum and Saint Thomas Cathedral. After the sightseeing, return back to the train for a lavish spread of dinner as the train trundles towards Pondicherry.

A uroville - a golden metallic sphere

                                                       Golden Metallic Sphere

In the wee hours of Day 3rd, the train arrives at Pondicherry, once a French colony. After the breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of the city, few attractions being magnificent French styled mansions, Auroville, and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Return back to the train to proceed towards Tiruchirapalli. The train arrives here at 2200 hrs and halts for the night at Tiruchapalli.

Brihadeeswarar Temple

                                  Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu

On the 4th day, Trichupalli is the host of the journey. Sightseeing includes Rock Fort temple, Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine and the Ucchi Pillayar temple. Later you proceed for Thanjavur, famous for its paintings and temples. City attractions include Brihadeshwara temple, Alangudi temple, Chandra Bagawan temple, and the Schwartz Church. Return back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.

On day 5th, the train chugs into Madurai at 0600 hours. After a scrumptious breakfast, commence the sightseeing of Madurai visiting Meenakshi temple, the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, and the Thiruparangundram temple. Return back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.

Kerala Backwaters

                                    A scene of Kerala Backwaters tour

On the 6th day of the sojourn, you will arrive into “God’s own country”, Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city is the first destination. The highlights of the sightseeing tour are Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Napier Museum, and the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Next stop is Poovar Island where you can explore the beautiful beaches after having a gala lunch there. Immerse yourself in the peace and solitude of the island to get a refreshing experience during the journey. Gala dinner and dance performances by local artists will be especially arranged for you as the sun hides itself behind the starry sky.

On day 7th, the train arrives at the backwater region of Allepey, Kerala. The location of the same is simply breathtaking. After a delicious lunch at Kumarakom, proceed for Kochi, the last stop on the journey. Here you can have a stroll to the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, and the St. Francis Church.

A traditional dance performance, Kathakali is arranged in the evening. After a leisurely dinner before you proceed towards Bangalore to reach the end phase of your journey.

You will arrive in Bangalore in the early hours of the morning on the 8th day. After a lavish breakfast aboard, transfer to the airport to board the flight back home.

Luxury Trains in India : Imperial Way to Explore Land of Diversity

The luxury trains in India mirror the bygone era grandeur and royalty of the country along with giving an insight view of its traditions, lifestyle, culture and color. At presents, there are six Indian luxury trains  that cover diverse regions of the country, serving the best of this south Asian subcontinent in its platter. The opulent décor, precisely tailored itinerary, delectable varieties of cuisines and a reposeful rail travelling sets the perfect tune for an exclusive vacation in India.

Though the history of luxury train traveling in India has a long history, it’s been reintroduced in 1982 with the launch of Palace on Wheels. With a view to promote tourism in India in the international market, this first Indian luxury train was launched which replicate the carriages used by the erstwhile Maharajas for their traveling. The overwhelming response from the international travelers paved the way further to introduce more such trains in other parts of the country. A fine orchestration of all the ingredients that contribute towards making a travel experience exclusive can be well witnessed in each detailing and characterization of these luxury Indian trains.

Palace on Wheels

Palace on wheels Train Unfolding the myriad hues of the country, Palace on Wheels crisscrosses   through some of the most alluring destinations in India like Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra. This deluxe train journey never misses to bewitch the guests with its warmth of hospitality and welcoming ambience. For its distinctive appeal, grace and charm, Palace on Wheels India has been placed among the top 5 luxury trains in the world. It has luxuriously appointed cabins, two multi cuisine restaurants, a well stocked bar, a rejuvenation spa and a sitting lounge to relax and unwind onboard. Though every second of this royal train ride is full of excitement and enthusiasm, but to add on more to its charm the train also offers onboard recreation activities.

Maharajas’ Express

Maharajas' Express Train  It’s been introduced recently, but within just a few years of span this Indian luxury train has managed to earn repute in the international spectrum. The award winning Maharajas’ Express is poised to embark on a number of exciting and enthralling train tours to India in this upcoming season with its recently tailored train journeys that include- The Indian Splendor, Treasure of India, The Indian Panorama, Heritage of India and Gems of India. Out of 5, two are short journeys spanning over a period of 4 days and 3 nights, and the rest of the 3 are weeklong tours to Rajasthan. Private butlers, 24*7 room service, Wi-Fi connectivity, personalized amenities for guests and host of such facilities sets apart the Maharajas’ Express from its counterparts.

The Golden Chariot

The Golden chariot luxury trainThe south Indian terrain has stored many natural and architectural gem stones in its treasure box. Unlocking the timeless and priceless beauty of South India, The Golden Chariot luxury train takes the voyagers into a dreamland journey. Pride of the South and Splendor of the South are the two distinct Golden Chariot journeys that cover some of the most celebrated tourist destinations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The inside décor of the train seems to comply with the picturesque and gorgeous landscape views of south India. The design sentiment of the region is well presented by means detailing of the carriages; the grandness of Indian hospitality is explored in every respect by this luxury train in India.

Deccan Odyssey

Deccab Odyssey IndiaThe stories of Maharashtrian chivalry and the folklores of kings & dynasties come alive in a luxury train tour onboard Deccan Odyssey. This blue Limousine on rail make every second of the journey full of merriment and excitement. On the one side Deccan Odyssey journey make the travelers witness the dazzling lifestyle of modern India and on the other, it takes them to a journey of ancient India unfolding its knowledge casket. The stay in the little emerald Goa adds on romanticism to the entire jaunt while making you relax and unwind on the shoreline of the Arabian Ocean.

The Indian Maharaja

Indian Maharaja Luxury trainGrand and opulent, The Indian Maharaja is probably the best way to explore the Deccan plateau and the deserted kingdom in India onboard an Indian luxury train. The embodiment of the bygone era royalty can be well seen in this royal train journey. It is India’s first privately managed luxury train that has elevated to the standards of best luxury trains in the world. Along with highly stylized cabins, this luxury Indian train houses dining car, bar, health spa, conference facilities and shopping arcade. Keeping its steps forward with the needs of the international travel market, The Indian Maharaja is serving in its platter every classy facility that makes the journey all the more pleasurable.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on wheels trainExplore the charismatic culture, lifestyle and diversity of the deserted kingdom in a tour to Rajasthan onboard Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Studded with all modern facilities and amenities, this luxury train tour to India is once in a lifetime experience that every heart wants to savor. The off train excursion tours of this deluxe Indian train is no doubt full of excitement and enthusiasm, but the onboard journey is also marked by sheer opulence amid seamless relaxation. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels facilities include multi-cuisine restaurant, well stocked bar, souvenir shop and spa; thus you can get pampered even onboard in the exclusive spa center of the train.

Tempting journey experience onboard luxury trains in India is the best holiday deal that global travelers can avail during their tour to India. The bewitching beauty of landscape and the mystical chapters of Indian history will surely give you precious post card perfect moments to treasure in your casket of memories for ever.

Golden Chariot Facilities gives New High to Luxury Living

Call it south India’s Palace on Wheels or an opulent mode for cultural interactions, Golden Chariot is one of the best bet available in the repertoire of Indian luxury trains. Furthermore the exclusivity in which this luxury train tour lets the guest traverse culturally potent destination in south India makes it one of the most preferred choices for luxury tours to South India.

But as mentioned in the first paragraph, Golden Chariot is an opulent mode for cultural interactions must have made you think that what is so lavish about this luxury train in India. The list of facilities and services offered in this Indian luxury train is very long. The train comes equipped with modern facilities to offer the level of comfort and luxury akin to deluxe hotels.

Golden Chariot boasts of 19 well appointed rail cars, each of which derive its name from an erstwhile ruling dynasty of south India and epitomize their cultural ethos in their motifs and décor.  The intricately carved ceilings, panels and furniture resonate with the architectural traditions of Hoyasala and Mysore. The 44 guest cabins of this regal train can accommodate 88 guests in all and comes equipped with state of the art amenities which include large size beds, wardrobe, Wi-Fi internet, live television, DVD’s, vanity desk and attached bathroom.

Dining facilities on board Golden Chariot train endeavors to whisk you in ancient times. Named as Nala and Ruchi, first is a mythical chef and second means good taste, the two ornately designed restaurant cars of this regal train serves an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines prepared under scrutiny of consummate chefs. The food is served in several small bowls on large silver plates and is extremely palatable. Besides quaint interiors, the presence of comfy sofas and chairs make the dining comfortable to the hilt.

Golden Chariot – the lounge bar

Also included in Golden Chariot facilities is the lounge bar Madira, which literally translates as the drink of the gods. This comfy bar offers choicest of wines and spirits from all over the world. The unruffled ambience and comfortable seating makes it a perfect place to unwind after a tiring day of sightseeing.

The royal train also offers a perfect solution for MICE problem of the guests. With a capacity to host 30 people in all, the conference coach comes equipped with high-tech facilities such as LCD television and Wi-Fi internet.

The Ayurveda spa

The state of the art gymnasium and Ayurveda spa housed in the train is an ideal place for those who cannot do away without exercising and wants to revitalize their mind, body and soul. The Golden Chariot train is truly a regal way to traverse south Indian terrains in a journey spanning over 8 days and 7 nights. The state of the art facilities and impeccable hospitality gives new high to luxury living.

The Golden Chariot new season Schedule (October 2012 – December 2012)

The Golden Chariot is most delightful tourist train of south India offering week long voyage to some of the most prominent destinations across south India. The Train offers two journeys –Pride of the South and Southern Splendor – spanning over 8 days and 7 nights which begins and concludes in Bangalore. After completing its summer season, the train will start its new season from October 2012 and the booking for upcoming departures are already on.

The upcoming schedule of the Golden Chariot train will bring you journeys draped in opulence, adventure and romance.  So, get ready for an unforgettable and exclusive luxury rail travel experience in India with this luxurious train. It is always advisable to book your journey in advance because of the global popularity of this train to avoid the last minute rush.

Following is the updated upcoming schedule of The Golden Chariot :

Pride of the South Tour Schedule 2012 :

Month Departure Dates
October 2012 1,8,22
November 2012 5,19
December 2012 3,17,31

Splendor of the South Tour Schedule 2012 :

Month Departure Dates
October 2012 15,29
November 2012 12,26
December 2012 10,24