There are many points which – as a traveler – come to your mind when planning to undertake your journey, more so when it comes to luxury train traveling in a foreign country. When we talk about the Golden Chariot, there are a few pertinent points which arise in the mind of the guests who are planning to undertake this luxury train tour in South India. Since the guests do have to shell out a lot of money for any of the 2 weeklong itineraries offered by this luxury train in India, it’s better to consider each and every aspect of this journey and then decide whether it is worth the pennies spent or not.
Mentioned below are some important factors which are worth pondering over.
1. Am I looking to explore South India?
As the Golden Chariot crisscrosses across destination in South India, one of the most important question is whether you are looking forward to explore this part of India or not. Destinations covered during the 2 itineraries are so selected to give a peek into the heritage and ancient civilization of the southern region. From temple towns to wildlife sanctuary and from spiritual center to backwaters, itineraries of the train server an eclectic mélange of the vibrant color and rich heritage of South India in shortest possible time and not to mention journeying on board one of the most luxurious trains in the world.
2. Should I go for customized package by travel agents or the train?
There are several factors to be considered before arriving at the decision to travel by rail. There are several advantages in both forms of travel. Where luxury train tour holds significant advantage is that you leave all your worries behind when you board the train. Fare of the journeys is all inclusive. There are no agents, broker or third party involved and hence any possibility that you might become a victim of fleecing by touts or hidden costs are eliminated.
3. Is the journey worth the money spent?
The Golden Chariot fare are all inclusive, i.e., the cost of journeys are inclusive of accommodation, dining, guided sightseeing tour, transportation, entrance fees at the monuments and porter charges. Accommodations in elegantly decorated cabins of the train which are equipped with modern amenities are more than just comfortable. Décor and furnishing as well as adornments are based on the Hoyasala and Mysore tradition. You also get to dine in panache on board the 2 tastefully decorated restaurant serving a range of cuisines
4. How does this journey differ from conventional travel?
Other advantages are that you wake up at a new destination every morning, you get 24*7 personalized attention from staff, you get to see the countryside which is said to be where the heart of India resides and you actually crisscross through fascinating terrains laying bare the very soul of India.
5. How about the climate and how should I pack?
The Golden Chariot train operates from September till March. Climate is mostly salubrious during this duration in South India. However being the coastal region, climate could be a bit humid and temperature varies from 25 degrees to 40 degrees. It’s advisable that you carry clothing accordingly. The train and transportation are all air conditioned but sightseeing does involve walking in daylight.
6. Where do I travel to aboard the Golden Chariot?
There are two itineraries offered by the operators of the Golden Chariot train. Whereas Pride of the South itinerary covers Bangalore, Kabini, Srirangapatnam, Mysore, Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami and Pattadakal; Splendor of the South itinerary covers Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey and Kochi.