Nature, culture, myth and traditional ways of living- these four elements together characterize the ambience of south India. A land where every individual has been nourished in an environment drenched in culture and tradition and where nature has distributed its bounties whole-heartedly, south India is the best bet available for tryst with nature and culture. One of the several traditions which are still alive in India especially in southern region is ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’. Golden Chariot, south India’s first and only luxury train, has arrived as one of the most luxurious travel mode to explore the natural and cultural treasure troves of southern region.
Starting its new season from 1st October, 2012, Golden Chariot embarked on its maiden weeklong journey on 10th March, 2008 from Bangalore to Goa. Envisioned by Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC), this Indian luxury train endeavors to bring the allure of princely train travelling in south just like what Palace on Wheels brought in Rajasthan. Now you would definitely like to know that why one should opt for this mode of travel. Well there are enough reasons to plan journey on board this regal train.
The two meticulously crafted journeys of Golden Chariot are Pride of the South and Splendor of the South. Each of these journeys takes guests to various historically and culturally significant destinations in south India, While Pride of the South traverses the course of enchanting destinations in Karnataka, the Splendor of the South explores the temple towns of Tamil Nadu and land of backwaters, Kerala.
Badami Temple in Karnataka
The seamless amalgamation of traditional interiors with state of the art amenities gives it a look of a classic soul breathing in a contemporary setting. The 19 plush coaches of Golden Chariot train come befitted with rich furnishings and flaunt intricate carvings reminiscent of the architectural traditions of Hoyasala and Mysore. To bestow an experience of royal living, these coaches have been named after various dynasties which have ruled the region in past.
Various characteristics of this Indian luxury train evoke a sense of living in mythical times. The motifs of the restaurants and bar present on board have been designed with special mythical themes to acquaint guests with ancient India. Scrumptious delicacies are tastefully prepared by master chefs and served on the platter of the guests in the spectacular environs of their two restaurants, Nala and Ruchi. Madira literary meaning ‘Drink of the Gods’ is a lounge bar where guests can unwind and interact with fellow travelers over a glass of wine.
Corporate Moguls and business executives who can’t make out time from their busy schedule, Golden Chariot offers a state of the art business centre which allows them to successfully plan out their future steps via conferences and meetings along with an opportunity of sightseeing.
Besides business centre, there is a gym coach and Ayurvedic spa which allows guests to burn those extra calories and for a rejuvenating and holistic experience. So for those who wish to explore the natural and cultural bounties of south India, a luxurious mode of travel has arrived in India with the advent of Golden Chariot on the scene.