Golden Chariot Train Journeys

The Golden Chariot is An initiative of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways. It is one of a famous luxury train of India that covers the most popular tourist attractions of South India like Thanjavur, Kochi, Chennai, Madurai and Banglore. South Indian people famous for their hospitality which will win your heart, plus the sightseeing is just an icing on the top. The interior décor is inspired by the Hoyasala and Mysore traditions of architecture which recreate the royal way of traveling by the Maharaja. There are 19 coaches of Golden Chariot, which are decorated in a traditional aura and equipped with modern amenities.

The Pride Of South Journey -(7 Nights - 8 Days)

Destinations : (Bangalore – Mysore – Kabini – Hassan – Hopset – Hampi – Badami - Goa and Bangalore)

Day 1 Bengaluru
Today you will enjoy a high tea at the Banquet Hall, with a cultural show in Chitrakala Parishad, followed by a traditional Indian welcome at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, before you depart for Mysore. Overnight ONBOARD. (HT, D)
Day 2 Mysore - Kabini - Bandipur
Today you will depart for Bandipur. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari, returning in the evening for a wildlife film and dinner. Overnight at a JUNGLE LODGE. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Mysore
After breakfast you will depart for Mysore. Today you will visit the Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam and Lalitha Mahal Palace followed by a cultural show and dinner. Overnight ON BOARD. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Hassan - Hospet
Depart for Hassan, with sightseeing in Belur and Halebid enroute. Overnight ON BOARD. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Hospet
Today you will see the Virupaksha Temple, Queen’s Bath, Elephant Stables, local crafts bazaar, Hazara Rama Temple, the Illuminated Vittala Temple and Royal Enclosure. Overnight ON BOARD. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Badami - Goa
Early morning arrival into Badami with a visit to the Badami Caves and Pattadakal. In the afternoon you will travel to Goa, enjoying the facilities. Overnight ON BOARD. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Goa
Today you will visit the famous churches of old Goa, an old Portuguese house, Sola Souto Maior and the Emporium. Lunch will be at Majorda Beach Resort, with the afternoon at leisure to enjoy an Ayurvedic massage, a visit to a casino or enjoy the pool or beach. You will then return to the train, departing for Bengaluru in the evening. Overnight ON BOARD. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Bengaluru
Today you will reach Yeswanthpur Railway Station where you will be farewelled by the entire crew. (B)
The Southern Splendour -(7 Nights - 8 Days)

Destinations : (Bangalore – Chennai - Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Kochi - Alappuzha - Bangalore)

Day 1 Bangalore
Today morning you need to assemble at Taj West End for registration. Take a walk in the well-manicured gardens of the Taj and enjoy your High – tea arranged in hotel. After that you will be given a presentation on Splendor of the South tour, explaining the itinerary and giving a brief of what you are going to experience in the journey, followed by a Special Cultural Performance. Later in the evening you can visit the famous Iskon Temple. Return back to hotel for transfer to the Yeshwanthpur railway station. Have a traditional welcome and then get settled in your cabins. Get excited as journey on The Golden Chariot begins.
Day 2 Chennai to Mahabalipuram
Early in the morning the train arrives at the Chennai central railway station. Enjoy your delicious breakfast onboard. Disembark the train and get ready for your transfer to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival visit the famous attraction of the city like Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas Temple, Ganesha Temple, Krishna's Butter Ball and caves. Your lunch is arranged at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel. After a delectable lunch, visit the famous Shore Shiva Temple. Now depart for Puducherry via road. As you arrive Puducherry, board The Golden Chariot for delectable dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Puddicherry
Enjoy a lip-smacking breakfast on-board. Deboard the train to visit the famous Auroville Ashram and later visit to Matra Mandir. A special lunch is arranged at the Sarovar Promenade Hotel. Next you visit the Ganesha temple and Aurobindo Ashram. Return to the train for a delicious dinner and overnight stay as the train moves to its next destination Thanjavur.
Day 4 Thanjavur/Trichy
Early in the morning you arrive at Tanjavur railway station. Have a healthy breakfast on-baord and get ready for day excursion tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Brihadeshwara Temple. Later you can visit the emporium for some shopping. Lunch is arranged at an Ideal River View Resort. After lunch depart for Trichy, by road. As you arrive Trichy, visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple. Return to you train for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Madurai
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast on-board. Today you will visit the renowned and beautiful Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. Next move toward the beautiful 1000- pillared temple and the magnificent city museum. Return to the train for a delicious lunch. Later in the evening visit the famous Gandhi Memorial Museum. A special Light and Sound show is arranged at the Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Back to the train for dinner and overnight stay as the train moves toward next destination.
Day 6 Kanyakumari/Kovalam
Early in the morning disembark the train to enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise view. Return to the train for a hearty breakfast. Today you will visit the majestic Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace. Return to the train again for a delectable lunch, get settled in your cabin and relax for some time, as the train marks its journey towards Kocchuveli. Here deboard the train and go to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam for Hi-Tea, special cultural performance and dinner. Overnight stay in the train.
Day 7 Kochi/Alappuzha
Have a scrumptious breakfast on-board. Disembark the train to visit the Alleppey Jetty and board a houseboat to cruise on the Punnamada Lake. A special lunch is arranged at Punnamada Lake Resort. Next head toward the majestic Fort Kochi. As you arrive Fort Kochi, get ready for a sightseeing tour of the Chinese fishing Nets and Shopping in Jews town and Mattancherry. In the evening depart for Ernakulum South railway Station to go aboard the Golden Chariot as the train moves towards its last destination Bangalore.
Day 8 Bangalore
Early morning take your last breakfast in Golden Chariot. Today the train arrives at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. Complete the checkout formalities and bid adieu to the luxury train with happy memories.

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with attached bathrooms
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service, complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • Guided off train tours as included in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Porter charges at stations
Exclusions
  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes, insurance, gratuities, telephone calls, laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees and arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys

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Payment
  • Payment of 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking is mandatory.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value can be paid 45 days prior to departure.
Cancellation
  • When booking is cancelled 60 days prior to departure - 5% of ticket value will be deducted
  • When booking is cancelled 30-59 days prior to departure - 20% of ticket value will be deducted
  • When booking is cancelled 15-29 days prior to departure - 50% of ticket value will be deducted
  • When booking is cancelled less than 14 days prior to departure - 100% of ticket value will be deducted