Duration: 09 Nights/ 10 Days
Destination : Bangalore, Mahabalipurm, Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Maduri, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppey, Kochi, Bangalore
Region: South India
Validity: Till March, 2012
Welcome aboard a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture. THE GOLDEN CHARIOT train named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site, in Southern India will travel through timeless Historical Heritage Sites, Resplendent Palaces, Wildlife and Golden Beaches. It’s 7 Nights / 8 Days colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore and traverses through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur-the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a world heritage site, Halebidu, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore.
From The Palace to your Chamber
Your chambers are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.
Each Coach of the “The Golden Chariot” has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.
• Fully air-conditioned cabins.
• 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for the physically challenged.
• Every cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD television, DVD with 6
satellite channels, wardrobe, vanity/writing desk and private bathroom with luxurious
amenities and accessories.
Nala and Ruchi - Two Restaurants
A Culinary tour of fine taste.
Nala named after a king and legendary chef from the times of the Mahabharata. Ruchi, a name that means fine taste in Sanskrit. The two restaurants serve a spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights.
• Interiors inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid.
• 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with comfortable sofas and chairs.
Madira - The Lounge Bar
Spirit for your soul.
Timeless like the spirits we serve, Madira, the mythical drink of the gods in the lounge bar aboard The Golden Chariot. Pour yourself fine spirits as you unravel your soul, as you watch performances of local artisans. Celebrate the journey into timelessness as tilting music uplifts you.
• Relaxing and elegant seating at bar.
• Plush and royal interiors modeled after the Mysore Palace.
Where modern day royalty does business.
The Golden Chariot Conference Coach can seat up to 30 business leaders and gives you lessons in history and leaves with a vision for the future.
• Seating capacity of 25-30 guests.
• 42 inch LCD television.
• High-speed internet surfing area.
At the Ayurveda centre, Spa and gym on The Golden Chariot, discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.
• Two massage rooms for an out of this world rejuvenation experience.
• For those who prefer a local flavour - Ayurveda massages are provided.
• Fully equipped gymnasium.
Day 01 : : Arrive Bangalore
Arrival Bangalore, as per your flight schedule pickup from Bangalore airport and transfer to hotel, day at your rest, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : : Bangalore
Morning after breakfast, half day city tour, later proceed for for check-in formalities followed by high tea & brief presentation.Proceed for vist to art gallery,followed by cultural program.Reach Yeshwantpur Railway Station, by 8 pm & be escorted to respective Cabins.Dinner on board & train departs by 9 pm for Chennai.
Day 03 : : Chennai & Mamallapuram
Morning from 9 am to 12 Noon discover the old charms in modern cosmopolitan city of Chennai,driving through beach road & visiting St Thomas Church & Cholamanda Art Village.
Later drive to Mahabalipuram for lunch at beach resort, followed by visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sea Shore temples, built more than 1200 years ago.Return to Chennai Railway station by 630 pm & depart
Day 04 : : Auroville & Pondicherry
Morning excursion to Auroville-a modern commune, dedicated to unfification of all religions. Return to train for lunch
Afternoon stroll through beach town of Pondicherry-this former French colony, exudes a Mediterranean aura with French style architecture and boutiques. Proceed for dinner to eco-resort & later return to train & depart.
Day 05 : : Tanjavur
World-famous for Brahadishwara temple, a historical monument dating back to 11th century which now is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region also offers unique Tanjavur style paintings and Tanjavur dolls.
Day 06 : : Madurai
The temple city of, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage that goes back to over 2, 500 years. The city is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi temple which stands today as one of the country’s greatest architectural landmarks. Close to the temple is situated yet another architectural wonder, the Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, a classic blend of Dravidian, Islamic and European architecture.
After breakfast,visit famed Meenakshi Temple & stroll through the local market.Return to train for lunch.
Late afternoon visit Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium for optional shopping.proceed to Tirumalai nayak Mahal for sound & light show,followed by dinner & traditional folk performance at The Heritance.Return to train & depart
Day 07 : : Kanyakumari, Trivandrum & Kovalam
Kanyakumari, sun rise point -at the tip of peninsular India, offers a panorama of the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The Kanakakunnu Palace, located in Trivandarum city was built in late 19th century by travoncore royalty.The interiors are decorated with large crystal chandeliers and exquisite pieces of royal furniture. Kovalam, Beach located on Arabian Sea offers a natural cove with shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres & are ideal for swimming.
Early morning 0545 am to 8 am proceed to Kanyakumari sunrise point & brief city tour.Return to train for breakfast & depart.Lunch also on-board late afternoon visit Trivandarum Palace & evning excursion to Kovallam beach,followed by Gala Dinner & cultural program in Luxury Beach resort
Day 08 : : Kerala Backwaters & Kochi
Morning visit Alleppey is also known as the “Venice of the east”. & more famous as Kerala Backwaters Enjoy boat cruise through its canals, which takes you past scenic islands ensconced with coconut and palm trees. Afternoon visit “Queen of the Arabian sea”, Kochi is a vibrant cosmopolitan city famous for its Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch palace.
Day 09 : : Bangalore
Arrival Bangalore, pick up and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay. Rest of the day at leisure perhaps by the pool of your hotel or for any independent exploration.
Day 10 : : Delhi Departure
Morning at your leisure, later as per your flight schedule transfer to Bangalore airport
to take your flight for your onward journey.
* Note: The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels train departs on every Sunday from Delhi.
All pricing is based on twin/double -sharing for two-guest traveling together
The given cost is based on per person per day on twin sharing basis, only for the Luxury train tour, the additional day before and after the tour as mention in the Itinerary will be on request as per your travel dates.
Additional Service Tax of 2.58 % for all the train tours.
Plus Commercial tax of USD 15 per person for POW & Royal Rajasthan on wheels.
Package Cost Includes:
1) Accommodation in a Luxurious Cabin with attached toilets on Single/Twin sharing basis.
2) All 3 meals including Tea, Coffee, & Mineral water bottles, during your stay on Train..
3) City sightseeing in a Deluxe Coach.
4) All entrance fee to the Palaces and Museums during your tour.
Package Cost Does Not Include:
1) Items of personal Nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry, Liquor..
2) All other items and services not mentioned above.