The Golden Chariot
Tour Highlights
  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • Hassan
  • Hospet
  • Badami
  • Goa
  • Bangalore
 
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The Golden Chariot is an exclusive luxury train that proves to be the most convenient as well as luxurious way to travel across the majestic land of India. It takes you to an imperial sojourn across the heritage sites and cultural destinations with nature's kaleidoscope at the backdrop. THE GOLDEN CHARIOT train is exclusively named after the eminent Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world legacy and most renowned site of Southern India.

The Golden chariot affirms to be one of the most luxurious and effortless means to endure the grandeur of South India. This luxury train traverses through ageless Historical Sites, impressive Palaces, superlative architectural marvels, exotic Wildlife, places exhibiting diverse cultures, varied landscapes natural wonders and pristine coastlines with myriads of other attractions as well. This imperial train represents distinctive colors of Karnataka with other prominent destinations of south India.

Interiors as well as exteriors including every nook and corner of the train reflect royalty. The train is exquisitely designed to showcase the imperial trait of south India. The bright golden and purple hues exhibit the royalty, elegance and sophistication of this majestic land. Even the logo is a sign of royalty representing a mythical animal, a lion with an elephant's head. Here again, the lion and the elephant have long associations with royalty. The interiors are exquisitely embellished with elaborate carvings on the roof top, the partition panels and furnishings stimulated by Mysore and Hoysala designs, and certain other magnificent art pieces and paintings which embodies a royal era within its enigmatic charm.

The Golden Chariot comprises amiable staff of people who bestow high quality services to its guests and let them have a royal experience throughout their visit. The precious travelers are pampered with royalty and treated as kings throughout the course of their journey. The cordial staff members bestows premium services.

This luxury train exclusively comprises 19 brilliantly embroidered coaches as well as 11 passenger coaches which can aboard around 88 travelers and endow all the modern amenities. All the compartments are outfitted with en suites, wireless internet, 42 inch LCD television, DVD with six different internet channels, one cupboard to store your clothes, a table for writing, and certain other facilities as well. There are two restaurants servicing exceptional vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian cuisine with special delicacies too and even serve complementary beverages. The train even comprises Lounge Bar for travelers who love to drink and enjoy. There is an Ayurveda centre, Spa and gym coach which let you have a rejuvenating experience. It even accommodates a conference compartment which boards 30 business entrepreneurs who have the vision to create a better future.

About the Train
The latest jewel in the crown of the Indian luxury trains fleet, Maharajas Express is touted to be the India’s answer to the legendary Orient Express train with 4 fascinating pan-Indian journeys named Royal India, Princely India, Classical India ad Royal Sojourn. One of the most expensive and luxurious luxury train rides in the world, the salons of the Maharaja Express train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas of India.

Cabins
Maharajas Express comprises of 14 guest carriages which can accommodate 88 guests on board. There are 20 Deluxe Cabins, 18 Junior Suites, 4 Suites and a plush Presidential Suite offering elegant living comparable to 5 star living.

Some of the amenities that set Maharaja Express apart are the Wi-Fi internet, LCD TVs and direct dial phones in each cabin. Besides, spacious en-suite bathrooms with showers, private butler and 27*7 room service ensure that your journey never fall short of the high standards set by Maharajas Express. The coaches are set with features such as:

» Centrally air conditioning
» Interiors fusing the classical Indian royalty and modern sophistication
» LCD television with satellite connection
» Writing Desk
» Private Bath
» Padded beds
» Direct dial phones
» Electronic safe


Dining
Seating 42 two passengers at once, two dining cars on board Maharajas Express serve an array of delectable cuisines to the guests. Impeccable interiors and gracious hospitality ensures that you get to dine like a royalty on board Maharajas Express. Besides the Table-d’hôte meals included in the fair guests can also avail of a la carte menu and en-suite private dining.

For the wine connoisseurs and revelers, there an urbane Safari Bar to take care of you in a suave yet laid back ambience with meticulous concoctions of domestic and international brands of wine and liquors.

Mayur Mahal - This in house restaurant is best visited by guests for its classic ambience and range of gourmet cuisines. With seating capacity of 42, the elegance of this restaurant is aptly matched by the service and presentation of an array of world cuisines prepared by expert chefs.

Rang Mahal - This suave restaurant with its serene interiors and glittering furnishing also houses 42 guests at a time and serves an eclectic melange of wotld cuisines.

Safari Bar - The lounge bar housed within Maharajas Express that guests can visit in order to unwind in a perfectly nonchalant yet suave ambiance after a tiring day of sightseeing and travel. The well stocked bar and an array of tantalizing starters and snacks will surely help lift your spirits. The interiors of the bar are based on the motif of adventure as the name suggests.


Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Places Covered: Bangalore - Kabini/Bandipur - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Goa - Bangalore


Day 1 - Bangalore (Monday)
  3.00 pm to 4.00 pm: Check-in at Taj West End
  4.00 pm to 5.00 pm: High Tea at Banquet Hall
  5.00 pm to 5.30 pm: Presentation on The Golden Chariot tour, Dos and Donts, safety and security, etc.
  5.30 pm to 6.30 pm: Visit to Chitrakala Parishad / Art Gallery
  6.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Cultural Show
  8.00 pm: Arrive at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Platform No. 6 to a traditional Indian welcome. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
  9.00 pm: Depart to Mysore

Alternate Itinerary*

  11 am onwards: Check in at Our Native Village
  12 Noon to 2 pm: Lunch
  3.00 pm to 3.30 pm: What is it that makes us a 100% eco resort - Resort tour
  3.30 PM to 4.00 pm: The Revivalist movement - Art and culture tour
  4.00 pm to 4.30 pm: Living an organic life – Herbal & Medicinal plant tour, Organic farm tour
  4.30 pm to 5.30 pm: Pottery session & Explore the simplicity of village games – playing Indian village games & Bullock cart rides
  6.00 pm to 6.30 pm: Rest and depart to Yeshwantpur Railway Station
*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Leela Palace check-in and Bangalore sight seeing.


Bangalore: A World of Opportunity
The capital of Karnataka is known as the Garden City because of its salubrious climate and greenery. Perched 3,250 feet above sea level, temperatures seldom exceed 30oC (88oF). Founded by Kempegowda, a powerful chieftain, the city is unique with its rich cultural heritage that coexists with its modern day technological and industrial achievements.

Today Bangalore is popularly known as India's Silicon Valley.

Bandipur:
Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience - you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Niligiri mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore Maharaja's private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.

Day 2 - Mysore/ Kabini/ Bandipur (Tuesday)
  10:00 am: Depart for Kabini / Bandipur after breakfast
  01:00 pm: Reach Jungle Lodge
    Lunch at the Jungle Lodge
  Post Lunch: Jungle / Boat Safari
    Return in the evening for wildlife film
    Dinner and stay overnight at Jungle Lodge
Alternate Itinerary*
- Raganatittu Bird Sanctary,
- Mysore Zoo,
- Lunch on board,
- Brindavan Gardens
*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Kabini / Bandipur tour
A minimum of 5 passengers required for Alternate Itinerary


Kabini: A World of Wildlife

Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas, is definitely the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in South India. The excitement starts with a safari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Some of the popular sightings are elephant, gaur, sambar, chital, wild boar and the more exclusive predators like tiger and leopard. A bird watcher's paradise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to these jungles.

Day 3 - Mysore (Wednesday)
  08:30 am: Breakfast and Depart for Mysore
  11:30 am: Back onboard The Golden Chariot
  01:00 pm: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
  03:00 pm: Mysore sightseeing: Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam
  07:00 pm: Reach the Lalitha Mahal Palace for cultural show followed by dinner
  10:00 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot

Mysore: A World of Royalty
Mysore has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore is a city known for its resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. A visit to the city conjures up visions of the glory, still evident of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital still retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature and its time-honoured crafts.

A 141 kms from Bangalore, the city enchants you with its quaint charm, verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and its sacred temples.

Mysore, once the state capital, today is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Many culinary delights await those inclined to sample the regional cuisine.

Mysore Palace: Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The magnificent jewel -studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasara festival.

Srirangapatna: The island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned.

Day 4 - Hassan (Thursday)
  06:00 am: Depart from Mysore to Hassan
  08:15 am: Arrive at Hassan
  09:00 am: Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola
(Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to
experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to experience can stay back onboard The Golden Chariot. Palanquins are available for those who cannot take the climb by themselves. This is available to the passengers at no extra cost)
  01:00 pm: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
  03:00 pm: Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing
  07:15 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot
  07:45 pm: Depart to Hospet
    Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot

Belur & Halebid : A World of Worship
Belur in Hassan district 220 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan) is famous for its magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex. The Chennakesava Temple here is the major attraction, built by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the Cholas. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures with no portion left blank. It is the only Hoysala Temple still in active worship.

Halebid in Hassan district is 27 kms away from Hassan and was the capital of the Hoysalas. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. The Hoysaleswara Temple, perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala Kings.

Shravanabelagola, 52km from Hassan, is an important Jain pilgrim centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue Lord Gomateswara here towers 58 ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony.

Day 5 - Hospet (Friday)
  06:00 am: Arrival at Hospet
  08:30 am: After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple. Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables, Local crafts bazaar
  01:00 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot for Lunch
  03:00 pm: Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple. Illuminated Vittala Temple.
  08:00 pm: Back onboard The Golden Chariot
    Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot

Hampi: A World Heritage Site
If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been classified as a World Heritage Center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India.

Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagara empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over at least three states -Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.

Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.

Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth.

The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of man's infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre.

A visit to Anegundi village by traversing the gushing Tunga Badra river on a coracle is an experience that provides the guests with a glimpse into the traditional country life in Karnataka.

Day 6 - Badami (Saturday)
  05:00 am: Depart from Hospet to Badami
  08:30 am: Arrival at Badami
  09:00 am: Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal
  01:30 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot for Lunch
  02:00 pm: Depart for Goa
Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard The Golden Chariot: Spa, Gym Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot Reach Goa post midnight


Badami: A World Heritage Site

Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. The exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18 armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.

Pattadakal, with its beautifully chiseled temples is a World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Malaprabha River. It bears testimony to the richness of the Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyan Kings and was once used as a ceremonial center where kings were crowned.

Day 7 - Goa (Sunday)
  09:30 am: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  10:00 am: Depart for sightseeing
  11:00 am: Visit the famous churches of old Goa
  12:15 pm: Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for tea/coffee and cookies; shopping at the emporium
  02:00 pm: Reach Majorda Beach Resort for lunch
  03:00 pm: An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)
  06:00 pm: Depart from the resort
  07:15 pm: Return to The Golden Chariot.
    Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
  09:00 pm: Depart for Bangalore

Goa: A World of Golden Beaches
Also known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.

The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.

But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.

Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

Day 8 - Bangalore (Monday)
  08:00 to 09:30 am: Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot
  11:00 am: Reach Yeswanthpur railway station, farewell by the entire crew.


 

April 2011 - March 2012

Occupancy Type

Per person / night
(IN $)

Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)

Single 685 4795
Double 495 3465
Triple 400 2800

 

 

October 2012 - March 2013

Occupancy Type

Per person / night
(IN $)

Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)

Single 754 5278
Double 545 3815
Triple 440 3080


10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
(Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years)
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.

Service Tax @ 2.58% shall be levied on the prevalent tariff of The Golden Chariot as per Govt. of India norms.

Above Tariff is Subject to change without notice.


Includes:
Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board The Golden Chariot/ travel/all meals / Conducted Sight-seeing Tours/ Entrance fees at Monuments / Parks / Palaces and Cultural Programmes.

Does not include:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, SPA Car, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

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