This South India Version of Palace On Wheels was launched in March 2008 & has been rated by The Vanity Fair, U.K. amongst the top seven train journeys in the world.
Built & operated on the same concept of it’s more famous North India counterpart, The Golden Chariot Train is a joint collaboration between Indian Railways & State Govt. Of Karnataka; & the onboard hospitality is managed by Maple Group of Hotels.
Self Report by 4.00 pm (1600 hrs) at Hotel Taj West End, Bangalore for check-in formalities of Golden Chariot Tour, followed by Hi-Tea & brief tour presentation.
After Hi-Tea board AC bus to visit ISKCON Krishna Temple & later be escorted to Yashwantpura Railway Station (Bangalore) to board
The Golden Chariot Train by 8 p.m.; after a traditional welcome. The train departs from Bangalore by 9 p.m. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, board AC Busby 10 a.m. to visit famous Mysore Palace- the seat of Wodeyar Dynasty for over 500 years Visit huge Durbar Halls, Art Gallery & armory museum.L ater drive 2.5 hrs to Kabini Forest Reserve for overnight stay Check into Jungle Lodge on arrival, followed by lunch & brief rest. Late afternoon jeep excursion to Nagarhole Jungles, former hunting retreat of Mysore Royalty Forests of Kabini /Bandipur/Nagarhole is spread over 600 square kilometers & was declared protected reserve in 1973 under Project Tiger; and now called Rajiv Gandhi National park Mostly covered by teak, rosewood & dry deciduous forest; it is home to elephants, tigers, leopard, herds of deer, wild boars etc, besides numerous birds and reptiles
Return to the Jungle Lodge to share the excitement of sighting of various wild animals over the screening of wildlife film, followed by dinner Night Stay in jungle lodge at Kabini
Early morning boat ride in Kabini River, to view some of the 80 species of aquatic birds
After breakfast, board AC Busby 930 a.m. & drive back to Mysore Railway Station to board Golden Chariot Train for brief rest & lunch
Afternoon excursion to 18th century built Srirangapatnam Fort, famous for battles between British Colonial forces & legendary Mysore Warrior King Tipu Sultan.
Time free for shopping & later enjoy cultural program followed by dinner at Lalita Mahal Palace Hotel Return to the train by 10 p.m. which is stabled overnight at Mysore Station
Early morning 6 a.m. the train departs from Mysore Station to reach Hassan Railway Station by 8.15 a.m. After breakfast, board AC buses for drive to Shravanabelagola & climb 700 steps up a steep hill, to view the 57 feet high monolithic statue of Jain Monk, Lord Gomateswara, built in 10th century (OPTION to stay back in the train, if not interested for the steep hill climb) Return to the train at Hassan Railway station by 1 p.m. for lunch & brief rest
Afternoon excursion to architectural marvels of Belur & Halebid temple complex, with intricately carved statues, built under the royal patronage of Hosalya Dynasty in the 12th century. Return to the train by 715 p.m. & depart. Dinner on board
The train arrives at Hospet railway station by 8 a.m. In the 14th century; Hampi was the capital city of mighty & rich Vijayanagara Empire, which ruled most of South India Peninsula & even had controlling interest in south-east Asia The ruins of once impressive Palace Complex spread over 26 square km. boulder-strewn landscape, still bear strong testament of same Morning visit Virupaksha temple, Queens Palace, Elephant stables, Royal Enclosure and Hazara Rama temple Return to train by 1 p.m. for lunch & brief rest Late afternoon 430 p.m. proceed for excursion to Vittala temple Complex with musical pillars & an iconic architectural masterpiece of Stone Chariot, after which your train is named. Return to train for Dinner by 8 p.m. 7 train stabled at Hospet station for the night
A train departs from Hospet at 5 a.m. to reach Badami railway station by 7.30 a.m. Morning visit cave sculptures at Badami carved out of sandstone hills in the 6th century; most imposing being 18 armed Natraja striking 81 cosmic dance poses. Later, proceed for an excursion to 8th century built Pattadakal Temple complex, offering unique confluence of Dravidian and Indo-Aryan styles of temple architecture. Return to train by 1.30 p.m. & depart. A day at leisure. Lunch & Dinner on board.
The train reaches Vasco de Gama railway station early morning. Board AC Buses by 10 a.m. to visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Goa, famous for 16th century built Portuguese churches Later visit Medieval Portuguese building & time free for shopping. Proceed for lunch at popular beach resort hotel Time at leisure to enjoy sea sports (at extra costs) or relax by swimming pool/beach Return to train by 530 p.m. & depart. Dinner on board
The train arrives back at Yashwantpura Railway station, Bangalore by 1130 a.m.
Check-out on arrival.
NOTE: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
onboard stay in Sleeping Chambers with private washrooms (except Day 2 in Kabini forest Lodge) ; Daily Three Meals; Excursion & sightseeing arrangements with English Speaking Guides; Bottled drinking water monument entrance fees; Jungle Safari in Kabini; Cultural program in Mysore.
Video camera fees at monuments & wildlife reserves ;Laundry; Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic Beverages; Tour Insurance ;Usage of Business Centre & Spa facility; Gratuity, Tips & Porter fee ; & all other expenses of personal nature.