If Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan On Wheels grace North India with luxurious train tour, southern zone is in the league too. Indian Railways together with Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation introduced Golden Chariot, a luxury train which wheels across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The train offers two well-crafted packages — Pride of the South and Splendor of the South Each last for seven nights, helping you unravel treasures of South India.
Pride of the South covers Bangalore, Kabini, Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi and Badami, while the Splendor of the South gives you a temple tour of Tamil Nadu, rolls through tranquil backwaters of Kerala with a few destinations in Karnataka.
Like Palace On Wheels, coaches of this train are named after southern princely states while eluded regal charm in erstwhile era — Kadamba, Hoyasala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.
Microcosm portrayal of southern heritage adorns interiors. The train draws its name From Hampi’s stone chariots. At par with any five star hotel, The Golden chariot is stuffed with modern amenities, classy cabins, everything required for a lavish stay.The plush cabins come with well-spread bed, television, writing table, chair and an attached bath.
Twin multi cuisine restaurants - Nala and Ruchi, serve delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines to guests. The restaurants are influenced from architectural marvels of Halebid and Hampi.
Every corner of the train reflects aristocratic aesthetics. Madira means divine intoxicating drink. The lounge bar aboard Golden Chariot, “Madira”, serves exotic wines and best brands of international liquor. The bar is designed keeping architecture of Mysore Palace in mind. Soulful music makes your evening more happening.
Golden Chariot keeps your well-being in mind. If you need to relax post day excursions, you can pamper yourself at ‘Nirvana’, onboard spa. Special Ayurvedic massages help you unwind and get rid of ailments, if any. A well-equipped gym for calorie conscious guests is available aboard too.
The train with double itineraries depart from Bangalore from October to March. It is season already. What are you waiting for? Exploring temples, heritage points, silent backwaters and picturesque golden beaches with regal charm can happen aboard Golden Chariot.