After a year of waiting in the yard, the Golden Chariot, one of the Indian Railway’s luxury trains, is back on the sightseeing track. The train will halt at impressive tourist sites in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa before returning to Yesvantpur Railway Station. Here is everything you must know about the Golden Chariot tour package
What Is The Golden Chariot Tour Package?
The Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train that made its maiden run in 2008. It took 6 years from 2002 when the Karnataka state tourism board and the Indian Railways signed an MOU to 2008 for the train to be designed and developed. In January 2020, the Karnataka Tourism Department handed over the train to the IRCTC after sustaining heavy losses.
The Golden Chariot offers tourists a unique way to experience the scenic and historical beauty of south India. It has 18 coaches with 44 cabins. The coaches are named after the dynasties that once ruled the south:
- Adil Shahi, Bahamani
Common facilities include 2 restaurants, a conference room, a lounge bar, a gym and spa. The individual cabins are elegantly furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including LCD televisions and internet connectivity. Each cabin has a private, attached bathroom. The train can carry 84 guests at a time.
Golden Chariot Tour Package From Bangalore – An Overview
There are currently 2 tours operational:
- Jewels of South
- Glimpses of Karnataka
Jewel Of South – 6 Nights And 7 Days Tour
The tour starts in Bengaluru and proceeds to Mysore, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Chettinad, Cochin and Kumarakom before returning to Bengaluru.
Some of the highlights of the tour are a trip to the Mysore Palace, Hampi, the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, the Brihadeshvara Temple, the Athnagudi tile factory, Mattancherry Palace and a cruise along the backwaters of Kumarakom.
Glimpses Of Karnataka – 3 Nights And 4 Days Tour
The Glimpses of Karnataka tour starts and finishes in Bengaluru. En route, the train halts at Bandipur, Mysore and Hampi. Planned day trips include the Bandipur National Park, Mysore Palace and Hampi.
For both tours, meals are served onboard and day trips are organized to tourist sites at every stop.
Golden Chariot Tour Packages – Tariffs
For both tours, package tariffs are inclusive of accommodation, all meals, soft beverages and Indian beers, wines and spirits and entrance fees for guided off-train excursions. Guests can also avail of butler services onboard.
Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary and taxes are not included in the ticket price. The table below illustrates the per-person costs for each package.
|Types Of Cabin||Jewels Of South||Glimpses Of Karnataka|
|Deluxe Cabin||INR 320,130||INR 182,930|
|Single Supplement||INR 240,100||INR 137,200|
Tours usually start on a Sunday. You can book a tour at the Golden Chariot website.
- Address: No. 82, 1st Floor, Shree Maruti Ramakrishna Arcade, 2nd Block (Above IDBI Bank) Dr. Raj Kumar Road, Rajajinagar, Bangalore – 560010.
- Phone +91-82-8793-1971
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.goldenchariot.org