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The Golden Chariot Train
The Golden Chariot Train
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1 - Bangalore (Monday)
Destinations Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Kabini - Hassan
- Hospet - Gadag - Goa - Bangalore
The Golden Chariot Train Tour starts on every Monday of the week from Bangalore
and ends in Bangalore on every Monday morning respectively.
land once ridden by formidable armies is now traversed by the world's
most unique railway - The Golden Chariot beckons you to discover
worlds that are enriched with history and culture. Recline and relax
as the magnificent scenery unfolds outside your window with luxury
on the inside, thus far reserved for royalty. We present the Golden
Chariot - a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and an omnipresent
tomorrow in a magical land... that is Karnataka.
Arrival at Blue Ginger Taj Westend
Lunch at Blue Ginger
Departure for sight seeing to Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh
St.Mark` s Cathedral with some spare time for shopping
Leave for Yeshwantpur Railway Station by coach
Welcome with garland and Tikka at The Golden Chariot
- 22:00 :
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 30o
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.
Day 2 - Mysore (Tuesday)
Breakfast on Board
Assemble at the Station
Departure for sight seeing to Srirangapatna and Daria Daulat Fort by coach
Lunch at Regaalis
Tea and Trip to Rangayana Kala Mandir for Cultural Show by coach
World of Royalty
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.
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
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
Day 3 - Kabini (Wednesday)
Departure for sight seeing to Kabini by coach
Tea / Coffee
Lunch at Kabini
Jungle safari in jeeps
Back to the resort
Departure to board the The Golden Chariot for dinner by coach
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
Located at the Krishna Raja
Sagar Dam, Brindavan Gardens is one of the best gardens in South
India. Spread over 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens has since the 1960s
provided the backdrop for many Indian films.
4 - Hassan (Thursday)
Leave for Hassan
Breakfast on board
Arrival at Hassan and drive to Halebid by coach
Arrival at Halebid for temple visit
Drive to Belur
Sightseeing of Belur
Drive to The Golden Chariot for lunch on board
Lunch on board
Departure for Shravanabelagola
Drive to The Golden Chariot
Train departs for Hospet (overnight journey)
Halebid : A World of Worship
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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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
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
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.
6 - Gadag (Aihole), Pattadakal, Badami (Saturday)
Train departs for Gadag
Breakfast on board
Drive to Aihole
Arrival at Aihole for sight seeing
Drive by coach to Pattadakal
Arrival at Pattadakal for sight seeing
Drive to Hotel Badami Court for lunch
Drive to Badami Caves
Drive to Hotel Badami Court for tea / coffee
Arrival at Hotel Badami Court
Depart to The Golden Chariot
Train departs for Goa
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.
, 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.
is acclaimed as the "Cradle of Hindu Temple
Architecture". Aihole has over a hundred temples scattered around
the village. The most impressive one is the Durga Temple with its
semi- circular apse, elevated plinth and the gallery encircling
The oldest temple here is the Lad Khan temple dating back to the
5th Century. The Hutchimalli Temple out in the village - has a sculpture
of Vishnu sitting atop a large cobra. The Revalphadi Cave - dedicated
to Shiva - is remarkable for its delicate details. There are hundreds
of temples strewn in the villages nearby.
7 - Goa (Sunday)
Arrival at Vasco Railway Station
Breakfast on board
Drive to Candolim beach by coach at The Taj Holiday Village
Arrival at the beach, sun bathe and relax on the beach
Lunch at Caravela – Taj Holiday Village
Sight seeing of Old Goa churches and Museum
Drive to Solas De Colacos
Visit an old Portuguese house and have tea / coffee break
Drive back by coach through Miramar beach and Panjim City
Reach the station to board The Golden Chariot and depart for
Goa: A World
of Golden Beaches
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.
8 - : Bangalore (Monday)
Breakfast on board
Arrival at Bangalore