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The Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot

Are you willing to go for a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka? Plan your tour with the luxurious and magnificent train 'Golden Chariot'. This luxury train is the best for you if you want to experience the royalty. This masterpiece will take you to a remarkable voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone Architecture and reflects the historical significance of Karnataka. The train includes 19 coaches in all, which are exquisitely coloured purple and gold. The logo of this train is a mythological animal having the head of an elephant and the body of a lion.

Embark on a journey of 7 nights & 8 days with the train which will enable you to explore sites like Mysore Palace, Srirangapatna, Nagarhole National Park (Kabini), Shravanabelagola, Belur (11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture), Hampi, Halebidu, Pattadakal, Badami, Aihole and the Golden Beaches of Goa.

History

The Golden Chariot came into existence when The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and the Railways Ministry signed an MOU for it. The train flagged off from Yeshwanthpur station in Bangalore on March 10, 2008. This luxury train was named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site.

Day 1 (Monday)

Bangalore - Chennai

Meeting point at the Taj West End in Bangalore at 15.00 hrs

After High Tea depart for sightseeing at 16.00 hrs. Towards the evening check In at the Bangalore Railway Station on your hotel train "The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South“ you comfortable home for the next week.

Departure for Chennai at: 22.00 hrs

Day 2 (Tuesday)

Mamallapuram & Chennai

Arrival at Chennai: 06.00 hrs

Excursion to Mamallapuram, an ancient coastal port, south of Chennai, world famous for its shore temple, Mamallapuram was the second capital and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram, the first Tamil dynasty after the fall of the Gupta Empire.

The whole of Mamallapuram is a fabulous open-air museum of sculptures in living rock, Monolithic shrines scooped out caverns magnificently sculpted within and the world’s biggest Bas relief in rock, are truly wondrous examples of the sculptor’s art. The famous temples of the Rathas, the Penance of Bhagirath, the Shore Temple and the eight Mandapams. (Shallow, rock cut halls) are also located at the beach.

Lunch at Mamallapuram. After lunch we proceed to visit the city of Chennai.

Chennai - India’s fourth largest city, Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijaynagar rulers of Hampi. The East India Company was an English trading establishment and thus was the forerunner to the British Empire, which, came into political prominence towards the end of the 17th Century. Chennai is a conglomerate of over grown villages, and being a major port, today it is also known as the gateway to the South.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. The tour begins from the ‘St. Mary’s Church’, built in 1678 – 80, was the first English Church in Chennai. The Saint Thomas Cathedral, built in 1504, and then re-built in neo - gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle. Also visit the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple, constructed in pure Dravidian style. The Sri Parathasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, built in 8th century during the reign of the Pallavas. Other attractions include the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes, the bronze gallery, and archeological section. Drive past the High Court Building, Fort St. George and the famous film studios. Towards the evening return to the train and dinner onboard.

Departure for Pondicherry after the dinner.

Day 3 (Wednesday)

Pondicherry

Arrival at Pondicherry: 08:00 hrs

Pondicherry: In the Northern Tamil Nadu region, quite a contrast to the temple heritage, is located Pondicherry. Formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50’s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. French is still widely spoken, and seaside villas and cobbled streets are more reminiscent of the South of France than the South of India!

Sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, visiting Auroville. Conceived as a tribute to Sri Aurobindo, Auroville is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. The Aurobindo Ashram is known to the world over as the "Centre of Integral Yoga". Sri Aurobindo, India’s philosopher around 1920 founded it.

After diner the train continuous to Tiruchirapalli at around: 22:00 p.m.

Day 4 (Thursday)

Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur

Arrival in Tiruchirapalli early in the morning

Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) - Situated on the banks of the River Kaveri, just 320 kms from Chennai, Trichy was a Chola Citadel during the Sangam Age when the Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic Rock Fort, which played a vital role in the Carnatic wars in the 18th century. The most famous landmark is ‘The Rock Fort Temple’, a spectacular monument perched on a rock outcrop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the first level are the remnants of a huge hall blasted into ruins in 1772. The next storey is the Mathrubhuteshwar Shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Finally at the top of the hill, is the Ucchi Pillayar Koil – A Lord Ganesh Temple, offering a commanding view of the city.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Tanjore where you will visit temples built during the 10th and 14th centuries. These later became a part of the Vijaynagar Kingdom, which subsequently passed into the hands of the Marathas and went to the British.

The most famous landmark is the Brihadeshwara temple, which is now a world heritage site.

Day 5 (Friday)

Madurai

Arrival in Madurai: 08:00 hrs

Madurai – is an animated city packed with pilgrims, vendors, business people, bullock carts and legions of under employed rickshaw pullers. It is one of the Southern India’s oldest cities and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries.

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai – The primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its Hall of a thousand Pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. The tour also includes a visit to the – Thirumalai Nayak Palace & Thiruparangundram temple.

Day 6 (Saturday)

Kanyakumari / Thiruvananthapuram

The tour begins in the morning with Sunrise at Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari is southern most district of Tamilnadu state. It is bound by Tirunelveli district on the North and the East. The South Eastern boundary of this district is formed by the Gulf of Mannar. The district of Kanyakumari was a part of the erstwhile Travancore state. The South and Southwest boundaries are formed by Indian Ocean and The Arabian Sea. The Western and and Northwestern boundaries are formed by Kerala.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon depart to Thiruvananthapuram. Visit Palace of Thiruvananthpuram and stroll through Kovalam Beach. In the evening there will be a Gala Dinner and Cultural Show at The Leela Kovalam.

Overnight in train while it departs for Alleppey.

Day 7 (Sunday)

Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey

Arrival in Allepey: 09:00 hrs

From Alappuzha enjoy the bewitching Vembanad lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala, cruising along in a traditional boat. We will take you to Kumarakom, one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala. The green shores throbbing with vigour and pure beauty will never tire you. The soft sunlight lends the calm water a new enchantment as the palms on both shores welcome you with a gentle whisper in the wind. Your mind will assure you that this scene will remain within you, to relieve you during all your busiest hours.

On reaching Kumarakom, you enter another world of wonders. This small backwater village, which is a cluster of islands, has a life of its own, with a slow, serene rhythm. The sights, sounds and fragrances will simply captivate you.

Lunch at kumarakom and afterwards drive to Kochi.

The tour of Kochi begins from “The Dutch Palace also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portugues in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da-Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. Other attractions include the traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher folk in their colorful costumes. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets, which, are still in use.

In the evening Kathakali dance and dinner

Departure at 22:00 hrs for Bangalore

Day 8 (Monday)

Bangalore

Arrival at Bangalore in the Morning.

After breakfast departure to your next destination.

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled Time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Day 1 Monday

BANGALORE

03.00 pm to 4.00 pm: Check-in at Taj West End

04.00 pm to 5.00 pm: High Tea at Banquet Hall

05.00 pm to 5.30 pm: Presentation on The Golden Chariot tour, Dos and Donts, safety and security, etc.

05.30 pm to 6.30 pm: Visit to Chitrakala Parishad / Art Gallery

06.30 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 pm: Depart to Mysore

Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot

9.00 pm: Depart to Mysore

Alternate Itinerary*

BANGALORE

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 Tuesday

MYSORE & KABINI / BANDIPUR

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 Wednesday

MYSORE

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 Thursday

HASSAN

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 Friday

HOSPET

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 Saturday

BADAMI

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 Sunday

GOA

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 Monday

BANGALORE

08:00 to 09:30 am: Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot

11:00 am: Reach Yeswanthpur railway station, farewell by the entire crew.

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled Time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

The Golden Chariot: Pride of The South

2016 - 2017 (For Indian nationals only)
Occupancy Type Per person / night
(INR)
Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 24000 168000
Double 20000 140000
Triple 14000 98000

2016 - 2017 (For International travellers)
Occupancy Type Per person / night
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)
Single 760 5320
Double 560 3920
Triple 475 3325

The Golden Chariot: Splendor of The South

2016 - 2017 (For Indian nationals only)
Occupancy Type Per person / night
(INR)
Total for 7 nights per person (INR)
Single 29000 203000
Double 23000 161000
Triple 18000 126000

2016 - 2017 (For International travellers)
Occupancy Type Per person / night
(IN $)
Total for 7 nights per person
(IN $)
Single 840 5880
Double 630 4410
Triple 550 3850

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 @ 3.09% 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.

The Tariff 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.

The Tariff does not includes:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, SPA Car, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Reservation Policy:
    In case of FITs:
  • 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.
    In case of Group:
  • 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy
    In case of FITs:
  • 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
  • 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
  • 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
    In case of Group:
  • 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
  • 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
  • 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
  • 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:
No Show - In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
En route termination of tour - In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
Amendment - Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits on a case to case basis.


Pride of The South

2016 2017
Oct 3, 17, 24, 31 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Jan 2, 23, 30 (Charters/Group Bookings Only)
Oct 10 Jan 16
Nov 14, 21 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Feb 13
Nov 7 Mar 13
Dec 5 Mar 6, 20, 27(Charters/Group Bookings Only)
Dec 12, 19 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Apr 4, 11, 18, 25 (Charters/Group Bookings Only)

Splendor of The South

2016 2017
Oct 3, 17, 24, 31 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Jan 2, 23, 30 (Charters/Group Bookings Only)
Nov 14, 21 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Jan 9
Nov 28 Feb 6, 27
Dec 12, 19 (Charters/Group Bookings Only) Feb 20
Dec 26 Mar 6, 20, 27(Charters/Group Bookings Only)
  Apr 4, 11, 18, 25 (Charters/Group Bookings Only)

Facilities

Accommodation

The Golden Chariot offers excellent accommodation units, which are known for the intricate carvings, finest interiors, ancient paintings, royal feel and luxury. The Cabin Coaches of the train come up with a range of rooms, which are categorized into 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for physically challenged.

These rooms are named after all the dynasties that ruled Karnataka like Kadamba, Rastrakota, Ganga, Hoysala, Chalukya, Adhilshahi, Bhahamani, Sangama, Yudukula, Shathavashna and Vijayanagar. These fully air-conditioned cabins are also equipped with writing desk, LCD television, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, DVD with 6 satellite channels and private bathroom with all the modern amenities and accessories.

Restaurants

The train has two restaurants - Nala and Ruchi to serve you the authentic varieties of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights. The interior of these restaurants is inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid. There are 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with the sofas and chairs for your comfort. Nala was named after a king, the legendary chef from the times of the Mahabharata. On the other hand, Ruchi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'fine tastes'.

Lounge Bar

A well-stocked bar named 'Madira' is available on the train to cater to your needs. It is a relaxing and elegant seating place. The bar boasts of royal interiors that are modeled after the Mysore Palace.

Conference Coach

It is an ideal place where your can conduct conferences as well as business meetings. With an accommodation capacity of about 30 people, the conference coach is equipped with 42 inch LCD television as well as high-speed Internet surfing.

Gym Coach

The train has a separate health center that serves all the modern facilities for Ayurveda, Spa and Gym. Following all the ancient traditions, it also has 2 massage rooms for a unique rejuvenation experience. The gymnasium is also facilitated with all the modern equipment for exercise.

Hospitality

All the amenities at the Golden Chariot are provided by 'The Mapple Group' which is a leading Hotel & Resort Chain in India. Mapple Group gained prominence with its first hotel Mapple Inn at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, in November 2006. After that, many other units established under the same banner – like Mapple Whitefield (Bangalore, January 2007), Mapple Abhay (Jodhpur, April 2007) and Mapple Viva (Goa, April 2007). The group is now also focusing on other prominent cities like Pune, Mysore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Katra, Jammu, Badi, Kochi, Pondicherry and Coimbatore.

The Golden Chariort passes through various states of South India and thus, providing its passengers the opportunity to see the lifestyle and culture of the culturally rich states like Tamilnadu and Kerela.




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