What is Golden Chariot Train
The Indian Golden Chariot Luxury Tourist Train is a special tourist train which has train tours from Bangalore to Goa and back. The tour starts from Bangalore or Goa and is a great way to see the important tourist spots of Karnataka and Goa.
The coaches of Golden Chariot Train are coloured purple and gold, and have the logo of a mythological animal with the head of an elephant and a body of a lion. The Golden Chariot operates weekly. The train has on board luxury accommodation, two dining car restaurants, a lounge bar, conference area, gym and spa facilities. The whole train is Wi-Fi connected and has satellite TV.
To have an idea of what a ride on the Golden Chariot Luxury Tourist Train feels like, see this video titled "Golden Chariot" by National Geopraphic Channel
Golden Chariot train official website
We are providing direct link to the official website of the Government Tourism Department of Karnataka State Government, which operates the Golden Chariot train. Clicking on this link of the Golden Chariot train's official website will take you directly to their site where all details of fares are available and can book online at the official website of The Golden Chariot train .
Golden Chariot Train tour route
The Golden Chariot Train has two tours, one called ‘The Pride of South' and the other is called 'The Splendour of the South'.
The Golden Chariot tour ‘The Pride of South'
The Golden Chariot Train tour called ‘The Pride of South' includes the tourist destinations of Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet (for Hampi - Vijayanagara), Badam and Goa. This weekly tour has trains starting from both Bangalore and Goa. The tourist attractions seen during the trip include the Nagarhole National Park, Mysore Palace, Srirangapatna forts, Hampi / Vijayanagr ruins, Hoysaleswara Temple, Gomateshwara and the Badami Cave Temples.
Golden Chariot tour 'The Splendour of the South'
The Golden Chariot tour called 'The Splendour of the South' includes Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Poovar, Alleppey Backwater houseboat Cruise, Kumarakom Lake Resort and Cochin
Tour destinations of the Golden Chariot tourist train
Bangalore is the IT capital of the world and also known as the garden city. Bangalore has been officially renamed to Bengaloru or Bengalooru, its original name in the Kannada language. The major tourist spots in Bangalore are
The Fort & Palace: Chamaraja Woodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore, built this palace in 1887.
Lal Bagh: A lavish garden inside Bangalore City is one of the most famous botanical gardens in India. There is a Glass House modelled after London’s Crystal Palace.
Cubbon Park: A vast park in the middle of Bangalore City.
Vidhana Soudha Bangalore: The parliament building of Karnataka State of which Bangalore is the capital.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: With a seating capacity of 225, it conducts various shows on astronomy.
Banerghatta National Park: About 22 kilometres from the city and has an aquarium, a zoo with Crocodile and Snake Parks
Venkatappa Art Gallery with a rich collection of over 600 paintings that are on display all through the year.
What to see in Mysore
Mysore, the old capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore. The Mysore Maharaja has his palace here. Mysore is the second largest city of Karnataka State. Tippu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore during his hey days and his palaces and fortress in Srirngapatanm is a great tourist attraction.
The major attractions of Mysore are
Brindavan Gardens Mysore: Spread over 150 acres Brindavan Gardens in Mysore is vast garden with perfectly kept lawns and with lots of Dancing Fountains lit up during nights in multi-colour illumination
Chamundi Hills Mysore: Chamundi Hills Mysore is a 335 meters high hill near Mysore. The high lights there are two giant statues, one of a Bull and the other of the demon Mahishasura.
Daria Daulat Bagh Mysore: Tippu's Summer Palace, built in 1784, is located here. Made of teak, it is unique in its workmanship.
St. Philomena's Church Mysore: One of the largest Churches of India and has very beautiful double steeples.
The Mysore Palace: Mysore Palace is one of the important sights in Mysore. The Palace has exquisite carvings and works of art, intricately carved doors and luxuriously furnished rooms. The jewel studded golden throne of the Wodeyars, the ex-Maharajas of Mysore, is displayed here during the Dasera festival. Illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, it is a sight to be seen.
Srirangapatna Mysore: Srirangapatna Mysore was the capital when Tippu Sultan ruled Mysore and he died fighting the English in battle in 1799. Tippu Sultan was wielding his famous sword when he died battling the British 1799. The spot in the fort area where Tippu Sultan fell and breathed his last is marked and is often visited by many people.
Kabini: Rajiv Gandhl National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini) also known as the Nagarhole National Park was the hunting grounds of the Mysore Maharajas. Safari are arranged to go into the jungle to see wild animals living in the wild. It is also a treasure trove for bird watchers.
Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola: Belur has the famous Hoysola Temple and the Chennakesava Temple. Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysala Kingdom and has fine temples. Shravanabelagola has the world's tallest monolithic statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali and is a holy place from Jain religion.
Hampi: Hampi ruins, spread over an area of more than 25 square kilometres (10 square miles). Hampi ruins are full of giant temples, palaces, fortifications, etc. In 1986, UNESCO declared the group of monuments at Hampi as a World Heritage site. Hampi was the capital of the powerful Vijaynagara.
Badami: The cave temples of Badami date back to 600 and 700 AD and are an important tourist destination.
Pattadakal is a World Herltage Site with nine Hindu temples outstanding for their rich carvings.
Aihole has many temple complexes and is a very popular tourist spot in north Karnataka.
Goa: is a very tourist destination in South India. Panjim is the state's capital. Vasco da Gama is the largest city and Margao is the main Railway Station. Popular beaches in Goa are Baga, Calangute, Colva and Anjuna. Goa has World heritage sites listed as' Convents and Churches of Goa' which includes the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church where the body of Saint Francis Xavier lies.
The Golden Chariot fare cost price
The Golden Chariot fare cost price is about $500 per person per night for double occupancy. Single Occupancy will be more. This rate is seasonal and could go down depending on the seasonal demand.
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