GOLDEN CHARIOT TRAIN TOUR
The mesmerizing destinations of Karnataka and the pristine beaches of Goa wait to inspire your senses aboard the Pride of the South tour itinerary. This complete sojourn across medieval and contemporary destinations and attractions will enable you to catch a glimpse of the Indian essence. Details of the itinerary have been given below for your perusal.
Day 1 – Bangalore
On your arrival in the city of Bangalore, you can check in at the hotel Taj West End. A high tea will be organized for all guests aboard the Pride of the South itinerary. Guests will later be taken to the Chitrakala Parishad where you can enjoy an exclusive cultural show. Alternatively, you could take delight in an eco vacation by checking in at the Our Native Village. Besides natural beauty, guests can enjoy a cultural extravaganza before they begin the luxury train sojourn.
Whichever alternative you may choose, you will be required to report at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station by 2000 hours where the Pride of the South tour itinerary waits to begin.
After a traditional welcome by the staff of the train, you will be ushered to your royal cabins and the train will soon move out of Bangalore.
Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.
Day 2 – Kabini/Bandipur
Relish your breakfast served aboard the Golden Chariot before you embark on journey to visit the jungles and wildlife environs of Kabini/Bandipur. By 01:00 hours, you will arrive in Kabini and post-lunch in the jungle lodge you will head straight to the Bandipur National Park.
Overnight stay and dinner will be arranged for you in the jungle resort.
Day 3 – Mysore
In the morning of the 3rd day, you will head towards Mysore, the next destination in line. Post-breakfast you will disembark from the train and begin your journey towards Mysore. En route you will halt for lunch. The paddy fields that you will cross by, the locals of the area, and most importantly, the natural beauty of the region will surely capture your senses forever.
You will arrive in Mysore by afternoon and immediately set off for sightseeing across the city. The attractions of Srirangapatna and the Brindavan Gardens are the locations you will visit on this day.
Conclude your day by visiting the Lalitha Mahal Palace where you can savor a sumptuous dinner and a cultural performance.
By 22:00 hours you will return to the train for overnight stay and travel to the next destination, Hassan.
Day 4 – Hassan
On the 4th day of the sojourn, guests aboard the Pride of the South itinerary will head towards Hassan, a popular Indian destination most noted for its religious significance. Shravanbelagola is the first destination that you will head to. Later you will return to the train and proceed towards Halebid and Belur. Return to the Golden Chariot by 19:15 hours and prepare to leave for the next destination, Hospet.
Day 5 – Hospet
By 06:00 hours arrive in Hospet, the gateway to the medieval wonders of Hampi. Visit the topmost attractions of the place including the Virupaksha temple, the Elephants’ stables, and the local crafts bazaar. Return to the train by lunchtime for a delectable meal waiting to surprise you. Later, by 15:00 hours leave the train to visit the remaining attractions of Hampi such as the Hazara Rama temple, and the royal enclosure. Visit the Vittala temple in the evening to feast on its enchanting night view. Arrive in the train by 20:00 hours for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 – Badami
Early next morning by 05:00 hours, the train will chug its way out of Hospet towards Badami. Breakfast will be served onboard the train and by 09:00 hours you will arrive in the town of Badami. Leave the train and proceed towards the popular tourist attractions housed here including the Badami Caves and Pattadakal, and return to the Golden Chariot by 13:00 hours. Post-lunch leave for Goa, the highlight of all India travel options!
You can spend the rest of the 6th day exploring the luxury amenities of the train. Dinner will be served onboard the train before it will finally land in Goa, past midnight.
Day 7 – Goa
Begin your sightseeing trip across Goa early in the morning. Leave the train by 10:00 hours and start off the trail of Goa by visiting the churches and then proceeding to the Old Portuguese house – Sola Souto Maior. Enjoy savoring on tea and cookies while you marvel in awe at the artistic beauty of the house. Break the sojourn for a sumptuous Goan lunch. Enjoy the afternoon indulging in leisure activities in the hotel pool. You may even relax yourself by opting for an Ayurvedic session.
Day 8 – Bangalore (Return)
Relish on the lip smacking breakfast served aboard the train before the Pride of the South sojourn comes to an end. The luxury train will land you back in the Yashwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore by 1100 hours on the 8th day of the trip! The journey with the Golden Chariot thus completes a full circle.
The 7 Nights/8 Days Golden Chariot Train Tour departs from Bangalore every Monday evening (optional check-in at 12 noon) & returns to Bangalore ,by 1100 hrs on next Monday. You also have option to book minimum 4 nights part journey also viz. Mysore to Goa.
7 Nights Golden Chariot Train Tour Ex Bangalore for 2012-13 Season
October 2012 1,8,22
November 2012 5,19
December 2012 3,17,31
January 2013 14,28
February 2013 11,25
March 2013 11,25
NOTE : You may book for Four Nights part journey also viz Mysore to Goa
Golden Chariot Train Tour- 2012/13 Season Tariff
Cost Per Person –Valid from Oct 2012 till March 2013
(Deluxe) Per Night
On Triple Sharing US$ 440 Rs.13,200/-
On Twin Sharing US$ 545 Rs.16,500/-
On Single Occupancy US$ 754 Rs.22,200/-
*3.08% Govt service Tax Extra
# Children< 12 years charged 50% of adult rate
# Children< 5 years are complimentary without bed
# Full journey is for 7 nights & you also have option to book Bangalore/Kochi part 6 nights journey
# 10% Holiday surcharge for 31 dec 2012 depart
# We require minimum 25 paid passengers to operate the train tour.
Train Tour Cost Includes :
Stay onboard the Train in Sleeping Chambers with private washrooms;Daily Three Meals;Excursion sightseeing arrangements with English Speaking Guides;Bottled drinking water;”monument entrance fees”.
Extra Costs (Not Included) :
Peak period supplement if applicable,Video camera fees at monuments wildlife reserves;Laundry;Hard Soft drinks;Tour Insurance;Usage of Business Center Spa facility;Gratuity,Tips Porterage;all other expenses of personal nature.
Booking Procedure :
For Bookings requests on The Golden Chariot Train Tour.
(1) Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of MINIMUM 20% Advance Deposit with Names of Passengers.
(2) Balance payment with Passport Details must reach us 45 days before Tour Departure Date.
(3) If booking request made less than 45 days before tour departure date,we will require full 100% payment to confirm the booking.
You can make payment Either by Credit Card Authorization(Visa/Mastercard) ; OR Bank Wire Transfer.
Cancellation Rules :
(a) Cancellation Request for Golden Chariot Train Tour must be sent in writing.
(b) If cancellation request received anytime before 61 days of Tour Date,MINIMUM 5% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(c) If cancellation request received between 60 to 31 days before Tour Date,MINIMUM 20% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(d) If cancellation request received between 16 to 30 days before Tour Date,MINIMUM 50% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(e) If cancellation request received less than 16 days before Tour Date,Full 100% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(i) Golden Chariot Train will only operate ,subject to having minimum passengers.
(ii) Facility to book part journey may be possible,subject to occupancy on the Golden Chariot.
(iii) Disputes,if any,are only subject to jurisdiction of Jaipur (India).
(iv) At present,there is no concept of Tour Insurance in India.