Catch the Golden Hour with IRCTC’s Golden Chariot Tourist Train

Catch the Golden Hour with IRCTC’s Golden Chariot Tourist Train

The concept of luxury train travel is taking the world by storm, and India is at the forefront with a collection of opulent journeys designed to immerse travellers in its rich culture and history. Among these, the Golden Chariot Train stands out as a remarkable exploration of South India. This luxurious tourist train, introduced by Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC) and operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), offers a journey that captures the essence of South India, with a special emphasis on experiencing the magical “golden hour.”

The Golden Chariot: A Brief Overview

The Golden Chariot, inspired by the ornate aesthetics of the Hoysala and Dravidian architecture, is a work of art on wheels. It gets its name from the famous stone chariot in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the destinations on its itinerary. The train itself embodies the regal history and grandeur of South India, taking passengers on an unforgettable journey through Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa.

Catching the Golden Hour

The “golden hour” is a term photographers use to describe the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset. It is often considered the most beautiful time for photography due to its soft, diffused light and warm hues. On the Golden Chariot, you’ll experience this enchanting hour in some of South India’s most picturesque locations, making it a dream come true for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The Itineraries: A Glimpse into the Golden Hour Moments

The Golden Chariot’s itineraries take you through carefully curated routes that include some of South India’s most captivating destinations. Here’s a glimpse of how you can catch the golden hour during this unforgettable journey:


  • Pride Of Karnataka: Explore the beauty of Karnataka over the course of 6 days and 5 nights with visits to a national park, ancient monuments and Goa. Highlights include an evening safari, a visit to the Mysore Palace, an excursion to Hampi ruins and a trip to the churches of North Goa.


  • Jewels Of South: Make your way to some of the most iconic landmarks of South India including monuments and scenic views for 6 days and 5 nights. Highlights include a visit to the Mysore Palace, an excursion to the Mahabalipuram Monuments, a trip to Mattancherry Palace and dance performances of Kerala.


  • Glimpses Of Karnataka: Take a short tour of Karnataka for 4 days and 3 nights with this exciting package on the most luxurious train in South India. Highlights include an evening safari, a visit to the Mysore Palace and an excursion to Hampi ruins.

No matter which itinerary you pick, you will get ample opportunity to capture picture-perfect moments during the golden hour! From the beaches to the palaces, there is ample beauty for the lens. Ready to undertake the Golden Chariot southern splendour on a royal Indian train?

A Journey of a Lifetime

The Golden Chariot offers a unique and unforgettable experience of South India, enhanced by the enchanting golden hour moments at some of the region’s most iconic sites. It’s a journey that combines luxury, culture, history, and natural beauty, and it’s an excellent choice for travellers who want to explore South India in style and comfort, all while catching those magical moments when the sun casts its golden glow over this incredible part of the world. To know more about the train and bookings, visit the official website on