It is said that oftentimes, a journey is more beautiful than the destination itself and when it comes to uber-luxury trains such as The Golden Chariot, then a train is not just a means of transportation but a unique and fulfilling experience. Sink into a bed of royalty, admire the intricate carvings and listen to the timeless tales of history, grandeur and craftsmanship during your once-in-a-lifetime luxury train journey in India. Named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple in Hampi, the train is exquisitely designed after the grandiosity of Karnataka’s most powerful ruling dynasties. Bestowed with the honorary title of ‘Asia’s leading luxury train’ at the World Travel Awards, it truly offers luxury like no other. Let’s take a look at the 3 luxurious train journeys covering different parts of South India.
Pride of Karnataka with Goa: Witness the wide spectrum of colours of Karnataka through a glorious journey of 7 days and 6 nights wherein you’ll get ample opportunity to explore the best of everything the state has to offer. Starting from Bengaluru, this ultimate journey will first take you on a wildlife expedition in Karnataka to the Bandipur National Park. After this you’ll get a taste of royalty with a visit to the magnificent edifice of Mysore Palace, one of the most lavish palaces in India you’ll ever set eyes on. The next destination on this beautifully crafted itinerary is the ancient town of Halebidu, which is famous for its illustrious temples and sacred sites. On the same day, walk through the refreshing coffee plantations of Chikmangluru. Then dive deep into history with a tour of the fabled ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that will remind you of the grandeur and glory of the Vijayanagar Empire. On the next day, explore the rock-cut architecture of Badami caves, dating back to the 6th century and also pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pattadakal and Aihole. Finally, end the journey on a high note in Goa by exploring the famous Portuguese quarters, churches or by having some fun times on one of its extravagantly beautiful beaches.
Jewels of South: Want to explore heritage sites and experience authentic South Indian culture in the lap of luxury? Then get your hands on this amazing itinerary that promises a tour of the most sought-after destinations across South India. Starting your journey from Bengaluru, this trip will throw you directly into the opulence and grandeur of the famous Mysore Palace which will be followed by an exploration of the historic sites in Hampi. Then this wonderful journey will proceed to Mahabalipuram, the fascinating port city that houses the stunning Shore Temple, a UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site. After this, you’ll get a chance to visit another popular UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thanjavur, Brihadeshwara Temple. Then, feast your eyes over the insanely extravagant mansions of Chettinad. On the next day, you’ll get a peek into the glorious and mesmerizing dance forms of South India through a spectacular cultural performance at an exclusive venue in Cochin. On the last day, you can relax on a cruise on the beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom.
Glimpses of Karnataka: If you absolutely loved the ‘Pride of Karnataka’ itinerary but are looking for a shorter adventure, then this itinerary is perfect for you. Experience 4 days and 3 nights of pure bliss and discover the beauty of gems such as Bandipur, Mysore and Hampi on a journey replete with glamour, adventure and the engaging tales of a bygone era. Undoubtedly one of the best train journeys from Bengaluru, this one is your ticket to an intriguing world of elan and exclusivity.
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