India’s royal express train, Golden Chariot is ideally suited for the connoisseurs of art, architecture and heritage. A unique luxury train, it offers a remarkable insight into South India’s prolific past by giving tourists an opportunity to visit some of the most spectacular heritage sites. Want to know more about some of these heritage sites? Find out all about them here.
Halebidu: The twin temples of Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara in Halebidu attract thousands of tourists and devotees who not only visit the temple complex to pay their respects but also to admire the intricate architecture. As many as 108 pillars can be spotted inside the temple complexes which although similar in structure, feature different design patterns. Being the former regal capital of the Hoysala Empire, Halebidu makes for an interesting destination for art, architecture and history buffs.
Hampi: The legendary yet laid-back city of ruins, Hampi reveals an interesting facet of history at every turn. Attracting adventure sports enthusiasts, religious devotees as well as heritage lovers, the city’s monumental palaces, forts, memorial structures, temples, shrines, pillared halls, baths, etc. If you want to do justice to one of the most remarkable heritage sites in the country, then you must travel on one of the most famous trains in India, The Golden Chariot.
Badami, Pattakdal & Aihole: In the mood to step into archaeological heaven? The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Badami, Pattakdal & Aihole displays a rich past with the remnants of the Chalukya Empire scattered everywhere. Get a sneak-peek into the reign of the most powerful dynasties of Southern India by visiting the ancient temples and admiring the medieval Indian art and architecture that abounds in every corner.
Mahabalipuram: Bringing together the best of natural wonders and stunning manmade pieces of art, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is gradually becoming India’s favourite surfing destination. Often touted as an open art museum, it is speckled with cave temples, gorgeous monuments, age-old edifices and upcoming bazaars. The cherry on the cake is undoubtedly its breathtaking ocean-front that is dotted with lush groves. To make the most of this delightful experience, you must travel on the royal express train, The Golden Chariot.
Mysore: Also known as the ‘Ivory City’, Mysore in Karnataka with its fascinating legends and small-town charm will easily steal your heart. The ambience and warmth of Mysore is best enjoyed by visiting the numerous landmarks that not only include royal palaces and yoga retreats but also beautifully manicured gardens and spiritual sites such as quiet churches, holy temples and beautiful mosques. The joy of exploring this magical city will become tenfold when you travel on one of the most luxurious and expensive trains in India, The Golden Chariot.
Thanjavur: The cultural hub of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur is most famous for Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that adorns the centre of the city. If you want to shop for souvenirs and traditional handicrafts items, then you will find a fine collection of Tanjore paintings, bobblehead dolls and decor items. Also known for its classical music, you can spend an amazing evening in this quaint town feasting your eyes over a classical dance performance accompanied by soulful music.
To book your journey on this royal express train, visit https://www.goldenchariot.org/book/bookticket.