5 Fascinating Facts About The Golden Chariot Train

Unraveling the spirit of the South, The Golden Chariot is a unique luxury train that gives travelers a chance to experience the culture, heritage, art, history, architecture, hospitality, and lots more through a single voyage. Here are a few interesting facts about the train that you must get to know.

Conceptualization: A joint initiative between the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Limited (KSTDC) and Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), The Golden Chariot Train came into being to promote tourism in South India. While there are many luxury tourist trains that run across North India, especially around Rajasthan, South India remained untouched. To give tourists an opportunity to witness the incredible gems of this magical land, The Golden Chariot Train chugged on its maiden voyage from Bangalore to Goa on 10th March 2008.

Journey: Being the first and only luxury train that covers parts of Southern India, its journey was planned with careful deliberation. There is so much to see and experience in India’s south region that handpicking a few destinations is not an easy task. This is why The Golden Chariot Train offers not one but three amazing journeys that include some of the best heritage sites and tourist destinations showcasing Southern splendour in all its glory. The itineraries are Pride of Karnataka with Goa (7 Days/ 6 Nights), Jewels of South (7 Days/ 6 Nights), and Glimpses of Karnataka (4 Days/ 3 Nights).

Itineraries: One of the most unique things about this 5-star train is undoubtedly the circuit it traverses across South India. In 2022, The Golden Chariot Train has made a comeback with 4 handcrafted journeys namely Majestic Karnataka (Bangalore-Mysuru-Hampi-Goa) (2N/3D), Sojourn of India (Goa-Hampi-Chikmagalur-Mysore-Bangalore) (3N/4D), Pride of Karnataka (Bengaluru – Nanjangud – Mysore – Halebidu – Chikamgaluru – Hospet – Goa – Bengaluru) (5N/6D) and Jewels of South (Bengaluru – Mysore – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Thanjavur – Chettinad/Karaikudi – Cochin – Chertala/Mararikulam – Bengaluru) (5N/6D).  Guests are free to choose one of these exciting tours and enjoy the most memorable vacation in South India!

Amenities: While the train’s interiors are beautifully decorated in line with regal splendor, the amenities are kept modern to provide maximum comfort. There is a mix of 30 twin bed cabins, 13 double bed cabins, and 1 cabin for the physically challenged on The Golden Chariot Train. All the cabins have state-of-the-art facilities including air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, a range of toiletries, complimentary wifi, LCD TV, and hot and cold water supply, and each room is approximately 67.5 sq. ft. The luxury train in South India also features fine dining restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a fitness center so that guests can enjoy their train journey to the fullest.

Recognition: Because of its unusual route covering Karnataka and the kind of unmatched experience it offers, this South India train has gained immense popularity among the masses. It is not surprising that the Golden Chariot train has been bestowed with various awards and accolades. Within just 4 years of its inception, The Golden Chariot Train won one of the seven best luxury rail journeys awards by Vanity Fair Magazine. Not only this but it has also been awarded Asia’s Leading Luxury Train in 2013 at the World Travel Awards.

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What is the package cost/fare/tariff of The Golden Chariot ‘Pride of Karnataka with Goa’ itinerary?

One of the most diverse countries in the world, India has a lot to offer to tourists in terms of art, history, culture, heritage and landscape. It’s a pity that most people limit themselves to the North region when they visit India and deprive themselves of the pristine beauty of the South. It’s time to discover Southern splendour with the elegant The Golden Chariot train. A window to the soul of South India, this luxuriously furnished train covers popular tourist destinations of Karnataka along with Goa. Well-equipped with all modern amenities, it has been designed to cater to the guest’s every need and comfort. From fine dining restaurants to an immaculate bar & lounge, this train has it all. Experienced chefs prepare lip-smacking meals to ensure that your journey is nothing less than a food carnival. The luxury train also boasts of a gym where you can sweat it out and keep holiday weight at bay. And what’s more, the train also has provision for a wellness spa where you can relax and rejuvenate.

The ‘Pride of Karnataka with Goa’ package is priced at USD 4200/- per person for a 7 days/6nights journey. If you’re travelling alone, you can book the single supplement which will cost you an extra USD 3150/- per person. Keep in mind that prices are subject to change in case of any change/amendment in The Golden Chariot route and GST will be charged additionally. These prices are applicable per person per journey on twin sharing basis. The next departure is on 22nd March’20. To book this exciting tour, visit www.goldenchariot.org

Explore the splendour of the South on this wonderful train and undertake the most beautiful train journey of your life. Leave all the hassles of preparing an itinerary behind by booking this beautifully planned journey that will give you ample time for sightseeing as well as relax to no end. The train journey through the verdant greens of South India is an experience you will never forget! Bringing together the best of history, heritage and adventure, this tour can be enjoyed by every kind of tourist. So, gather all the adventure junkies and history buffs in your group for an epic vacation. And if you book now, you can also make the most of some special offers and discounts. If you complete the booking online on www.goldenchariot.org, you can get your hands on a redeemable voucher of USD 150 which can be utilized for buying liquor on the train. Another amazing offer is ‘Pay for One and Your Companion Pay 50% Only’. In this offer, on the booking of the first adult on twin sharing basis, the second adult sharing the same cabin will get 50% discount on the full cost of the tariff. So, hurry and book your The Golden Chariot tickets today to explore the Southern splendour before the offer ends. A whole new world of hidden gems and untouched natural beauty awaits you!