Complementing its name, this train comes with a bright gold hue and exotic beauty. Due to its opulence and grandeur, Golden Chariot train has been awarded as Asia’s leading Luxury Train at the World Travel Awards, 2013.
What is the Train Like?
As you step into Golden Chariot, the serene ambience, rich culture and the abundant flora and fauna of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa is replicated through rich paintings, room décor and intricate carvings on walls.
With 44 air conditioned coaches, each equipped with wardrobes, vanity desks, LCD televisions, electric sockets and private washrooms, Golden Chariot is no less than a 5 star hotel.
The dining cars of Golden Chariot train (Nala and Ruchi) are just not eateries but offers an aesthetic dining experience; both inspired by Hampi and Halebid shrines of South India.
The lounge bar evokes the sophistication of South Indian Maharajas and is modelled like the Mysore Palace. The Cigar Bar Lounge or Madira is the unique feature of Golden Chariot.
Tied and stressed after a long day journey? Enjoy a soothing Ayurveda SPA massage at the massage rooms. There is also a fully equipped gymnasium to keep you fit even on a vacation.
What is the Schedule?
There are two itineraries in the Golden Chariot tour package- Pride of South and Southern of the Splendour. The schedule for these two tour packages are as follows:
Golden Chariot Train – Pride of South Circuit
This is a 7 day tour which departs from Bangalore. The tour starts in October and runs through November, December 2017 and then there are regular trips through January, February and March 2018.
This luxury voyage starts from Bangalore and chugs through Mysore, Kabini Forests, Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid Temples, Hampi, Badami and Pattadakal. The last spark of the trip is at Goa.
Southern of the Splendour Tour Schedule
This is also a 7 days tour which operates from October, November and December 2017 and again in February 2018.
Here, also the departure is from Bangalore and the train runs through Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Auroville at Pondicherry, Tanjavur, Trichy, Madurai and Kanyakumari. The prime features of this trip are visits to Wooden Palace, Kovalam Beach, boat rides on houseboats over Alleppey backwaters and a walk through the historic lanes and sublime beaches of Cochin.
How is Golden Chariot Booking Arranged?
You can go for online booking of the Golden Chariot through our website. There are specific booking forms available at the site for Southern Splendour and Pride of South tour packages.
You are required to submit identify and address proofs to book a trip on Golden Chariot. There are international toll free numbers available where you can register the booking request. There are several travel agencies authorized by IRCTC who can help you with the booking at a very nominal cost. They can also help you arrange the to and fro journey from India to your home.
So now a luxury train trip just do not mean Rajasthan or Western India, it also includes a soulful journey through the sprawling greenery and spirituality of South India.