The Golden Chariot- Luxury Train Tour in India

The Golden Chariot

Duration : 07 Nights/08 Days
Destinations : Bangalore- Kabini/Bandipur- Mysore- Hassan- Hospet- Badami- Goa- Bangalore

The Golden Chariot is India's Luxury Train, takes you through Historical places of South India. The journey of lifetime begins at Bangalore railway station and you will be taken through the various monuments of Southern Indian state of Karnataka and Goa.

The itinerary of The Golden Chariot includes 07 Nights/08 Days of a royal journey on this luxurious train, during which you will visit many beautiful cities, historical monuments, national parks and experience a lifetime enjoyment. The train leaves Bangalore on every Monday evening and ends in Bangalore on every Monday morning. The Golden Chariot- Pride of South India- is a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and an omnipresent tomorrow in a magical land of Karnataka...

Day 01 (Monday) : Bangalore
This afternoon, you will be well received on your arrival at Bangalore airport and transfer to hotelTaj Westend.
Banglore
Bangalore
(Bengaluru) is the capital of Karnataka, the southern Indian state, which is one of the major metropolitan cities and 3rd largest city in India. Bangalore has become the hub of India's IT industry and popularly known as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore was remained the seat of great warrior Tipu Sultan and then it was ruled by British. The city therefore has a historical importance.

15h00- 16h00: Arrive hotel Taj West End.
16h00- 17h00: High Tea at Banquet Hall
17h00- 17h30: Presentation on Golden Chariot Tour, Do's and Don't, safety & security.
17h30- 18h30: Visit to Chitrakala Parishad / Art Gallery
18h30- 19h30: Cultural Show
20h00: Arrival at Yeshwantpur Railway Station, where you will be welcomed and escorted to respective cabins.
21h00: Depart to Mysore.
23h30: Arrive Mysore.

Day 02 (Tuesday) : Mysore/ Kabini/ Bandipur
10h00: Depart for Kabini / Bandipur after breakfast. 13h00: Reach Jungle Lodge. Lunch at Jungle Lodge.
The Golden Chariot 14h00: Jungle / Boat Safari. Return in the evening for wildlife film.
Dinner and stay overnight at Jungle Lodge.

Kabini: A World of Wildlife- Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Mysore, is definitely the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in South India . The excitement starts with a safari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Some of the popular sightings are elephant, gaur, sambar, chital, wild boar and the more exclusive predators like tiger and leopard. A bird watcher's paradise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to these jungles.

Bandipur: Bandipur was once the private hunting ground of Maharaja of Mysore in South India. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants are in lead role. Here you have better chances to see the tigers. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity.

Day 03 (Wednesday) : Mysore
08h30: Breakfast and depart for Mysore.
11h30: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.
13h00: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot.
The Golden Chariot 15h00: Mysore sightseeing: Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam.
19h00: Reach the Lalitha Mahal Palace for cultural show followed by dinner
22h00: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.

Mysore, which is the second largest city of Karnataka state and one of the most popular tourist destination in Karnataka. Situated at the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore was the capital of the princely state of Mysore. Mysore is famous for its beautiful silk sarees, sandalwood oil and rose wood carved articles. The city is and is famous for the 10 days Dussehra festival, which was started by King Raja Wodeyar I in 1610AD, and the procession includes ornamented elephants, camels and horses. Mysore is an important centre for producing textiles, chemicals and foodstuffs.

Proceed for city tour of Mysore, visiting the Srirangapatnam- the historic capital of Tipu Sultan, who is known for his struggle against British rule in India. Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan- which is situated amidst scenic surroundings on an island formed by two branches of the River Cauvery. Maharaja Palace- which is the grandeur of a bygone era and an invaluable national treasure today. This Palace was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and was completed in 1912 and is an excellent combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture. Chamundeshwari Temple- which is situated on top of the Chamundi hills is the most famous temple in Mysore. As per the Hindu mythology, the Goddess killed the demon King Mahishasura and the city if named after him. At the entrance of the temple, there is magnificent 5mtr tall Nandi Bull (vehicle of Lord Shiva), which is carved out from single piece of granite in 1659 and which is one of largest in India.

Day 04 (Thursday) : Hassan
06h00: Depart from Mysore to Hassan.
08h15: Arrive Hassan.
09h00: Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola.
The Golden Chariot (Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so.

(Guests unwilling to experience can stay back on board The Golden Chariot. Palanquins are available for those who cannot take the climb by themselves. This is available to the passengers at no extra cost)

13h00: Lunch on board The Golden Chariot.
15h00: Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing.
19h15: Back onboard The Golden Chariot.
19h45: Depart to Hospet. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot.

Shravanabelagola is a Jain pilgrim destination in the Hassan district of Karnataka state. 58ft high statue of the Lord Gommateshwara is built on a monolithic stone and located on the top of the Vindhyagiri hill. The statue is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue and carved beautifully from a single block of rock with accurate proportion and expression. Shravanabelagola is also famous for the grand festival of Mahamastakabhisheka followed once in every 12 years and being proposed as UNESCO world heritage site.

Belur & Halibid, the two heritage towns 16kms apart, are the beautiful example of Hoysala's temple architecture. These temples are famous for intricate carving and fine architecture. The temples of Belur and Halebid are best known for their South Indian architecture. The temples at both these places are built by renowned architect Jakkanna Acharya. Both these temples have carving of The Puranas, the Upanishads and other mythological characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These exquisite designs are really beautiful. Chennakeshawa Temple at Belur was started in 1117 AD to celebrate Hoysala military victories and it took over a hundred years to complete. These temples of Belur and Halebid are being proposed as UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 05 (Friday) : Hospet
06h00: Arrive Hospet.
The Golden Chariot 08h30: After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple, Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables, Local crafts bazaar.
13h00: Return to The Golden Chariot for Lunch.
15h00: Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple,Illuminated Vittala temple.
20h00: Back onboard The Golden Chariot. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot.

A World Heritage site by UNESCO, Hampi is both a historic & religious place in India. Hampi was the capital of Vijayanagar empire, who ruled the South India during 14th to 16th century.
Spread over an area of about 25 Sq. Kms, Hampi is a ruined capital of a great Vijayanagar empire, which showcases many monuments including forts & palaces, the Royal Chariot, remains of aquatic structures, giant temples, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, royal platforms, bastions, treasury building, Queens bath, the Old Gold Bazaar, ponds, The Elephant Stables, gardens and other royal monuments. Located by the banks of river Tungabhadra, Hampi is a kind of experience of Royal Kingdom. Hampi was built as a capital of Vijayanagar empire in 1336AD by Telugu princes Harihara and Bukka, which flourished over the next couple of centuries until 1565AD as one of the largest Hindu empires in Indian history. However, the glory was short lived and in 1565, the city was attacked and captured by Mughals- the rulers of the Deccan Muslim confederacy, who completely destroyed the capital city and the Hampi ruins were left to narrate the glory of this largest Hindu empire.

Day 06 (Saturday) : Badami
05h00: Depart from Hospet to Badami.
08h30: Arrival at Badami.
The Golden Chariot 09h00: Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal.
13h30: Return to The Golden Chariot for Lunch.
14h00: Depart for Goa. Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard (i.e. Spa, Gym) & Dinner onboard.

The Golden Chariot Reach Goa post midnight.

Badami, founded by Pulakesi I, ruler of the Chalukyas. Badami is located at the foot of a red sandstone rock outcrop that surrounds Agastya tirtha water reservoir on three sides and is known for its rock-cut cave temples, sculpted between 6th -8th century AD.

Visit rock-cut cave temples in Badami. These are 4 temples have been carved out on the red sandstone rock that surrounds the town. There cave temples are dated back to the Chalukyas period. First set of temples is a group of four on a hill adjacent to the Bhutanatha tank, dating back to the 5th century CE. In the adjacent wall there is a carving of the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva (Natarajan) depicted with eighteen arms. 2nd temple bears images of Lord Vishnu in his Varaha and Trivikrama incarnations. 3rd rock cut temple with inscriptions dating back to 578 CE during the period of Kiritivarma Chalukyas. There are carved images of the Narasimha & Trivikrama avataras of Lord Vishnu. 4th cave is a Jain temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath with inscriptions dating back to the 12th century.

Pattadakkal is a World Heritage site t hat has 10 major temples representing the early Chaulakya architecture. The biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, which has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. Aihole is known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture", as it has over a hundred temples all around the village. The oldest temple the 5th century Lad Khan Temple and among other temples are the Jain Meguthi Temple and the two storeyed Buddhist Temple.

Day 07 (Sunday) : Goa
08h00: Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot.
10h00: Depart for sightseeing.
11h00: Visit the famous churches of old Goa.
The Golden Chariot 12h15: Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for Tea/Coffee and cookies and shopping at the emporium.
14h00: Reach Majorda Beach Resort for lunch
15h00: An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)
18h00: Depart from resort.
19h15: Return to The Golden Chariot.
21h00: Depart for Bangalore.

Located on the west coast of India, Goa is India's smallest state in terms of area and the fourth smallest in terms of population. Panaji is the capital of Goa, which is a charming city on the banks of river Mandovi. Goa is renowned for its exotic beaches and therefore it attracts million of tourists every year. Goa is a party state and therefore it becomes over populated particularly during the Christmas and New Year. Goa was ruled by Portuguese for more than five hundred years and therefore it has a mix of Indian and Portuguese culture. Goa has become a round the year tourist destination because of its centre of medical treatments and seminars and conferences. The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics with majority of Hindus. Goa has been regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.

Day 08 (Monday) : Arrive Bangalore
08h00: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot.
11h00: Reach Yeswanthpur railway station. Disembark and let the pleasant memories of the past week linger on your mind for a long, long time!!

You will be well received on your arrival at Bangalore's Yeswanthpur railway station and transfer to airport to board your flight back home with sweet memories of your trip with Dependable Travel Solutions (India) !!

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