8 Day Golden Chariot Luxury Train – Pride of South
8 Day Golden Chariot Luxury Train – Pride of South
Take a unique trip onboard the famous Golden Chariot train, exploring the worlds of mythology, heritage, worship, wildlife and adventure as you journey across Southern India following an itinerary given the somewhat apt title of ‘Pride of the South’.
Tour highlights
  • Ride in style on one of India’s most famous trains as you explore the south of the country
  • Seek out wildlife with a jungle safari in the Nagarhole National Park
  • Explore inside the city walls in the old fort of Srirangapatnam
  • Visit the famous ruins of Vijayanagara
  • Investigate the impressive Badami cave temples
  • Enjoy the chance to visit the famous churches of Old Goa
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Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
Arrive at the airport in Bangalore where you will meet a tour guide for registration and check-in ahead fo the start of your journey. Following high tea and a visit to Chitrakala Parishad for a cultural show, you’ll then head for the train station to board The Golden Chariot and set off on the journey to Mysore.
  • The Golden Chariot (D)
Day 2: Mysore – Kabini
Having arrived at Mysore station, you’ll enjoy breakfast onboard before travelling to Kabini for a one night stay at the Jungle Lodge. Following lunch, you’ll head out into the Nagarhole National Park for a drive through the dense jungle to track the local wildlife, which includes tigers, leopards and Asian elephant. After an early evening screening of a wildlife film, you’ll head back to the lodge for your evening meal.
  • Jungle Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kabini – Mysore
Your day will start with a further safari in the dense jungle, but this time on water as you continue to seek out the local wildlife. Following breakfast, it’s back to the railway station to rejoin the train in time for lunch before an excursion to the town of Srirangapatnam, which is located on a river island surrounded by the Kaveri. Having explored the area inside the city walls, you can also pay a visit to the nearby Daria Daulat Bagh palace, built back in the 1780s by the Mysore Kingdom leader Tipu Sultan. You day ends with a cultural show and dinner before climbing back onboard the train to continue with your journey.
  • The Golden Chariot (B,L,D)
Day 4: Mysore – Hassan – Hospet
Following breakfast on the train, you’ll head for Hassan for a series of excursions. The first of these will see you visit the Jain pilgrimage centre at Shravanabelagola, where you’ll also see the huge statue of Gommateshvara which towers over the area from the top of a nearby hill. After lunch back at the train, you’ll visit the temples at Belur and Halebid before getting back onboard to depart for Hospet.
  • The Golden Chariot (B,L,D)
Day 5: Hospet
After breakfast, you’ll head to the village of Hampi, which can be inside the famous ruins of Vijaynagara. The morning is spent exploring the ruins, which are now a World Heritage site and include the Queen’s Bath, the Elephant Stables and numerous temples. The afternoon is then set aside for a visit to the Vittala Temple on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, which is well known for both its architecture and its many complex and intricate carvings.
  • The Golden Chariot (B,L,D)
Day 6: Hospet – Badami
Following an early departure from Hospet, you’ll travel to Badami for a sightseeing tour of the town’s Cave Temples, which date back thousands of years and are found in the sandstone outcrop that stands above the town. Following a further trip to the temples located at Pattadakal, its back to the train to depart for Goa.
  • The Golden Chariot (B,L,D)
Day 7: Badami – Goa
An early arrival in Goa is the precursor to a day to explore the local area, starting with a number of the famous churches to be found in Old Goa, including the Chapel of St Catherine and the Basilica of Bom Jesus; the latter being the most famous of all. After a visit to an old Portuguese house, you’ll be able to relax with some time at the Majorda Beach Resort before rejoining the train for the departure to Bangalore.
  • The Golden Chariot (B,L,D)
Day 8: Bangalore departure
Having returned to Yeshwantpur Railway Station, you’ll be transferred to Bangalore International Airport to board a flight for home.
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  • Accommodation in Double / Twin bedded cabins with en suite facilities
  • All meals starting from dinner on day one to breakfast on day eight
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board
  • 1 Jungle Safari & 1 Boat ride at Kabini accompanied by naturalist
  • Transport services as per programme
  • All sightseeing & excursion as per the itinerary with English speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees at the monuments
  • Porterage at stations
  • Butler service (1 butler per coach)
  • Currently applicable taxes including 3.09% Government service tax
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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