The Golden Chariot is an exotically luxurious train of India connecting the beautiful tourists’ destinations of Karnataka and Goa. Cited after the Stone Chariot in Vitthala Temple at Hampi, this luxury train has been built on the lines of Palace of Wheels. Run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, it is promoted by The Luxury Trains whilst The Mapple Group is responsible for the hospitality services and facilities on the train.
Beautifully crafted by Indian Railways, this train was built at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai in the year 2008. Liked by the passengers for its tours, this train always attracts people and runs with full occupancy, and therefore has been crowned as the “Pride of the South”.
|The Golden Chariot|
|Built at||Integral Coach Factory, Chennai|
|Family name||Luxury Trains|
|Operator||Indian Railways and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC)|
|Line(s) served||Bangalore-Mysore-Hassan-Hospet-Badami-Vasco (Goa)-Bangalore (South Western Railway)|
The Golden Chariot takes its passengers on a seven day/ eight night tour to Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami and Goa and finally back to Bangalore with tourists’ attractions such as Nagarhole National Park, Mysore Palace, Srirangapatnam forts, Hoysaleswara Temple. Gomateshwara; and Badami Cave Temples.
The Golden Chariot comforts its passengers in 44 air conditioned coaches with single bed and double bed occupancies. For physically challenged passengers, this train has a special cabin. All the coaches are facilitated with Wi-Fi, LCD TV, DVD with 6 satellite channels, beautiful closets, dressing rooms and writing desks.
Passengers of Golden Chariot can take the pleasure of bathing in a private bathroom with lavish amenities to pamper themselves. The ceilings of the coaches are carved intricately where one loses themselves in its beautiful architecture. The comfortable furniture the train has been drawn from Mysore and Hoysala architecture.
Golden Chariot has cited each of its coach names after the empires that reigned Karnataka- Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamanu, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar. This lavish train hosts two restaurants cum kitchens- Nala and Ruchi that serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies to its passengers.
This train has a Lounge Bar to enjoy the plush and majestic interiors inspired from the Mysore Palace apart from a conference hall for 25-30 guests with 42 inch LCD TV and surfing area.
The Golden Chariot runs only during October till March each year charging INR 20,000, 15,000 and 12,000 for single, double and triple occupancy respectively for Indians.
For Foreign Nationals, the tariff is US $ 685, $ 495 and $ 400 for single, double and triples occupancy respectively.