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The Golden Chariot

One of the top luxury trains in the world , The Golden Chariot takes the tourist for memorable journey of exotic locations of both Karnataka and Goa . In the seven night , eight day splendid tour, the traveler apart from tanning in the Calangute beach of Goa in the final leg of the tour also visits the great tourist sites of Banglore, Mysore, Kabini, Hassan , Hospet in Karnataka . All the artistically designed 19 coaches of this luxury train , are further divided into 11 traveler coaches, 2 dining coaches and 1 coach each for bar, meeting , gymnasium and spa .

Each cabin of The Golden Chariot Train is equipped with latest amenities of comfort and relaxation All the cabins are fully air conditioned and have facilities of Wi-Fi, LCD television , DVD, personal chic washrooms. In particular , The Golden Chariot is one of the first trains which has a dish antennae that ensures the round the clock viewing of satellite television programs. All the coaches of the Golden Chariot Train been named separately after the ruling family which ruled Karnataka at one point of time or the other . Hence the tourist will find the coaches with names like Adhilshahi, Chalukya, Kadamba, Sangama and Vijaynagar

As the name suggest, this luxury train of India is named after the famous Stone Chariot at Hampi . The amazing tour of the two States of Karnataka and Goa which commences on Monday at 6 pm comes to an end on next Monday at 11:00 am

Detailed Itinerary
The First Day : Monday
Check in time to board the train        6:00 pm
Departure from Banglore                   7:00 pm

The 26 twin beds and 17 double bed cabins , The Golden Chariot begins its colorful journey from Banglore – the Capital of Karnataka . The vibrant city is also called the Silicon Valley of India because it houses the top IT offices of India .Dinner is served onboard .

The Second Day : Tuesday
Arrival : Mysore at                                       1 am
Tour of Rajiv Gandhi National Park              8:00 am
Return to train                                            10:00 pm
Overnight stay onboard the train

The Golden Chariot is physically challenged friendly, it has one exclusive cabin for the travelers with limited mobility . On the second day the train arrives at Mysore the second largest city of Karnataka . This city has a rich heritage of art and culture and this is depicted in its palaces , art , literature , music and dance . Mysore lies at a distance of 141 kilometers from Banglore.

Some of the incredible tourist attractions are Srirangapatna the island citadel of its former ruler Tipu Sultan. For the wild life buffs Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole (Kabini) is a great place to visit since this Park houses the finest flora and fauna . It’s a great sight watching the wildlife like tiger, leopard, deer, wild boar freely roaming in the park.

The Third Day : Wednesday
Tour by Road of tourist sites of Mysore              8:30 am
Return to train                                                   11:00 pm
Overnight stay onboard the train

Among the most visited tourist sites of Mysore are Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens The residence of Wodeyar dynasty The Mysore Palace is one of the top palaces of India . The Golden throne , the priceless paintings and the carvings work on the pillars are some of the great treasures of this palace . The Brindavan Garderns which measures over 150 acres is one of the largest gardens of country

The fourth Day : Thursday
Departure from Mysore                               6:00 am
Arrival at Hassan                                        8:40am
Tour by Road for Belur & Halebidu              9:30 am
Return for lunch on board of the train        1:00 pm
Tour by Road for Sravenbelagola               4:00 pm
Return to train for Dinner on board            7:00 pm
Departure from Hassan                              7:40 pm

The famed Hoyala Temple complex housing the Chennakesava Temple exists at Belur of Hassan district . Halebidu the political seat of Hoysalas is abode to many Hindu shrines , The Hoysaleswara Temple is one of the famous temple of this complex. At Shravanabelagola on Vindhyagiri Hill. is perched the 58 ft statue of Lord Gomateswara. It is the famous pilgrimage site for the Jains, Once in twelve years pilgrims gather in large number for Lord Gomateswara’s head anointing ceremony.

The fifth Day: Friday
Arrival at TB DAM                                                                         5:30 am
Tour up the picturesque hill for sumptuous breakfast                 8.30 am
Tour by Train to Hospet/Hampi                                                    9:30 am
Return for lunch on board the train                                             1:00 am
Tour for Hampi evening season                                                   3:00 pm
Return to train for Dinner on board                                             7:00pm
Departure from TB DAM                                                               8:00 pm
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Hampi, the world heritage site is one of the most visited tourist sites of India . The Capital of the famed Vijaynagara empire today lies in ruins and is spread over 26 sq kilometers . The remains of the palaces, forts can be still seen at the two designated areas of Royal and Sacred Center Another notable aspect of this leg of tour is getting a glimpse of the rural life by paying a visit to Anegundi village .

The Sixth Day : Saturday
Arrival at GADAG                                            5:30 am
Tour by Road of Aihole and Pattadakral        8:30 am
Delectable Lunch at Badami Court                1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tour of Badami                                              4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Return to train for Dinner on board               7:00pm
Departure from GADAG

Badami is another world heritage site, The Nartaraja sculpture with as many as 81 dancing pose exercises a magnetic pull on art lovers from world over. The Durga temple in the splendid Aihole is a great architectural wonder.

The Seventh Day : Sunday
Arrival at Goa                                                      5:30 am
Tour by Road to Mapple Viva                              9:00 am
Lunch and Tanning at Calangute Beach             12:00- 4:00 pm
Return to train for Dinner on board                    6:00 pm
Departure from Goa                                            7:00 pm

Goa as the saying goes attracts the tourist all 365 days of the year is one premier tourist destinations of India . Its golden beaches , magnificent churches, mouthwatering sea food delicacies mesmerize the visitors from world over.

The Eight Day : Monday

Arrival at Banglore        11:00 am

Finally, The eight days splendid tour of The Golden Chariot covering awesome tourism sites of Karnataka and Goa comes to an end at Banglore. The tourists take back with them the memories of breathtaking tourism locales witnessed in these two magnificent States of India .

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