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The Golden Chariot

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The Golden Chariot is a luxury train of India that shows you all the splendor and magnificence of South India. An initiative of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways, it offers two brilliantly crafted itineraries which cover the most popular tourist attractions of South India like Bangalore, Thanjavur, Madurai, Kochi and Chennai. While the outstanding hospitality wins your heart inside, fabulous sightseeing and exploration does so on the outside. The interior décor is inspired by the Hoyasala and Mysore traditions of architecture which recreate the royal way of traveling by the Maharaja. The 19 coaches of the Golden Chariot, dressed in traditional aura and equipped with modern facilities, immediately win the heart of the guests. It’s a wonderful experience as the train chugs through the South Indian landscape, letting you enjoy the splendor of the South.

Season: October - April


Pride of the South

Pride of the South is an excellently planned itinerary that lets you enjoy some fabulous sightseeing and exploration. In Mysore, you visit the glittering Mysore Palace, while a wildlife safari leaves you completely thrilled at Kabini, along with some bird watching. Peace and solace will envelop you at Shravanabelagola, the Jain pilgrimage center, while the temple architecture of Belur and Halebidu temples evoke sheer admiration. At Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples, Elephant Stables and other structures indicate to the existence of a glorious empire in the past days. At Badami, you will get a chance to enjoy some incredible sightseeing, while in Goa, you will get a chance to visit its churches, which are an essential part of its heritage.

Durations: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Splendor of the South

Experience the Splendor of the South with The Golden Chariot, one of the Indian luxury trains which has exemplified the meaning of luxury travel in the south. Through this well-planned itinerary, you will appreciate the beautiful landscape of South India, as well as its cultural side in the form of temples and other historical monuments. The itinerary covers the most popular tourist attractions in South India like Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Madurai and Kochi. This itinerary consisting of 7 Nights and 8 Days will be an enlightening and exciting trip as you will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Mamallapuram or enjoy a houseboat ride at Alleppey.

Durations: 7 Nights / 8 Days

The Train


There are 19 coaches in the train out of which 11 are guest coaches. Each coach has been named after the former ruling dynasties of ancient and medieval eras. The coaches have different floral motifs belonging to those particular times. The cabins of the train have a luxurious traditional décor where you can enjoy a comfortable stay amidst modern facilities and royal pampering. The period furniture, intricate carvings and the interiors are inspired from the architectural senses of Mysore and the Hoysala dynasty.

The cabins of the train boast of being well-appointed with modern amenities like air-conditioner with temperature control, LCD TV with satellite connection, private bath with plush toiletries, wardrobes and vanity or writing desk. Following are the facilities in the coach:

  • Decor inspired from the soul of Karnataka
  • 1 cabin for the disabled guests
  • Central air conditioning with individual temperature control
  • Attached bathroom
  • Padded beds
  • Writing Desk
  • LCD television with satellite channels
  • DVD Players


Nala and Ruchi are the two restaurants of the Golden Chariot, with lavish decor inspired from the temple architecture of Halebid and Hampi. In the relaxing ambiance of the restaurants, the guests can savor mouthwatering vegetarian and non vegetarian delicacies of various fares. You can choose from a la carte menu and table d’hôte meals (fare included in the tariff).

The loaded bar on the train offers the finest selection of Indian as well as international brands. In the opulent and sophisticated décor of the bar, enjoy a glass of spirits and wines along with light snacks.

Nala– Named after the legendary chef, Nala, this restaurant serves various lip-smacking dishes in a traditional ambiance.

Ruchi– Hindi word Ruchi, literally means a fine taste. At this restaurant, relish fine Indian and international delicacies.

Madira– This lounge bar aboard the train lets you simply relax and unwind your tired senses.  With a decor modeled on the Mysore Palace, the bar has a collection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Conference Car

The Golden Chariot also has a Conference car where you can take care of your business tasks whenever the need be. Following are the main additions of the well-equipped Conference car:

  • Seating capacity of 30 people
  • Audio-visual equipments
  • Internet access

Recreational Coach

When you are not enjoying sightseeing at the featuring destinations of the train, you can indulge in various activities at the luxury recreational coach of the Golden Chariot:

  • A well-equipped Gym
  • Nirvana spa with 2 massage rooms
  • Lounge area 

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