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Golden Chariot Train Tour
HomePride of the South India
Day 01 - Monday - Bangalore
* Alternate Itinerary
*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Leela Palace check-in and Bangalore sight seeing.
Bangalore : A world of opportunity
The capital of Karnataka is known as the Garden
City because of its salubrious climate and greenery. Perched 3,250
feet above sea level, temperatures seldom exceed 30oC (88oF).
Kempegowda, a powerful chieftain, the city is unique with
its rich cultural heritage that coexists with its modern day
technological and industrial achievements.
Bandipur : A world of opportunity
Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience - you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Niligiri mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore Maharaja's private hunting ground. 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. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.
Day 2 Tuesday - Mysore / Kabini / Bandipur
* Alternate Itinerary
* Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Kabini / Bandipur tour
A minimum of 5 passengers required for Alternate Itinerary
Kabini: A World
Day 3 Wednesday - Mysore
Mysore : A World of Royalty
Mysore has been
always associated with the royal
families and their patronage, be it
the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore is
a city known for its resplendent
palaces and majestic buildings. A
visit to the city conjures up visions
of the glory, still evident of the
illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former
state capital still retains its
tradition in music and dance, art and
literature and its time-honoured
in Indo-Saracenic style with domes,
turrets, arches and colonnades, the
Palace is a treasure house of
exquisite carvings and works of art
from all over the world. The
magnificent jewel -studded golden
throne of the Wodeyars is displayed
here during the Dasara festival.
|06 am||Depart from Mysore to Hassan|
|8.15 am||Arrive at Hassan|
Depart for sightseeing to
(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 onboard 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)
|01.00 pm||Lunch onboard The Golden Chariot|
|03.00 pm||Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing|
|07.15 pm||Back onboard the Golden Chariot|
Depart to Hospet
Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
Day 5 Friday - Hospet
|06:00 am||Arrival at Hospet|
|08:30 am||After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha Temple. Queens's Bath, Elephant Stables, Local crafts bazaar|
|01.00 pm||Return to Golden Chariot for Lunch|
|03.00 pm||Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple. Illuminated Vittala Temple.|
Back onboard The Golden Chariot
Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot
Hampi: A World Heritage
If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been classified as a World Heritage Center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India.
Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagara empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-moghul India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over at least three states -Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.
Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.
Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth.
The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of man's infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre.
A visit to Anegundi village by traversing the gushing Tunga Badra river on a coracle is an experience that provides the guests with a glimpse into the traditional country life in Karnataka.
|06:00 am||Depart from Hospet to Badami|
|08:30 am||Arrival at Badami|
|09.00 am||Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami Caves and Pattadakal|
|01.30 pm||Return to the Golden Chariot|
Depart for Goa
Relax and enjoy the facilities onboard The Golden Chariot: Spa, Gym Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot Reach Goa post midnight
World Heritage Site
Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. The exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18 armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.
Pattadakal, with its beautifully chiseled temples is a World Heritage Site located on the banks of the Malaprabha River. It bears testimony to the richness of the Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyan Kings and was once used as a ceremonial center where kings were crowned.
Day 07 - Sunday - Goa
|09:30 am||Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot|
|10:00 am||Depart for Sightseeing|
|11.00 am||Visit the famous Churches of old Goa|
|12:15 pm||Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for tea/coffee and cookies; shopping at the emporium|
|02.00 pm||Reach Majorda Beach resort for Lunch|
|03.00 pm||An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)|
|06:00 pm||Depart from the Resort|
Return to the Golden Chariot
Dinner on Board The Golden Chariot
|09:00 pm||Depart for Bangalore|
Goa: A World
of Golden Beaches
Also known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.
The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.
But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.
Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.
Day 08 : Monday - Bangalore
|08:00 am||Breakfast onboard The Golden Chariot|
|11:00 am||Reach Yeswanthpur railway station, farewell by the entire crew.|