New Delhi, Feb 21: Soaked in royal opulence, The Golden Chariot, the newest luxury train in South India, will commence its maiden journey from Bangalore on March 10, promising those onboard a journey of unparalleled comforts and eternal memories.
A joint venture of The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Indian Railways, the luxury train will run on every Monday of the week. Christened after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site in Karnataka, the luxury train will travel through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces, wildlife and golden beaches.
During its 7 nights-8 days journey, the train will start from Bangalore every Monday and traverse through Mysore, visiting Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace; the Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) and continuing to the historical sites of Shravanabelagola, Belur, the 11th century cradle of Hoysala architecture and a World Heritage Site, Halebidu, Hampi and thereafter entering into the triangular heritage sites of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the golden beaches of Goa before returning to Bangalore.
The tariif for the train is based on per person per night. For single occupancy, it is 485 US dollars, 350 dollars for double occupancy and 285 dollars for triple occupancy. The ticket fare includes full board expenses, excursions, and entrance fees (without air fare).
Touted as a train that boasts of luxury thus far reserved for the royalty, its all the suites have been meticulously designed and crafted for the guests to relive the kingly splendour of a rich past. Inside coach interiors are inspired by timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid.
On-board and off-board hospitality is provided by one of the leading hotel and resort chains of India "The Mapple Group".
It has fully air-conditioned vestibule cabins, 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and one cabin for physically challenged guests.
The cabins have hand-carved wooden panels on roof and wall panels, hand-woven silk bedsheets and furniture inspired by the architecture of Mysore and Hoysala.
Every cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD television, DVD with 6 satellite channels, wardrobe, vanity/writing desk and private bathroom with luxurious amenities and accessories.
It has two restaurants 'Nala' and 'Ruchi' while 'Madira', the lounge bar coach, has elegant bar and plush interiors, reflecting the Mysore Palace aura of royalty and charm.
The train has also a Conference Coach with a seating capacity of 25-30 guests with 42" LCD television and high speed internet area.
Its Gym Coach has a fully equipped gymnasium and two massage rooms for rejuvenating experience, including Ayurveda massages.
The Luxury Trains, a capital-based company, has been appointed worldwide marketing and sales partner for this train. It is the largest consolidator and GSA (General Sales Agent) for all the Indian Luxury Trains 'Palace-On-Wheels', 'Heritage on Wheels' and 'Deccan Odyssey'.