One of India's famed luxury trains, the Golden Chariot was built on the lines of the famous Palace on Wheels, the pioneer of luxury trains in India. Offering voyages through some of the most exotic destinations in South India, not only blessed with natural wealth but also rich in history, culture and heritage.
The Golden Chariot was named after the legendary Stone Chariot of Hampi. The luxury tourist train is operated by Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC). On the other hand, the hospitality services are catered to by a leading name in the industry 'The Mapple Group'.
The luxury train offers two itineraries- Pride of the South and Splendour of the South. These journeys cover destinations from Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Both the itineraries are 7 nights and 8 days train tours. Each of them includes World Heritage sites, marvellous specimens of architecture, sightseeing tours and much more.About the Train: Cabins:
The Golden Chariot comprises of 19 coaches which includes 11 luxuriously furnished Air-Conditioned Saloons of 4 sleeping chambers (Cabins) each, 2 Dining Cars, 1 Bar Lounge, Business Centre, Mini Gymnasium & Ayurvedic Spa. Intricate carvings, artistic décor, and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture add charm to the train coaches.
Each cabin is equipped with modern amenities. The coaches are set with features such as:
- Centrally air conditioning.
- Interiors depicting essence of Karnataka.
- LCD television with satellite connection.
- Writing Desk.
- Private Bath.
- Padded beds.
- 1 cabin for the disabled guests aboard the train.
The Golden Chariot has two elegantly appointed restaurants Nala and Ruchi. The décor inspired by Halebidu and Hampi style of architecture serves gourmet cuisines to the guests. Aesthetic appeal and pleasant setting add to the romance of an elegant dining experience. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares are served with selection of traditional dishes of the region. A la carte menu as per their liking and appetite are also available for guests to make their choice.
The luxury train also has a well-stocked bar with collection of home labels as well as international labels. The harmonious setting of the bar is without a doubt relaxing. The charm of bygone era and contemporary sophistication are the reason for guests to spend pleasant evenings here. The bar serves an eclectic collection of wine and spirits along with selection of hors d'oeuvres. Revel in the bliss of a languid evening.Nala
Named after the legendary chef, Nala, the in-house restaurant is visited by guests for its classic ambience and range of lip smacking delicacies.Ruchi
Meaning fine taste in India, Ruchi serves to its guests a comfortable atmosphere to relish Indian culinary delights besides a host of international cuisines as well.Madira
Madira is the lounge bar housed within the Golden Chariot that guests visit in order to unwind and relax after a tiring day of sightseeing and travel. The wide collection of drinks will surely help lift your spirits. The interiors of the bar wonderfully reflect the structure and décor of the Mysore Palace.Recreational
Other than sightseeing in some of the premium tourist destinations of India, the recreational facilities of Golden Chariot are available in a coach of the train! This luxury cabin is set with:
- Gym facilities.
- An Ayurveda spa centre with 2 massage rooms.
- Lounge area for relaxation.