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The Golden Chariot Train

Built on the lines of World Famous- Palace On Wheels; this latest addition to Maharaja Train Tours of India, will launch it's first commercial run from 10th March,2008. The Golden Chariot Train is a joint venture between Indian Railways & Karnataka tourism. The Weekly Eight days sojourn on the Golden Chariot Train will start from Silicon Valley of The east,Bangalore, every Monday Evening. The places covered include visits to Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary(Kabini);Mysore Palace,Vrindavan Gardens, Srirangapatna Fort; Hosalya temples at Belur & Halebidu ; Jain monolith of Lord Gomatesvara ;UNESCO World Heritage sites located at Hampi,Pattadekal & Badami;Goan beaches.

TOUR DETAILS

Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart :
Check in Starts at 1800 hrs in evening & train departs by 1900 hrs.

Day 02 : TUE :

Excursion to Nagarhole Wildlife Reserve-through dense green forest,along River Kabini;for possible sighting of Tiger,Wild Elephants & the elusive leopard.

Day 03 : WED :

Visit the impressive Mysore Palace, Vrindavan Gardens & Srirangapatnam Fort.

Day 04 : THURS :

Morning excursion to 12th century built Hosalya temples at Halebid & Belur.Afternoon visit towering Jain monolith at Shravanabelagola.

Day 05 : FRI :

Excursion to World Heritage Site at Hampi -seat of mighty Vijayanagar Empire from 14th to 16th Century.

Day 06 : SAT :

Morning visit the cradle of Hindu rock architecture at Aihole-dating back to 4th century; & World Heritage Site of Pattadakal Chalukyan temples,dating back to 3rd century.Afternoon excursion to World Heritage Site of Badami-with it's beautiful cave temples ,dating back to 6th century.

Day 07 : SUN :

Day at leisure in former Portuguese colony of Goa.

Day 08 : MON :

Tours ends on Arrival at Bangalore by 1100 hrs

FACILITIES

The luxuorisly furnished Air Conditioned Golden Chariot Train,with interiors inspired by intricate architecture of Hosalya temples,invoke the memory of bygone Mysore Royalty. There are Eleven Passenger Saloons of Four Sleeping Chambers(cabins) each;Two Dining Cars with onboard Kitchen; Bar Lounge Saloon; & facilities of Conference Space,Business Center,Mini Gymnasium,Aryuvedic Spa center.

 Departure dates / SCHEDULE

The 7 Nights/8 Days Golden Chariot Train Tour departs from Bangalore every Monday evening (optional check-in at 12 noon) & returns to Bangalore ,by 1100 hrs on next Monday. You also have option to book minimum 4 nights part journey also viz. Mysore to Goa.

 

7 Nights Golden Chariot Train Tour Ex.Bangalore,for 2009-10 season

  May 2009

18, 25

  June 2009

01, 08, 15, 22, 29

  July 2009

06, 13, 20, 27

  August 2009

03, 10, 17, 24,3 1

  September 2009

07, 14, 21, 28

  October 2009

05, 12, 19, 26

  November 2009

02, 09, 16, 23, 30

  December 2009

07, 14, 21*, 28*

  January 2010

04, 11, 18, 25

  February 2010

01, 08, 15, 22

  March 2010

01, 08, 15, 22, 29

NOTE : You may book for Four Nights part journey also

 TARIFF:

COST PER PERSON -Valid till 31 August 2009 depart

Occupancy Type

Per Night

For Full 7 Nights

  On Triple Sharing

Rs.9,120

Rs.63,840

  On Twin Sharing

Rs.11,200

Rs.78,400

  On Single Occupancy

Rs.15,520

Rs.1,08,640

NOTE: 2.58% Govt.Service Tax Extra

 

COST PER PERSON - Valid from 07 Sept,09 till 29 March,2010 depart*

Occupancy Type

Per Night

For Full 7 Nights

  On Triple Sharing

US$ 285

US$ 1,995

  On Twin Sharing

US$ 350

US$2,450

  On Single Occupancy

US$ 485

US$ 3,395

* 2.58% Govt.Service Tax Extra
# 10% Holiday Surcharge extra for 21 & 28 Dec,09 depart
# Children<12 yrs charged 50% of adult rate & provided bed
# Children<5 yrs are complimentary, without bed.
# Indian can pay as per equivalent rate of exchange

 

Train Tour Cost Includes :
Stay onboard the Train in Sleeping Chambers with private washrooms;Daily Three Meals;Excursion & sightseeing arrangements with English Speaking Guides;Bottled drinking water;"monument entrance fees".


Extra Costs (Not Included) :
Video camera fees at monuments & wildlife reserves;Laundry;Hard & Soft drinks;Tour Insurance;Usage of Business Center & Spa facility;Gratuity,Tips & Porterage; & all other expenses of personal nature.


Booking Procedure :
For Bookings requests on The Golden Chariot Train Tour.
(1) Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of MINIMUM 20% Advance Deposit with Names of Passengers.
(2) Balance payment with Passport Details must reach us 45 days before Tour Departure Date.
(3) If booking request made less than 45 days before tour departure date,we will require full 100% payment to confirm the booking.



Payment Options :
You can make payment Either by Credit Card Authorization(Visa/Mastercard) ; OR Bank Wire Transfer.

Cancellation Rules :

(a) Cancellation Request for Golden Chariot Train Tour must be sent in writing.
(b) If cancellation request received anytime before 61 days of Tour Date,MINIMUM 5% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(c) If cancellation request received between 60 to 31 days before Tour Date,MINIMUM 20% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(d) If cancellation request received between 16 to 30 days before Tour Date,MINIMUM 50% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.
(e) If cancellation request received less than 16 days before Tour Date,Full 100% of Total Tour Cost will charged as cancellation Fee.



IMPORTANT :
(i) Golden Chariot Train will only operate ,subject to having minimum passengers.
(ii) Facility to book part journey may be possible,subject to occupancy on the Golden Chariot.
(iii) Disputes,if any,are only subject to jurisdiction of New Delhi(India).
(iv) At present,there is no concept of Tour Insurance in India.

ABOUT GOLDE CHARIOT 

The latest Indian Maharaja Train Tour, "Golden Chariot" offers an insight into treasure trove of archaeological wealth, abundant bounty for wildlife seekers and a kaleidoscope of culture for it's esteemed guests. It offers a mix of heritage, culture, eco-tourism and beach life. Recline & relax as the magnificent scenery unfolds outside your window with luxury on the inside, thus far reserved for royalty.

We present the Golden Chariot-a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and an omnipresent tomorrow in a magical land ... that is Karnataka.

The Eight -days sojourn Departs from Bangalore every Monday evening & takes the travellers through Mysore (covering Srirangapatnam, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary), Hassan (Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola), Hospet (Hampi), Gadag (Aihole, Badami, Pattadakkal) and Goa; before returning to Bangalore next Monday morning.The Golden Chariot Train is a joint venture of State Government of Karnataka & Ministry of Railways. 

FACILITIES ON BOARD 

Designed & operated on the lines of World famous Palace On wheels Train Tour; The Golden Chariot Train offers Eleven luxuriously furnished Air-Conditioned Saloons of 4 sleeping chambers(Cabins) each,Two Dining Cars,One Bar Lounge & onboard facility of state of art Conference room, Business Centre, Mini Gymnasium & Ayurvedic Spa.

 Passenger Saloons :
The Interiors of the Saloon are inspired by the intricately carved Hosalya temple architecture dating back to 12th century.
Total 44 Air Conditioned cabins in 11 inter-connected saloons are combination of 26 Twin Bedded Cabins,17 Double bedded Cabins & One Cabin for Physically Challenged.
Each Cabin offers small wardrobe,vanity desk,LCD Televisions,Electric sockets with 220 AC for recharging batteries; & private washroom having 5 Star Hotel accessories

Restaurant Coaches :
The interiors of the Two Dining Cars (called Nala & Ruchi) are inspired by the royal aesthetics of Hampi & Halebid temples.
There is a wide spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights available.

Lounge Bar Coach :
The plush & royal interiors of the Cigar Bar Lounge (called Madira) are modelled after the early 20th century Mysore Palace

Conference Saloon :
The state of art Conference Room has seating capacity of 25-30 guests & provision of 42 inch LCD Television with DVD player.The business centre offers high speed internet surfing area. 

Spa & Gym Facility :
There are Two massage rooms ,for the traditional & age old Ayurvedic massages,said to offer definite cures for modern day fatigue & stress.
Also available is a fully equipped Gymnasium.

 DETAILED TOUR INFORMATION

DAY ONE:   MONDAY: BANGALORE

1230

Arrival at Blue Ginger Taj Westend

1300

Check-in formalities

1330

Lunch at Blue Ginger

1430

Departure for sight seeing to Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh St.Mark’s Cathedral with some spare time for shopping at MG Road

1800

Leave for Yeshwantpur Railway Station by coach

1930

Welcome with garland and Tikka at The Golden Chariot

1930

Bar opens

1930 - 2200

Dinner

Travel Info :

Bangalore-Mysore train ride: 3 hrs.
Arrive in Mysore on Monday late night.

Day 02 : Tuesday : Mysore

0730

Breakfast on Board

0915

Assemble at the Station

0930

Departure for sight seeing to Srirangapatna and Daria Daulat Fort by coach

1400

Lunch at Regaalis

1530

Sight seeing of Chamundi Hills by coach

1630

Sight seeing of Mysore Palace by coach

1800 - 1930

Tea and Trip to Rangayana Kala Mandir for Cultural Show by coach

2015

Bar opens

2015 - 2200

Dinner

Travel Info :

Train remains at Mysore.

Day 03 : Wednesday : Kabini

0730

Breakfast on Board

0915

Assemble at the Station

0930

Departure for sight seeing to Kabini by coach

1130

Tea / Coffee

1200

Boat ride

1300

Lunch at Kabini

1430

Wildlife movie

1500

Peaceful walk with nature

1630

Jungle safari in jeeps

1830

Back to the resort

1900

Departure to board the The Golden Chariot for dinner by coach

2100

Bar opens

2100 - 2200

Dinner

Travel Info :

Train remains at Mysore
A 2hr bus ride from Mysore to Kabini

Day 04 : Thursday : Hassan

0640

Leave for Hassan

0730

Breakfast on board

0845

Arrival at Hassan and drive to Halebid by coach

0930

Arrival at Halebid for temple visit

1100

Drive to Belur

1145

Sightseeing of Belur

1245

Drive to The Golden Chariot for lunch on board

1330

Lunch on board

1500

Departure for Shravanabelagola

1845

Drive to The Golden Chariot

1930

Bar opens

1930-2200

Dinner

2000

Train departs for Hospet (overnight journey)

Travel Info :

Mysore-Hassan train ride: 2 hrs
Train remains at Hassan.
45 min bus ride from Hassan to each destination

Day 05 : Friday : Hospet

0600

Arrival at Hospet

0730

Breakfast on board

0900

Departure for Hampi by coach

0945

Arrival at Hampi – Sightseeing Mustard Seed Ganesha, Virupaksha temple, Krishna Bazar, Linga, Queens Bath and the fort.

1200

Drive to The Golden Chariot for lunch

1315

Lunch on board

1445

Drive by coach to Hampi again – Sightseeing of Hazama temple, Lotus fort and elephant stable

1615

Tea / coffee break at KSTDC guest house

1645

Drive to Vittala temple complex

1715

Cultural show at the temple complex

1830

Tea / coffee

1915

Sound and light show inside the temple complex

2000

Drive to The Golden Chariot for dinner

2045

Bar opens

2045 - 2200

Dinner

Travel Info :

Hassan-Hospet train ride: overnight.
Hampi is 45 min bus ride from Hospet.
Train remains at Hospet station

Day 06 : Saturday : Gadag, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami 

0600

Train departs for Gadag

0730

Breakfast on board

0800

Arrival at Gadag

0845

Drive by coach to Hotel Badami Court for tea / coffee

1115

Drive to Aihole

1130

Arrival at Aihole for sight seeing

1230

Drive by coach to Pattadakal

1300

Arrival at Pattadakal for sight seeing

1400

Drive to Hotel Badami Court for lunch

1530

Drive to Badami Caves

1715

Drive to Hotel Badami Court for tea / coffee

1730

Arrival at Hotel Badami Court

1815

Depart to The Golden Chariot

2000

Train departs for Goa

2045

Bar opens

2045 - 2200

Dinner

Travel Info :

Train is stationed at Gadag.
Hospet-Gadag train ride: 2 hrs.
Badami is 2hrs bus ride from Gadag.

Day 07 : Sunday : Goa

0430

Arrival at Vasco Railway Station

0730

Breakfast on board

0900

Drive to Candolim beach by coach at The Taj Holiday Village

1045 - 1230

Arrival at the beach, sun bathe and relax on the beach

1230

Lunch at Caravela – Taj Holiday Village

1545

Sight seeing of Old Goa churches and Museum

1730

Drive to Solas De Colacos

1800

Visit an old Portuguese house and have tea / coffee break

1900

Drive back by coach through Miramar beach and Panjim City

2000

Reach the station to board The Golden Chariot and depart for Bangalore

2000

Bar opens

2000-2200

Dinner

730

Breakfast on board

1200

Arrival at Bangalore

Travel Info :

Gadag - Goa train ride: Overnight
Train leaves for Bangalore at night

Day 08 : Monday : Bangalore

0730

Breakfast on board

1200

Arrival at Bangalore

Travel Info :

Goa-Bangalore train ride: Overnight

IMPORTANT : The Day to Day Schedule may be changed at short notice by the Train Manager, to suit local logistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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