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Welcome to Classic Rail Journeys, Indias premium rail operator of exclusive heritage trains. CRJ is all about personalized travel through fully ushered rail tours, transporting one to the days of yore. It offers an exceptional opportunity to visit Indias most incredible places in private suites of classic heritage trains. Under the aegis of SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd., CRJ comprises a specialist group which knows exactly what it takes to design and accomplish a memorable rail journey.Signal of uncompromised journeyswww.classicrailjourneys.com
www.classicrailjourneys.comSDU Travels Pvt. Ltd.October 10th, 2010 was a significant day in the life of nine friends who had built a career in the travel industry. On this day, they came together to realize a collective vision of providing personalized, quality travel through ethical business practices; and so was born SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd., a travel company whose founders themselves are avid travelers.This passion, led to the finding of interesting destinations with unique local experiences; discovering new points of interest, new things to do and a considerable knowledge about hotel quality. Having experienced the culture of the places visited they brought back a wealth of experiences - some, off the beaten track, but all in all truly enriching. This knowledge has enabled the founders to equip the company for customized travel experiences along with professional and reliable services. Specializing in inbound travel, SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd. has built its business ethically, this being the reason for most clients having patronized it for years.Since 2010, SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd. has grown immensely, both geographically and in terms of the services it provides. With its roots in India, it has a presence in Delhi, Varanasi, Kochi and Chennai; in neighboring countries like Nepal (Kathmandu), Bhutan (Thimphu) and Sri Lanka and overseas offices at UK, Germany, Japan, Korea, China, Italy, Spain, Brazil and the U.A.E.Having won many awards, SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd. today, is synonymous with quality. The 150 member happy crew steers this ship with the utmost care and confidence. All in all, the journey of these nine friends has been a truly successful one which started with a certain vision and successfully culminated into their mission. The journey continues, the passion remains and SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd. moves from strength to strength each passing year.Affiliations: Having a global presence, SDU Travels Pvt. Ltd. has affiliations with the Department of Tourism, Government of India, certifications from IATA, PATA, USTOA, IATO, TAAI, FICCI and ASTA.Awards:Winner of Asias Leading Inbound Tour Company Award in 2012Winner of National Tourism Awards in Category III in 2012Winner of National Tourism Awards in Category II in 2013Winner of World Tourism Award in 2014OUR STORY
The Golden Chariot is run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), a Government of Karnataka undertaking, a luxury train appointed with the finest luxury facilities that takes you on a journey truly unique and memorable.
It has successfully completed 6 years of operations and with the introduction of Southern Splendor itinerary in 2010, and has become the first and only luxury train in Karnataka & entire South India.
GOLDEN CHARIOT-CABINSEach one of the 18 thematic coaches onboard The Golden Chariot is designed to be your very own personal kingdom Each Coach of the The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar.
The 44 cabins, fully equipped with modern amenities, are inspired by the Mysore and Belur- Halebeedu schools of art and architecture. Sink into your bed of royalty, replete with silk bedspreads hand-woven by local artisans.
Nala and Ruchi - Two Restaurants
A Nala named after a king and legendary chef from the times of the Mahabharata. Ruchi, a name that means fine taste in Sanskrit. The two restaurants serve a spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian culinary delights.
Interiors inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid. 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with comfortable sofas and chairs.CULINARY TOUR OF FINE TASTE
www.classicrailjourneys.comThe kings of yore perhaps drank in search of the poet or the painter within. At Madira, the Lounge Bar onboard The Golden Chariot, you could do the same. Unravel your soul to fine spirits, as you enjoy performances by local artisans. And drink in the truly magnificent ambience.
At Arogya, the Spa and gym on The Golden Chariot, discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.
Two massage rooms for an out of this world rejuvenation experience. For those who prefer a local flavor - Ayurveda massages are provided. Fully equipped gymnasium.SPA & GYMNASIUM
www.classicrailjourneys.comPRIDE OF THE SOUTH ITINERARYTHE JOURNEY Destinations Covered: Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini, Hassan, Hospet, Badami, Goa, BangaloreDuration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days
Destinations Covered: Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini, Hassan, Hospet, Badami, Goa, BangaloreDuration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days1KARNATAKABANGALOREKERALAGOABADAMIHOSEPETHASSANKABINIMYSORE234567
THE ROUTE MAPMap not to scale
www.classicrailjourneys.comTHE JOURNEY BANGALORE
1600hrs: Self report and Registration at Taj West End 1630hrs: Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj1730hrs: Hi-Tea1800hrs: Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour1830hrs: Cultural dance1900hrs:Depart to Yeshwanthpur Railway Station to board The Golden Chariot2015hrs: Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot2100hrs: Train departstoMysorePRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 01
THE JOURNEY MYSORE & KABINI
0800hrs: Breakfast on board1000hrs: Visit the famous Amba Vilas Mysore Palace1130hrs: Depart for Kabini in coach1330hrs: Reach Kabini jungle lodges resortLunch at the resort1530hrs: Tea / Coffee1600hrs: Jungle Safari 1940hrs: Screening of wildlife film2030hrs: Dinner and stay overnight at jungle lodges resortPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 02
THE JOURNEY MYSORE & KABINI
0530hrs: Wake up Call0630hrs: Boat ride for bird safari on Kabini river0800hrs: Breakfast at the Jungle Lodges Resort0930hrs: Depart for Mysore in coach1130hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot1300hrs: Lunch on board 1500hrs: Srirangapatanam sightseeing Dariya Daulat, Tipu mausoleum and drive through the fort1800hrs: Shopping at CIE1900hrs: Cultural dance and dinner at partner hotel 2200hrs: Back on board The Golden ChariotPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 03
THE JOURNEY HASSAN0500hrs: Depart from Mysore to Hassan0730hrs: Breakfast on board0900hrs: Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola(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 climb can stay back on board The Golden Chariot)1300hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch1500hrs: Depart for Belur and Halebidu to visit the magnificent temple complexes1915hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot2000hrs: Dinner on board and depart to Hospet by 2040 hrsPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARY
PRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYTHE JOURNEY 0600hrs: Arrive at Hospet0700hrs: Breakfast on board0830hrs: Depart for sightseeing to Hampi: Hema kuta hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, Elephant stables, Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple1300hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch1530hrs: Visit to the Vijaya Vittala temple complex and the marvel stone chariot 1630hrs: Site visit of the famous Vijaya Vittala Temple complex1900hrs: Back at the Hospet railway station 2000hrs: Dinner on board The Golden ChariotHOSPET & HAMPIwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 05
THE JOURNEY BADAMI
0400hrs: Depart from Hospet to Badami0730hrs: Breakfast on board0830hrs: Arrive at Badami0900hrs: Depart for sightseeing: Pattadakkal and Badami cave temples1320hrs: Return to The Golden Chariot 1330hrs: Lunch on board and depart for GoaFree time to relax and enjoy the facilities on board - Spa, Gym, Movies, etc2000hrs: Dinner on board The Golden Chariot. Reach Goa past midnightPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 06
THE JOURNEY GOA
0800hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot1000hrs: Depart for sightseeing1100hrs: Visit the famous churches of old Goa0015hrs: Visit old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments 1400hrs: Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea 1600hrs: Depart from the resort1800hrs: Return to Vasco railway station and board The Golden Chariot1910hrs: Depart for Bangalore2000hrs: Dinner on board The Golden ChariotPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 07
THE JOURNEY 0800hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot1130hrs: Reach Yeshwanthpur Railway Station and Farewell by the entire crewPRIDEOFTHESOUTHITIENARYwww.classicrailjourneys.comDAY 08 BANGALORE