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KARNATAKA ARTS COLLEGE DHARWAD. MASTER OF TOURISM ADMINISTRATION GOLDEN CHARIOTSUNILKUMAR 12T10008

Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot

Logo ofThe Golden ChariotManufacturerIndian RailwaysBuilt atIntegral Coach Factory, ChennaiFamily nameLuxury TrainsConstructed2008Entered service2008OperatorIndian RailwaysandKarnataka State Tourism Development Corporation(KSTDC)Depot(s)Whitefield, BangaloreLine(s) servedBangalore-Mysore-Hassan-Hospet-Badami-Vasco (Goa)-Bangalore (South Western Railway)

Introduction / History

The Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train that connects the important tourist spots in the Indian states of Karnataka and Goa. It is named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi. The 19 coaches on the train are coloured purple and gold, and sport the logo of a mythological animal with the head of an elephant and a body of a lion. The Golden Chariot operates weekly and had its maiden commercial run on March 10, 2008.The train, along with the Deccan Odyssey, is designed on the lines of the more popular Palace on Wheels with accommodations, spa treatments and dining. The train is operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and marketed by The Luxury Trains, whereas The Mapple Group handles the hospitality services on the train.

welcomeHistoryWhen the success of Palace on Wheels reached the corridors of the KSTDC, it resulted in the signing the state tourism board and the Indian Railways in 2002. Later the Integral Factory Coach (ICF) was assigned with the task to give shape to this luxury train. Around 900 layouts were prepared by the engineers before finalizing the design. Architect Kusum Pendse along with 200 carpenters inexorably worked hard to complete the designs of these railway coaches. The process took around 4 months. Finally on 23 January 2008,Golden Chariotwas unveiled on the tracks veneered in classic colors of purple and gold symbolizing elegance and golden jubilee celebration of Karnataka. An inauguration ceremony was organized at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station where in president Pratibha Devi Singh flagged off the train. Finally on 10 March 2008,Golden Chariotchugged on its maiden journey from Bangalore to Goa.

Inauguration CeremonyAbout Golden Chariot Train

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.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 Great golden chariot

Great golden chariot

Golden chariot

Southern Splendor Golden Chariot Train

Pride of The South trainEmbark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the cradle of Stone Architecture. Journey through the magnificent World Heritage Sites at Hampi & Pattadakkal, the exquisite temples at Belur & and Halebid, Golden beaches of Goa & Wildlife Reserve at Nagarhole.

Pride of the south trainTour Map of Golden Chariot Train :

Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 01 : BangaloreDay 02 : Drive Mysore/Kabini LodgeDay 03 : MysoreDay 04 : Thursday : Jain Monolith & Hosalya Temple Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 05 : Hampi Temples & Vijayanagara PalaceDay 06 : Badami Caves & Pattadakal TemplesDay 07 : Sunday : GoaSouthern Splendour Golden Chariot Train Tour

Golden Chariot now brings to you the Southern Splendors, a journey spanning 7 nights and 8 days that links some of South Indias greatest destinations filled with memorable moments guaranteed to stay with you for a lifetime. On this splendid voyage covering three states we take you through exotic locales starting from the garden city of Bangalore passing through ancient temple towns of Tamil Nadu and finally ending our journey in the coastal city of Kochi. In short, its an experience that captures the romance of a by-gone era making your sojourn an unforgettable one.

Southern Splendour Golden Chariot Daily Tour DetailsDay 1 : Monday : BangaloreDay 2 : Tuesday : Chennai & Mahabalipuram TemplesDay 3 : Wed : Auroville & PondicherryDay 4 : Thurs : Trichy & Tanjore TemplesDay 5 : Fri : MaduraiDay 6 : Sat : Kanyakumari Sunrise & Kovallam BeachDay 7 : Sun : Kerala Backwaters Cruise & Cochin Fort townDay 08 : Bangalore ReturnGolden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 01 : Bangalore

Day 02 : Drive Mysore/ Kabini Lodge

Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 03 : Mysore

Day 04 : Thursday : Jain Monolith & Hosalya Temple Architecture

Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 05 : Hampi Temples & Vijayanagara Palace

Day 06 : Badami Caves & Pattadakal Temples

Golden Chariot Daily Tour Details

Day 07 : Sunday : Goa

Day 08 : Bangalore ReturnTours ends on arrival at Yashwantpura Railway station by 1130hrs

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Partners

7.Indo Asia Leisure Services Ltd,102, Skylark Residency, Wind Tunnel Road,Murgeshpalya, Bangalore - 560 027.Tel : +91 80 25224327Fax : +91 80 25224695Email :indo_asia@goldenchariot.org8.Lawrence Travels & Tours (P) Ltd.Ground Floor, Rear Wing,Chandralok Building,36 Janpath, New Delhi -110001Phone: +91 (011) 4686 8686 (16 lines)Ph: +91-98101 45718Email:lawrence3@vsnl.com

The Golden Chariot - FacilitiesThe Golden Chariot - Facilities

Cabin Coaches From The Palace to your Chamber

Your chambers are steeped in history. Chambers in which, you will retire under a sky of craftsmanship that narrate timeless tales. Sink into a bed of royalty, reminiscent of the Mysore Maharajas, admire the intricate carvings on the ceiling, the wall panels and furniture inspired by Mysore and Hoysala architecture.

TheGolden Chariotoffers accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region: - Kadamba, Hoysala, Rastrakota, Ganga, Chalukya, Bhahamani, Adhilshahi, Sangama, Shathavashna, Yudukula and Vijayanagar. Fully air-conditioned cabins. 26 twin beds, 17 double bed cabins and 1 cabin for the physically challenged. Vanity / Writing desk. Every cabin is equipped with LCD television, DVD with 6 satellite channels, wardrobe, vanity/writing desk and private bathroom with luxurious amenities and accessoriesThe Golden Chariot - FacilitiesNala and Ruchi - Two RestaurantsA Culinary tour of fine taste.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.

Madira - The Lounge BarSpirit for your soul.Timeless like the spirits we serve, Madira, the mythical drink of the gods in the lounge bar aboard The Golden Chariot. Pour yourself fine spirits as you unravel your soul, as you watch performances of local artisans. Celebrate the journey into timelessness as lilting music uplifts you. Relaxing and elegant seating at bar. Plush and royal interiors modeled after the Mysore Palace.

The Golden Chariot - Facilities

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.

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

Conference Coach

Where modern day royalty does business.Golden Chariot Conference Coach can seat up to 30 business leaders and gives you lessons in history and leaves with a vision for the future.

Seating capacity of 25-30 guests. 42 inch LCD television. High-speed internet surfing area.

Gym CoachExperience EternityAttain Nirvana.At the Ayurveda center, Spa and gym on 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 flavour - Ayurveda massages are provided.Fully equipped gymnasium.

Tour Tariffs PRIDE OF SOUTHOctober 2012 - March 2013 (For Indian nationals only)Occupancy TypePer person / night(INR)Total for 7 nights per person(INR)Single22000154000Double16500115500Triple1320092400October 2012 - March 2013 (For International travellers)Occupancy TypePer person / night(USD)Total for 7 nights per person(USD)Single7545278Double5453815Triple4403080

Half fare for children between 5 and 12 yea