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The Pride Of South

Our hospitality partner


The Golden Chariot - Hospitality KSTDC whose second name has been Hospitality is the largest Travels Corporation of the State is a professionally run State Government Organisation. Established in 1971, KSTDC has ever been redefining Hospitality. It has greatly been possible because of the healthy suggestions by the patrons of the arts and culture, who visit the State from different parts of the world. This has mainly been possible with the team of Professionals who have been trained time and again to keep updated with the technology to offer better service. The attitude of never say no has made this a success. KSTDC holds the mirror for the Karnataka’s art and culture. KSTDC with its Conducted Tours across the state taking you to the renowned cities gives an insight to the blend of culture and growth. Probably the most refreshing example of the largest democracy also brings the comfort of traveling with ultra-modern Aerotech Coaches. Mayura Group of Hotels the premium Lodging and Restaurants setup and maintained by KSTDC is known for their high standards of service and excellent hospitality. KSTDC offices have been setup all over Karnataka to assist the tourists.


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amed after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a World Heritage Site in South India, The Golden Chariot conveys you in luxurious comfort on voyages through time and exotic South Indian locales. On these journeys, it unravels for you both eras hidden behind time’s veil, and the splendours of the present day. Come aboard, on a journey filled with moments worth cherishing for a lifetime. It’s 7 Nights / 8 Days colorful journey begins every Monday from Bangalore and traverses 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 site of Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and finally the Golden Beaches of Goa before ending in Bangalore.

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The Golden Chariot

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Cabin Coaches From The Palace to your Chamber

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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. Each Coach of the “The Golden Chariot” has been named after the dynasties that ruled Karnataka - 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 accessories.


Nala and Ruchi - Two Restaurants A Culinary tour of fine taste.

• Interiors inspired by the timeless aesthetics of Hampi and Halebid. • 4-seater and 2-seater dining cabins with comfortable sofas and chairs.

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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.

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Madira - The Lounge Bar Spirit for your soul.

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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.


Gym Coach Experience Eternity

• Two massage rooms for an out of this world rejuvenation experience. • For those who prefer a local flavour - Ayurveda massages are pro vided. • Fully equipped gymnasium.

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Attain Nirvana. Spa and Gym on The Golden Chariot, discover age old traditions and cures to modern day stress.

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DESTINATIONS

Pride of the South

Bangalore

The Golden Chariot transports you to the worlds of mythology, heritage, worship, natural wonders, wildlife, adventure, beaches and more. Spanning 7 nights and 8 days, the ‘Pride of the South’ itinerary begins with Bangalore and encompasses tiger-stalked Kabini, avian paradise Srirangapatna, majestic Mysore, colossal and monolithic Shravanabelagola, transcendent architectural marvels Belur and Halebid, imperial Hampi, sublime Badami and Pattadakal, and finally, the glorious beaches of Goa!

Mysore Kabini/Bandipur Srirangapatna

Hassan Belur Halebeedu Shravanabelagola

Hampi - a World Heritage Site Pattadakal- a World Heritage Site Badami

Goa- a World Heritage Site

A journey reassuringly long. From most modern cities to forgotten lands. The glorious ruins at Hampi. The stone-sculpted temples at Belur and Halebeedu. The tallest standing monolith chiseled out of a single rock, at Shravanabelagola. Cave temples hewn out of sandstone at Badami. The magnificent structures at Pattadakal. The glory that is Mysore. And that’s not all. Virgin beaches and mighty waterfalls flash past your window. And the generous spread of dense jungles and the amazing wildlife of Kabini add colour to the fabulous train journey.


Pattadakal

Goa

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Badami

Golden ChariotRoute World Heritage Site Coach Route Overnight journey to Bangalore

Hampi

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Belur

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Bangalore

Shravanabelagola

Mysore Kabini

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Bangalore

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Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. A succession of South Indian dynasties ruled the region of Bangalore until in 1537 AD, Kempé Gowda—a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire—established a mud fort considered to be the foundation of modern Bangalore. Following transitory occupation by the Marathas and Mughals, the city remained under the Mysore kingdom, which is now a part of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore continued to be a cantonment of the British and a major city of the Princely State of Mysore which existed as a nominally sovereign entity of the British Raj.


Mysore

Until 1947, Mysore served as the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. The kingdom was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan usurped power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural capital of Karnataka.

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Mysore is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi). According to the provisional results of the 2011 national census of India, the population of Mysore is 887,446 and Hinduism is its major religion. Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city, which is also the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division.

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Goa

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Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.


GUEST EXPERIENCES:Feedback for this Randible Venture on Golden Chariot. Very good service cool hospitality. We welcome the Golden Chariot to Tamilnadu.” - Dr. M. RajaRam. IAS

“I felt we all got personal attention we felt secure & well taken care of. Our cabin

attendant kumar was always there for us with a smile & quick service. We thank you all. We loved it.” - Don/Doreen Lehman

“Excellent service. Would love to get the cookbook for the Indian food.” - Eliav Barr

“This is very nice services & all people are very good. Service for special Mahenderji

are very gentle well & he gave every time best guidance. This trip is whole lypen service to us. Thanks.” - Glints Global

“We were very satisfied with our stay. The train is an arranging experience & the

staff provides great service, especially our attendant Sadeesh the wait staff. While the gift was a very nice touch, it is very large to travel with; a smaller gift would be better in future. The tours were interesting though we felt a cost resued at times. Also, a good idea would be to have a juice on board for natural juices & lassis.” - Forge Saudry - Corden

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“Hats off to Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation & Mapple Hotels

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Our hospitality partner

No. 8, Tourism House, First Floor, Papanna Lane, St. Marks Road, Bangalore - 560001, India Ph: +91-80-43464341. Email: project.director@goldenchariot.org www.goldenchariot.org KSTDC, No. 49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore - 560001, India, Tel: +91 80 4346 4346


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