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Golden Chariot Train-Southern Splendour Journey

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About Golden Chariot
This South India version of Palace On Wheels train was launched in March 2008 & is now operating on two different 7 Nights train tour circuits, both departing from Bangalore on alternate Mondays.

Pride of South Golden Chariot covers Mysore, Hampi & Goa.

Southern splendour Golden chariot covers Pondicherry & Kerala Back waters.
This is the only luxury train tour in India, offering discounted Rupees tariff for Indian Nationals The golden chariot train is owned & operated by State Tourism Department of Karnataka Government ; & both onboard services and off board excursions are managed by Maple group of Hotels. The train tour operates on regular basis from October to March & there maybe limited services on request in the months of September & April

The Golden Chariot Train was launched to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka & it’s very name is derived from the famous Stone chariot at Hampi temples. The theme & interiors of the train are inspired by the rich craftsmanship of 14th century built Hosalya Temples & the onboard staff is attired in traditional dress. There are Passenger saloons with 4 Deluxe cabins each, having option to book Twin beds & queen size beds. Some of the twin-bedded Cabins have option of third bunker bed. There is a small pantry in each Passenger saloon, Which is serviced round the clock by a Saloon attendant. All the cabins are air-conditioned with facility of LCD TV & intercom & having attached Private bathrooms with running hot & cold water. The bathrooms are equipped with toiletries of international standard. The Saloon are named after Famous Royal Dynasties of South India. There are two dining cars with onboard kitchen serving international cuisine. Passengers can relax in Madera Bar Lounge Or enjoy facilities of the mini gym & aryuvedic spa, after the daily sightseeing tours. All off board excursions are organized in Air conditioned Buses with services of English speaking Guide. Bottled drinking water is complimentary for golden chariot guests.

7 Nights Southern Splendour Journey of Golden Chariot Train:

Day 01 : MON : Bangalore Depart:
Self Report by 4.30 pm at Hotel Taj West End ,Bangalore for check in formalities of Golden Chariot Train Tour,followed by Hi-Tea & brief presentation.
Proceed for culture program & arrive by 8.00 p.m. at Yashwantpura Railway station for traditional welcome & be escorted to your respective cabins.
Dinner on board.train & departs by 9.00 p.m. from Bangalore

Day 02 : TUE : Chennai & Mahapalipuram:
Chennai & Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Train arrives at Chennai Egmore railway station by 0530 a.m. early morning. After breakfast, board AC Buses by 930 a.m. for day excursion to Mahabalipuram town after drive along Marina Beach in Chennai The 9th century built Sea Shore temples & Stone Carvings at Mahabalipuram have withstood erosion over centuries & have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After leisurely lunch at beach resort in Mahabalipuram depart by AC Buses for Pondicherry Railway station where the Train is awaiting your arrival.

Day 02 : TUE : Chennai & Mahapalipuram:
Dinner on board & overnight train stabled at Pondicherry.

Day 03 : WED Morning : Auroville Commune:
Morning excursion to nearby located Auroville commune , started in 1930's to bring harmony amongst all the religions orders & promotion of natural eco friendly produce.

Day 03 : WED Afternoon: Pondicherry-Former French colony:
After lunch & brief rest on the train, experience charms of the former French Colony of Pondicherry on foot; visiting Sri Aurobindho Ashram, White Quarters & beach side.
Time free for shopping followed by dinner in local restaurant. Return to the train at Pondicherry station by 10 p.m. & depart.

Day 04 : THURS : Trichy Temple & Tanjore World Heritage Site:
Early morning 6 a.m. your train reaches Trichy Railway Station. After breakfast board AC Buses by 9 a.m. for full day excursion to Temples in Trichy & Thanjavur First visit the ancient Ghat temples in Trichy to view traditional South Indian Hindu rituals & later drive 1.5 hrs to Tanjore town; to experience the grandeur of 11th century stone built Brihadeshwara Temple, with an apex 216 feet high. Nearby is a huge granite stone carved statue of the sacred bull (Nandi). This temple complex is also a World Heritage Site.After lunch in a Tanjore Hotel visit Artefacts & Paintings gallery, before boarding train from Tanjore railway station at 5 p.m. & depart.The Thanjavur School of art is famous for it' colourful three dimensional paintings having touches of gold.

Day 05 : FRI : Madurai Temple Town :
Morning visit one of the holiest sacred spot for Hindus-The Meenakshi temple,which was first constructed more than 2500 years ago, but present work was completed in early 17th century. The temple complex is spread over 45 acres & is a massive structure measuring 254 by 237 meter. The temple is surrounded by 12 towers, the tallest of which, the famous Southern tower, rises to over 170 ft . There are four different gates to enter the temple complex & it's 1000 pillared decorative hall is an architectural wonder Evening enjoy Sound & Light show in The Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal,former Palace of Madurai Royalt.

Day 06 : SAT Morning : Kanyakumari Sunrise Point:
Early morning 515 a.m. board AC Coaches from Nagercoil railway station for drive to Kanyakumari, to snatch Sunrise photo moment ;at the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula; overlooking the three oceans of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean & the Arabian Sea.Return to Nagercoil Railway station by 730 a.m. to board the train & depart. Breakfast & Lunch onboard (time permitting visit early 17th century Padmanabha Palace Complex).

Day 06 : SAT Evening : Kovallam Beach:
Train reaches Trivandrum Railway Station by 3 p.m. & Board AC Buses by 5 p.m. for 45 minutes drive to nearby located Kovallam Beach & time at leisure. Enjoy cultural program & dinner in 5 Star Beach Resort & return to Trivandrum Railway station by 10 p.m. to board the train Train stabled overnight at Trivandrum Railway station.

Day 07 : SUN Morning : Kerala Backwaters:
Train departs at 5 a.m. from Trivandrum Railway Station & reaches Alleppey Railway station by 830 a.m. Drive by AC Buses to Alleppey Jetty Point to board Houseboats for cruise through narrow waterways & canals also often referred to as "Venice of the East" Enjoy local Kerala cuisine lunch on the houseboat & later return to Boat Jetty point to board AC Buses for 1.5 hrs drive to Kochi City .

Day 07 : SUN Afternoon :
Cochin Fort Area The ancient port town of Cochin in now a modern city with thriving commercial district of Ernakulum. Afternoon enjoy walk through 16th century Built Portuguese Fort town with churches, Jewish synagogue & Chinese fishing nets Board the train from Ernakulum Railway station by 630 p.m. & depart. Dinner on board.

Day 08: Mon Morning:
BANGALORE Return The southern splendour train returns to Yashwantpura railway station, Bangalore by 930 a.m. Check-out after breakfast. Tour ends on arrival.

SCHEDULE 2016-17 Season
7 Nights Southern Splendor Depart Dates Ex Bangalore
Month Departure Dates
Oct 2016 Nil
Nov 2016 28
Dec 2016 26*
Jan 2017 09
Feb 2017 20
March 2017 Nil

Note :
Train Tour will operate subject to Minimum Twenty Passengers Or Advance received will be refunded(with NO Further liability)

Tariff : 2016-17 Season

7 Nights Southern Splendour Cost-PER CABIN(Taxes Extra)
Occupancy Type No of Persons Per Cabin US$ Tariff
For Foreign Passport Holders
INR Tariff
Only for Indian National
Single One US$ 6125 Rs 2,17,000/-
Double Two US$ 9310 Rs 3,50,000/-
Triple Three US$ 12,075 Rs 4,20,000/-
  • Add Govt. Taxes Extra ,as applicable on date of journey
  • Add 10% Holiday surcharge extra for 26 Dec* 2016 tour depart
  • Children < 12 years charged 50% of adult rate ,Sharing Adult Cabin
  • Children below 5 years are complimentary(Without Bed)
  • Option to book for MINIMUM Four Nights part journey & pay accordingly
  • Train tour will operate ,subject to MINIMUM 20 Passengers OR advance received will be refunded (with no further liability)

Train Tour cost Includes :
Travel & stay Onboard in private A/C sleeping chambers with attached bathrooms; Bed Tea & Daily three meals; Group excursions & sightseeing tours by air-conditioned buses with English speaking guide; Monument entrance fees, Bottled drinking water; Backwaters cruise in Alleppey; Cultural program in Madurai & Bangalore.

Extra Costs(not included) :
Video Camera fees at monuments; alcoholic & non alcoholic beverages; laundry; room services; telephone calls; use of spa & business centre facilities; tips; porter charges, tour insurance; airport & railway station transfers; hotel stay; Arrangements for Visa travel documents for India; & all other expenses of personal nature

Booking Procedure :
*We require Names/Nationality/date of birth of all the passengers to process your booking request
*On receipt of minimum 20% advance deposit of total ticket value, your booking will be confirmed on definite basis
* Full payment must reach us at least 35 days before tour date with photocopy of passport
*Booking request made < 35 notice will be confirmed on receipt of one time full tour value deposit.

Cancellation Rules :
*The Golden Chariot Train is a joint collaboration of Indian Railways & Karnataka Tourism Dept & rules accordingly framed.
*Train Tour bookings are Non-endorsable.
*Only on receipt of written request, will we process your cancellation request.
*MINIMUM cancellation levy of 20% of total ticket value if cancellation request made > 35 days in advance
*Cancellation request made between 35 to 16 days before tour depart will attract cancellation fee of MINIMUM 50% of total ticket value.
*Passengers are liable to pay full 100% of Total ticket value, if cancellation request less than 16 days before train depart.
*Request made to change date of travel will be governed by cancellation rules
*Failure to meet payment deadline will be treated as per cancellation rules

Payment Options :
*Online credit card authorization (only VISA/ MASTERCARD accepted)
*Swift wire transfer
*Indians can pay by RTGS/Cheque payable at par in New Delhi (India)

*The Golden chariot train will operate on either of tour circuits, subject to booking of minimum of 25 paid passengers
*(The onus to inform of non operation of scheduled depart for which advance payment has been taken is sole responsibility of Management of Golden Chariot Train & maximum liability of Lawrence Travels & Tours Pvt Ltd in case of cancellation of train tour is limited to the advance taken for booking of train tour
*Disputes, if any, are only subject to jurisdiction of courts of New Delhi (INDIA)

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