IRCTC, the Ministry of Rails transport, tourism and hospitality arm, has added another luxurious “Golden Chariot” railway to their fleets and has already has built a niche for itself in luxury train tourism. The Golden Chariot train that started in 2008 was initially owned by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and later was taken over by the IRCTC for its service, management and marketing under a new arrangement between the two companies. In a new look and feel on a thrilling week-long itinerary, the Golden Chariot is back on the tracks.
IRCTC has planned three trips of Golden Chariot on Pride of Karnataka itinerary 22nd March, 29th March and 12th April 2020. The 6 Nights/7 Days itinerary shall commence from Yeshwantpur Railway Station in the morning shall visit Bandipur National Park, Mysore, Halebidu, Chikmangalur, Hampi, Badami-Pattadakal-Aihole, Goa before returning to Bengaluru.
The train has undergone a makeover befitting taste of international train travel enthusiasts. To add to the guests’ comforts, the train now boasts of several new features including newly upholstered furniture, elegant drapery, renovated rooms and bathrooms, crockery and cutlery of reputed international brands and fresh linen. For providing wholesome in-room entertainment, Smart TVs with a variety of wifi-enabled subscriptions including Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar etc have been installed. CCTV Cameras and Fire Alarm System have been added for more safety.
Experienced chefs have created menus presenting an eclectic mix of mouth-watering international as well as domestic fare. The Package includes a variety of cuisines and homemade beverages. The guests can continue to enjoy relaxing spa therapies at the onboard spa which has also been provided with modern workout machines for the fitness enthusiasts. The luxury train tour package cost is inclusive of all onboard meals and homemade beverages, guided excursions in air-conditioned buses, monument entry fee and meals at outside venues as per the itinerary. While a lot has changed, what has not changed is the warmth and pleasing demeanour of the staff, which shall strive to make this experience memorable for the guests.