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The Golden Chariot
Why We Love This Train :
Location: Travelers in search of beautiful, mysterious scenery will be enchanted by the landscapes of Southern India, from Bangalore to Pondicherry to Kerala, aboard the Golden Chariot.
Service: The ‘Luxury Team’ responsible for the smooth operation of the Golden Chariot are on hand from booking to disembarkation to take care of passengers’ every need.
History: The Golden Chariot offers the height of luxury train travel through India’s stunning south aboard a vehicle hitherto reserved for royalty.
Guests aboard The Golden Chariot will have the unique chance to see Southern India at its best, with gorgeous scenery and traditional culture unfolding before their eyes. Guests can choose between two seven-night journeys, both of which include excursions, meal stops and overnight stays in exotic locations including jungle resorts, ancient temples, wildlife reserves and shopping destinations. On-board comforts within the carriages named after mighty Indian dynasties include cozy cabins decorated with a dash of historic style and fitted with all the mod-cons where guests can retire after a long day’s exploring. A choice of two restaurants will keep diners’ palates happy with menus full of delicious delights suitable for vegetarians and more meaty eaters. Active passengers can get their exercise fix in the well-equipped gym, while those who prefer to relax can peruse the treatments on offer in the spa or simply unwind with a carefully crafted cocktail in the bar car.
fitness classes spa
The Golden Chariot boasts a range of accommodation options including double bed and twin bed configurations and even a fully accessible cabin for passengers with physical challenges. All cabins have en-suite facilities and air conditioning for comfort and convenience.
After a day exploring the gorgeous landscape outside the train, guests can retire to their delightfully appointed sleeping quarters with carved wood furniture reminiscent of ancient Maharajas, not to mention LCD televisions, private bathrooms stocked with luxury toiletries and a writing desk perfect for penning postcards.
Every carriage aboard the Golden Chariot is equipped for guests’ enjoyment in one way or another; from luxurious cabin and dining cars to the well-stocked lounge bar to the fitness area and relaxing spa, not to mention the conference coach.
Active passengers wishing to maintain their fitness regime while enjoying their luxury train ride have full use of a well-equipped gym.
The spa on board The Golden Chariot boasts two treatment rooms and offers a range of relaxation and beauty treatments, as well as traditional Ayurvedic massages.
Diners can choose between two restaurants in which to enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board, eating while surrounded by elegant decor inspired by the ancient cities of Hampi and Halebid, and then retire to the bar for a nightcap.
Guests can relax and unwind with a strong tipple in Madira, the train’s lounge bar named - appropriately - after the drink of the Gods in Indian mythology.
Appropriately named for the famous chef-king of legend, Nala serves international and local dishes fit for royalty to hungry guests.
From the Sanskrit word meaning ‘fine taste’, Ruchi delivers delicious cuisine from morning to evening.