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Golden Chariot Pride of the South

Duration:08 days
Destination Cover : Bangalore - Kabini - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami-Goa – Bangalore

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Day 01 :Bangalore (Monday)

After you reach Bangalore, check- in at Taj West End. Enjoy high tea along with a briefing about Pride of the South journey aboard the Golden Chariot. Thereafter, take a short trip across the Chitakala Parishad –College of Fine Arts and a special cultural show. Assemble the Yeshwantpur Railway Station at 2000 hours and enjoy a traditional welcome with a Tikka and Garland. Complete the registration formalities and settle –in your cabins. Later, the train departs for the first destination of the tour, Bandipur. Dinner and overnight on-board. There is an alternate plan too as per your preference. After arrival in Bangalore, complete check- in at the Our Native Village, an Eco resort. Relish sumptuous lunch. Later, get briefed about the Pride of the South tour aboard the Golden Chariot. Thereafter, you can explore the in- house organic farms of the resort followed by a cultural performance. Assemble at the Yeshwantpur Railway Station by 2000 hours, a traditional welcome and departure for the first destination, Mysore. Dinner and overnight on-board.

Day 02 : Kabini – Bandipur (Tuesday)

On day 2, after breakfast, leave for a wildlife safari at Kabini/Bandipur. Once you reach Bandipur National Park, have lunch at a jungle lodge. Former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore, this is one of the most popular wildlife reserves of the Southern region of the country. Later, embark on a jungle safari spotting around 200 avifauna species along with animal species such as Indian elephants, tigers,gaurs, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes, Indian rock pythons, dholes and muggers. Dinner and overnight in the lodge.

Day 03 : Mysore (Wednesday)

On day 3, leave for Mysore, home to some captivating palaces and gardens. After breakfast, embark on a city tour. Stop for lunch midway. During sightseeing, you cover the major attractions of the city including Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace- the official residence of the Wodeyars – Mysore’s erstwhile royal family. The evening is scheduled for a sumptuous dinner and cultural performance at Lalitha Mahal. Back on-board the train to continue the journey.

Day 04 : Hassan (Thursday)

On day 4 of the tour, leave for Hassan. Have breakfast. On arrival in Hassan, leave for visiting the renowned Jain pilgrimage site of Shravanabelagola, also known as one of the Seven Wonders of India. The site also contains world’s largest monolithic statue- a statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali that dates back to 978-993 AD. Return to the Golden Chariot to savor lunch. Thereafter, you visit the temple sites of Halebid and Belur- erected during the 16th century, these temples are the finest example of Hoyasala architecture with beautiful intricate carvings. Back to the train in the evening and departure for Hospet, the next destination. Dinner and overnight in the train.

Day 05 : Hospet (Friday)

On day 5, enjoy a hearty breakfast aboard the train, leave for exploring the prime attractions of Hampi. The sightseeing of today includes the local crafts bazaar, the Virupaksha temple-also known as the Pampapathi temple, Queen's Bath-a rectangular building with a long verandah and the Elephant Quarters or Stables- 11 domed-shaped chambers for the royal elephants. Back to the train for lunch and some leisure time. Later, continue with sightseeing including the remaining attractions such as Royal Enclosure –a fortified campus now in ruins and the Hazara Rama Temple- temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu with beautiful 15th century artworks on their walls. The last visit of the day is to the Vittala temple- a 16th century magnificent structure, dedicated to Lord Vittala. Back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 06 : Badami (Saturday)

Have an early morning breakfast on day 6, arrive in Badami. Leave to visit Badami’s popular attractions including Badami Caves Temples- carved during 6th to 8th centuries, these caves are the finest example of Badami Chalukya Architecture and Pattadakal –a World Heritage Site, containing several temples and other monuments. Return to the train for lunch. Depart to Goa. While on-board, indulge yourself in various available facilities in the Golden Chariot. Dinner and night stay aboard the train.

Day 07 : Goa (Sunday)

Have breakfast and leave for exploring Goa. The sightseeing of today includes the churches of Old Goa such as Basicila of Bom Jesus and Sola Souto Maior- an Old Portuguese house. Later, shop for souvenirs at the markets. Proceed to Majorda Beach Resort for a sumptuous lunch. If you want you can enjoy swimming or an Ayurvedic massage session at the resort. Back to the train for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 08 : Bangalore (Monday-Return)

Have breakfast on-board the train. Arrive at Bangalore’s Yeshwantpur Railway Station at around. 1100 hours. Complete the farewell formalities and de-board the train.

Price Guide

Browse through the attractive tariff of the Pride of the South - Golden Chariot. October 2015 to March 2016 ( For Indian Nationals in INR & International travellers in USD)

Occupancy Type Price (Per person per nights) Total Amount (7 Nights per person)
Single occupancy INR 22000/USD 754 INR 154000/USD 5278
Double occupancy INR 16500/USD 545 INR 115500/USD 3815
Triple occupancy INR 13200/USD 440 INR 92400/USD 3080

Given below are the inclusions, exclusions and other details of the Golden Chariot - Pride of the South.
o Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years.
o Christmas and New Year being the peak holiday season calls for a 10% surcharge levied on all departures.
o As per the Government of India norms, Service Tax @ 4.0% is levied on the prevalent tariff.
o In case of non-arrival of the guest, the entire amount will be treated as forfeited.
o In case the tour is terminated by the guest, the amount for the untraveled portion would be considered as forfeited without any scope for further refunds and adjustments.
o In case of natural disasters or serious health issues, amendment maybe possible subject to availability as well as merit.
Inclusions
The tariff of this luxury train includes accommodation on board, the meals, the sightseeing trips, and the entrance fees (while entering monuments, parks, palaces and other sightseeing locations).
Exclusions
The fare of the Golden Chariot does not comprise of tips, phone calls, and camera fees in the sightseeing locations, SPA car and Business car facilities, liquor as well as laundry
Booking Policy
The reservation policies of the Pride of the South tariff (FIT) are as follows:
o Payment of 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking is mandatory.
o Remaining 80% of ticket value can be paid 60 days prior to departure.
The reservation policies of the Pride of the South tariff (for Groups) are as follows:
o Payment of 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking is mandatory.
o Remaining 50% of ticket value can be paid 60 days prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy
Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (FIT) are as:
o When booking is cancelled 60 days prior to departure - 5% of ticket value will be deducted
o When booking is cancelled 30-59 days prior to departure - 20% of ticket value will be deducted
o When booking is cancelled less than 30 days prior to departure - 100% of ticket value will be deducted Cancelation policies as mentioned in the tariff (for Groups) are as:
o When booking is cancelled 60 days prior to departure - 10% of ticket value will be deducted
o When booking is cancelled less than 60 days prior to departure - 100% of ticket value will be deducted No show/ En route termination of tour/amendment:
o No Show -
o In case of No Show / Non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
o En route termination of tour -
o In case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
o Amendment -
o Is only possible under the circumstances like Natural Disaster / Natural Calamity or Serious Health Problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case be decided on merits on a case to case basis.

Departure Dates

Read through the Pride of the South schedule of the Golden Chariot train. The departure dates corresponding to the months have been given below for your perusal. Schedule for October 2015 to March 2016 departures are as:

Month Departure Dates
October, 2015 5,12,26
November, 2015 9,23
December, 2015 7,21
January, 2016 4,18
Fabruary, 2016 1,15,29
March, 2016 14,28



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