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Photo Essay Golden Chariot Train Pride of Karnataka: Sights, Monuments and Wildlife Parks to visit

By Mini Agarwal
diesel engine of the golden chariot train

Travel in luxury, royalty, and comfort in the midst of rich heritage and culture. It’s a journey that takes us into India’s past on board a train named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi. This luxurious train is none other than India’s award-winning, disabled-friendly Golden Chariot. The 11 coaches of the train are named after past empires like Kadamba, Hoysala and Rashtrakuta and carries themes that reflect that period. There is a perfect fusion of the décor and design with modern facilities on offer. You will enjoy the highest quality service and comfort onboard. The interior is complete with sylvan décor, Mysore inspired furniture, intricate carvings, and the Hoysala architecture that reveals an abundance of history and culture. One of the fantastic features of the Golden Chariot is that it is very detailed right down to the tiniest arrangement. It is so designed in order for its passengers to enjoy the best sites without any problems whatsoever. This train is the perfect place to get the best view of Karnataka; soar high above the state, plunge at other points, and then up you go again. It is an extraordinary journey about nature, palaces, temples, and gods.

The logo of the train is a legendary animal with the body of a lion and the face of an elephant and carries the royal colors of purple and gold. The purple is representative of royalty, charm and elegance, whereas the gold represents the Karnataka State’s golden jubilee celebrations.

Departures and Routes

There are two different itineraries and routes to choose from when you take the Golden Chariot Train. Both depart from Yeshwantpur Station in Bangalore early on Sunday morning.

To find out more about the detailed itinerary, price and departure dates of the Golden Chariot Luxury Train, click the respective two itineraries below.

Jewels of South/Six-Night (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala): Bangalore ➜ Mysore ➜ Hampi ➜ Mahabalipuram ➜ Thanjavur and Chettinad ➜ Kochi ➜ Kumarakom (Houseboat and Backwaters) ➜ Bangalore.

Pride of Karnataka/Six-Night (Karnataka and Goa): Bangalore ➜ Bandipur National Park ➜ Mysore ➜ Halebidu ➜ Chikamgaluru ➜ Hampi ➜ Badami ➜ Goa (including Old Goa’s churches) ➜ Bangalore

Photo Essay Golden Chariot Train – Route: Pride of Karnataka

resort surrounded by a plantation farm in Chikmagalur

A serene holiday resort surrounded by a plantation farm in Chikmagalur, a hill station in India, glorifying the beauty of nature © Gopal Krishnan


A platter containing Goan fish curry

A platter containing Goan fish curry which is a well-known delicious dish of Goa © Leo Daphne


Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore

Tourist people exploring Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore, India © Sanga Park


Indian flag on the rooftop of Bangalore assembly house

Indian flag on the rooftop of Bangalore assembly house with a building architecture showcasing cloudy sky with tricolor © Mohithgowda84


lights shining all around at Orion Mall, the third largest Mall

A magical evening with lights shining all around at Orion Mall, the third largest Mall in Bangalore, India © Amith Nag


A sunny day at Bangalore Palace

A sunny day at Bangalore Palace, which is now famous as Central College in Bangalore, Karnataka, India © Elena Gurdina


Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace which is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan in Bangalore, India © Shailendra Sood


the Flower market at KR Market, Bangalore

A colourful walk through the Flower market at KR Market, Bangalore, India © Prayoon Sajeev


the market of Mysore

A lane of Bananas lying on the roadside for sale in the market of Mysore, India © JeremyRichards


Mysore Palace, an official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty

Mysore Palace, an official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty, known for its historical connection, lies in the centre of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India © LukaKikina


Ambavilas Palace in Mysore

Antique interior of beautiful historic Ambavilas Palace in Mysore. This regal palace marks architectural brilliance and is the official residence of Mysore’s royal family in Karnataka, India © Foofa Jearanaisil


Masala dosa

Masala dosa are rice and lentil crepes stuffed with potato, methi, and curry leaves masala. It is usually served with chutneys and sambar (lintel and vegetable curry). Crispy masala dosa is one of the popular meals from south Indian cuisine © Ashish611


South Indian breakfast Idli is served on fresh palm leaf.

South Indian breakfast Idli is served on fresh palm leaf. The cakes are made by steaming a bater consisting of fermented black lentils and rice. It originated from the Indian subcontinent, popular as breakfast foods in Southern India and among Tamils in Sri Lanka © Elena Odareeva


South Indian breakfast Oothappam

South Indian breakfast Oothappam is a crisp and crepe-like which is cooked using rice lentils and vegetables served with coconut chutney and sambar. It is a popular dish in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, India © Santhosh Varghese


A Boat on the Calangute beach

A Boat on the Calangute beach, the largest beach in the north Goa near Candolim at sunset. A Beautiful sunset scenery of typical Goa as the sea and the Sun kiss your soul. This is a popular tourist’s vacation destination in India © Vivvi Smak


the Basilica of Bom Jesus goa

A huge number of tourists and devotees visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus. It is a part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site and also, it holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier © Lloyd Vas


A bicycle loaded with tender coconuts

A bicycle loaded with tender coconuts in front of a roadside coconut shop under a large banyan tree on the highway during a warm afternoon at Bandipur, KA © LensNSmiles


view from Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka,

The spotted deer, or chital, is the most common deer species in Indian forests. It most commonly occurs in herds of 10 to 50 individuals, with one or two males and a number of females and young. This is a view from Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India © R. Suresh Babu


this magnificent leopard resting on one of the branches of the

A lovely moment when spotted this magnificent leopard resting on one of the branches of the tree during a safari drive in Bandipur national park, India. It is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae © RIJU RAY


Bandipur National Park in Maharashtra,

Indian Bull Gaur, Bos gaurus, also called the Indian bison, is the largest extant bovine. This is a click of an Indian Bison from Bandipur National Park in Maharashtra, India © RealityImages


A huge number of Elephants on the banks of Kabini River

A huge number of Elephants on the banks of Kabini River, Nagarhole with a forest of trees in the backdrop at Karnataka, India © RealityImages


ancient temples in Aihole also referred to as Aivalli.

A lovely cloudy view of ancient temples in Aihole also referred to as Aivalli. It is a historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments in Karnataka, India. © Romtea


ancient Indian architecture in Aihole

Dancing Shiva Lord sculpture engraved on the walls of old relief with many dands on it. This is a glimpse of ancient Indian architecture in Aihole, India © Radiokafka


the Temples of Pattadakal

Travelers getting themselves clicked in front of the Temples of Pattadakal which were built by two queens, Lokamahadevi & Trilokamahdevi of Vikramaditya II in 740 to 745 AD, at Pattadakal, Karnataka, South India. This region was settled in prehistoric times, as evidenced by megalithic dolmens © Duttagupta M K


Indian rock-cut architecture wherein Hindu Lord Vishnu

A magnificent example of Indian rock-cut architecture wherein Hindu Lord Vishnu is seated on serpent Sesha at 6th century temple in town Badami, India © Radiokafka


the carved rocky mountain of Badami caves in Badami, Karnataka

Tourists passing through the carved rocky mountain of Badami caves in Badami, Karnataka, India © Sanjayda


Lord Vishnu. Hampi, Karnataka,

Tourists clicking pictures of the stone chariot being pulled by the elephant pair at the Vitthala temple. This image is printed on a Rs 500 new Indian currency note. This 15th-century structure temple is considered to be one of the largest historical structures in Hampi which is dedicated to Lord Vittala- an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hampi, Karnataka, India. © Photographer Incognito


the famous historic Badavilinga temple

A priest is cleaning an enormous statue of Lord Shiva in the famous historic Badavilinga temple dated January 22, 2018 at Hampi, Karnataka, India © Neelsky


the Hindu stone carvings

Indian tourists in national dress come to witness the Hindu stone carvings and click the pictures in the beautiful area surrounding it, Halebidu, Karnataka India © Wimala Namket


the Coffee Beans in kerala

Women farmers harvest the Coffee Beans and then pack it accordingly in the farm at Chikmangalur, Kerala, India © Mohamed Hashif


green sugar cane stalks at Halebidu, Karnataka

Street scene in the town with an orange public transport bus in the backdrop and motorcycles while one overloaded with green sugar cane stalks at Halebidu, Karnataka, India © Claudine Van Massenhove


Chennakeshava Temple

Chennakeshava Temple, one of the prominent twin temples in Belur and Halebidu, also known as the Shining Jewel of Belur. Its construction started back in 1116AD and took 103 years to accomplish the architecture. All the walls have carvings of statues and the beautiful art shows the old culture and architecture of the Indian civilization © Willbert Vimal Raj


Daria Daulat Bagh is a magnificent palace situated in the city

Daria Daulat Bagh is a magnificent palace situated in the city of Srirangapatna. It is mostly made out of teakwood and is a Summer Palace near Mysore in southern India. Srirangapatna, Karnataka, India © Shailen photography


A giant 12-foot hand-made beautiful piece of art made of clay-

A giant 12-foot hand-made beautiful piece of art made of clay- an idol of the Hindu God, Ganesha at a temple near Bangalore © Amith Nag


A mesmerizing scene of Virupaksha Temple in Hampi

A mesmerizing scene of Virupaksha Temple in Hampi at the sunset in Karnataka, India © Djuly


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