Golden Chariot

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Golden Chariot
Golden-chariot-logo.png
Logo of Golden Chariot
ManufacturerIndian Railways
Built atIntegral Coach Factory, Chennai
Family nameLuxury Trains
Constructed2008
Entered service2008
Operator(s)Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC)
Depot(s)Whitefield, Bangalore
Line(s) servedBangalore-Mysore-Hassan-Hospet-Badami-Vasco (Goa)-Bangalore (South Western Railway)

The Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train that connects the important tourist spots in the Indian states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala & Tamil Nadu as well as Pondicherry, depending on the selected itinerary. It is named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi.[1] The 19 coaches on the train are coloured purple and gold, and sport the logo of a mythological animal with the head of an elephant and a body of a lion.[2] The Golden Chariot had its maiden commercial run on 10 March 2008,[3] and generally runs weekly during the months of October–March, departing on Sundays during the 2022-23 season.[4] The train, along with the Deccan Odyssey, is designed on the lines of the more popular Palace on Wheels with accommodations, spa treatments and dining. It has been awarded the title of "Asia's Leading Luxury Train" at World Travel Awards, 2013[5] The train is operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and The Maple Group handles the hospitality services on the train.[6][7]

History[edit]

When the success of Palace on Wheels reached the corridors of the Karnataka State Tourism and Development Corporation (KSTDC), it resulted in the signing of MOU between the state tourism board and the Indian Railways in 2002. Later the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) was assigned the task to give shape to this luxury train. Around 900 layouts were prepared by the engineers before finalizing the design. Architect Kusum Pendse along with 200 carpenters inexorably worked hard to complete the designs of these railway coaches. The process took around 4 months. Finally on 23 January 2008, Golden Chariot was unveiled on the tracks veneered in classic colors of purple and gold symbolizing elegance and golden jubilee celebration of Karnataka. An inauguration ceremony was organized at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station wherein the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil flagged off the train. Finally on 10 March 2008, Golden Chariot chugged on its maiden journey from Bangalore to Goa.

Facilities[edit]

The Golden Chariot offers accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches that are named after dynasties that ruled the region: Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula and Vijayanagar. It also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, and conference, gym and spa facilities.[7] It has onboard internet connectivity via a USB-stick, and satellite antennae providing live television service in the cabins.[6]

Destinations[edit]

The Golden Chariot offers 3 itineraries: Jewels of South, and Pride of Karnataka, each lasting 6 nights & 7 days, and Glimpses of Karnataka, lasting 3 nights & 4 days.

Jewels of South[edit]

Jewels of South departs Bengaluru and visits Mysore, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur and Chettinad, Cochin, and Kumarakom, returning to Bengaluru.[8]

Pride of Karnataka[edit]

Pride of Karnataka departs Bengaluru and visits Bandipur, Mysore, Halebidu, Chikamgaluru, Hampi, Pattadakal & Aihole, and Goa, returning to Bengaluru.[8]

Glimpses of Karnataka[edit]

Glimpses of Karnataka departs Bengaluru and visits Bandipur, Mysore, and Hampi, returning to Bengaluru.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Train". The Golden Chariot. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Golden Chariot to sport regal colours". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 August 2008. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Golden Chariot train's first commercial run on March 10". The Times of India. 28 February 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Golden Chariot Official Website - Book Luxury Train Tour Packages in India". www.goldenchariot.org. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Asia's Leading Luxury Train Award".
  6. ^ a b "The Golden Chariot is a totally wired train". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b Somashekar, G.R.N. (6 September 2008). "Rajavilas on rails". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  8. ^ a b c "Golden Chariot Official Website - Book Luxury Train Tour Packages in India". www.goldenchariot.org. Retrieved 16 September 2021.

External links[edit]