- A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
- International flights included
- VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
- Useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Full Board whilst on your luxury train tour
- Breakfast on your last day in Bangalore
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
- Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
- Explore Amba Vilas Mysore Palace
- Take a jungle safari in Kabini
- Enjoy a birding boat safari on Kabini River
- Visit Srirangapatnam
- Enjoy a few cultural dances
- Visit to Shravanabelagola
- Visit Belur and Halebid
- Explore the World Heritage Site of Hampi
- Sit on the banks of Tungabhadra River for sunset views
- See Pattadakal and Badami Cave Temples another World Heritage Site
- Sightseeing of Goa and its famous churches
- You can end your Luxury Train tour in Goa and spend a few days beachside
This Tour features the following locations
BANGALORE: Considered to be the cool cousin among India’s top four metros, Bangalore boasts a great foodie, music and café scene and an equally incredible bar and nightclub culture. The city is located close to some of the most beautiful vineyards that India has to offer, and while it lacks historical sites in the true sense, it more than makes up with its infectious buzz, glitzy malls, and cosmopolitan lifestyle. For a change of scenery, simply head over to one of the many museums, gardens, temples and palaces that Bangalore has to offer. There’s some beautiful Victorian-era architecture worth exploring as well!
KABINI: Located at a distance of 94 kms from Mysore, Kabini National Park is a popular wildlife destination for those visiting South India. Its key attraction and probably its biggest charm is the stunning Kabini River, which offers the perfect place to spot exotic animals such as leopards, sambar, chital, panther, spotted deer and more than 250 species of birds. The park also lies in the vicinity of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has now been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re looking for a place where you’re treated to the sound of chirping birds with each step into the wilderness in the midst of stunning surroundings, Kabini is the place for you.
MYSORE: Kings and traditions have always been an integral part of Mysore. The city boasts a fascinating history and is littered with beautiful temples and palaces from a bygone era. For a long time, Mysore basked in its ancient charm, happy as one of the slow-paced old-world towns in the country. However, the IT revolution has completely transformed Mysore into a flamboyant showstopper, a majestic city that presents the best of everything without losing out on its rich identity. Unlike most parts of the country, Mysore boasts of exceptional weather and its bustling bazaars are amazing places for discovering sandalwood items and incense. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Mysore Palace is easily the key attraction here, but yoga tourism and Ayurveda resorts are also becoming huge draws for tourists from all over the world.
SHRAVANBELAGOLA: Located at a distance of 140 kms from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is an important Jain pilgrimage centre in South India. Shravanabelagola is a delight for anyone interested in architectural wonders and ancient ruins. Its relics and sculptures date all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilization and that mammoth structure of Lord Bahubali, the tallest monolithic stone statue on the planet, narrates stories of sheer human genius. Carved out of a single block of granite, this statue is as perfect as any sculpture could ever be. For an experience of a lifetime, visit this ancient town during the Mahamastakabhisheka Festival, held once in 12 years. The next festival is slated to be held in the month of Feb 2018.
HALEBID: Though Halebid flourished as the capital of the beautiful Hoysala Empire for more than 150 years, it is mostly remembered for its stunning Hoysaleswara Temple, considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple dates back to the 12th century and is known for its stunning carvings and grand architecture. Such is the sculptural extravaganza of this ancient beauty that it has been widely regarded as one of the greatest exhibitions of human genius, one of the most remarkable monuments ever created. Hoysaleswara has as many as 35000 intricately carved statues and sculptures depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and carvings from the Upanishads and the Puranas. What’s more, no two facets of this work of art have the same design!
BELUR: Belur is a temple town that gained popularity for its stunning Chennakesava Temple, one of the greatest architectural gems of South India. It was the capital of the ancient Hoysala dynasty for more than 150 years, and this led to the creation of several interesting architectural wonders in and around the city. The Chennakesava Temple rises to heights of 100 feet and is built in a traditional Dravidian style. The structures are decorated with rock carvings, beautiful sculptures and intricate designs, but the temple’s most mesmerising feature is its 48 celestial nymph figurines, known to showcase the playful character of a woman perfectly. Shining pillars are another example of the temple’s architectural brilliance. The pillars were once said to revolve on ball bearings, and they can be seen in the dark.
HAMPI: The spell-binding ruins of Hampi have long drawn travellers from all over the world. You’ll probably have to experience a train journey to get there, but the alien-like landscape and mesmerising architecture are well worth your time. Hampi’s terrain is full of humongous boulders with paddy fields and banana plantations offering a respite from miles of rocky landscapes. In between all this chaos, you also come across countless ancient ruins and stunning temples that date all the way back to the Vijayanagara Empire. Key attractions in this UNESCO World Heritage Site include the Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Virupaksha Temple, Big Shivlinga temple and Hemakuta Hill temple. Hampi Bazaar is where you find most of the lodges, shops and restaurants. Located right next to the huge Virupaksha Temple, this is one of the best places to hang out while in Hampi.
BADAMI: This ancient capital of the Chalukyas is famous for its rock-cut temples dating back to the 5th and 8th centuries AD. These temples have been carved out of sandstone cliffs and have been dedicated to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain gods. Badami’s red sandstone cliffs give it that Wild West feeling, but as soon as the dust settles down, you’re treated to a fascinating sight of beautiful old houses, ancient doorways and exquisite carvings. Other attractions include the Agastyatirtha Tank, a beautiful body of water that is considered holy and divine and a wide range of adventure activities such as trekking, cave explorations and rock climbing.
PATTADAKAL: Pattadakal, a small town in Karnataka, is considered to be an art historian and an architecture lover’s dream. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a flourishing capital under the Chalukyas who constructed the 9 temples that attract thousands of visitors to town today. Four of these temples showcase the Dravidian style of architecture, while four more are built in the North Indian Nagara style. The last temple is a hybrid of the two, portraying just how advanced this civilisation was back in the 8th century. The Virupaksha Temple is the most stunning of all temples and is considered to be a near replica of the Kailasanatha Temple of Kanchi. Other highlights include the Kadasiddheswara Temple, Papanatha Temple and the Sangameshvara Temple.
GOA: Ever wondered how it would feel if you brought in western excess, threw it into a culturally rich Indian town and introduced tons of natural beauty and a laid-back, relaxed vibe for added effect? Goa looks like a far cry from the isolated white sand beach hideaway shown in Bourne Supremacy, but it’s still one of the most beautiful yet one of the most happening destinations you’ll ever visit. North Goa is where all the action takes place. It hosts most of those world-famous parties, and there’s always a Vegas-like adventure to become a part of. As you move down south, you’re slowly introduced to vast expanses of unspoilt beaches and exquisite resorts. Downing a drink in one of these beaches under the setting sun is perhaps the best thing to do here, but the smattering of spectacular Renaissance cathedrals, beautiful Hindu temples, and authentic Portuguese architecture offers a pleasant diversion to keep you occupied.
Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.
Golden Chariot Cabin
Each one of the 18 thematic coaches onboard The Golden Chariot is designed to be your very own personal kingdom. The 44 cabins, fully equipped with modern amenities, are inspired by the Mysore and Belur-Halebeedu schools of art and architecture. Sink into your bed of royalty, replete with silk bedspreads hand-woven by local artisans.
Bangalore – Taj West End
Nestled in the midst of 20 acres of magnificent gardens The Taj West End is one of the finest hotels in Bangalore.The Taj West End has welcomed guests for over a century and is more a legend than a hotel. Built in 1887, as the city’s first hotel. The Taj West End is an experience of luxury in refined style and warm relaxed comfort. An understated elegance and gothic architecture that has been meticulously preserved,gives The Taj West End its unique character.
Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.
Add on a stay in Goa, relax beachside for a few days
The Golden Chariot stops in Goa before heading straight back to Bangalore, you can get off in Goa where we can add on a few nights at any hotel you wish, large resort style, small boutique or even take in that hippy vibe and stay in luxury beachside tents. Contact us to discuss this further.
Take a flight from Bangalore to Mumbai
We can bring you home from Mumbai instead of Bangalore. Add on a few days in Mumbai, see the Dabbawalas at work, visit the famous Dharavi Slums as seen in slumdog millionaire, visit Elephanta Island and much more