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Pride of the South

Bangalore – Mysore – Kabini – Bandipur – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa – Bangalore

Here’s a journey that crests the zenith of South Indian art and architecture. Reassuringly long, across a few centuries of history. Tempered in the warmth of sunny beaches and teeming wildlife destinations.

Tour Schedules
Duration 7 Nights / 8 Days
Fare Starting From $ 475 PP
Season Oct - April
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Day 01
Day 1 - Monday,         BANGALORE  
Self report and Registration at Taj West End   15:00
Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj  16:00
Hi-Tea  17:00
Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour  17:30
Cultural dance  18:00
Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)  18:45
Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot  20:15
Train departs to Mysore  21:00

The city of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a splendid neo-metro that lets measures of modernity and age old culture mingle in equal parts. While here, enthrall your senses with a traditional art exhibition and folk dance performance at the Chithrakala Parishad. Or check-in at Our Native Village for a quick overview of village life in India. Furthermore, get acquainted with just what’s in store for you, aboard The Golden Chariot.

Day 02
Day 2 - Tuesday,         MYSORE & KABINI  
Breakfast on board  08:00
Visit the famous Amba Vilas Mysore Palace  10:00
Depart for Kabini in coach  11:15
Reach Kabini jungle lodges resort Lunch at the resort  13:15
Jungle safari   15:45
Screening of wildlife film  19:40
Dinner followed by camp fire and stay overnight at jungle lodges resort  20:00

From Mysore, a coach ride through the breathtaking wilderness will take you to Kabini. Now a part of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Kabini was once a hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas. The excitement here starts with a safari into the heart of the jungle, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat.

Day 03
Day 3 - Wednesday,         KABINI & MYSORE
Boat ride for bird safari on Kabini river  06:30
Breakfast at the jungle lodges resort  08:00
Depart for Mysore in coach  09:30
Back on board The Golden Chariot  11:30
Lunch on board   13:00
Srirangapatnam sightseeing – Dariya Daulat, Tipu mausoleum and drive through the fort  15:30
Shopping at CIE  18:00
Cultural dance and dinner at 5 star palace hotel   19:00
Back on board The Golden Chariot  22:00

Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar Maharajas, is home to a few opulent palaces and is a centre of sandalwood-carving, silk and incense production. A short coach trip from Mysore will take you to the capital of South India’s very own tiger, Tipu Sultan, at Srirangapatna. While here, visit his summer palace and Gumbaz. And revisit history as it was two centuries ago.

Day 04
Day 4 - Thursday,         HASSAN
Depart from Mysore to Hassan  05:00
Breakfast on board  07:30
Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola (Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to climb can stay back on board The Golden Chariot)  09:00
Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch  13:00
Depart for Belur and Halebidu to visit the magnificent temple complexes  14:45
Back on board The Golden Chariot  19:15
Dinner on board and depart to Hospet by 2040 hrs  20:00

From Hassan, set deep in the Karnatakan countryside, the journey to Asia’s tallest monolith at Shravanabelagola is not long. Return to The Golden Chariot for your sumptuous lunch spread, for the glory of 10th century Hoysala architecture awaits you at Belur and Halebeedu in the afternoon. Take a trip around the temple courtyards of this World Heritage Site to appreciate the intricate workmanship of the sculptures, friezes and ornate pillars.

Day 05
Day 5 - Friday,         HOSPET & HAMPI
Arrive at Hospet  06:00
Breakfast on board  07:00
Depart for sightseeing to Hampi- World Heritage site: He makuta Hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, Elephant stables, Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple 08:30
Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch  13:00
Visit to the Vijaya Vittala temple complex and the marvel stone chariot   15:30
Sit out by the banks of the Tungabhadra River for sunset view  17:00
Depart to Hospet railway station   18:00
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  20:00

The splendours of the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara empire await you at Hampi, just 13kms away from Hospet. Magnificent temples and courtyards, peppered in between the ruins of what might have been resplendent palaces a few centuries ago, vie for your attention here. This, together with the boulder strewn sandscape and the Tungabhadra river gives Hampi a charm that is almost ethereal.

Day 06
Day 6 - Saturday,         BADAMI
Depart from Hospet to Badami  04:00
Breakfast on board  07:30
Arrive at Badami  08:30
Depart for sightseeing: Pattadakal and Badami cave temples - World Heritage Sites  08:40
Return to The Golden Chariot   13:20
Lunch on board and depart for Goa Free time to relax and enjoy the facilities on board - Spa, Gym, Movies, etc  13:30
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot. Reach Goa past midnight  20:00

Wake up in the cradle of Hindu architecture at the ancient capital city of the Chalukya empire. A flight of steps will take you to the four ancient rock-cut caves, each replete with carved pillars, bracket figures and sculptures. Among them is the 18 armed Nataraja, striking 81 dance poses. A short distance away is Pattadakal, home to perhaps the earliest examples of Dravidian and Nagara architecture in the whole of India.

Day 07
Day 7 - Sunday,         GOA
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800
Depart for sightseeing  10:00
Visit the famous churches of old Goa  11:00
Visit Old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments   12:15
Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea   14:00
Depart from the resort  17:30
Return to The Golden Chariot and depart for Bangalore  18:30
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  20:00

This well known beach paradise is famous for its carefree spirit and relaxed vibes. Savour the Portuguese history of this state on a walkabout through its magnificent churches and Portuguese homes. Or just relax, for the excellent sea food, casino and spa services set the right note.

Day 08
Day 8 - Monday,        BANGALORE
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot   08:00
Reach Yeshwanthpur Railway Station and Farewell by the entire crew   11:30

The overnight return journey to Bangalore is the time for quiet contemplation. As the warm sea breeze gives way to the cool night, prepare yourself to celebrate the end of a journey well travelled. In luxury. Aboard The Golden Chariot.

Day 1 - Monday,         BANGALORE  
Self report and Registration at Taj West End   15:00
Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj  16:00
Hi-Tea  17:00
Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour  17:30
Cultural dance  18:00
Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)  18:45
Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot  20:15
Train departs to Mysore  21:00
Day 2 - Tuesday,         MYSORE & KABINI  
Breakfast on board  08:00
Visit the famous Amba Vilas Mysore Palace  10:00
Depart for Kabini in coach  11:15
Reach Kabini jungle lodges resort Lunch at the resort  13:15
Jungle safari   15:45
Screening of wildlife film  19:40
Dinner followed by camp fire and stay overnight at jungle lodges resort  20:00
Day 3 - Wednesday,         KABINI & MYSORE
Boat ride for bird safari on Kabini river  06:30
Breakfast at the jungle lodges resort  08:00
Depart for Mysore in coach  09:30
Back on board The Golden Chariot  11:30
Lunch on board   13:00
Srirangapatnam sightseeing – Dariya Daulat, Tipu mausoleum and drive through the fort  15:30
Shopping at CIE  18:00
Cultural dance and dinner at 5 star palace hotel   19:00
Back on board The Golden Chariot  22:00
Day 4 - Thursday,         HASSAN
Depart from Mysore to Hassan  05:00
Breakfast on board  07:30
Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola (Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to climb can stay back on board The Golden Chariot)  09:00
Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch  13:00
Depart for Belur and Halebidu to visit the magnificent temple complexes  14:45
Back on board The Golden Chariot  19:15
Dinner on board and depart to Hospet by 2040 hrs  20:00
Day 5 - Friday,         HOSPET & HAMPI
Arrive at Hospet  06:00
Breakfast on board  07:00
Depart for sightseeing to Hampi- World Heritage site: He makuta Hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, Elephant stables, Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple 08:30
Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch  13:00
Visit to the Vijaya Vittala temple complex and the marvel stone chariot   15:30
Sit out by the banks of the Tungabhadra River for sunset view  17:00
Depart to Hospet railway station   18:00
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  20:00
Day 6 - Saturday,         BADAMI
Depart from Hospet to Badami  04:00
Breakfast on board  07:30
Arrive at Badami  08:30
Depart for sightseeing: Pattadakal and Badami cave temples - World Heritage Sites  08:40
Return to The Golden Chariot   13:20
Lunch on board and depart for Goa Free time to relax and enjoy the facilities on board - Spa, Gym, Movies, etc  13:30
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot. Reach Goa past midnight  20:00
Day 7 - Sunday,         GOA
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot  0800
Depart for sightseeing  10:00
Visit the famous churches of old Goa  11:00
Visit Old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments   12:15
Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea   14:00
Depart from the resort  17:30
Return to The Golden Chariot and depart for Bangalore  18:30
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot  20:00
Day 8 - Monday,        BANGALORE
Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot   08:00
Reach Yeshwanthpur Railway Station and Farewell by the entire crew   11:30
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