THE GOLDEN CHARIOT - PRIDE OF THE SOUTH

SPLENDOR OF THE SOUTH - THE GOLDEN CHARIOT

The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South
Tour Details: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Places Covered: Bangalore - Kabini/Bandipur - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Goa - Bangalore The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South Train Tour starts on every Monday of the week from Bangalore and ends in Bangalore on every Monday morning respectively.

Detailed Itinerary:
The land once ridden by formidable armies is now traversed by the world's most unique railway - The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South beckons you to discover worlds that are enriched with history and culture. Recline and relax as the magnificent scenery unfolds outside your window with luxury on the inside, thus far reserved for royalty. We present The Golden Chariot - Pride of The South - a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and an omnipresent tomorrow in a magical land... that is Karnataka.

Day 1 - Bangalore
15:00 hrs Self report and Registration at Taj West End
16:00 hrs Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj
17:00 hrs Hi-Tea
17:30 hrs Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour
18:00 hrs Cultural dance
18:45 hrs Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
20:15 hrs Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot
21:00 hrs Train departs to Mysore

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

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

Day 4 - Hassan (Thursday)
05:00 hrs Depart from Mysore to Hassan
07:30 hrs Breakfast on board
09:00 hrs 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)
13:00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch
14:45 hrs Depart for Belur and Halebidu to visit the magnificent temple complexes
19:15 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot
20:00 hrs Dinner on board and depart to Hospet by 2040 hrs

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

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

Day 7 - Goa (Sunday)
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Depart for sightseeing
11:00 hrs Visit the famous churches of old Goa
12:15 hrs Visit Old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments
14:00 hrs Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea
17:30 hrs Depart from the resort
18:30 hrs Return to The Golden Chariot and depart for Bangalore
20:00 hrs Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

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

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

10% of the tariff for the children upto 5 years of age.
(Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years)
(Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)

10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.

Service Tax @ 3.09% shall be levied on the prevalent tariff of The Golden Chariot as per Govt. of India norms.

Above Tariff is Subject to change without notice.

The Tariff Includes:
Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board The Golden Chariot/ travel/all meals / Conducted Sight-seeing Tours/ Entrance fees at Monuments / Parks / Palaces and Cultural Programmes.

The Tariff does not includes:
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, SPA Car, Business Car Facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.

Reservation Policy:
In case of FITs:
• 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
In case of FITs:
• 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

No show / En route termination of tour / amendment:
• No Show - 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.
• En route termination of tour - 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.
• Amendment - 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 will be decided on merits on a case to case basis.
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SPLENDOR OF THE SOUTH - THE GOLDEN CHARIOT
Tour Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Places Covered: Bangalore - Chennai - Mamallapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli&Thanjavur - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram - Backwaters & Kochi / Allepey - Bangalore

Detailed Itinerary:
The journey begins at Bangalore and takes you to the historical Temple cities of Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur and Madurai. The beaches of Kovalamawait and you with their sandy shores. You will glide by boat trough the palm fringed and silent canals of the Backwaters to Kochi, the lively port city on the Arabian sea. You will experience history and finally reach back to its starting point at Bangalore

Day 1 - Bangalore
1500 hrs: Self report and Registration at Taj West End
16:00 hrs Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj
17:00 hrs Hi-Tea
17:30 hrs Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour
18:00 hrs Cultural dance
18:45 hrs Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
20:15 hrs Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot

Day 2 - CHENNAI & MAHABALIPURAM
0730 hrs: Arrive at Chennai central railway station
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Departure to Mamallapuram
11:30 hrs Arrive at Mamallapuram Sight Seeing Krishna’s Butter Ball, Arjuna’s Penance, Ganesha Temple and Caves and Five Rathas Temple
01:30 hrs Lunch at Radisson Blu Temple Bay Hotel
04:00 hrs Post Hi-Tea, Sight Seeing
05:00 hrs Departure to Puducherry
06:30 hrs Arrival at Puducherry, back on board The Golden Chariot
Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 3 - Pondicherry
0800 hrs: Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10.00 hrs Departure to Auroville Ashram - Sight Seeing – Screening on Auroville Ashram, tour of AurovilleAsharam, MatraMandir and shopping in the Ashram
01.30 hrs Lunch at TheSarovar Promenade Hotel
03.00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot
05.00 hrs Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and Ganesha Temple
05.30 hrs Onwards Stroll by the beach side and shopping in French town
07.00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 4 - TANJAVUR & TRICHY
07:30 hrs Arrive at Tanjavur railway station
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Visit the famous Brihadeshwara Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site)
11:30 hrs Visit the Serfoji Maratha Palace and Bronze Art Gallery Shopping at the emporium
02:00 hrs Lunch at Ideal River View Resort
04:00 hrs Departure to Trichy
06:00 hrs Visit the famous Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy
07:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot in Trichy - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 5 - Madurai
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Visit the famous Madurai MeenakshiSundareswarar Temple
11:30 hrs Visit the 1000 pillar temple and the museum
01:00 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Lunch on board The Golden Chariot
03:00 hrs Visit the Gandhi Museum (Rani Mangammal Palace)
04:00 hrs Return back to The Golden Chariot - Rest and Relax on board The Golden Chariot
06:00 hrs Visit the ThirumalaiNayak Palace for sound and light show
07:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 6 - Kanyakumari or Kovalam (Saturday)
05:00 hrs Departure to Kanyakumari for Sunrise view
07:30 hrs Back on board Te Golden Chariot - Breakfast on board
09:30 hrs Depart to Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palace
01:00 hrs Return on board The Golden Chariot - Lunch on board
03:30 hrs Reach Kocchuveli station
04:00 hrs Depart to Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam - Hi-Tea by the beach, Cultural show followed by dinner at the hotel
10:30 hrs Back on board The Golden Chariot

Day 7 - Allepey
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Depart to Alleppey Jetty and board House Boat - Cruise on Punnamada Lake
01:00 hrs Reach Punnamada Lake Resort for Lunch
02:30 hrs Depart to fort Kochi
03:30 hrs Arrival in fort Kochi - Sight Seeing – Chinese fishing Nets, Shopping in Mattancherry - Shopping in Jews Town
06:00 hrs Depart to board The Golden Chariot at Ernakulum South railway Station
07:30 hrs Departure to Bangalore - Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

Day 8 - Bangalore
08:00 hrs Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
10:00 hrs Arrive at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore - Farewell by the entire crew

Note: Itinerary, Destination & Scheduled Time are liable to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tour Tariff:
October 2014 - March 2015 (For Indian nationals only)

Occupancy Type
Tour Tariff:

Note: 10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year.

Tour Cost Includes:
Drive with the hotel train "The Golden Chariot – Splendor of The South“ in a deluxe cabin with attached bathroom
All meals, including tea, coffee and mineral water
Gala Dinner in Poovar
Kathakali dance show in Kochi
Transport for sightseeing’s with an air-conditioned deluxe bus
Entrance fees to monuments and museums
Accompanying German and English speaking guides
Local Taxes and fees
Travel documents

Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Alcoholic beverages
Personal expenditures like tips, Spa Wagon, Business - centre, etc.
Visa for India

Flights
Please note:
• @ 3.09% Service Tax shall be levied on the tariff of Splendor of The South.
• Tariff Subject to change without notice.

Reservation Policy:
In case of FITs:
• 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 50% of ticket value 60 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy
In case of FITs:
• 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

In case of Group:
• 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.
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