On your arrival in the city of Bangalore, check in at the hotel Taj West End. A high tea will be organized for all guests aboard the Pride of the South itinerary. Guests will later be taken to enjoy an exclusive cultural show. You also have the opportunity to visit ISKCON Temple, (The International Society of Krishna Consciousness). You will be required to report at the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station by 20:00 hours where the Pride of the South tour itinerary waits to begin.
After a traditional welcome by the staff, you will be assisted to your royal cabins and the train will soon move towards Mysuru.
Enjoy your breakfast served aboard the Golden Chariot. Later, de-board at Mysuru Railway Station. You will visit the famous Amba Vilas Mysore Palace, the home of the royal Wodeyar Dynasty. After a quick visit, you will be transferred to Kabini in coach.
Kabini, the former hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas is now known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Check-in to the Kabini jungle lodges resort, where you can have lunch and take rest. Late afternoon is scheduled for jungle safari, where you can spot wild animals in their natural habitat. The resort features a screening of a wildlife film in the evening.
Dinner is followed by camp fire. Overnight stay in the jungle resort.
Start your day with a leisurely boat ride for bird safari on Kabini River. Return to the jungle lodge for breakfast, after breakfast drive back to Mysore. Arrive to the station where you board the Golden Chariot and proceed for a delicious lunch.
Later, you will be taken on a short coach trip to Srirangapatnam, the capital of South India's very own tiger, Tipu Sultan. Explore Dariya Daulat, Tipu mausoleum and drive through the fort while sightseeing. Later proceed for shopping in Mysuru, the city is famous for silk sarees, sandalwood, incense, coffee powder and brass artefacts. Savor a sumptuous dinner and a cultural performance at one of the 5-star hotels.
Enjoy the lavish spread of breakfast as the train chugs towards your destination. On arrival in Hassan head for Shravanabelagola. The popular site of Jian Pilgrimage, the town is nestled at a great height and one need to climb close to 700 steps to witness 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 to and rejuvenate in the spa, gym or restaurants.
Lunch is organized on board. Later, depart for Belur and Halebidu. Both these cities are blessed with magnificent temple complexes of the 10th century Hoysala architecture. Explore and appreciate the intricate workmanship of the sculptures, frescoes and ornate pillars.
Enjoy the breakfast platter on board after which you depart for sightseeing. Hampi, the UNESCO World Heritage site is just 13km from Hospet. It displays the splendors of the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Check out the wonderful Hemakuta Hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, Elephant stables, Royal enclosure, and Hazara Rama Temple.
Take a break for lunch and return to the Golden Chariot. Later, return for a visit to the Vijaya Vittala temple complex and marvel at the exquisite stone chariot. Sit out by the banks of the Tungabhadra River to enjoy a sunset.
Today in the early morning by 05:00 hours, the train will chug its way out of Hospet towards Badami. Breakfast will be served onboard. By 09:00 hours you will arrive to Badami. Leave the train and proceed towards the popular tourist attractions housed here. The highlights of the day include the Badami Caves and Pattadakal, and return to the Golden Chariot by 13:00 hours. Post-lunch leave for Goa.
Rest of the day at leisure.
On the 7th day of the Pride of the South trip, arrive to Goa. Magical beaches are a speciality of the smallest state of India but there is also so much more. Post breakfast, leave for sightseeing.
Sightseeing in Goa must include its UNESCO World heritages sites, the elegant churches in Goa. Visit the famous churches of old Goa. Walk through the Old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments.
Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea. Return to the Golden Chariot. Dinner and overnight stay on-board.
Relish on the lip smacking breakfast served aboard the train before the Pride of the South sojourn comes to an end. The luxury train will land you back in the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station, Bangalore by 11:00 hours on the 8th day of the trip! The journey with the Golden Chariot thus completes a full circle.
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