I’ll be truthful, travelling to India was never ever higher on my bucket list. My travel style had changed given that I got into my late twenties and I no longer wanted to backpack and remain in hostels
overnight – do not get me incorrect I nonetheless loved that life style, but with a small comfort thrown in every single now and then. I felt like I ought to have gone to India in my early twenties when I was complete
of power and delighted to reside on $five and sleep in bus terminals. The concept of travelling about India solo felt a bit daunting to me now. A strange realisation given that I’d spent a fantastic aspect of 7 years
travelling solo. I’m not certain what it was about India, but I just didn’t want
to take that on, I’d mentioned to myself I’d travel India when I had additional cash and time.
So when the chance came to travel on a single of the most luxurious trains in the globe – The Golden Chariot – about the South of India, I knew this was the proper time. It was time to travel to India for the initial time – and to do
it in style!
The Golden Chariot has two routes a single “Pride of the South” and the other “ Southern Splendour” we took Pride of the South route and took off from Bangalore and
headed to Mysore – Kabini – Hassan – Hospet – Hampi – Badami and Goa. The journey took eight days and took us about some of the most lovely and fascinating attractions in India.
It will be not possible to document every little thing we did for the duration of this journey so I’ve highlighted the ideal components for you right here:
Our initial quit onboard the Golden Chariot was to Kabini to search for wild tigers on a jungle safari. Even though we didn’t get the opportunity to see tiger we saw a lot of other wild animals
and had such a exciting time whizzing by way of the jungle in our jeeps. Later on that evening we sat about the bonfire drinking wine and dining on the initial taste of Southern Indias astounding cuisine.
We loved our time at Jungle lodges and resorts!
Mysore is a city of palaces, but the most magnificent of them all is the Mysore Palace from time to time identified as the Principal Palace as effectively. A single of the most unforgettable pictures of the city is the image of
the illuminated Mysore Palace against the dark black sky. It requires ninety seven thousand light bulbs to make this enchanting image of the Palace. The Palace is situated in the middle of the
city and is a reminder of the grandeur of a bygone era and is currently an invaluable national treasure.
A UNSECO Planet Heritage internet site Hampi is a single of the most well-known locations in South India. Located in Karnataka close to the modern day-era city of Hosapete, Hampi’s ruins are spread more than four,100
hectares (16 sq mi) and it has been described by UNESCO as an “austere, grandiose internet site” of additional than 1,600 surviving remains of the final terrific Hindu kingdom in South India that contains
“forts, riverside options, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and other individuals”.
Goa was our final quit on board The Golden Chariot trip, and while we didn’t get considerably time there, it was so good to loosen up on the beach soon after a hectic week of temple hoping. The beach chilled
vibes have been astounding and taking our initial actions into the XX ocean was a single to bear in mind for a lifetime. This is exactly where we also realised you knew you have been on a beach in India when there are additional cows
Henna and dancing on the train
A single evening soon after a day sightseeing we have been welcomed by some lovely neighborhood ladies prepared to paint our hands and legs in classic henna for decoration. We all jumped at the opportunity and loved
our new short-term India physique art. The subsequent evening a DJ came on board and we danced whilst travelling to Goa – a fully new knowledge for all of us. How a lot of folks can say they danced their
way to Goa on a train?!
Items to take into consideration ahead of booking The Golden Chariot
It was a fairly hectic week with lots of bus journeys and temples. We essentially spent a lot significantly less time on the train than I was expecting and additional time out exploring. So you have to be conscious that it
is not a train vacation exactly where you sit on a train and watch India go by. It is an adventure exactly where every day you are seeing and undertaking a thing new. It is a way to travel South India in the quickest
way covering the most spots! If you are sharing a space make certain it is with an individual you know effectively as the rooms are relatively compact, even so they are best for a couple or solo traveller. When the
price tag tag may possibly look higher it would be relatively not possible to do this itinerary oneself without having a train, so you have to weigh up the worth for cash and how considerably you genuinely get to see.
How considerably does The Golden Chariot expense?
Rates start out at $6000 per individual and differ based on couples/shared rooms. You are going to uncover the most
up to date prices here plus any offers.
How do I book The Golden Chariot?
You ought to book The Golden Chariot by way of a tour operator. There are a lot of sites claiming to be the ‘official’ Golden Chariot web page, but in-reality THIS is the only a single that
you ought to book trough.
Other luxury trains in India
The luxury trains in India are Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Orient and our superb Golden Chariot. All of these trains are owned by Royal Trains and you can verify out the various itineraries there.
So, what is it Seriously like travelling about India on a luxury train?
Could there genuinely be a additional a additional fashionable way to travel India? Travelling onboard a luxury train was an outstanding knowledge and a single I would completely suggest everybody to do. BUT I know not
everybody can since of the price tag tag that comes with it. Nevertheless I hope I’ve showed you it really is worth for cash and how considerably you can genuinely do and see whilst you are travelling on the Golden
Thank a lot to the Tourism Board of India, Kartanaka Tourism and The Golden Chariot for hosting me!