Itin­er­ary of the Golden Chariot:

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Ban­ga­lore-mysore (ex­cur­sions to Sri­ran­ga­p­atna and Kabini)-has­san (Belur-halebid and Sra­van­abelagola) hos­pet (Hampi)-badami (Pat­tadakal and Badami rock tem­ples)-goa (Old Goa and beaches).

DAY 1: BAN­GA­LORE

Check-in at The Leela palace fol­lowed by lunch at Ja­mawar or Cit­rus - 12 Noon.

BAN­GA­LORE: Ban­ga­lore sight­see­ing in­cludes Tipu’s palace, bull tem­ple & Lal­bagh, from 03:00 pm. The cap­i­tal of Kar­nataka is known as the Gar­den city be­cause of its salu­bri­ous cli­mate and green­ery. Perched 3,250 feet above sea level, tem­per­a­tures sel­dom ex­ceed 30oc (88of ). Founded by Kem­pe­gowda, a pow­er­ful chief­tain, the city is unique with its rich cul­tural her­itage, that co­ex­ists with its mod­ern day tech­no­log­i­cal and in­dus­trial achieve­ments. To­day Ban­ga­lore is pop­u­larly known as In­dia’s sil­i­con val­ley. Ar­rival at Yesh­want­pur rail­way sta­tion, plat­form no. 6 tra­di­tional In­dian Welcome At Rail­way Sta­tion And Es­cort To Re­spec­tive Cab­ins. Din­ner on board the Golden Chariot

De­part for Mysore 09:00 Pm.

AL­TER­NATE ITIN­ER­ARY*

Check in at Our Na­tive Vil­lage, Yesh­want­pur, at 11 am. Lunch till 2 Pm.

Re­sort tour 3.00 Pm To 3.30 Pm show­ing what is it that makes it a 100% eco re­sort - the re­vival­ist move­ment. Art and cul­ture tour -3.30 Pm To 4.00 Pm. Or­ganic life, herbal & medic­i­nal plant tour, or­ganic farm tour 4.00 To 4.30 Pm. Pot­tery ses­sion & en­joy vil­lage games & bul­lock cart rides, 4.30 To 5.30 Pm. Rest and de­part to Yesh­want­pur rail­way sta­tion 6.00 Pm. *Op­tional itin­er­ary for those who do not opt for Leela palace check-in and Ban­ga­lore sight­see­ing.

DAY 2: MYSORE-KABINI-BANDIPUR

De­part for Kabini / Bandipur Jun­gle Lodge af­ter break­fast - 10:00 Am. Lunch at Jun­gle Lodge - 01:00 Pm. De­part for Jun­gle sa­fari or Boa­tride. Re­turn in the evening for wildlife film. Din­ner and stay overnight at Jun­gle Lodge.

BANDIPUR:

Tread the path of the erst­while ma­haraja of Mysore’s pri­vate hunt­ing grounds with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore-ooty road. The re­serve is a play­ground for wildlife, with ele­phants tak­ing the lead role. Be pre­pared for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence - you might see a tiger prowl­ing amidst the mix of de­cid­u­ous, ev­er­green for­est and scrub­land vege­ta­tion. Set against the pic­turesque back­drop of the en­chant­ing Nili­giri moun­tains with its mist-cov­ered peaks, it was brought un­der project tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanc­tu­ar­ies in In­dia to ob­serve and pho­to­graph wildlife in close prox­im­ity. A tem­ple perched atop Hi­mad Gopalaswamy hill, the high­est peak in the Bandipur range, is also worth a visit.

KABINI:

Ra­jiv Gandhi na­tional park, Na­gar­hole (Kabini), also the hunt­ing re­treat of the Mysore Ma­hara­jas, is def­i­nitely the perfect des­ti­na­tion for wildlife lovers in south In­dia. The ex­cite­ment starts with a sa­fari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Some of the pop­u­lar sight­ings are Ele­phant, Gaur, Sam­bar, Chi­tal, wild boar and the more ex­clu­sive preda­tors like tiger and leop­ard. A bird watcher’s par­adise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many en­demic to these jun­gles.

AL­TER­NATE ITIN­ER­ARY*

Ra­ganatittu Bird Sanc­tu­ary, Mysore Zoo, Lunch on Board, Brin­da­van Gar­dens.

*Op­tional itin­er­ary for those who do not opt for Kabini / Bandipur tour. A min­i­mum of 5 pas­sen­gers is re­quired.

DAY 3: MYSORE-SRI­RAN­GA­P­ATNA

Break­fast and de­part for Mysore 08:30 Am. Mysore sight­see­ing: Mysore palace and Sri­ran­ga­p­at­nam - 03:00 Pm. Reach the Lalitha Ma­hal palace for cul­tural show fol­lowed by din­ner - 07:00 Pm.

Mysore has been al­ways as­so­ci­ated with the royal fam­i­lies and their pa­tron­age, be it the Wode­yars or the sul­tans. Mysore is a city known for its re­splen­dent palaces and ma­jes­tic build­ings. A visit to the city con­jures up vi­sions of the glory, still ev­i­dent of the il­lus­tri­ous Wode­yar kings. This former state cap­i­tal still re­tains its tra­di­tion in mu­sic and dance, art and lit­er­a­ture and its time-hon­oured crafts. 141 kms from Ban­ga­lore, the city en­chants you with its quaint charm, ver­dant gar­dens, tree-lined boule­vards and its sa­cred tem­ples. Built in Indo-saracenic style with domes, tur­rets, arches and colon­nades, the Mysore palace is a trea­sure house of ex­quis­ite carv­ings and works of art from all over the world. The mag­nif­i­cent jewel-stud­ded golden throne of the Wode­yars is dis­played here dur­ing the Dasara fes­ti­val. Mysore, once the state cap­i­tal, to­day is a vi­brant city teem­ing with tourists and vis­i­tors. It is known the world over for its ex­otic san­dal­wood and rich silks. Many culi­nary de­lights await those in­clined to sam­ple the re­gional cui­sine.

The Is­land fortress of the leg­endary war­rior king Tipu Sul­tan, Sri­ran­ga­p­atna, is just 14 km from Mysore. In­side the fortress is Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets, the Welles­ley bridge and the dun­geons where Bri­tish of­fi­cers were once im­pris­oned.

DAY 4: HAS­SAN (BELUR-HALEBID AND SRA­VAN­ABELAGOLA)

Ar­rive at Has­san - 08:15 Am. De­part for sight­see­ing to Shra­van­abelagola.

52km from Has­san, is an im­por­tant Jain pil­grim centre. It is home to

Asia’s largest mono­lithic statue Lord Go­mateswara, which tow­ers 58 ft. high, loom­ing atop the pic­turesque Vind­hya­giri hill. Ev­ery 12 years, Jain pil­grims gather here to par­tic­i­pate in a splen­did headanoint­ing cer­e­mony. (Please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to ex­pe­ri­ence this ar­chi­tec­tural marvel. Only those who can un­der­take this are ad­vised to do so. Palan­quins are avail­able for those who can­not take the climb by them­selves. This is avail­able to the pas­sen­gers at no ex­tra cost. Guests un­will­ing to travel there can stay back on­board the train.)

Back for lunch on­board the Golden Chariot-01:00 Pm. De­part for Belur and Halebid for sight­see­ing-03:00 Pm.

Belur, in Has­san district, 220 kms from Ban­ga­lore and 38 kms from Has­san), is fa­mous for its mag­nif­i­cent Hoysala tem­ple com­plex. The Chen­nake­sava tem­ple here is the ma­jor at­trac­tion, built by Hoysala Vish­nu­vard­hana, to com­mem­o­rate his vic­tory over the Cho­las. The fa­cade of the tem­ple is filled with in­tri­cate sculp­tures with no por­tion left blank. It is the only Hoysala tem­ple still in ac­tive wor­ship.

7 kms away from Has­san is Halebid, which was the cap­i­tal of the Hoysalas. It has one of the finest Hoysala tem­ples. The Hoysaleswara tem­ple, perched on a star­shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculp­tural ex­trav­a­ganza. Its walls are richly carved with an end­less va­ri­ety of Hindu deities, sages, styl­ized an­i­mals, birds and friezes de­pict­ing the life of the Hoysala kings.

DAY 5: HAMPI

Ar­rival at Hos­pet-06:00 Am. Af­ter break­fast de­part for Hampi sight­see­ing: Viru­pak­sha tem­ple. Queens’s bath, Ele­phant sta­bles, Lo­cal crafts bazaar. Re­turn to the Golden Chariot for lunch-01:00 Pm. De­part for sight­see­ing for Royal en­clo­sure, Hazara Rama tem­ple. Il­lu­mi­nated Vit­tala tem­ple-03:00pm.

If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been clas­si­fied as a world her­itage cen­ter and is one of the ma­jor tourist des­ti­na­tions in In­dia. The seat of the famed Vi­jayana­gara empire, it was the cap­i­tal of the largest empire in Post-moghul In­dia, cov­er­ing sev­eral states. The Vi­jayana­gara empire stretched over at least three states – Kar­nataka, Ma­ha­rash­tra, and Andhra Pradesh. The de­struc­tion of Vi­jayana­gar by ma­raud­ing Moghul in­vaders was sud­den, shock­ing and ab­so­lute. Al­though in ru­ins to­day, this cap­i­tal city once boasted riches known far be­yond the shores of In­dia. The ru­ins of Hampi of the 14th cen­tury lies scat­tered in about 26 sq. Km area, amidst gi­ant boul­ders and vege­ta­tion. Pro­tected by the tem­pes­tu­ous river Tungab­hadra in the north and rocky gran­ite ridges on the other three sides, the ru­ins silently nar­rate a story of grandeur and fab­u­lous wealth.

The splen­did re­mains of palaces and gate­ways of the bro­ken city tells a tale of man’s in­fi­nite tal­ent and power of cre­ativ­ity to­gether with his ca­pac­ity for sense­less de­struc­tion. A visit to Hampi is a so­journ into the past. Most of the im­por­tant struc­tures and ru­ins are lo­cated in two ar­eas, which are gen­er­ally re­ferred to as the royal centre and the sa­cred centre. A visit to Ane­gundi vil­lage by travers­ing the gush­ing Tungab­hadra river on a cor­a­cle is an­other ex­pe­ri­ence that pro­vides the guests with a glimpse into the tra­di­tional coun­try life in Kar­nataka.

DAY 6: BADAMI-PAT­TADAKAL

Ar­rival at Badami-08:30 Am De­part af­ter break­fast for sight­see­ing to Badami caves and Pat­tadakal.

Badami is pic­turesquely sit­u­ated at the mouth of a ravine be­tween two rocky hills. The ex­quis­ite sculp­tures and the rust red sand­stone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. The first sculp­tural em­bel­lish­ment to daz­zle the eye is the 18 armed Nataraja strik­ing 81 dance poses.

With its beau­ti­fully chis­eled tem­ples, Pat­tadakal is a world her­itage site lo­cated on the banks of the Malaprabha river. It bears tes­ti­mony to the rich­ness of the Chalukyan ar­chi­tec­ture. Pat­tadakal reached its pin­na­cle of glory un­der the Chalukyan kings and was once used as a cer­e­mo­nial centre for royal coro­na­tions.

Re­turn to the Golden Chariot for lunch-01:30 Pm. De­part for Goa. Re­lax and en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties on­board the Golden Chariot: spa, gym, din­ner on­board the Golden Chariot. Reach Goa at mid­night.

DAY 7: GOA

Visit the fa­mous churches of old Goa-11:00 Am. Visit an old Por­tuguese house: Sola Souto Maior, for tea/cof­fee and cook­ies, shop­ping at the Em­po­rium 12:15 Pm. Reach Ma­jorda beach re­sort for lunch-02:00 Pm. An Ayurvedic mas­sage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic mas­sage and casino charges ex­tra)-03:00 Pm.

De­part from the re­sort-06:00 Pm.

GOA: WORLD OF GOLDEN BEACHES

Also known as “Pearl of the Ori­ent” and a “tourist par­adise”, the state of Goa is lo­cated on the western coast of In­dia in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The mag­nif­i­cent scenic beauty and the ar­chi­tec­tural splen­dors of its tem­ples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm fa­vorite with trav­ellers around the world. But Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which shows up in its unique his­tory, rich cul­ture and some of the pret­ti­est nat­u­ral scenery that In­dia has to of­fer. Be­sides the nat­u­ral beauty, the fab­u­lous beaches and sun­shine, trav­ellers to Goa love the laid­back, peace­ful, warm and friendly na­ture of the Goan peo­ple. Af­ter all, more than any­where else on planet earth, this is a place where peo­ple know how to re­lax.

Re­turn to din­ner on train. De­part for Ban­ga­lore.

DAY 8: BAN­GA­LORE

Break­fast on­board train. Reach Yeswan­th­pur rail­way sta­tion, farewell by the en­tire crew-11:00 Am.

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