Birthplace of the father of Carnatic music, Purandara Dasa, Karnataka in southern India stretches from Belgaum in the Western Ghats foothills, to the lively harbour-side city of Mangalore.
Named after the legendary stone chariot in Hampi’s Vittala Temple, the Golden Chariot is a luxe train with gourmet dining facilities, which chugs through a treasure trove of archaeological sites, wildlife and beaches from Bengaluru to Goa.
Although you’ll be travelling in five-star luxury, the Golden Chariot visits sites that would be difficult to reach by other forms of transport, so you really feel like an explorer as you trundle through dense jungle and stop off in villages that hardly seem to have changed in 100 years.
Seven nights Golden Chariot Pride of South Train Tour US$7,630 (Dh28,024) for two foreign nationals or Rs231,000 (Dh13,679) for Indian nationals, see www. goldenchariottrain.com.
Emirates flies direct to Bangalore from around Dh1,700.
TheWestern Ghats foothills is a hotspot of botanical diversity
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