The Golden Chariot - Pride of the South

(9 days)

Bangalore, Kabini – Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami, Goa

Stray away from the beaten paths and experience the wonderful regions of southern India with our impeccably designed tour. This voyage will take you through the lands of stone architecture and simplicity. The regions of Hampi & Pattadakkal offer some magnificent World Heritage sites as recognized by the UNESCO. You can also visit some beautiful temples with artful carvings into a stone in an attempt to depict the story of lives long gone. After some spiritual enlightenment you will head over to the notorious Goa where you can escape from almost anything with ease. This luxurious trip encompasses major attractions across all genres.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Family

At a Glance

Bangalore (1 night), Bandipur National Park (1 night), Mysore (1 night), Belur and Halebid (1 night), Hospet (1 night), Badami (1 night), Goa (1 night), Bangalore (1 night), Bangalore (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • The wonderful Mysore, or the city of Palaces as it is also called has a number of palaces one must visit
  • Explore the uncharted beauty of nature at the wildlife reserve in Kabini
  • Explore the sites of Hassan and Hospet, renowned World Heritage sites one must visit if given the chance to
  • Soak up on some natural sun as you bake and unwind on the beaches of Goa

Detailed Itinerary


Bangalore (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Bangalore

Bangalore

Also known as Bengaluru, this is considered to be the third largest city in India. Also known as one of the most livable city in India, Bangalore offers a clean and green environment without losing out on the perks of city life.

Activities

On arrival Trip to India Representative will meet and transfer to pre-booked hotel.

Following day transfer to Taj West End hotel.

The city of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a splendid neo-metro that lets measures of modernity and age old culture mingle in equal parts. While here, enthrall your senses with a traditional art exhibition and folk dance performance at the Chithrakala Parishad. Or check-in at Our Native Village for a quick overview of village life in India. Furthermore, get acquainted with just what’s in store for you, aboard The Golden Chariot.

  • 1500 hrs : Self report and Registration at Taj West End
  • 1600 hrs : Nature walk in the heritage gardens of the Taj
  • 1700 hrs : Hi-Tea
  • 1730 hrs : Presentation and Orientation on The Golden Chariot tour
  • 1800 hrs : Cultural dance
  • 1845 hrs : Visit the ISKCON Temple (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
  • 2015 hrs : Traditional welcome at Yeshwanthpur railway station and board The Golden Chariot
  • 2100 hrs : Train departs to Mysore

 

Bandipur National Park (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is a noted national park of India. Settled in the midst of quaint surroundings, the park covers an approximate area of 874.2 sq km. Teamed up with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, and Nagarhole National Park in the North.

Activities

From Mysore, a coach ride through the breathtaking wilderness will take you to Kabini. Now a part of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Kabini was once a hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas. The excitement here starts with a safari into the heart of the jungle, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat.

  • 0800 hrs : Breakfast on board
  • 1000 hrs : Visit the famous Amba Vilas Mysore Palace
  • 1115 hrs : Depart for Kabini in coach
  • 1315 hrs : Reach Kabini jungle lodges resort. Lunch at the resort
  • 1545 hrs : Jungle safari
  • 1940 hrs : Screening of wildlife film
  • 2000 hrs : Dinner followed by camp fire and stay overnight at jungle lodges resort

 

Mysore (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Mysore

Mysore

Mysore or Mysuru was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore since 1399 up to the year 1947. The city boasts of tropical savanna climate and extends over a land mass of 128.42 square kilometers. It is commonly known as the ‘Cultural capital of South Karnataka’ and is renowned for the Mysore style of painting. The Folk Lore Museum, Sand Sculpture Museum and the Regional Museum of Natural History attract a spate of visitors who enjoy exploring the exhibits that represent the city’s rich culture.

Activities

Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar Maharajas, is home to a few opulent palaces and is a centre of sandalwood-carving, silk and incense production. A short coach trip from Mysore will take you to the capital of South India’s very own tiger, Tipu Sultan, at Srirangapatna. While here, visit his summer palace and Gumbaz. And revisit history as it was two centuries ago.

  • 0630 hrs : Boat ride for bird safari on Kabini river
  • 0800 hrs : Breakfast at the jungle lodges resort
  • 0930 hrs : Depart for Mysore in coach
  • 1130 hrs : Back on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1300 hrs : Lunch on board
  • 1530 hrs : Srirangapatnam sightseeing – Dariya Daulat, Tipu mausoleum and drive through the fort
  • 1800 hrs : Shopping at CIE
  • 1900 hrs : Cultural dance and dinner at 5 star palace hotel
  • 2200 hrs : Back on board The Golden Chariot

 

Belur and Halebid (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Belur and Halebid

Belur and Halebid

Located right in the heart of the Hoysala Empire, the remote sites of Halebid and Belur come with a 900 year old legacy of Hindu art and sculptures. With gorgeous temple facades and intricate carvings that adorn the pillars and walls of this temple, visiting these sites is an excellent way to delve deep into the stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Activities

From Hassan, set deep in the Karnatakan countryside, the journey to Asia’s tallest monolith at Shravanabelagola is not long. Return to The Golden Chariot for your sumptuous lunch spread, for the glory of 10th century Hoysala architecture awaits you at Belur and Halebeedu in the afternoon. Take a trip around the temple courtyards of this World Heritage Site to appreciate the intricate workmanship of the sculptures, friezes and ornate pillars.

  • 0500 hrs : Depart from Mysore to Hassan
  • 0730 hrs : Breakfast on board
  • 0900 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)
  • 1300 hrs : Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch
  • 1445 hrs : Depart for Belur and Halebidu to visit the magnificent temple complexes
  • 1915 hrs : Back on board The Golden Chariot
  • 2000 hrs : Dinner on board and depart to Hospet by 2040 hrs

 

Hospet (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Hospet

Hospet

This town is essentially a convenient base to consider when wanting to explore the ruins of Hampi and the history of the Vijayanagar Empire in South India. Sitting on the banks of the River Tungabhadra, it is only 325 km from the state’s capital, Bangalore.

Activities

The splendours of the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara empire await you at Hampi, just 13kms away from Hospet. Magnificent temples and courtyards, peppered in between the ruins of what might have been resplendent palaces a few centuries ago, vie for your attention here. This, together with the boulder strewn sandscape and the Tungabhadra river gives Hampi a charm that is almost ethereal.

  • 0600 hrs : Arrive at Hospet
  • 0700 hrs : Breakfast on board
  • 0830 hrs : Depart for sightseeing to Hampi- World Heritage site: Hemakuta Hill, Virupaksha temple, Queens Bath, Elephant stables, Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple
  • 1300 hrs: Back on board The Golden Chariot followed by lunch
  • 1530 hrs : Visit to the Vijaya Vittala temple complex and the marvel stone chariot
  • 1700 hrs : Sit out by the banks of the Tungabhadra River for sunset view
  • 1800 hrs : Depart to Hospet railway station
  • 2000 hrs : Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

 

Badami (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Badami

Badami

Most famous for its cave temples and architecture, Badami is a small town in the state of Karnataka that along with Pattadakal and Aihole come together to offer a whopping 150 gorgeous temples, each one more spectacular than the other.

Activities

Wake up in the cradle of Hindu architecture at the ancient capital city of the Chalukya empire. A flight of steps will take you to the four ancient rock-cut caves, each replete with carved pillars, bracket figures and sculptures. Among them is the 18 armed Nataraja, striking 81 dance poses. A short distance away is Pattadakal, home to perhaps the earliest examples of Dravidian and Nagara architecture in the whole of India.

  • 0400 hrs : Depart from Hospet to Badami
  • 0730 hrs : Breakfast on board
  • 0830 hrs : Arrive at Badami
  • 0840 hrs : Depart for sightseeing: Pattadakal and Badami cave temples- World Heritage Sites
  • 1320 hrs: Return to The Golden Chariot
  • 1330 hrs : Lunch on board and depart for Goa Free time to relax and enjoy the facilities on board - Spa, Gym, Movies, etc
  • 2000 hrs : Dinner on board The Golden Chariot. Reach Goa past midnight

 

Goa (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Goa

Goa

Without doubt the party capital of India, Goa is one state where you will see international tourists throng all year round. With great beaches, a fabulous party scene and a growing food and music scene, Goa is the place to visit when you want the much needed break from all the sightseeing around India.

Activities

This well known beach paradise is famous for its carefree spirit and relaxed vibes. Savour the Portuguese history of this state on a walkabout through its magnificent churches and Portuguese homes. Or just relax, for the excellent sea food, casino and spa services set the right note.

  • 0800 hrs : Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1000 hrs : Depart for sightseeing
  • 1100 hrs : Visit the famous churches of old Goa
  • 1215 hrs: Visit Old Portuguese house now an emporium for shopping and refreshments
  • 1400 hrs : Lunch at the luxury resort in Goa followed by beach stroll and Hi-Tea
  • 1730 hrs : Depart from the resort
  • 1830 hrs : Return to The Golden Chariot and depart for Bangalore
  • 2000 hrs : Dinner on board The Golden Chariot

 

Bangalore (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Bangalore

Bangalore

Also known as Bengaluru, this is considered to be the third largest city in India. Also known as one of the most livable city in India, Bangalore offers a clean and green environment without losing out on the perks of city life.

Activities

The overnight return journey to Bangalore is the time for quiet contemplation. As the warm sea breeze gives way to the cool night, prepare yourself to celebrate the end of a journey well travelled. In luxury. Aboard The Golden Chariot.

  • 0800 hrs : Breakfast on board The Golden Chariot
  • 1130 hrs : Reach Yeshwanthpur Railway Station and Farewell by the entire crew Farewell by the entire crew


On arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

 

Bangalore (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

Bangalore

Bangalore

Also known as Bengaluru, this is considered to be the third largest city in India. Also known as one of the most livable city in India, Bangalore offers a clean and green environment without losing out on the perks of city life.

Activities

In time transfer to the airport for onward journey.

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Bangalore, Kabini – Bandipur, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami, Goa

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"Dear Mr. Dhir, I wish to thank you for coordinating all the arrangements to make our trip to Rajasthan a memorable one. Thank you again for your time and efforts."

-Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz

(Riyadh)