Golden Chariot Offers Special Summer Package From April 16

The Hindu, MYSORE, April 2, 2012

Golden Chariot, the luxury train run by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, has announced a special summer package.

The seven-night eight-day luxury package titled ‘pride of the south' will be launched on April 16. It covers the State's best known tourist destinations, including three world heritage sites and wildlife sanctuaries. The luxury train is operating in summer for the first time since its launch. It normally operates between September and March.

The special offer includes some new attractions which are not included in the regular itinerary. The guests will be offered dinner at the majestic Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, located on the foothills of Chamundi, Mysore, after a special cultural show that showcases Karnataka's rich culture.

With the 'Hampi by night' programme, the guests will get to see monuments specially illuminated for this package.

The itinerary also consists of a visit to Daroji Bear Sanctuary, which is close to Hampi.

The sanctuary — Karadidham — is Asia's first and biggest sloth bear sanctuary. Golden Chariot project director Srinivas told The Hindu that an elephant interaction programme at Kabini, special cultural shows inside the train, and complimentary spa services are the other attractions.

"We hope that the enquiries will be converted into bookings. April 12 is the last date for bookings," he added.

The tariff per person for seven nights (single occupancy) is Rs. 1,40,000; Rs. 1,05,000 for double occupancy and Rs. 84,000 for triple occupancy.