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Report in lobby of Taj Hotel West End by 4 pm for check in formalities of Golden Chariot Train tour.
Enjoy nature walk in the gardens of the hotel and Hi-tea. You will be given briefing of the tour and then witness cultural dance show.
Later proceed to visit Iskon Hindu temple. Established in 1997, Sri Radha Krishna temple is not just a temple but a complex of temples devoted to Lord Krishna.
Reach Yashwantpura Railway Station before 8:15 PM to board Golden Chariot train.
The dinner will be served on board and train leaves for Mysore.
Mysore & Kabini
The train reaches Mysore and breakfast will be served onboard.
In the morning pack clothes for overnight stay at jungle Lodge.
Then we shall drive to visit City Palace which is also known as Mysore Palace. Indo Saracenic building with domes, arches and turrents is a treasure trove of carved paintings and works from across the globe. This splendid palace lays down its foundation on an old palace which was ruined in the 1897. Durbar halls and the Amba Villas of this huge palace are used for marriage ceremonies by the royal families. This palace is beautifully decorated with lights on every Sunday.
Later drive for two hours and reach Kabini forest.
Named after Kabini River, the Kabini wildlife reserve is a popular tourist attraction in south India as it houses various flora and fauna. Leopard, panther, sambhar, spotted deer, cheetal, panther and 250 species of birds are some of the attractions that will be spotted here. It is also reckoned as Bird watcher’s paradise.
After lunch and short rest, proceed for safari to Kabini jungles.
In the Evening, return to the jungle lodge for a screening of wildlife film, followed by campfire and Dinner.
Overnight stay in jungle lodges in Kabini forest
Early morning at 6:30 am proceed for a boat ride on Kabini River to spot crocodiles and many colorful birds.
Return to Jungle Lodge for breakfast and check out at 9:30 AM. Drive back to Mysore railway station to board the train
After a brief rest and lunch, proceed for Visit to Srinrangapatnam Fort. Built in 1537, Srinrangapatnam Fort is the second toughest Fort in the Indian subcontinent. The fort houses legendary Tipu Sultan’s house that has also rendered it a name, Tipu sultan’s Fort. The Indo Islamic architecture beautifully portrays Persian inscriptions on its arched entrances.
Visit Dariya Daulat, the summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in 1784. The Indo Islamic style architecture in constructed mostly in teak wood and is raised on a plinth offering beautiful view of River Kaveri.
Built in 1784, Tipu Sultan mausoleum, situated between massive gardens. The mausoleum has a cenotaph of Hyder Ali, his father; Fakr-Un-Nisa, mother and Tipu Sultan. The Persian style architecture is raised on a high platform with large pathways leading to the central structure.
Enjoy shopping and cultural program in the evening with dinner in Lalita Mahal Palace, now converted into a luxury Hotel.
Return to train by 10 PM and train will be stationary at the Mysore Station for the Night.
Early morning train departs from Mysore to Hassan Railway station.
Founded in the 11th century, Hassan was an important capital city during the Hoysala dynasty. The city is famous as the temple – architecture capital of Karnataka.
After breakfast, proceed for excursion to Shravanabelagola village. Climb 700 steep steps, carved in a stone hillock to view 10th century built a statue of Jain Monk Gommateshvara Bahubali.
Drive back to the Hassan Railway station to board the train by for lunch & short rest.
In the afternoon again depart for an excursion to Halebedu and Belur to view ancient Hindu temples.
Visit Cheenakeshawa Temple at Belur was built by the Hoysala ruler king, Vishnuvardhana. The temple was commissioned to mark the victory over the Chola kings of Tamil Nadu. The interiors of the temple are intricately carved. The beauty of idols and ornamental carvings seem as metal works. The ceiling of the temple is adorned with dancing figures and the exteriors of the temple offer a glimpse of various Gods in Hindu mythology. The temple is one of the best illustrations of Hoysala architecture.
Then visit Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was named after the founder of the Hoysala dynasty. The walls of the temple are covered with carvings of Gods of Hindu mythology.
Drive back to the Hassan Railway station and we will depart for our next destination, Hospet.
The train arrives at Hospet railway station and breakfast will be served onboard. From Hospet Railway station, proceed by coach for an excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi Palace ruins.
Hampi is a small village situated within the ruins of Vijaynagar in Karnataka. Illusory and bewitching, the abandoned ruins of Hampi, makes it an extremely worthwhile and popular side trip from the coast. Scattered over the landscape, the ruins of Hampi will leave you spellbound. A World Heritage Site, Hampi is a place where you can let yourself midst the ruins, or simply be enthralled by the whims of nature, marveling at how millions of years of volcanic activity and erosion could have made the landscape so captivating.
Return to the Hospet Railway Station to board the train for lunch and short rest.
After Lunch, proceed for excursion to 16th century built temple complex of Vithala, dedicated to the Hindu God-Lord Vishnu. As the epicenter of Hampi’s attractions, Vittala Temple is the most brilliant architectural centerpiece of Hampi. The temple is named after Vittala, a form of Lord Vishnu. It’s considered to be one of the largest and the most famous structure in Hampi. The highlight of the temple is its impressive pillared halls and the stone chariot. The Stone Chariot is actually a shrine that has been given the shape of a chariot and has been decorated with ornamental carvings.
Leisurely enjoy time at the banks of Tungabhadra River for a spectacular sunset view.
Depart by 6 PM to reach Hospet Railway station to board the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Morning breakfast onbard. The train reaches Badami stastion at 8.30 am.
In the morning proceed from Badami Railway station for an excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Badami caves and Pattadakal Temple Complex Carved out of sandstone hills, the 7th century built
Badami Cave temples are dedicated to Hindu religious sects of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu & Budha and Jain Faiths. The Badami cave temples are a group of four temples engraved out of sandstone. They belong to the Chalukya Period and are the perfect example of early Chalukya style architecture. Of the four caves, three are dedicated to Hindu Gods, and the fourth is a Jain Temple.
The Pattadakal Temple complex is popular not only for Chalukyan architecture but also a famous holy place for royal coronation, ‘Pattadakisuvolal’. Temples built here are known for blending of the Rekha, Prasada, Nagara and Dravida Vimana styles of temple building.
Return to the Badami Railway Station and leave for next destination, Goa
Lunch & Dinner on-board. Overnight stay.
The train arrives in Goa-Vasco de Gama Railway Station early morning. After breakfast, city tour of Goa, one of the smallest states of India, is a dreamland. Goa is basically known for its stunning beaches. This famous land of sun, sand, surf and serenity entices thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. But Goa is not only famous for its tempting palm fringed beaches, but also for spectacular places of tourist interest and many magnificent monuments, such as forts and palaces, churches, temples etc.
Later visit the Old Portuguese House and time free for shopping.
For tourist their journey to this magnificent paradise would be incomplete without taking back a souvenir. Local handicrafts of Goa are the most popular things and include Brassware, terracotta, shell work, carved furniture, bamboo work etc. Anjuna market is a major tourist attraction.
Drive to a luxury beach resort for lunch and rest of the day is at leisure.
Depart from Beach Resort at 5.30 PM and drive back to Vasco De Gama Railway Station to board the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Return to Bangalore
Breakfast on board.
The train reaches Yeshwanthpura Railway Station, Bangalore by 11.30 AM and the entire crew bids adieu.