Pride of the South
On your arrival in Bangalore, you can check in at the hotel Taj West End. Take delight in the high tea, especially organized for you while you will be introduced to the Golden Chariot - Pride of the South journey that waits to begin. Later you can enjoy a short trip across the Chitakala Parishad and an exclusive cultural show.
By 2000 hours you will assemble at the Yeshwantpur Railway Station where a traditional welcome later by the staff of the luxury train, you will be ushered to your cabins. Very soon you will travel out of Bangalore and towards the first destination, Mysore.Dinner and overnight stay onboard.
There is an alternate plan too waiting to be picked, depending on your choice and preference.
On your arrival in the city of Bangalore you could check in at the Our Native Village, a 100% eco resort where you can savor a sumptuous lunch before being briefed on about the Pride of the South sojourn aboard the Golden Chariot. Later you can tour across the resort and explore the in house organic farms of the resort besides also being a spectator to a specially organized cultural extravaganza. While here, you could also taste a slice of the rural lifestyle of the place. By 2000 hours you will leave for the Yeshwantpur Railway Station where you will be welcomed traditionally before the journey began.Dinner will be served aboard the train.
On the 2nd day of the sojourn, you will get a chance to visit the wildlife environs of Kabini/Bandipur. On your arrival in Kabini, you can relish a sumptuous lunch at the jungle lodge besides also enjoying a jungle safari across the national park.
Dinner and overnight stay in the jungle lodge.
Today you will depart for Mysore, the land of the fascinating palaces and gardens. Post-breakfast you will leave for Mysore on the way savoring a lavish lunch experience. On arrival in the city you will embark on half a day excursion across Mysore and visit attractions such as Mysore Palace and Srirangapatnam. In the evening you will arrive at the beautiful Lalitha Mahal where you will take delight in a cultural performance while dinner is served.
Later, board the Golden Chariot to resume your journey.
In the morning of the 4th day, you will depart for Hassan, the base from where you will travel to renowned pilgrimage sites such as Shravanabelagola* and Belur as well as visit the attractions of Halebid. Post your visit to Shravanabelagola you will return to the luxury train for lunch and later leave for Halebid and Belur.
In the evening you will continue your journey to Hospet. Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.
*Guests traveling to Shravanabelagola should be prepared to climb the 700 steps that lead one to the main sanctum sanctorum. Palanquins are available (at no extra cost) for guests unable to climb the flight of steps. Guests may even opt to stay back in the train and explore its amenities if one is not comfortable to undertake the journey to Shravanabelagola.
Post-breakfast aboard the train, guests of the Pride of the South sojourn can depart to explore the attractions of Hampi. Major sites housed here include names of the local crafts bazaar, the Virupaksha temple, Queen's Bath, and the Elephants Stables.
You will return to the train for lunch and some moments of leisure before you will leave for visiting the remaining attractions of the place; Royal Enclosure and the Hazara Rama Temple are a few of them to be named. Complete the day with a visit to the Vittala temple that is illuminated at night.
Guests of the Pride of the South will return to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Early morning on the 6th day of the sojourn you will travel to Badami. Badami Caves and Pattadakal are the foremost attractions to visit here.In the afternoon you will return to the train for lunch and to travel down to Goa.Explore the amenities of the train for the rest of the day and feast on the natural beauty of the landscapes that pass you by.
Dinner and overnight stay aboard the train.
After breakfast you will embark on excursion across the city. Visit the churches of Old Goa, an Old Portuguese house – Sola Maior, and the markets of Goa on this day. Arrive at the Majorda Beach Resort for lunch. You may enjoy swimming in the in house pool of the hotel or take delight in an Ayurvedic massage session. A visit to the in house casino will more than complete your day. (Casino and Ayurvedic massages are chargeable).
You can enjoy your breakfast aboard the train before it will arrive in the Yeshwantpur Railway Station, Bangalore. On your arrival in the city by 1100 hours you will be given a warm farewell to mark the end of the Pride of the South sojourn.