IRCTC Takes Over Management Of Golden Chariot, To Launch Tours Across South India


The refurbished Golden Chariot, the luxury train, is ready to hit the tracks on an exciting journey covering Goa, Mysore and also one of the best maintained national parks with a considerable tiger population in South India among other tourists spots from March 22.

Having already carved a niche for itself in luxury train tourism, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has added another luxury train Golden Chariot to its fleet after taking over its management.

IRCTC, the travel, tourism, and hospitality arm of Indian Railways has recently signed an agreement with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), which owned the Golden Chariot train since 2008, for taking over for operation, management and marketing of the luxury train.

With a new look and upgraded amenities such as onboard entertainment, CCTV cameras, WiFi facilities, the IRCTC has firmed up a week-long itinerary for its customers.

It has planned three trips of Golden Chariot on Pride of Karnataka itinerary on March 22, March 29 and April 12, 2020. The 6 Nights/7 Days itinerary shall commence from Yeshwantpur Railway Station in the morning shall visit Bandipur National Park, Mysore, Halebidu, Chikmagalur, Hampi, Badami-Pattadakal-Aihole, Goa before returning to Bengaluru.

The train has undergone a makeover befitting taste of international train travel enthusiasts. To add to the guests’ comforts, the train now boasts of several new features including newly upholstered furniture, elegant drapery, renovated rooms and bathrooms, crockery and cutlery of reputed international brands and fresh linen.

For providing wholesome in-room entertainment, Smart TVs with a variety of WiFi-enabled subscriptions including Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar, etc have been installed. CCTV Cameras and fire alarm systems have been added for more safety.

Experienced chefs have created menus presenting an eclectic mix of mouth-watering international as well as domestic fare. The package includes a variety of cuisines and homemade beverages. The guests can continue to enjoy relaxing spa therapies at the onboard spa which has also been provided with modern workout machines for the fitness enthusiasts.

The luxury train tour package Cost is inclusive of all onboard meals and homemade beverages, guided excursions in air-conditioned buses, monument entry fees and meals at outside venues as per the itinerary.

While a lot has changed, what has not changed is the warmth and pleasing demeanor of the staff, which shall strive to make this experience memorable for the guests.

As part of the Government of India initiative to promote tourism within the country, urging citizens to visit at least 15 tourist destinations in the country, various incentive schemes for citizens have been announced on the Golden Chariot train including Companion Offer, Pre or Post Hotel Accommodation Offer and many more.