In case you were planning your next expedition to cherish the royalty and richness of South India, the Golden Chariot—the first and only luxury train of South India—will start functioning again this March. The luxury train service that will take its first journey after a gap of two years will operate on March 22, courtesy of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The train services became defunct owning to decreased patronage in recent years. According to media reports, the revival and operation of the train is part of a 10-year agreement with the government of Karnataka. What is different now is that payment can be made in rupees
The train was launched in 2008 by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. The Golden Chariot is a luxury train offering a tour around prominent South Indian destinations. The train has been specially designed to recreate the aesthetics of Dravidian cultural ethos.
It begins its journey from Bengaluru and passes through Bandipur, Mysore, Halebidu and Chikamgaluru, Hampi, Badami, and Goa before returning back to Bengaluru.