The Golden Chariot - Frequently Asked Questions

Q-1. Who runs The Golden Chariot?

Ans: The Golden Chariot is the first luxury train that takes the guests on a trip across the most prominent destinations in South India, covering Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa. The train is owned by Ministry of Railways, India. The train is operated by Indian Railways and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).

Q-2. What is the capacity of The Golden Chariot?

Ans: The Golden Chariot houses 44 air-conditioned cabins. In these, it houses 26 twin bedded cabins, 17 double bedded cabins, and one cabin for the handicap guests.

Q-3. Which destinations are covered by this train?

Ans: The Golden Chariot is running two journeys:

a. Pride of the South: Bangalore - Kabini - Srirangapatnam - Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Belur - Halebid - Hampi - Badami - Pattadakal - Goa
b. Southern Splendour: Bangalore - Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram - Alleppey - Kochi - Bangalore.

Q-5. What is the schedule of the train for this season?

Ans: Golden Chariot journeys have been scheduled keeping in mind the best time to explore South India i.e. from October to March. For a detailed schedule, please click here.

Q-6. What is included in the tariff?


  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms.
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service
  • Guided off train excursions as illustrated in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board.

Q-7. Which are the services not included in the train tariff?


  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes, Insurance, Gratuities
  • Telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands of wines, spirits, beer served in the restaurants and bar)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and any tour extensions are not included unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys.

Q-8. Can I smoke onboard?

Ans: In accordance with Indian Law, smoking is not permissible on board the train. Smoking is also prohibited in all public places such as restaurants, airports, stations, shopping malls, hotels, public areas etc.

Q-9. How can I pay on board?

Ans: Payments can be done by bank transfer or all major credit cards are acceptable such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Cards etc are a few of the most prominent ones to name in the order.

Q-10. Is assistance available to specially abled?

Ans: A separate cabin has been specially designed to cater to the specially abled guests on board. Additionally, facilties such as wheelchairs, creches and a personal attendant are also available.

Q-11. How can I book my Golden Chariot journey?

Ans: Please email Holidays to Treasure Pvt. Ltd. at Or call us at 91 124 4636888. Our sales executive would call you or email you and offer you the best deal in according to your travel requirements and preferences.

Q-12. Will I get any discount if I book my vacation on The Golden Chariot with Holidays to Treasure?

Ans:Yes, on every booking, you will get a discount of 12% on The Golden Chariot fare.

Q-13. Does the staff at The Golden Chariot speak in English?

Ans:Yes, all crew members are well versed in English language.

Q-14. Does KSTDC take care of the guests' pre and post hotel accommodation?

Ans: The Golden Chariot tariff doesn't include pre and post hotel accommodation charges. It is highly recommended to the guests to book at least one day pre and post hotel accommodation for The Golden Chariot. If you want to know more about the pre and post accommodation, you can contact us on the given contact number or e-mail address.

Q-15. What if I fall sick during the journey?

Ans: We have a paramedic on board the train that can provide emergency medical facilitation if required.

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