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The Golden Chariot – Pride Of The South

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT – PRIDE OF THE SOUTH
07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS
BANGALORE - KABINI/BANDIPUR - MYSORE - HASSAN - HOSPET - BADAMI - GOA - BANGALORE

DAY 1: MONDAY - BANGALORE
Check-in at The Leela palace followed by lunch at Jamawar or citrus   12:00 Noon
Depart for Bangalore sightseeing Tippu's palace, bull temple & Lalbagh   03:00 Pm
Arrival at Yeshwantpur railway station, platform no. 6 traditional Indian Welcome At Railway Station And Escorting To Respective Cabins.   08:00 Pm
Dinner on board the Golden Chariot    
Depart to Mysore   09:00 Pm
Arrive at Mysore   11:30 Pm
ALTERNATE ITINERARY*
Check in at Our Native Village   11 Am Onwards
Lunch   12 Noon To 2 Pm
What is it that makes us a 100% eco resort - resort tour   3.00 Pm To 3.30 Pm
The revivalist movement - art and culture tour   3.30 Pm To 4.00 Pm
Living an organic life at herbal & medicinal plant tour, organic farm tour   4.00 Pm To 4.30 Pm
Pottery session & explore the simplicity of village games €“ playing Indian village games & bullock cart rides   4.30 Pm To 5.30 Pm
Rest and depart to Yeshwantpur railway station   6.00 Pm To 6.30 Pm
*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Leela palace check-in and Bangalore sight seeing.

BANGALORE: A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

The capital of Karnataka is known as the Garden city because of its salubrious climate and greenery. Perched 3,250 feet above sea level, temperatures seldom exceed 30oc (88of). Founded by Kempegowda, a powerful chieftain, the city is unique with its rich cultural heritage that coexists with its modern day technological and industrial achievements. Today Bangalore is popularly known as India's silicon valley.
DAY 2: TUESDAY - MYSORE / KABINI / BANDIPUR
Depart for Kabini / Bandipur after breakfast   10:00 Am
Reach Jungle Lodge
Lunch at the Jungle Lodge
  01:00 Pm
Jungle / Boat safari
Return in the evening for wildlife film
Dinner and stay overnight at Jungle Lodge
  Post Lunch
ALTERNATE ITINERARY*

- Raganatittu Bird Sanctary,
- Mysore Zoo,
- Lunch on Board,
- Brindavan Gardens

*Optional itinerary for those who do not opt for Kabini / Bandipur tour
A minimum of 5 passengers required for alternate itinerary


BANDIPUR:

Tread the path of the erstwhile maharaja of Mysore with a visit to Bandipur, about 80km south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience - you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Niligiri mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore maharaja's private hunting ground. It was brought under project tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalaswamy hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.

KABINI: A WORLD OF WILDLIFE
Rajiv Gandhi national park, Nagarhole (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas, is definitely the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in south India. The excitement starts with a safari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Some of the popular sightings are Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, wild boar and the more exclusive predators like tiger and leopard. A bird watcher's paradise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to these jungles.
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY - MYSORE
Breakfast and depart for Mysore   08:30 Am
Back onboard the Golden Chariot   11:30 Am
Lunch on board the Golden Chariot   01:00 Pm
Mysore sightseeing: Mysore palace, Srirangapatnam   03:00 Pm
Reach the Lalitha Mahal palace for cultural show followed by dinner   07:00 Pm
Back onboard the Golden Chariot   10:00 Pm

MYSORE: A WORLD OF ROYALTY

Mysore has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the sultans. Mysore is a city known for its resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. A visit to the city conjures up visions of the glory, still evident of the illustrious Wodeyar kings. This former state capital still retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature and its time-honoured crafts.
A 141 kms from Bangalore, the city enchants you with its quaint charm, verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and its sacred temples.
Mysore, once the state capital, today is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Many culinary delights await those inclined to sample the regional cuisine.

MYSORE PALACE:
Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The magnificent jewel-studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasara festival.

SRIRANGAPATNA:
the Island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the Wellesley bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned.
DAY 4: THURSDAY - HASSAN
Depart from Mysore to Hassan   06:00 Am
Arrive at Hassan   08:15 Am
Depart for sightseeing to Shravanabelagola
(please note that you would have to climb close to 700 steps to experience the architectural marvel. Only those who can undertake this are advised to do so. Guests unwilling to experience can stay back onboard the Golden Chariot. Palanquins are available for those who cannot take the climb by themselves. This is available to the passengers at no extra cost)
  09:00 Am
Lunch on board the Golden Chariot   01:00 Pm
Depart for Belur and Halebid for sightseeing   03:00 Pm
Back onboard the Golden Chariot   07:15 Pm
Depart to Hospet   07:45 Pm
Dinner onboard the Golden Chariot    

BELUR & HALEBID : A WORLD OF WORSHIP

Belur in Hassan district 220 kms from Bangalore and 38 kms from Hassan) is famous for its magnificent hoysala temple complex. The Chennakesava temple here is the major attraction, built by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana, to commemorate his victory over the cholas. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures with no portion left blank. It is the only Hoysala temple still in active worship.

HALEBID:
In Hassan district is 27 kms away from Hassan and was the capital of the Hoysalas. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. The Hoysaleswara temple, perched on a star-shaped base amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala kings.

SHRAVANABELAGOLA:
52km from Hassan, is an important jain pilgrim centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue lord gomateswara here towers 58 ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony.
DAY 5: FRIDAY - HOSPET
Arrival at Hospet   06:00 Am
After breakfast depart for Hampi sightseeing: Virupaksha temple. Queens's bath, Elephant stables, Local crafts bazaar   08:30 Am
Return to the Golden Chariot for lunch   01:00 Pm
Depart for sightseeing: Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama temple. Illuminated Vittala temple.   03:00 Pm
Back onboard the Golden Chariot   08:00 Pm
Dinner onboard the Golden Chariot    

HAMPI: A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi. Hampi has been classified as a world heritage center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India.

HAMPI:
the seat of the famed Vijayanagara empire was the capital of the largest empire in Post-Moghul India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over at least three states-Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.
Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th century lies scattered in about 26 sq. Km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.
Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth.
The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of man's infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the royal centre and the sacred centre.
A visit to Anegundi village by traversing the gushing Tunga Badra river on a coracle is an experience that provides the guests with a glimpse into the traditional country life in Karnataka
DAY 6: SATURDAY - BADAMI
Depart from Hospet to Badami   05:00 Am
Arrival at Badami   08:30 Am
Depart after breakfast for sightseeing: Badami caves and Pattadakal   09:00 Am
Return to the Golden Chariot for lunch   01:30 Pm
Depart for Goa
relax and enjoy the facilities onboard the Golden Chariot: spa, gym dinner onboard the Golden Chariot reach Goa post midnight
  02:00 Pm

BADAMI: A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. The exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18 armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.

PATTADAKAL:
With its beautifully chiseled temples is a world heritage site located on the banks of the Malaprabha river. It bears testimony to the richness of the Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyan kings and was once used as a ceremonial center where kings were crowned.
DAY 7: SUNDAY - GOA
Breakfast on board the Golden Chariot   09:30 Am
Depart for sightseeing   10:00 Am
Visit the famous churches of old Goa   11:00 Am
Visit an old Portuguese house: sola Souto Maior for tea/coffee and cookies, shopping at the Emporium   12:15 Pm
Reach Majorda beach resort for lunch   02:00 Pm
An Ayurvedic massage, a visit to the casino, a dip in the pool / beach, etc. (Ayurvedic massage and casino charges extra as applicable)   03:00 Pm
Depart from the resort   06:00 Pm
Return to the Golden Chariot.   07:15 Pm
Dinner onboard the Golden Chariot    
Depart for Bangalore   09:00 Pm

GOA: A WORLD OF GOLDEN BEACHES

Also known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "tourist paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.
The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.
But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.
Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.
DAY 8: MONDAY - BANGALORE
Breakfast onboard the Golden Chariot   08:00 To 09:30 Am
Reach Yeswanthpur railway station, farewell by the entire crew.   11:00 Am


TOUR TARIFF :

April 2011 - March 2012 ( For Indian Nationals Only )

OCCUPANCY TYPE PER PERSON / NIGHT (INR)      7 NIGHTS PER PERSON (INR)
SINGLE 20000                      140000
DOUBLE        15000                        105000
TRIPLE    12000                             84000



April 2011 - March 2012 ( For International Travellers )

OCCUPANCY TYPE PER PERSON / NIGHT (IN $)      7 NIGHTS PER PERSON (IN $)
SINGLE 685                              4795
DOUBLE        495                                3465
TRIPLE    400                             2800

( Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years )
10% surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year. Service tax @ 2.58% shall be levied on the prevalent tariff of the Golden Chariot as per govt. Of India norms. Above tariff is subject to change without notice.


TARIFF INCLUDES   TARIFF DOES NOT INCLUDES
Tariff is inclusive of accommodation on board the Golden Chariot / travel / all meals / conducted sight-seeing tours / entrance fees at Monuments / Parks / Palaces And Cultural programmes.
  Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls, video camera fees, spa car, business car facilities, liquor and other items of personal nature.



RESERVATION POLICY :

In Case Of Fits:
• 20% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking
• Remaining 80% of ticket value 30 days prior to departure.

In Case Of Group:
• 50% of ticket value at the time of confirming the booking.
• Remaining 50% of ticket value 45 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATION POLICY :

In Case Of Fits
• 5% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 20% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 50% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

In Case Of Group
• 10% of the ticket value if cancellation is made until 60 days prior to departure.
• 25% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 30-59 days prior to departure.
• 75% of the ticket value if cancellation is made between 15-29 days prior to departure.
• 100% of the ticket value if the cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure.

No show / en route termination of tour / amendment
• no show - in case of no show / non-arrival of the guest, no refund or adjustment in future travel will be possible. The whole amount shall be treated as forfeited.
• en route termination of tour - in case of termination of tour by the guest, for any reasons, no refund or adjustment for future travel will be possible. The amount for unused portion of the tour shall be treated as forfeited.
• amendment - is only possible under the circumstances like natural disaster / natural calamity or serious health problem's (this needs to be supported by doctor's certificate) and is subject to availability. No refunds are possible and every case will be decided on merits on a case to case basis.