Anybody taken the Golden Chariot from Bangalore
How are the tours and the food on the train.
We did the Splendor of the South tour in January. We chose this tour because we wanted to have a week at the Marari Beach Resort afterwards so we left a day early when the train arived in Cochin. First things first, you meet at the Taj West End Hotel in Bangalore, this is a lovely hotel and worth ariving a couple of days earlier to enjoy.
The train is just as the pictures, we loved it, but we love India anyway. The food is excellent, you get a choice of Indian or International and we always went for the Indian, so I suppose we can't comment on the International. We didn't hear any moans anyway. Service was superb in both the restaurant and cabin.
It was spotless
There were only 13 of us on the trip, so we rattled around a bit on the train but that meant we bonded as a group, one of the highlights really as we were a truly international group.
The tours were fine but a bit grueling, we were out every day at 8.30 and normally not back until the evening, so really it was a series of coach trips returning to the train each evening. A couple of days we toured in the morning and went to a hotel for lunch and then spent the afternoon around the pool.
I had heard that alcohol was expensive, but it was no more than any other decent hotel in India.
Did we enjoy it - yes
Would we do another one - yes
Thanks for the info and we are booked on the Golden Chariot
What kind of dress did people wear for meals? Was it very casual or better dressed ?
Hope you enjoy it. The dress was informal, no pretentions
How did you book the train? We're going next year and think this would be interesting.
I tried very hard to find somewhere who discounted it but without much luck. We combined it with a stay at the Marari Beach Resort near Kochi so in the end I priced it myself and then got a price from The Kerala Travel Centre, which after a bit of negotiation I got down to within about £80 from the do it your self price. I thought £80 was well worth the peace of mind so I booked it through them. Some of the others in the group booked through Kuoni but they paid a lot more than me.They flew to Deli and then got an interconnecting flight down to Bangalor, but the timings were difficult. I booked the international flights myself via the Gulf with Qata Airways, fying in to Bangalor and then retuning from Kochi - recomended. Oman Air are doing some very good prices at the moment.
We booked a day room at the Taj West End Bangalor, but it is a lovely hotel and worth a couple of days at least
Thanks for your prompt response!
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