Published on : Monday, March 15, 2021
The ‘Golden Chariot’ luxury train restarted its functioning on Sunday. This luxury train provides travelers an opportunity to witness the historical, architectural and scenic beauty of south India and enjoying the comfort of the high-tech amenities and international service standards of this train at the same time, the statement from KSTDC said.
Ajay Kumar Singh, General Manager, South Western Railway, in the event, inspected the train and talked with the guests as well. On Sunday, the train which left Yesvantpur Railway Station will go around the tourist destinations in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa for the rest of the week.
Back in 2008, “Golden Chariot” Luxury train was started by Karnataka State Tourism & Development Corporation (KSTDC) but faced temporary halt of the operation. “Initially the idea for the train was developed by KSTDC but however it had to stop operations because it was not economically viable,” said an official of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Speaking to TNM.
The operations, management and marketing of the Golden Chariot were taken over through an agreement with KSTDC by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). After refurbishing the train, it has restarted its operations once again now.
When questioned how they are aiming to make Golden Chariot workable now the official responded saying “We have put in a lot of resources and refurbished the train to improve it also when KSTDC was operating the train it was confined to just Karnataka but now we have introduced new routes which cover whole south India including Tamil Nadu and Kerala. If the response is good, we plan to operate to farther locations also.”
Also, the official added that they will be adhering to all the protocols related to COVID-19 including using sanitizer, wearing masks and face shields to make sure the safety of all guests are maintained.
According to the golden chariots website, the Luxury Train offers Eleven Passengers Saloons, Two Dining Cars, One Bar Lounge & One Saloon with Mini Gym and Spa. The Saloons have been named after different dynasties that have ruled South India.