Kochi: Bringing cheer to travel enthusiasts, the New Year packages for the Golden Chariot luxury train, operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), have been rolled out. There are three itineraries and the circuitous journeys will start from Bengaluru and touch major tourist destinations in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Goa before returning to Bengaluru.
The ‘Pride of Karnataka’, which is a six-night-and-seven-day package, will take tourists to Bandipur National Park, Mysuru, Halebidu, Chikmagalur, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi and Goa. The six nights and seven days package of ‘Jewels of South’ includes tour to Mysuru, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Chettinad, Kumarakom and Kochi.
The third one is ‘Glimpse of Karnataka’ and involves visits to Bandipur National Park, Mysuru and Hampi in three nights and four days. The tour package includes stay in train’s luxury rooms, food and beverages, service of tour guides, travel in air-conditioned vehicles and entry fees of tourist places. Half packages are also available for the convenience of the visitors.
As an introductory offer, one has to pay only Rs 59,999 along with GST per person on a twin-sharing basis for a two-night-and-three-day tour on any of the six nights and seven days itinerary. The offer is valid from January 2021 to March. By paying for one ticket, a domestic tourist can avail 50 percent discount for his or her companion. Indian citizens can also get 35 percent discount if they reserve tickets online. For more details, contact 8287932082 or visit www.goldenchariot.org.