The luxury train- Golden chariot which was out of service for about 3 years now, has been reintroduced after an extensive renovation. The luxury wagon was operated under the government organization – Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), from the time of its inception. However, the service has been taken over by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
IRCTC official announced that the train would start functioning by mid of March and the first ride is scheduled for 14 March, the second on 21 March. The anticipated time of restart was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. The official website page of Golden Chariot has resumed its booking option and is open till 2023, but officials also added that this deadline is flexible depending on the number of early responses.
The service is largely for overseas customers but however, there have been talks to the extent the packages to domestic customers who wish to spend time in this glorious luxury wagon.
“The response is good and encouraging and we have more than 50% bookings for both the scheduled departures,”IRCTC officials
IRCTC has also laid out strict rules and regulations regarding sanitation and hygiene along with the international standard that Golden Chariot is associated with.
The golden Chariot since its inception in 2010, was one of the most celebrated assets for the state but unfortunately went through some bumpy road, eventually costing the Karnataka government a loss of 41 crores. This made the government suspend further functioning of the service until a new agency steps in and take control.