Come Ride with Me
Travellers feast off fine china, watching the world slide past by, landscapes and lifestyles gradually dissolving, in the Golden Chariot – a luxury train running across Karnataka. Each day the train stops at one destination and the travellers disembark for sightseeing in a Volvo bus, writes G Brindha.
I was in the 'Golden Chariot', a luxury train in South India, running across the state of Karnataka, taking you from one incredible spot to the other. A band of dancers and drummers had assembled and no sooner did we reach the platform than they started beating their drums. After a moment's hesitation, a bit unnerved by the grand welcome, I joined in the bonhomie; such moments are rare. A step inside the train brought me to a magical world, so splendid was the draped and glittering luxury, that it seemed straight out of a Bollywood set. Train journeys are intriguing, inspiring adventures, handing you romantic moments as they whisk you from one exotic landscape to the other. And the thought of a week-long journey on this moving palace roused the dreamer in me.