Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Karnataka’s luxury train, the Golden Chariot that will be vying with its illustrious counterparts in India and abroad, has latest gadgets on board even the other luxury trains of the world cannot boast. The train has some of the latest technologies including the onboard wi-fi connectivity and satellite antennae, which are not available on any of the contemporary luxury trains.

The other two luxury trains of India — Rajasthan’s Palace on Wheels and Maharashtra’s Deccan Odyssey — it is learnt, do not have satellite antennas that can track down channels while the train is on the move.

Sajivve Trehaan, Chief Executive Officer of The Luxury Trains which markets all the three Indian luxury trains, told presspersons here that even the well-known luxury trains in the world such as the Blue Train and Rovos Rail of South Africa and the Orient Express in Europe do not have such a technology.

In fact, he said, “Most luxury trains do not offer television in the cabins, and are restricted to lounge areas only. Besides, live programmes cannot be accessed since satellite dish are not made available.

In Golden Chariot, plasma television has been mounted in each cabin and travellers can watch programmes from any channel live.” “Apart from showcasing the diverse tourist spots of Karnataka, we will also highlight the technology available on the train,” he added.

Luxury trains link

The Luxury Trains is planning to offer linkages to travellers who are interested in taking a ride on all the three luxury trains, and are will be branding them as the “The Great Indian Express.”

Already, a number of travellers, after finishing sojourn on Palace on Wheels are taking the Deccan Odyssey. Similarly, Mr. Trehaan said: “We want to establish link to Golden Chariot also where passengers can hop into the train at Goa after completing the journey with Deccan Odyssey.”

Golden Chariot has received a good response from the travellers after the bookings were opened on Wednesday, and most of the interest has originated from Europe and America apart from a large number of non-resident Indians.

He said: “We are expecting 70 per cent of passengers to be from abroad, and many NRI families are interested in train travelling in India.”