Overview

This ride combines all the wonderful elements of Udaipur (the lake city), the excitement of riding our Leopard Trail and the chance for Leopard spotting, we visit the Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur (the blue city), then continue North riding the Osian Desert Dunes, we watch thousands of migrating Demoiselle Cranes come in to feed at Khichan, and then we experience the famous Pushkar Fair.

Join this adventure to embrace everything that is Magical Marwar;

this really is the perfect mix of landscapes and experiences plus the delights and highlights of Pushkar Fair.  This ride will give you truly a holiday to remember.

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Key Facts

  • 14 November – 26 November 2020
  • Minimum 4 / Maximum 12 riders
  • Trail with progressive riding
  • 13 Days / 12 nights (8 days riding)
  • 4 – 6 hours riding per day / 25 – 30 kms per day
  • Suits intermediate and advanced riders
  • Weight limit – 90 kilos

Riding Level and Horses

Riders must be at ease at all 4 paces across varied, uneven terrain and be in good physical condition. You must be secure in the saddle and be comfortable riding for long hours. Rider weight limit: 90 kilos.

The horses are a beautiful selection of mostly Marwari riding horses, bred and sourced by Ajeet and indigenous to Rajasthan. They have the unusual characteristic of curly ears which can turn 180 degrees, they are usually 15hh to 16hh.

They have a high, arched head carriage, they are extremely strong and fast paced, especially over the desert terrain. In addition to the normal gaits of the horse, they can also travel at great speed on a smooth gait called the Revall.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus riders. Slow/moderate pace according to the terrain and group riding ability.

Tack – Mostly snaffles bridles and Indian Sewar style saddles.

Helmets are strongly recommended and a packing list will be provided when you book the ride.

Itinerary

The ride starts at Udaipur, takes in Jodhpur and Pushkar, and ends at Jaipur. You can reach by internal flights from the International Airports of Mumbai or Delhi.

Day 1 –  Sunday
Arrive Udaipur by midday, pick up from airport and transfer to hotel, sunset boat trip around Lake Pichola.  Beside Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastic palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. Overnight: Udaipur Hotel

Day 2 – Monday
Morning: sightseeing City Palace complex and shopping. Lunchtime: 1pm transfer by road 3 hours to Narlai.  Afternoon: Quick check in and change, meet your Marwari horses for a late afternoon 1 hour trial ride from hotel to Jodha Stud Farm (the horses home), where a delicious home cooked Rajasthani dinner is provided within the magic of the stable complex.  Your hotel Rawla Narlai is a delightful 17th century property, which was once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur Royal Family. It is still owned by members of the Jodhpur family who have invested vast amounts of time, money, love and care into restoring this little gem. Over the years it has transformed from a simple lodge into a stunning, stylish boutique hotel, albeit with all its original character and structure retained. The rooms are

scattered all around the property and each varies significantly in shape, size and décor. Overnight: Hotel ‘Rawla Narlai’

Day 3 – Tuesday
Full day ride to Dantiwara. Passing through villages and riding in the plains of the Aravalli hills, stopping for a picnic lunch, we reach our camp situated in front of the lake. All tents have en suite bathrooms and come fully equipped with all furniture, linen, towels etc. Camp overnight.

Day 4 – Wednesday
Full day ride to Perwa in the Bali Forest.  We make our way along the bottom of the Aravalli hills South West to the village of Perwa. We pass villages and rural farmsteads, making our way through the volcanic smooth rock formations, stopping in the shade for a long picnic lunch. Camp overnight.

Day 5 – Thursday
Early morning Leopard spotting, breakfast, then ride to Jawai Bandh. Today we continue onwards to reach Jawai Bandh (reservoir) – Lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free encapsulated in a landscape surrounded by craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand river–beds. Late afternoon / Evening jeep search for Leopard. Camp overnight

Day 6 – Friday
Morning transfer by road Jodhpur and to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing: Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India. Evening shopping in the market and antiquities warehouse. Overnight: Jodhpur hotel.

Day 7 – Saturday
Morning: short road transfer to Mathania, meet up again with your Marwari horses. Full day ride Mathania to Osian. Today we ride North West, making our way over the pink granite local to the area that was used to build the Meharangarh Fort, passing small hamlets and farmsteads, taking in the vistas from the edge of the Great Thar Desert of Rajasthan. We stop for a picnic lunch and little siesta, before heading off again to reach our next camp on the outskirts of Osian. Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 8 – Sunday
Full day ride Osian to Hacra. Today we start to head deeper into the sand and dunes. You will see the local huts with thatched roofs as well as the scrub of desert vegetation, acacia bushes etc. We may encounter wild Nilgai (Asian antelope) small chinkara gazelle, mongoose as well as other flora and fauna local to this desert environment. We arrive at our tented camp close to the community hamlet of Hacra. Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 9 – Monday
Full Day ride Hacra to Cullu. Today we ride North, the sand is deeper but your trusted Marwari have a stamina not known in other breeds; they are desert horses and you are riding in the heart of their Marwar district, from where their name derives. Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 10 – Tuesday
Full day ride Cullu to Khichan. Our final day riding. By now you will have built up a good partnership with your horse and we can take full advantage of the open lands!  We arrive at Khichan, famous for the Demoiselle cranes that visit during the winter season (Oct to March). The birds migrate here from the Mongolian steppes and at the peak (Dec, Jan, Feb) the numbers reach over 10,000 which is a sight to see!  Say goodbye to the horses as they travel home overnight for a well-earned rest. Overnight: Hotel Kurja Resort, Khichan

Day 11 – Wednesday
Early morning visit to the nearby bird feeding grounds – what a sight!

After breakfast transfer by road 4 hours to Pushkar. This fair is one of the largest horse and camel fairs in Rajasthan. We will visit the fair in the mornings and evenings, you will see different styles of dress as people make the trek from all corners of Rajasthan in order to trade horses, camels and cattle. Evening visit to the fair, go up the hill to stand and survey the fair, watching the sun go down in the ‘golden hour’ or, as it is known, ‘cow dust time’.  Camp overnight. Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 12 – Thursday
Full day at Pushkar Camel Fair ~ this is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle and it is visited by over 400,000 people during the 14 days.  For visitors it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional mela’s. We are nearing the full moon (on Friday 23rd Nov) when all pilgrims come to bathe in the holy lake on this auspicious day, and last minute trading deals are done before horses and camels depart for another year. Overnight: Tented Camp

Day 13 – Friday
Early morning road transfer 3 hours to Jaipur, lunch, quick shopping. Early afternoon transfer to airport for departure to onward destination. End of trip…

Please note that this program is for information only and the itinerary may be modified according to the availability of the hotels, the weather, any other local conditions.

Accommodation and Food

All rides are full board and you will be spending seven nights in Maharajah style tents which come complete with en suite bathrooms, all furniture, linen and towels, hot water etc. We also use a mixture of heritage havelis, castles & forts, or hotels above 3* rating.  With the following four nights spent in a variety of hotels ranging from bespoke family run old castles and country palaces, to more modern hotels who have recreated the Moghul palace architecture of the area. The hotels are picked for their location, ambience and facilities. All rooms are 3* and above with comfortable beds, side tables and all have ensuite bathrooms.  The rooms are modern, with an Indian twist; some decorated in the old colonial style.

The food offered by each hotel will be a mixture of traditional Rajasthani dishes as well as some modern options such as pasta, salads, pastries etc. Breakfast includes eggs (scrambled/omelettes/hard boiled), yoghurt, porridge, cornflakes, muesli, Danish pastries as well as Indian breakfast options of poha (rice and nut dish), puri or idli.

Lunches are welcome after a hard mornings ride and you can expect a variety of light curries with side dishes of vegetables, poppadoms and naan breads.

Dinners are a highlight and include some meat dishes, of chicken and lamb, along with vegetable curries, poppadoms and naan breads, or with continental options, followed by some local sweet deserts.

Water is available throughout the day, each ride morning and afternoon you are encouraged to drink at least a litre of water, which is carried in your saddle bags. At lunchtimes, you are also served and encouraged to drink a special rehydration drink called Nimboo Pani, which is refreshing and made up of freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, salt and sugar.

Each evening, the meeting point is the bar and the dining area, with evening meal taken in either the venue’s palatial restaurant, luscious gardens or candlelit rooftop for dining under the stars.

Dates and Prices

2020 Dates: 14 – 26th November 2020

Cost: £2750.00 (Please contact us for the Australian dollar conversion.  We use the ANZ bank sell rate for our conversion).

Single supplement £300.00.  Please advise when booking.

Rates are based on the British pound and subject to currency fluctuation, so please contact us for the most up to date pricing for your riding holiday.

Includes

  • All accommodation in twin or double share.  Single available with supplement
  • Full board including all meals, mineral water and a small selection of alcoholic drinks on the ride
  • One certified english speaking riding guide
  • Horses, grooms, saddlery and transport / care thereof.
  • Ride leader Dr Rao Ajeet Singh
  • Internal transfers by road during the ride
  • Sightseeing tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Not included
  • International and internal flights and transfers to start of ride
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Indian visa costs
  • Drinks not included with meals, items of personal nature, laundry and tips

We reserve the right to alter the itinerary or accommodation, and change horses where necessary, but will keep you informed at all times

  • Single room supplement on application

Other Information

Location
The ride starts at Udaipur and finishes in Jaipur in India

Weather
Weather website: http://www.holiday-weather.com/

Activities
During the ride you will enjoy cultural visits

India is such an interesting place to experience and we can easily arrange and recommend additional cultural highlights, like tours of Delhi and Mumbai and in Rajasthan, the beautiful monument of the Taj Mahal and the Amber fort in Jaipur.

Languages spoken
English and Indian

Closest Train or Airport
Fly from Delhi to Udaipur Airport or take the train and at the end return from Jaipur Airport or train station to Delhi back to Australia

Terms and conditions and terms apply to this riding holiday

Please contact Snaffle Travel for further information, booking terms and conditions to info@snaffletravel.com.au

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