Horse Riding on Aravellis Mounts
From 1372 $ per person
The alluring state of Rajasthan, a true introduction to India, will throw you headfirst into a world seemingly taken from Arabian Nights. After visiting Udaipur, we meet up with Dinesh, our equestrian guide and his team in Kumbalargh. And now, far from the noise of the big cities, we set off on horse back for a four day trip where we take in beautiful landscapes and rustic scenery: admire the sun from dry deserts or feast your eyes on the dancing acacias, cobblestone lanes, houses adorned with torches and states of the god Ganesh, demure women draped in their luminous saris, recently harvested pepper in hand, village celebrations, musicians dressed in turbans, temples dedicated to mysterious idols…
With its sumptuous palaces of Maharajas built with an incomparable amount of luxury, its alluring havelis, Rajasthan is the epitome of chivalry. It is also one of the regions of the world that lends itself to horseback hiking: “marwaris,” the traditional horses of the region are well trained, light, docile and manageable. And the sandy paths that we travel down allow for some good speed. The itinerary provides us the opportunity to visit sites that are completely off the beaten path, where we are welcomed with traditional Rajput splendor and sometimes into their forts, which have been transformed into hotels.
From a world of hills and irrigated fields, to the Thar Desert, home of the Rebari mountaineers, and dromedaries (single humped camels) and gazelles, we get to go through a region steeped in millennia of tradition at a pace slow enough (between 35 and 45 km a day) to allow for true immersion and interaction with the local population. English saddlery is the saddlery of choice for the thousands of horse riders in the region. And to wrap it all up, we head to Jodhpur.
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From $1372 per participant, based on 2 participants.
> Transfers and ground transports (private vehicle with and English speaking driver) > Flights Delhi - Udaipur and Jodhpur - Delhi
> Organisation: Travel with Dinesh, our English speaking equestrian guide, as well as two other people to take care of the horses
> Accommodation: double room in hotels and camp during horse riding trip
> Meals: Full board
> Marwari horses (stallions)
> The transportation of luggage: aiding vehicle
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
> International flights and airport taxes
> Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program
> Repatriation fees, should they be required
> Drinks and personal expenses
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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel, according to time of arrival. Briefing by your travel advisor. Night at the hotel.
Day 2: Flight Delhi - Udaipur
In the morning, fly to Udaipur. Welcome at the airport. Visit of the “Venice of the Orient” which was constructed around Lake Pichola. You have the option to take a boat ride on the lake, to visit the palace and/or wander around the marvelous small streets of the city. Night in hotel.
Day 3: Udaipur - Kumbalgarh [4 H – 160 Km]
In the morning, we head to Kumbalgarh and go through some magnificent mountainous landscapes. We meet with Dinesh and his team, you get a chance to meet the horses. We stop on the way to visit some traditional villages. Visit of the citadel of Kumbalgarh, located in the highest part of the Aravalli Range. Night in hotel.
Day 4: Kumbalgarh - Ghanerao [Horse Riding]
This is the beginning of the horse phase of our trip through the verdant and woodsy landscapes of the Avaralli Mountains. We will cross the Thadiveri natural reserve. We go down a beautiful path that takes us through the woods and leaves us in the semi arid plain of Marwar. We arrive at Ghanerao which is located at the feet of the Aravalli Range. Night in the fort of Ghanerao.
Day 5: Ghanerao - Narlai - [Horse Riding]
Visit the craft village of Ghanerao with its dirt roads and whitewashed houses. Set off on our horses to Narlai, a chaotic granite landscape. We cross some traditional villages and then embark upon a sandy path. We arrive to Narlai. You have the option to visit the various Jain temples around the village by foot, as well as the rocky buttress that overlooks the village (a 45 minute walk). From there, you have a spectacular view of the Aravalli Range to the South and the semi arid Marwar Plain to the north. Night in the fort.
Day 6: Narlai - Ranakpur - [Horse Riding]
We head southwest: the first part of our excursion takes us to the plains as we approach Ranakpur and Adinath, the Jain temple, which stands tall like a cathedral but with the flair of an ivory jewel. Visit of the temple. Night in “charm” hotel.
Day 7: Ranakpur - Ghanerao - [Horse Riding]
Last day with the horses. The first phase has us going over mountainous terrain. The path winds through acacias and great Banyan trees. In the afternoon, we are back on the plains and take advantage and gallop through this sandy region. While on the way, we visit the temples of Desuri village. Night in the fort of Ghanerao.
Day 8: Ghanerao – Jodhpur - [4 H – 160 Km]
Early in the morning, set off toward Jodhpur, a small and populated town that is overlooked by a massive fortress. Visit the old town. Night in hotel.
Day 9: Jodhpur - Delhi - [1 H 15 flight]
Visit Mehrangarh Fort - which happens to be a quite impressive structure - perched on a lofty height, that also houses many palaces, one of them being Umaid Bhawan Palace. Go down by foot and discover the tiny streets of the blue city. Flight to Delhi in the evening. Night in hotel.
Day 10: Delhi
Transfer to the airport from your hotel according to your time of departure. End of our services.