- - Ride one of the most beautiful horses in the world, the spirited Marwaris of Rajasthan
- Stay in splendid Maharajas country side palaces.
- Experience true rural Indian life riding through coloured Vishnoi villages on horseback
- Visit Kumbalgarh, the last Rajput resistance stronghold.
- Explore the stunning historic capital of the kingdom of Mawa and its floating palaces.
- Amazing Pushkar festival experience.
- Khem Singh, the best personn to guide you as a direct descendant of the House of Ghanerao.
Day 1 : LONDON - DELHI -
Fly from London to Delhi (time difference 4h30). Arrive in New Delhi where you will be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel.
Day 2 : DELHI - AJMER - PUSHKAR -
You will have an early morning start (approx. 06:05) to catch the highspeed train to Ajmer where you will arrive at around 12 :45. There, you will be met by your guiding team and transferred to Pushkar by car. The journey takes 6 hours.
Pushkar is the sacred town of the Hindus, also known as the Lourdes of the East and takes pride for being a site to the only temple of the God of Creation, Brahma. With over 400 temples and 52 bathing ghats, very few places can match the religious fervor associated with this town.
The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair, as mass trading of cattle, such as camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep, take place during these five days.
You will spend the night in a comfortable camp.
Day 3 : PUSHKAR -
Free day to explore the Pushkar trade where more than 200 000 animals, merchands and pilgrims are meeting and camping there.
After the selling and purchasing of popular breeds, parading of the well bred and decked up cattle take place. Although various animals are traded, camels rule the roost. The camels are washed spanky clean and adorned with various cloths to form interesting patterns. Stalls selling jewelry and other finery for camels are set up. Silver bells and bangles around their hoofs jingle when they walk past the golden sand dunes. A ritual involves piercing the camel's nose. With over 25,000 camels exchanged, the Pushkar Fair is arguably the world's largest camel fair.
Another striking feature of the Pushkar Fair is the camel competition. The fair is also the time when the varied art of colorful Rajasthan is exhibited in front of the curious tourists.
Day 4 : PUSHKAR- JODHPUR -
Accommodation : BALSAMAND GARDEN RETREAT
In the morning, you will head out west towards Johdpur (4 hour 30 minute trip).
After lunch, you will visit the Mehrangarh fortress overlooking the whole city. This is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is enclosed by thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The fortress is home to a magnificent collection of howdah (a type of basket carried on the backs of elephants) and richly decorated palanquins. Once inside the fortress, you will make your way through a succession of rooms - each more spectacular than the last. The most spectacular room is the Phul Mahalm which was the ruler's salon where he could listen to music and watch dancing.
Depending on the time available, you may be able to visit the small white marble palace of "Jaswant Thada" which is in fact a cenotaph dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and situated next to the imposing statue of the Maharaja of Jodhpur in horseback pointing towqrds the fortress.
You will have dinner and spend the night at the Bal Samand Garden Retreat or Palace.
Please note that if you arrive late into Jodhpur, the visit to Mehrangarh will take place the following day.
Day 5 : JODHPUR - LUNI - KHANDI - 2 hours riding
Accommodation : KHANDI CAMP
After having being transfered by vehicle to Luni river, you meet your guide and the Marwari horses. They are coming from the stables of the expert horseman Khem Singh. In the afternoon you have a hort ride to the camp located in the desert of Khandi.
Beautiful tent well furnished.
Note that your night could be at Rohet Garh.
Day 6 : KHANDI - ROHET - 3h00 hours riding
Accommodation : ROHET GARH
You ride in the morning in the Bishnoi semi-arid region.
You arrive at lunch in the big village of Rohet whre you will stay for the night in a beautiful renovated country side palace.
In the afternoon you may wish to explore the village on ffot and take the opportunity to bathe in the swimming pool.
Day 7 : ROHET - SARDAR SAMAND - 4H30 hours riding
Accommodation : SARDAR SAMAND
This morning you will ride on sandy pathways which allow some faster paces. You are crossing the Bishnoi territory, a secluded region with few inhabitant. The Bishnoi people are very peacefull and are not hunting that makes this area a paradise for the Chinkara gazelles, antelopes and the balckbucks with their beautiful black horns. You reach for lunch time the splendid art deco palace of Sardar Samand.
During the afternoon you may wish to relax, visit the area, observe the numerous birds colonizing the lake (if the lake is not dry).
Day 8 : SADAR SAMAND - RABARIYA - KOTRI - 3h30 hours riding
Today you, as well as the horses, will be tranfered to the village of Rabariya. Lunch in the shadow of the trees near the temples of Jawal.
You ride south across a pink granit hilly landscape. This area is more arid and you may observe some antelopes, gazelles and cranes. You reach Kotri where the people are very open and talkative.
Overnight in a family palace.
Day 9 : KOTRI - NARLAI - 3 hours riding
Accommodation : RAVLA NARLAI
Your ride either through irrigated or semi arid areas. The first one is dedicated to farming, the second to animals breeding. You have a lunch at Rawla Narlai and visit the picturesque city and its temples. You can see some cenotaphs, an "empty tomb" or monument erectedin honour of a person or a group of people buried elsewhere, very old wells. Free afternoon in the surroundings of Narlai.
Overnight in a charming palace hotel.
Note that for your accomoadation for the evening you may instead spend a second night at Kotri Rawla.
Day 10 : NARLAI - RAKNAPUR - GHANERAO - 4 hours riding
Accommodation : GHANERAO CASTLE
Today the ride leads you through some small stones villages. They are farming cotton plant, rapeseed and wheat and you may see people harvesting. Once at Ghanero you have a lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Ranakpur where you visit Jains temples dating back from 14th century. This is a complex and sophisticated architecture and the inside is made from white marble. The size, finesse and elegance of the building are in harmony and very well balanced making the temple very impressive.
Depending on the available accommodation, your hotel or camp for the night may differ from the one listed above.
Day 11 : GHANERAO - KHUMBHALGARH - 4 hours riding
The day's ride will take you through the forest of Arawallis along a stone path that snakes its way through the forest that in times gone by was once a thick jungle and was a prominent wildlife sanctuary. During your ride you are likely to disturb langar monkeys, Indian palm squirrelsm even lynxes or panthers. Your ride will take you to the charming Aodhi hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit the fortress at Kumbhalgarh zith its 35k; of fortifications and 9 impressive entryways. The fort itself was built in 1458 by Rana Kumbha.
Day 12 : KUMBHALARGH - UDAIPUR -
Accommodation : HOTEL LAKE PICHOLA PALACE
You are transfered by vehicule to Udaipur after the breakfast. 3 hours driving.
In the afternoon you explore one of the most romantic city of Rajasthan : Udaipur which is the historical capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia clan of Rajput founded the city 1553 and shifted his capital from the city of Chittorgarh to Udaipur. The city has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone ages. The lakes, temples, huge forts and palaces boast about the rich legacy of this city.
The Maharaja palace standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. Its main entrance leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping rooms, terraces, corridors and gardens.
Situated over an island in Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace was constructed to serve as a royal summer palace. Built of white marble, the palace is now a luxury 5 Star hotel
The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh I.
Udaipur is also well known for handicrafts such as paintings, marble articles, silver arts, terracotta, handicraft and hand loom carpet nestled in narrows chops and streets.
Day 13 : UDAIPUR - DELHI -
You will have the morning free to explore at your own leisure the white roads of the old town where shops and temples alternate along the length of the street interspersed with homes with facades with primitive frescos. In these narrow streets, you may cross horses made up for a wedding or elephants taking goods to market. You will then take an interior flight to Delhi. You will have a room reserved at the Ibis hotel (or similar) where you will be able to take a shower before your flight. At the end of the night, you will be transferred to the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Note: Depedning on the weather conditions on the ground, notably the "fog" which is frequent at this time of year, covering Delhi and disturbing air traffic, a return vehicle to Delhi will be in place as a back-up option in order for you not to miss your return flight.