Riding trail in Rajasthan

Pushkar & Princes of Marwar

14 days / 7 days riding from £ 2,650

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

 

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INDIA RAJASTHAN-Pushkar & Princes of Marwar

14 days / 7 days riding from 2650£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

After a visit to the Pushkar Fair, you will begin your horseback trail between Jodhpur and Udaipur travelling through the coloured Vishnoi village on your beautiful Marwari horse . You will spend your nights in some beautifully renovated ancient Maharajas' palaces. Mounted upon beautiful Marwari horses whilst being guided by accomplished horseman Khem Singh Rathore this horse riding holiday leads you through historically rich regions from the Kumbalgarh fortress to the semi-arid lanscape.

Strengths

- 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.

Special note for 24/10/17 departure - we have decided to get to Pushkar before the official start of the Fair (normally 28/10). The 25, 26, 27th of October will be excellent days for it as the sand dunes at the foot of the city will be teeming with merchants and their camels or horses. The result of this is a unique atmosphere, a mosaic of lights perfect for amateur photographers.

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - DELHI -

Accommodation :

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 close to the airport, to avoid traffic.

Dinner is payable locally, breakfast the next day is included.

Day 2 : DELHI - AJMER - PUSHKAR -

Accommodation :

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 -

Accommodation :

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

Enjoy one last morning stroll through the Fair. After lunch, you will head out west towards Johdpur (4 hour 30 minute trip). Settle into your hotel for the night, the Bal Samand Garden Retreat or Palace.

Day 5 : JODHPUR - LUNI - KHANDI - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : KHANDI CAMP

In the morning, 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 towards the fortress.

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 - 3h30 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 - 5h 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 - 3h hours riding

Accommodation :

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 - 5 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 - 5 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

Accommodation :

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 -

Accommodation :

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: Depending 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.

Day 14 : LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival in London in the morning


Price details

- International flights to Delhi are not included.

- An internal flight from Delhi to Jodhpur and Udaipur Dehli are included.

- Airport transfers are included from Delhi except if you are not travelling with the rest of the group.

- Groups are usually composed of a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 12 riders.

- There is a group supplement of £385 per person if less then 4 riders.

- There is a single supplement payable if you end up in your own room. The supplement is c. £500 and will be refunded to you if a sharer is found.

- Max weight 90kg

- VISA FORMALITIES : Be sure to apply for your Indian visa in plenty of time, as the process can be time consuming. We recommend applying at least a month before your date of departure.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 support vehicle for logistics
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 team in charge of the horses

Inland transports

Airport transfers from Delhi
All land transfers described in the itinerary
Internal flights to and from Dehli

Accomodation

2 person tents with beds, comfortable mattress and bedding supplied
Double or triple room in hotel, guesthouse or palace in the countryside
Double room in hotel standard 3*/4*

Meals

Full board from the breakfast D2 to the lunch D11
1 bottle of mineral water per day during the ride

Additional equipment

saddle bags
First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room and tent supplement £440 per person

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Free meals in Dehli except breakfast.
Beverage and personal extra

Transports

International flights to Delhi
Visa fees

Extra

Tips to local team
Small group supplement. See above for the price details.
Single room supplement if we are not finding somebody to share

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tipping is popular in India and it is customary to tip not only your team (guide, cook etc) but also staff in hotels and restaurants. You may find it useful to create a communal tipping "pool" at the start of the trip so that the group tip as a whole. Budget for c. £40-50 per person in total. However, tipping is not an obligation and so this is left to your discretion.

Be careful not to tip too much - being overly generous can affect the general standard of living and destablise the local economy. If children earn more money than their fathers by begging or asking for money for photos then this can create major distortions within the family.

HORSES

The horses are mostly pure bred Marwari horses. They vary in size from 14.2 to 16 hands. They are warm bloods and need to be ridden more with the seat. We do not ride on the mouth as one would ride a thoroughbred. We sit deep almost western style and use the reins very lightly. The horses generally have a soft mouth. The Marwari's extraordinary beauty, arched ears and fiery look adds to their charm.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, capable and in control in all paces in open spaces. You must be able to rise to the trot and canter in a forward seat.

PACE

There are long periods of walking, some fast and regular trots and numerous gallops when the terrain allows it.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

A team of grooms will feed, care for and saddle your horses. You can help with untacking if you wish, but this is not expected.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You should be at ease at the 3 paces. Having previous experience of a trail ride of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough and open spaces.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

The saddles are steel arch cavalry. They are made of leather fitted on a steel frame and the advantage is that they do not sit on the withered of the horse. This way you ride a natural deep seat and it is beneficial for the horse on long rides.
We recommend a seat saver be taken with you and the grooms will happily put it in place.

COMFORT

This the core point of this ride. You stay in luxurious or more simple country side palaces which belongs to Jodhpur or Udaipu Maharajas families or a local civil servant. Some of the palaces offer swimming pool facilities which is very pleasant during hot season. You overnight in a double room with private bathroom. Before or after the ride we have selected high standard hotel.
In Pushkar the camp is very comfortable with bed, shower and toilet.

CLIMAT

Rajasthan has a hot dry climate. The monsoon is from June to September during which it is particularly hot. Rain outside the monsoon months is unlikely.
The rides are scheduled for the cooler months and at this time the maximum temperature would be around 24°C during the day. Please be mindful that evenings can be cool (c. 5°C) and you should bring a warm sweater and be prepared for a chilly morning just in case there is a snow fall in the Himalayas as the temperature does drop suddenly at times. When camping, the nights can be cold are felt much more and you are advised to bring warm clothes for sleeping.

Meals

Hotels: On most hotel nights a choice of meals will be available, with wine and spirits also available. Breakfast will be a choice of various fruits, cereals, toast and some cooked items too.
Camping : A help yourself breakfast of toast and cereals with eggs cooked to order if you wish. You have a hot lunch and then another hot meal in the evening around the camp fire. The food is varied and tasty Indian cuisine.

Contrary to popular belief, all Hindus are not vegetarians and strict vegetarianism is limited to the south. However, you are unlikely to be served beef steak as the cow is sacred. You can expect to eat either goat or chicken.

Water:
Take care and do not drink water unless it out of a bottle. It is better to buy mineral water when staying in the towns. The water you will be offered along the trail will be treated.
There will be limited alcohol to purchase and a variety of soft drinks.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Who better to lead you than a direct descendant of the House of Ghanerao, a man who can give you the history with anecdotes of the country , offering an experience that is highly personalized and specialized. His passion for nature and conservation of the environment gives a lot of material for exciting stories.
Khem is personally known and related to most of your hosts at the heritage hotels ensuring you are well looked after. He is also a keen naturalist, and can help you identify various species of flora, fauna and avifauna that you may encounter.
A keen sportsman and excellent rider - he has helped to train horses for Polo and now plays golf between Safaris. Khem - a committed bachelor, is a well travelled man and a world citizen, greatly committed to the conservation of the fragile ecology of our planet. All in all, the man most qualified to lead you on your adventure from the plains of Marwar to the hills of Mewar.

Packing list

aPlease pack in accordance with local religious and traditional cultures - it is important to keep your shoulders and knees covered when meeting local populations. Please do not wear shorts or strappy tops in towns and villages. You will also require some smart casual clothes for your hotel nights.

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Wooly hat
- Buff or Bandana to protect against sand, sun and dust

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- A light waterproof jacket

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual trousers for the evenings.
- Swimsuit to enjoy the swimming pool of the hotels

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for the evenings
- Socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun
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Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of about 80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. MAX LOAD is 15kg.
- We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc) and whilst riding.
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride.
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack 25-30 liters
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in Rajasthan, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. You may also wish to take some crayons, colouring books etc for the children
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

Passports:
A passport valid for at least 180 days and with at least two blank pages is required by all Australian, British, USA, Canadian and other EU nationals.
Visas:
Visas for India are required by all nationals referred to above.
Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for India.
Visa note:
A Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme currently exists for the following countries: Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan , Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam. The visa is valid for up to 30 days and for tourism only. It costs US$60. From late 2014, this scheme is being extended to nationals of 180 countries, whereby tourists will be able to apply for the visa online and pick it up on arrival at an airport within three days; check with the consulate before you travel, as the exact date of this change has not been confirmed yet.
Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. You should indicate your intent to visit a specific restricted region when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. It is advised that you apply for the special permit for restricted areas when you enter India by visiting the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) which has offices in all major Indian airports and cities. You must complete an additional form, but there is no fee for a restricted area permit.
Passengers are advised to check with the consulate for up-to-date information before departure. You must fill in application forms completely, and with as much detail as possible, otherwise the application may be rejected and a new application only allowed after three months have passed.
Types and cost:
For UK nationals: tourist visa: £82 (up to six months), £277 (up to two years).
For other nationals listed above: tourist visa: £32 (up to six months), £52 (up to one year).
All visa applications are subject to a non-refundable £10.20 VFS service charge.
Validity:
Visas are valid from the date of issue not your date of departure.

Time required
All visa applications in the UK now have to be filed online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. After the mandatory electronic filing of visa applications, applicants are asked to submit printed copies of their applications, photos, passports and fees to respective Indian Visa Application Centres (IVACs). Processing times vary at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed. You should confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa.
Postal applications take a minimum of 10 working days (not including transit). In addition, if the High Commission or the Consulate General requires an applicant to attend an interview, the India Visa Application Centre will contact the applicant and inform them of the date and time of the interview accordingly.

Addresses of consulates

  • High commission of India
    India House
    Aldwych
    WC2B4NA London
    Tél. : +44-(0)20-76323070/7
    Fax :
    info.london@hcilondon.in
  • Paris | Ambassade d'Inde
    15, rue Alfred Dehodencq
    75016 Paris
    Tél. : 01.40.50.70.70
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France en Inde
    2/50-E Shantipath - Chanakyapuri
    New Delhi
    Tél. : +91 (11) 43 19 61 00
    Fax :

HEALTH

Vaccinations are sometimes advised for hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis (for infants), polio and typhoid. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travellers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites.
Malaria prevention is strongly recommended so use insect repellent and wear protective clothing. Obtain anti-malarial medicine from your doctor before travelling.
Even seasoned travellers may find themselves at the mercy of travellers' diarrhoea. Hygiene standards vary. If possible, travel around with soap or antibacterial gel in order to clean your hands. The culprits that cause diarrhoea are often the microorganisms found in local water supplies, so decrease your chances by drinking bottled or boiled water. You can have alcoholic drinks but say no to ice. Drink carbonated beverages or those with only boiled water like coffee and tea.
Carry rehydration solution packets, Pepto Bismol or Imodium in case you are afflicted. Before your travel, seek medical advice about what to take for self-treatment.
Wear adequate sunscreen or do like the locals to beat the heat and avoid the sun between 1200 and 1600 when it is at its harshest; don a cotton kameez to keep covered and cool.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Our recommendation :
Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time.
Dialling code +91
GMT +5.30

BUDGET AND MONEY

Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise.

Note: The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller vendors will not take bills larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry a range of rupee notes if you are shopping at bazaars and local markets.
Credit cards:
In major cities, the full cadre of banks cards are generally accepted including debit cards, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa.
ATM:
24 hour ATM machines can be found in all the major cities and most large towns. Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus are amongst the most commonly accepted cards.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

After a visit to the Pushkar Fair, you will begin your horseback trail between Jodhpur and Udaipur travelling through the coloured Vishnoi village on your beautiful Marwari horse . You will spend your nights in some beautifully renovated ancient Maharajas' palaces. Mounted upon beautiful Marwari horses whilst being guided by accomplished horseman Khem Singh Rathore this horse riding holiday leads you through historically rich regions from the Kumbalgarh fortress to the semi-arid lanscape.

  • Ride beautiful Marwari horses across Rajasthan
    Horse trail ride through the Thar desert and Naguar Fair
  • Experienced guides accompany your trail ride
    Horseback riding through Shekawati India
  • Riding across varied terrain in beautiful Rajasthan
    Riders in Shekhawati, India
  • Riding across the arid plains of Rajasthan
    Horseback trails through Shekawati India
  • A romantic adventure on beautiful Marwari horses
    Christmas Horse back riding trails through Shekawati Indi
  • Stay in wonderful forts and havellis
    Horseback trail to Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan

STRENGTHS

- 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.

Special note for 24/10/17 departure - we have decided to get to Pushkar before the official start of the Fair (normally 28/10). The 25, 26, 27th of October will be excellent days for it as the sand dunes at the foot of the city will be teeming with merchants and their camels or horses. The result of this is a unique atmosphere, a mosaic of lights perfect for amateur photographers.

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - DELHI -

Accommodation :

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 close to the airport, to avoid traffic.

Dinner is payable locally, breakfast the next day is included.

Day 2 : DELHI - AJMER - PUSHKAR -

Accommodation :

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 -

Accommodation :

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

Enjoy one last morning stroll through the Fair. After lunch, you will head out west towards Johdpur (4 hour 30 minute trip). Settle into your hotel for the night, the Bal Samand Garden Retreat or Palace.

Day 5 : JODHPUR - LUNI - KHANDI - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : KHANDI CAMP

In the morning, 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 towards the fortress.

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 - 3h30 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 - 5h 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 - 3h hours riding

Accommodation :

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 - 5 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 - 5 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

Accommodation :

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 -

Accommodation :

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: Depending 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.

Day 14 : LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival in London in the morning

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