Rider and Marwari horse, Rajasthan
India Rajasthan

Forgotten palaces in Shekhawati Christmas ride

A wonderful horseback trail ride travelling through the ancient kingdoms of Shekhawati, one of India's historically rich regions. This horse riding holiday follows in the footsteps of those who travelled the Silk Route: mounted upon beautiful Marwari horses whilst being guided by accomplished horseman "Bonnie Singh".
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Trail Riding
14 days / 9 days riding
From £2,920

From the horse’s mouth

  • Forgotten palaces in Shekhawati Christmas ride
    Veronica, aged 45, LONDON
    I finally rode Marwaris, wow what amazing Horses these are! especially if you like a challenging steed and are a fit rider ! Very technical ride at times considering that most of the riding landscape is on country sandy roads confined by barbed wires and often surrounded by trees which means that at speed you really...
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Itinerary

Highlights

- Ride one of the most beautiful horses in the world, the spirited Marwaris of Rajasthan
- Stay at Dundlod Fort, the ancestoral home of your guide Bonnie Singh who is the heir of a large rajput family
- Enjoy the extravagent royal and colonial feel staying at palaces and strongholds, frozen in time
- Experience true rural Indian life riding through small villages on horseback
- Ride through rich and varied landscapes with a wide range of bird life
- Arrive on horseback into the villages of salesman and the strongholds of maharajas
- Stay at Nawarlgarh and Mandawa luxurious heritage hotels, capturing the legends of the past.
- Visit the pink city of Jaipur and the stronghold of Amber Fort
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - DELHI

    JAYPEE VASANT CONTINENTAL
    Fly from Europe to Delhi (time difference with the UK: 4h30).

    On your arrival in New Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Those arriving in the morning will have a half-day sightseeing in Delhi. Rooms will be available from 12:00 noon at the Vasant Continental (or similar).
  • Day 2 2 : DELHI - DUNDLOD - No riding

    DUNDLOD FORT
    This morning you will drive from Delhi to Dundlod (approx. 7h drive). Here, you will arrive at Dundlod fort, a building which has been beautifully maintained and is complete with all modern comforts. The fort, built in around 1750, is home to a majestic banquet hall and charming bedrooms. The impressive Diwan Khana (Audience Hall) is furnished with Louis XIV furniture.

    Dundlod Fort is in the heart of the Shekhawati region, surrounded by a moat, and is testament to both Mogul and Rajputana architecture.

    After a welcome drink, you will have dinner.

    You will spend the night in the fort.
  • Day 3 3 : DUNDLOD

    DUNDLOD FORT
    In the morning, you will meet the horses and explore on horseback some of the villages and temples surrounding Dundlod. This semi-desert ground is soft and sandy and allows for plenty of opportunity for some good gallops!

    In the afternoon, you will visit the Frescoed Havelis (mansions) of Dundlod.
  • Day 4 4 : DUNDLOD - CHURI - 20km riding

    After breakfast, ride to Churi Ajitgarh (about 20 kms in the saddle). The ride to Churi takes you across villages, farmlands and some quaint farmers’ dwellings. The terrain is soft and sandy and ideal for riding.

    Arrive at Churi and transfer to Vivaana Culture Hotel which at one time used to be a Haveli (a merchant’s mansion) with beautiful frescoes. No other region in India or perhaps, even in the world, has such a large concentration of high quality frescoes as the region of Shekhawati. Today, this region is commonly called the Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan.
  • Day 5 5 : CHURI - MANDAWA - 25km riding

    MANDAWA CASTLE
    On Christmas morning you will ride to Mandawa, passing through villages and farmlands dotted with Khejri trees. The terrain is quite flat except for the sand dunes which keep coming up now and then. In Mandawa you will stay at the Castle Mandawa – a very imposing and luxurious hotel. Christmas festivities in the evening.
  • Day 6 6 : MANDAWA - THIMOLI - 28km riding

    CAMP
    Ride to Thimoli, riding over soft sandy tracks, through rural farm lands and Indian villages. There are good chances of seeing some wildlife in the form of the Nilgai antelope (which is the biggest antelope in India) and the graceful Chinkara gazelle.

    Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 7 7 : THIMOLI - MEHANSAR - 25km riding

    Today, you will ride across a varied terrain, through quaint villages, farmland and over sand dunes to reach Mehansar.

    Arrive to Mehansar and ride into the Narayan Niwas Castle.

    Please note that the Narayan Niwas Castle is a private home and facilities are quite basic. Hot water is supplied in buckets. Please do not expect any luxuries here. However, the hosts are lovely people and they will make you feel at home.
  • Day 8 8 : MEHANSAR - GANGIASAR - 25 km riding

    CAMP
    The ride on this day again is through the desert country – which is still quite devoid of major developments. The pace of the ride is fast like on the previous days and you will enjoy some good canters. You get to ride over a very open and interesting area and see small farmer’s dwellings. Most of the time the terrain is soft and sandy and there are good chances of seeing the Chinkara Gazelle and the Nilgai antelope.

    Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 9 9 : GANGIASAR - ALSISAR - 22 km riding

    ALSISAR HAVELI
    Ride to Alsisar. Today's ride will take you over lovely sand dunes - besides small hamlets and farmlands. Today also there are good chances of seeing the Nilgai and the Chinkara gazelle and if lucky, the endangered Blackbuck Antelope. The distance today is short and you can arrive to Alsisar early with plenty of time to relax at the hotel. The place has been tastefully renovated in order to provide all the comforts to the guests. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool and facilities for massage – this is a nice hotel to relax after a ride.
  • Day 10 10 : ALSISAR - GANGHU - 25km riding

    CAMP
    Ride to Ghanghu. Today's ride will take you through small villages, across open land and past farmers’ dwellings. At times you may have to ride over sand dunes and there is a good chance of encountering more of the local wildlife - Chinkara gazelle, the Nilgai antelope and maybe also the endangered Blackbuck antelope.

    Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 11 11 : GANGHU - CHURU - 25km riding

    You will ride again through desert-like country with opportunities for some lovely canters on your Marwari horses. You come across sand dunes, open land and farmers’ dwellings. The hotel in Churu is Malji ka Kamra, a former haveli belonging to a wealthy merchant, now converted into a comfortable Heritage hotel. New Year's Eve celebrations in the evening.
  • Day 12 12 : CHURU - JAIPUR

    After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur (c. 4h drive) where you will be taken to your hotel.

    You will spend the afternoon sightseeing in Jaipur. The "Pink City of India", founded in the 1728, is enclosed by city walls and surrounded by hills crowned with forts. The houses in the city line the street, their rose-pink colour and latticed windows, lend an air of enchantment to the scene - and at sunset the city is breathtakingly lit.
    In the City Palace, you will find a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings and an armory. You will also have the occasion to see the Jantar Mantar observatory with a sundial 90ft high - built in the 17th century by Jai Singh, a keen astronomer, he built the observatory and it is still equipped with his quaint masonry instruments of remarkable size.
    You may also visit the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens museum founded in 1876 and home to a large collection of antiques. You will also see the palace of winds, a uniquely designed Jaipur landmark made of pink sandstone.
  • Day 13 13 : JAIPUR - DELHI

    JAYPEE VASANT CONTINENTAL
    This morning, you will go to see the majestic ancient Amber fort cum Palace which looks out across the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. This includes an elephant ride to the fort.

    This palace is a fine example of Rajput architecture built in the 17th century. Within its walls, you will find the Jai Mandir (hall of victory) decorated intricately with fine inlay work – giving the impression that this delicate work glows. You will also spot Jaigarh fort, crowning the summit of a peak, and you can enjoy its amazing beauty and grandeur.

    In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Jaipur in time for your flight to Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Please note that there is a risk of fog at this time of year and sometimes the flight is delayed or replaced by a vehicle transfer. This is why we include a night in Delhi.

    Night spent in Delhi or transfer to airport depending of your departure time.
  • Day 14 14 : DELHI - EUROPE

    Transfer to the international airport in time for your flight – usually an overnight flight.

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights to Delhi are not included

- An internal flight from Jaipur to Delhi is also required at an additional cost (an average of £100, confirmed at the time of the booking)

- Airport transfers are included from Delhi

- Groups are usually composed of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 14 international riders

- Non-riders are welcome and we will arrange a special jeep itinerary. Please contact us for details and prices.

- There is a single supplement payable to guarantee your own room. The supplement is c. £600. If you are willing to share but we don't have a sharer for you at the time of the booking, we will invoice a supplement of £300 - waived once a sharer is found.

- A visa is required to enter India and is your responsibility.
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 in an air-conditioned van

Accomodation

2 person tents with beds, comfortable mattress and bedding supplied
Double room in hotel or palace in the countryside with private bathroom

Meals

Full board from the breakfast D2 to the diner D14 except the lunches in Dehli and Jaipur
1 bottle of mineral water per day during the ride

Additional equipment

Saddle bags
First aid kit

Extra

Monument entrance fees in Delhi and Jaipur and elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Price doesn't include

Meals

Meals in Dehli and Jaipur
Beverages and personal extras

Transports

International flights to Delhi
Internal flight from Jaipur to Delhi
Visa fees

Extras

Tips to local team
Camera fees, laundry or personal extras

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room and tent supplement
  • November - December 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
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Equestrian info

Horses

An excellent selection of responsive and energetic Marwari horses home bred by your guide Bonnie Singh of Dundlod Fort. The Marwari has been used throughout history as a cavalry horse and is comfortable, forward going and wonderfully spirited . The Marwari's extraordinary beauty, arched ears and fiery look adds to their charm.

Minimum riding ability

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.

Weight limit: 14 stones (89 kgs) (196 lbs)

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 need to be tough and physically fit for long hours in the saddle and fast paces. Having previous experience of a trail ride of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. 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 tack is English style Indian Army saddlery. It is not particularly comfortable especially after a long days riding - we therefore recommend a seat saver be taken with you and the grooms will happily put it in place. The team can also provide seat savers if you do not have your own (limited number available).

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

During your ride, you will stay in different types of accommodation.

Nights in hotels: hotel nights will be in twin bedded rooms with a private bathroom. Hotels are of a high standard. They are often previous palaces converted into hotels, retaining much of their original charm.

Nights at camp: safari style camp with large spacious tents. Each tent has two made up beds with comfortable mattresses. Separate toilets and showers are set up, with hot water available in the morning and evening.

Enjoy sumptuous meals, carefully prepared, freshly cooked and delicately spiced.

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.

Climate

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.

Guide and local team

The Marwari horses come from the stables of expert horseman Kanwar Raghuvendra Singh at Dundlod Castle. Known as Bonnie, he is a warm and considerate host and has set up the largest Marwari stud farm in India and has established a breed improvement programme. Bonnie is assisted by an army of helpers who support him both on horseback and on the ground.

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.

After the ride, guest usually collect the money in an envelope and hand it over to either your guide Bonnie or Sunayana (his assistant) with the instructions to divide it among the whole team – grooms, camp cook and staff, jeep drivers etc… Budget for c. £40-50 per person in total.

At the hotels, tipping is absolutely discretionary. The bell boys at the hotel handling the baggage do expect a small tip. If you are happy with their services, they may give them around Rupees 50 to 100 – but again, it is absolutely discretionary.

Be careful not to tip too much - being overly generous can affect the general standard of living and destabilise 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.

Packing list

Please 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

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.

Visa & Health

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 their embassy to check visa requirements for India.
Visa note:
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.
You should be aware that there have been changes made by the Indian Government, on visa formalities for foreigners who are hospitalised in India, when travelling on a short-term tourist visa. If you or someone you are travelling with is travelling on a tourist visa and is hospitalised, we would advise you to immediately get in touch with the local Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) to check if visa conversion is required.
IMPORTANT: the information below is for UK citizens. Citizens of other nationalities please contact us. For up to date information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements
Visa procedure:
You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website (https://www.hcilondon.gov.in/index).
Make sure you get the right visa for your travel and that it’s valid for the purpose and duration of your stay. If you enter India on the wrong visa, you could be detained on arrival and you may be deported and blacklisted, meaning that you can’t enter India again. Make sure you meet entry requirements. Tourist visas can’t be extended while in India.
From 1 April 2017, the length of stay on an e-visa has been increased from 30 days to 60 days with double entry on tourist and business e-visa and triple entry on medical e-visas. This means you can stay for or re-enter within 60 days of the date of your first entry into India on your e-visa. However, you must leave the country before your visa expires, irrespective of when or how many times you enter. When you arrive at the airport, your passport will be stamped and an expiry date for your e-visa will be handwritten by an Immigration Officer. Please be aware that 60 days is not automatically equal to two calendar months. Check the date that is written on your passport and make sure you leave the country before your visa expires.
Holders of passports endorsed ‘British citizen’ who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a double entry e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html). Beware of fake websites offering the e-TV service. You should check carefully whether or not you’re eligible for an e-TV before you apply. British subject, British protected person, British overseas citizen, British national (overseas) and British overseas territories citizen passport holders aren’t eligible to apply for an e-TV.


Passport validity:
Your passport must be machine readable, with 2 blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application. However, the guidelines regarding passport validity on arrival in India are unclear. To avoid possible problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.
India’s Bureau of Immigration has announced that with immediate effect, foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry. Carriers who transport foreign passengers holding non-machine readable passports may be subject to a fine.

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.

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.

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.

Telephone and jetlag

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

Did you know?

Did you know?

The Maharaja palace 

The proud Rajput warrior clans clashed for centuries to take control over this region of India, building majestic and impregnable fortresses.

Born to be riders, the Rajputs have made their stables one of the most important strengths of their armies. Under British protection, the powerful Rajputs princes enjoyed a peaceful life, living in palaces in the countryside, surrounded by opium scents... and many women.

The Maharajas privileges were abolished in 1947 in order to align this territory with the other states of unified India. However, in Rajasthan, traditions and customs still endure more so than anywhere else in the country. In the countryside, the forgotten palaces still vibrate with the soul of the proud Rajput riders.

Customer reviews

Customer reviews

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  • Veronica, aged 45, LONDON
    21/12/2019
    I finally rode Marwaris, wow what amazing Horses these are! especially if you like a challenging steed and are a fit rider ! Very technical ride at times considering that most of the riding landscape is on country sandy roads confined by barbed wires and often surrounded by trees which means that at speed you really need to control your horse and the distance from the horse ahead of you to avoid kickings! Good fun if you like a bit of adrenaline, but for the same reasons there are no gallops. The maximun speed is a fast canter, unfortunately I missed out on feeling that exhilaration of letting my mare go and keep containing her all the time, I can't imagine in any case to have a full gallop in that landscape where behind each curves (you canter also on very bendy paths) you may bump into a herd of cows or goats or people. The villages we crossed are incredible and really show you the very face of rural india, kids were loving our passage and we have been always greeted by dozens of smiles and happy faces everywhere! We rode about 4 hours a day with the majority of the time on the saddle was in the morning. We walked a lot and the canters were definitely longer and more frequent in the last 3/4 days when the landscape was also more open. We had to be often very mindful of holes in the sandy terrain as it is inhabited by small rodents who live just below the ground and form these clusters of holes. The food and the places we slept including camp are to say the least truly amazing, some of the palaces are coming straight from fairyland. We were in a dream!!! Definitely worth going to this ride especially if you are a seasoned rider with a good level of confidence and fitness!