- 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.
Day 1 1 : LONDON - DELHIJaypee Vasant ContinentalFly 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 2 : DELHI - JAIPUREarly flight from Delhi to Jaipur. Transfer to Hotel Alsisar Haveli. After lunch you start the day with a visit to 'Hawa Mahal', the palace of Winds, a rajput Palace built in the 18th century. Hundreds of windows and balconies allowed the women of the royal harem to look out without being seen.
Visit of 'The City Palace' which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, painting and an armoury; the Jantar Mantar observatory- built in the 17th century by Jai Singh- with a sundial 90ft.high; the Museum admist the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques.
In the evening, enjoy a through the market.
Day 3 3 : JAIPUR - PUSHKAR12 Kms. from Jaipur. lies the city of Amber with an ancient imposing fort cum Palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. Built in the 17th century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (hall of victory) is so delicately ornamented with fine inlay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowning the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur.
At the main entrance, you may also enjoy a short elephant ride.
Drive for Pushlar (2h30 drive). After settling into your hotel, explore the magnificient Pushkar Fair.
Day 4 4 : PUSHKARFree 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 5 5 : PUSHKAR - ROHET - 2 hours ridingRohet GarhIn the morning, you will visit the Mehrangarh fortress overlooking the whole city. This is one of the largest forts in
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 or Khandi camp
Day 6 6 : KHANDI - ROHET - 3h30 hours ridingRohet GarhYou ride in the morning in the Bishnoi semi-arid region before stopping for lunch.
In the afternoon, 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.
Night at Rohet Garh
Day 7 7 : ROHET - SARDAR SAMAND - 5h hours ridingSardar SamandThis 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 8 : SADAR SAMAND - KOTRI - 3h hours ridingKotri RawlaFree morning at Sadar Samand Lake Palace. After lunch, a short drive to Rabariya where you meet horse. Then you ride out towards Kotri. 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 9 : KOTRI - NARLAI - KOTRI - 5 hours ridingKotri RawlaYour 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 erected in honour of a person or a group of people buried elsewhere, very old wells. . In the afternoon ride back by a different route to Kotri.
You spend a second night at Kotri Rawla.
Day 10 10 : NARLAI - RAKNAPUR - 5 hours ridingMaharani Bagh Orchard retreatRide from Kotri to Ranakpur (about 26 Kms). Riding time about 04 to 05 Hours. Transfer to hotel "Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat" - a lovely property comprising of cottages built by the Maharaja of Jodhpur in the midst of an orchard. This days ride is also finished by lunch time so that you can visit the famous 14th Century Jain Temples - which are no less than the Taj Mahal in beauty. Ranakpur is situated in the peaceful valley of the Aravali range of hills which are supposed to be older than the great Himalayas.
Ranakpur is mainly associated with its huge but beautiful 14/15th century Jain Temples, constructed of white marble. The Ranakpur temple complex is the biggest in India having 29 halls and 1444 pillars each of which are intricately carved.
Day 11 11 : RANAKPUR - KHUMBHALGARH - 5 hours ridingAodhi hotelThe 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.
Also known as the “eye of Mewar” lie atop the Aravali range of hills at a height of about 3500 feet. The seat of the world’s oldest dynasty, it hold the distinction of being unconquered. Rearing its frame bravely through time and bearing the honour and pride of the Rajputs.
The Kumbhalgarh fort was built in the 15th Century by a Rajput ruler, Maharana Kumbha of Mewar. The fort has structurally been an unassailable destination – guarded by several iron gates and walls that were impossible to scale. The fort is famous for its parapets having a parameter of 36 Kms. around the fort and wide enough to hold eight horses. It is like a mini great wall of China. Within the Fort are more than 350 temples spread over the entire area. The scenic surroundings are spellbinding.
Day 12 12 : KUMBHALARGH - UDAIPURYou 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.
Night in Fateh Prakash Palace or similar.
Day 13 13 : UDAIPUR - DELHIYou 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.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to a hotel where you will be able to take a shower and sharing a dinner 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 14 : LONDONArrival in London in the morning
Dates & prices
- 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.
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.
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 team in charge of the horses
All land transfers described in the itinerary
Internal flights to and from Dehli
Double or triple room in hotel, guesthouse or palace in the countryside
Double room in hotel standard 3*/4*
1 bottle of mineral water per day during the ride
First aid kit
Price doesn't include
Beverage and personal extra
Small group supplement. See above for the price details.
Single room supplement if we are not finding somebody to share
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Weight limit: 14 stones (89 kgs) (196 lbs)
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
We recommend a seat saver be taken with you and the grooms will happily put it in place.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
In Pushkar the camp is very comfortable with bed, shower and toilet.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- A light waterproof jacket
- 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
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun
- 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!
- 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
- 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
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 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.
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
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/evisa/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.
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.
All visa applications in the UK now have to be filed online at https://www.vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html . 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
Tél. : +44-(0)20-76323070/7
- Paris | Ambassade d’Inde
15, rue Alfred Dehodencq
Tél. : 01.40.50.70.70
- Ambassade de France en Inde
2/50-E Shantipath - Chanakyapuri
Tél. : +91 (11) 43 19 61 00
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Dialling code +91
Did you know?
Did you know?
Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. Located at a distance of 64 km from Udaipur in Rajasmand district, the fort is easy to get to from the forest by horseback. This unconquerable fortress was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century.
Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridge around 1,914 meter above sea level. The fortification of the fort extends to length of 36km and it is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, it is said that eight horses could walk on this wall side by side. The fort is also known for its famous palace that resides on the top of the structure. The Badal Mahal or the Palace of Cloud is known as the birth place of the great warrior Maharana Pratap.
The fortress has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its history, architecture and structure.