- Join in with thousands of colourful Rajasthanis as they watch camels racing and trade their animals
- Fast paced ride on beautiful Marwari horses through varried open countryside
- Stay in a very comfortable tented camp, coupled with grandoise palaces and majestic forts
- See the pink city of Jaipur and the magnificent Amber Fort
- Visit the awe inspiring Taj Mahal and the epic Fatehpur Sik
- Experience true Indian life as you ride through small villages and towns
Day 1 1 : EUROPE - DELHIJaypee Vasant ContinentalFly from Europe to Delhi, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 2: DELHIJaypee Vasant ContinentalFull day sightseeing of Delhi where you will discover the huge contrast between the old city and the new city. Experiencing the unique culture of this bustling city, you will visit Jama Mosque and Raj Ghat, where the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was cremated. Then, in New Delhi, you will go on to visit numerous sites (Drive past Safdarjung's Tomb, Humayun's, Tomb sptly called predecessor of The Taj Mahal. Jantar-Mantar Astronomical observatory and through Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping centre)
Lunch to your own account.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 3 3 : DELHI - AJMER - PUSHKARCampCatch the early morning train (06:05) to Ajmer. Arrive Ajmer at 12:45 and you will be driven to Pushkar (c. 20 kms) and transferred to your camp.
Pushkar is located on the edge of a beautiful lake, it has 500 temples and is the only place in the world with a dedicated temple to Lord Brahma the Hindu God of creation. Pushkar is believed to be the centre of the creation of the world. The origin of Pushkar is lost in a myth. It is believed that Brahma, the creator, was in search of a place to perform a Vedic yagna (sacrifice). As he pondered, a lotus fell from his hands and water gushed from the spot. Today, the faithful bathe in the holy waters of the Pushkar lake on Kartik Poornima where there are 52 bathing ghats. After lunch, you will visit the annual Pushkar Fair, with its mammoth 200,000 people and some 50,000 camels, cattle and horses. You are then free to go sightseeing at your leisure in Pushkar town, see where people bathe in the holy waters of the Pushkar lake on Kartik Poornima, visit the temple and street market.
Overnight at camp.
Day 4 4 : PUSHKARCampTry out your horses and get used to them before setting out on the safari. All around the camp there are vast areas where the horses can be tried and ridden. Once you have got used to your horse, you may ride close to or within the Pushkar Fair grounds watching the people trade and race their animals.
Overnight in your tented camp.
Day 5 5 : PUSHKAR - MAGRI - 21km ridingCampDrive out of Pushkar for about 6 km. Then the ride on this day takes you through a valley dotted with several villages, across farmland, sand dunes and past temples. The ride is very interesting with opportunities of some good canters. Arrive Magri and camp just outside of the village.
Overnight in a tented camp where your guide Bonnie who comes from an old rajput family, will recount the glorious times from India's past.
Overnight in tented camp.
Day 6 6 : MAGRI - ROOPANGARH - 25km ridingRoopangarh FortThis morning you will ride to Roopangarh. The ride is through scenic varied countryside, you will travel through a valley and across open scrubland. You will see ancient villages and some ruined forts on the hilltops. Today you might also get to see the Nilgai antelope, which is Indias largest antelope. After lunch you will also be able to see the magnificent fort of Roopangarh from a distance. Arrive in Roopangarh and stay at the Roopangarh Fort. This fort was built in 1653 AD by Maharajah Roop Singh, the fifth ruler of Kishangarh. Located 125 kms from Jaipur, it became the capital of Kishangarh for the next hundred years. It has invincible ramparts and several underground passages.
Dinner and night in Roopangarh Fort.
Day 7 7 : ROOPANGARH – SALT LAKE JHAG - 28km ridingCampThe first half is along the beautiful Aravali hills range, villages and farmlands and then across the salt flats of the Sambhar lake which is the biggest salt water lake in India. When you reach the salt flats, you can canter for long distances (as long as the horses are not tired). If there is water in the lake there is a good chance that you will get to see the flamingoes and several other species of birds. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 8 8: SALT LAKE - PACHOTA - 28km ridingCampToday's ride takes you to Pachota. You will ride close to hills and then across more salt flats from another salt lake which is usually dry. From a distance you can see forts and temples on the hills. Dinner and night in tented camp.
Day 9 9 : PACHOTA - RAGHUNATHGARH - 30km ridingCampRide through several winding paths skirting around various farms of the villagers. The view is particularly wonderful if the crops are standing in the fields. The contrast of the greenery, the sandy soil, the Khejri trees and the hills is very interesting.
Dinner and night in tented camp.
Day 10 10 : RAGHUNATHGARH - DANTA - 20km ridingDanta FortToday's ride is again across farmland and you will get some very good sightings of forts perched high up in the distance. Arrive Danta and transfer to the Danta Dera Fort. Danta is a small town in the Shekhawati known for its havelis and step well.
Overnight in Danta Fort
Day 11 11 : DANTA - JAIPURAlsisar HaveliAfter a leisurely breakfast, bid goodbye to your horses and camp staff and drive to Jaipur (c. 2h30 drive). Arrive Jaipur and check into your hotel. After lunch sightseeing of Jaipur which is the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, it is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts. The Maharaja's palace stands in the centre of the city amidst lovely gardens. Houses with latticed windows line the streets, their rose-pink colour lending enchantment to the scene and almost magical at sunset. You will see 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 amidst the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques; the palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design.
Lunch to your own account. Dinner and night in Jaipur at Alsisar Haveli or similar.
Day 12 12 : JAIPURAlsisar HaveliThis morning you will visit The Amber Fort with the highlight being an elephant ride upto the entrance. Amber Fort overlooks the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. Built in the 17th century, the palace is a well known specimen of Rajput architectur. 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 amazingly beautiful and grand. After lunch you will have time at your leisure to rest/shop or undertake more sightseeing. Dinner and night in Jaipur.
Day 13 13 : JAIPUR - FATEHPUR SIKRI - AGRAAfter an early breakfast, you will be drive to Agra (c. 5 hrs.) via Fatehpur Sikri the deserted city of Emperor Akbar which literally means "The City of Victory". The audience halls, palaces, and the mosques are still in perfect condition as are the tomb of Shiekh Salim Chisti, Panchmahal and the Buland Darwaza. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lunch to your own account.
Arrive in Agra and check in the hotel.
Dinner and night in Agra.
Day 14 14 : AGRA - DELHIToday, you will go sightseeing of the famous Taj Mahal. It is one of the wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal. It is a beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mughal Empire, the monument sums up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic architecture. Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre-Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches, and heavy lintels, and to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with an eclectic assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources.
After lunch (to your own account), drive to Delhi (c. 4 hours) and transfer to your hotel for dinner. You can book a flight departing after midnight.
After dinner, transfer to the International Airport in time for your flight leaving in the late evening and early morning the following day (no hotel night is included tonight)
Dates & prices
- International flights to Delhi are not included.
- Prices per person are based on two riders sharing a twin or double room/tent.
- All applicable transfers are included, such as Delhi airport transfers and train transfer to Ajmer.
- Groups are usually composed of a minimum of 6 riders and a maximum of 14 international riders.
- There is a single supplement payable if you end up in your own room. The supplement is c. £1190/€1350 and will be refunded to you if a sharer is found.
- Non-riders are welcome and we will arrange a special jeep itinerary. Please contact us for details and prices.
- You can have an extra day and night (Vasant Contiental Hotel) in Delhi if you want to arrive one day before. Extra cost should be around £90. Please contact us to arrange this for you.
- On certain years, other Pushkar Fair itineraries can be offered which include visits to Ranthambore or Bateshwar Fair. Please enquire for more details and prices.
- Visas are required to enter India and are your own responsibility.
- Weight limit: 14 stones (89 kgs) (196 lbs)
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.
Visits (no riding) : 1 english or french speaking guide
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 team in charge of the horses
All land transfers in an air conditioned van
Double room in hotel or palace in the countryside with private bathroom
1 bottle of mineral water per day during the ride
Price doesn't include
Beverage and personal extra
Camera fees, laundry and personal extras
Guide & local team
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 our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
Enjoy sumptuous meals, freshly cooked and delicately spiced throughout.
Camping help yourself breakfast of toast, cereals, fruit and eggs 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.
Limited spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks will be available.
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.
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.
- 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
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
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.
- 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.
- 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.
- Travel light. It's a little known fact, but the lighter you pack, the better for the environment as heavy bags will produce higher emissions (when flying a plane or driving a car!).
- Reduce plastic waste. Take your favorite reusable bottle with you. Avoid single-use bags, cups, or straws.
- Preserve nature. Always take your rubbish with you during the ride and recycle them. Leave all the flowers or plants as you found them, and never get too close when observing wildlife. Make sure to use eco-friendly products such as body wash or laundry detergent (if camping) to protect both your skin and the environment.
- Choose your experiences carefully. Respect animal life by not participating in any activities that abuse wild animals (shows, elephant rides, etc.).
- Support local populations. Buy local handicrafts, be respectful of customs, and learn about the culture of local communities.
- Share! Raise awareness among your family and friends about sustainable tourism.
Did you know?
Did you know?
Pushkar Fair on horseback
During the month of Kartika, the lunar eighth month of the Hindu calendar, breeders throughout the whole of Rajasthan bring their horses and camels to Pushkar for the kartik purima (the full moon). Each year some 200,000 people converge here, bringing 50,000 camels and horses. The city is transformed into a whirlwind of sound and colours. Every year Equus Journeys is organizing a horseback trail special ride during the Pushkar festival.
The fair sole aim of trading cattle includes horses, cows, goats, sheep, camels etc, it is a show for public displays. Once the trading is completed, they decked up the animals with dazzling ornaments and beautiful clothes for public displays.
Next Pushkar Fair dates are 08-14 Nov 2016, 28-Oct-1Nov 2017, 15-23 Nov 2018, 4-12 Nov 2019.