- Gain a real insight into the rich culture and traditions that this area holds
- Experience colourful rural daily life throughout the trail
- Ride over varrying terrain with a wide range of bird life
- Arrive on horseback to the incredible sites of havelis, palaces and the forts of the maharajas
- Visit the majestic havelis of Mandawa and Nawarlgarh
- See the pink city of Jaipur and the Amber Fort
- Visit theTaj Mahal in Agra and the city of Fatehpur Sikri both UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 1 1 : EUROPE - DELHIJAYPEE VASANT CONTINENTALFly from Europe to Delhi. You will be met at Delhi airport and transferred to Hotel Vasant Contintental or similar.
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)
Day 3 3: DELHI - DUNDLODDUNDLOD FORTAfter an early breakfast, you are transferred to Dunlod (approx. 6-7 hours drive). You are then taken to your hotel, the Dundlod Fort, where you will stay for two nights. More than a regular hotel, the Fort will become your home for two nights. Built in 1750, this majestic forst is a mix of Mugal and Rajputana architecture.
Day 4 4 : DUNDLOD - 22km ridingDUNDLOD FORTYou will meet the horses, some of the finest Marwari horses in the country, 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 5 5 : DUNDLOD - CHURI AJITGARH - 20km ridingToday, you will ride to Churi Ajitgarh (approx 20kms). The ride to Churi takes you across villages, farmland and you will see some quaint farmers dwellings along the way. The terrain is soft and sandy and ideal for riding. Arrive in Churi and transfer to your hotel which at one time used to be a Haveli (a big mansion) with beautiful frescoes. Today this region is commonly called the Open Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan.
Day 6 6 : CHURI AJITGHAR - MANDAWA - 25km ridingMANDAWA CASTLEAfter breakfast, ride to Mandawa passing through villages and farmlands speckled with the Khejri trees. The terrain is quite flat except for sand dunes which keep coming up along the way. Arrive in Mandawa and stay at the Mandawa Castle which is a very nice hotel built on top of a sand dune just outside of the town. - or similar accommodation.
Day 7 7 : MANDAWA - THIMOLI - 25km ridingCAMPRide 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 8 8 : THIMOLI - MEHANSAR - 25 km ridingNARAYAN NIWAS PALACEToday, 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 9 9 : MEHANSAR - GANGIASAR - 30km ridingCAMPThe 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 10 10 : GANGIASAR - ALSISAR - 22km ridingALSISAR HAVELIRide 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 11 11 : PACHAR - JAIPURAfter a leisurely breakfast, bid goodbye to your horse’s, staff and drive to Jaipur (c. 4h30 drive). Arrive in Jaipur and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon you will visit Jaipur, the rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, 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-pinkcolor lending enchantment to the scene and becoming almost magical at sunset. Jaipur is aptly called the "Pink City of India". Jaipur also is noted for its craftsmen who are skilled in the art of cutting precious stones and famed for its garnets and rubies. It is equally well known for brass inlay work, lacquer work and the printings of muslin.
Day 12 12 : JAIPURThe morning will be spare to the visit 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 adistinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. The Jai Mandir (hall of victory) is so delicately ornamented with fine in lay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowning the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur. This fort is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the afternoon you will go sightseeing or do at leisure.
Day 13 13 : JAIPUR - AGRAAfter an early breakfast, drive to Agra (c. 4h drive). Arrive in Agra and transfer to the hotel.
Today, you will discover the Agra Fort. It is one of the most important and robustly built strongholds of the Mughals, embellished with a number of richly decorated buildings encompassing the imposing Mughal style of art and architecture. It was constructed by the third Mughal emperor Akbar on the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh between 1565 and 1573. Double ramparts have been constructed with broad massive circular bastions at regular intervals. The fort has survived the onslaught of time, nature and man. Spreading over an area of about 94 acres of land, it comprises of many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jehangir Palace and the KhasMahal, built by Shah Jehan(the builder of Taj Mahal), audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas, and two very beautiful mosques.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 14 14 : AGRA - DELHIDuring the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal. Agra is famous the World over as the "City of the Taj". The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor ShahJehan in memory of his beloved consort MumtazMahal, it is a beautiful mausoleum is pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Built in1631-48 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, you will be driven to Delhi (c.4h drive) and transferred to an the International Airport after a farewell dinner in time for your flight.
Day 15 15 : DELHI - EUROPEInternational flight to Europe, leaving after midnight. Arriving in Europe the following morning.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person based on two riders sharing a twin or double room.
- Groups are composed of a minimum of 6 riders and a maximum of 14 international riders, plus guides.
- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. £320. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. To guarantee a single room then the supplement is £635.
- All transfers as per the itinerary are included.
- Non-riders are welcome and we will arrange a special jeep itinerary. Please contact us for details and prices.
- A visa is required to enter India and is your responsibility. Please see "health and visa"
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 local English 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
Lunches in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
Camera and video recorder fees
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.
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.
- A buffet breakfast will be available and a choice of evening meals. Rajasthan cuisine is very tasty with a variety of curries, rices served with a side nan or Chapati (Indian breads), chicken, lamm, vegetables and fresh fruits. Limited spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks will be available.
At camp; 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.
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
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
- 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/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.
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 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
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?
Using henna dye on horses
An Indian custom, as seen on old miniature models, consists of dying horses with henna, especially around the legs, the tail, the belly and around the tack.
Horses seem to have escaped from the pages of an old Indian hippology treatise !