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Horse Trekking India – Leopard Safari
In the fall and early spring, Rajasthan is at its peak – it’s the perfect time for an Indian horse safari. This seven-night adventure on horseback allows you to explore the central part of India’s famous Golden Triangle. Ride Marwari horses through Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and more. See the country at the perfect pace during the day and enjoy morning and evening jeep excursions to fantastic sites and the game reserve.
- Join a group of up to 12 people to travel through incredible India
- Take a boat ride on Udaipur gorgeous Lake Pichola
- Explore Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthans unconquerable fortress and see the second longest wall in the world
- Discover the romantic city of Udaipur
- Search for leopards in Jawai Bandh
- Take a Jeep safari to look for Indian wildlife
The adventure begins in Udaipur with a relax boat ride around Lake Pichola; the Aravalli Hills rising around you in every direction. Before leaving the city there are havelis, temples, palaces, and colourful markets to explore. Next up is Kumbhalgarh Fort. Almost 2,000m above sea level, it was built in the 15th century and is magnificently encircled by 13 mountains. You’ll meet your new partner here, a wonderful Marwari horse. The first ride covers old paths and small rivers along the edge of the Ghanerao forest.
The middle of the trip finds you riding through small villages and across the plains of the Aravalli Hills on your way to Dantiwara Lake. In Bali Forest you’ll see smooth rock formations from an ancient volcano eruption. The real fun begins when you arrive at Jawai Bandh. Here, leopards roam free and wild through the forest of granite caves and craggy rock formations. You and your group will pause here and ride out in search of these sleek animals. In the evening there is also a Jeep safari.
On the trail you’ll love camping under the stars and relaxing by a fire at the end of a long day on your horse.
All skill levels are welcome and your guides will cater to your ability levels although you do need to be comfortable covering an average of 25-30 kilometres each day. You’ll enjoy the best of Indian cuisine in the cities and tasty meals, including picnic lunches, on the trails.
See a different side of India on this leopard trail horse safari. The countryside and the local village people provide a different perspective on the country – and on horseback is a great way to see it. Enquire today to learn more.
The ride starts and ends at Udaipur, which can be reached by internal flights from Mumbai or Delhi (International Airports), or by train or road. The operator can help you with internal arrangements to/from the start/end of this ride at extra cost.
Arrive Udaipur, late afternoon boat ride around Lake Pichola. Beside Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Overnight: hotel at Udaipur
Morning sightseeing Udaipur
Udaipur is the city of cream, rose and honeysuckle hues. The huge, cupola-crowned City Palace lines the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, with its balconies gazing out at Udaipur’s other famous landmark, the Lake Palace – a fairy-tale confection that seems to float on the lake’s waters, gleaming by day and spotlit by night. Eastward, away from the lake shore, extends a tangled inner city of lanes lined with homes, temples, shops and businesses that is fascinating to explore.
Afternoon: Transfer by road North to Kumbhalgarh 2 hours
Overnight: hotel at Kumbhalgarh
Morning visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the Aravali ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridges around 1,914 meters above sea level. The fortifications of the fort extend to the length of 36 kilometers and this fact has made this fort to be in the international records. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ”the Great Wall of China”. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent.
Late Morning: Start Horse Safari.
Ride down through the Khumbalgarh Sanctuary and Ghanerao forest.
Enter the sanctuary near Kumbhalgarh Fort and pick your way through the wooded sanctuary using old paths, crossing small rivers to the edge of the Ghanerao forest. The route is shaded and quiet, although harbours much wildlife – keep your eyes open, you never know which animals are watching you through the trees. Late picnic lunch en route, arriving at Muthana Lake at dusk.
Full day ride to Dantiwara Lake. Passing through villages and riding in the plains of the Aravalli hills, stopping for a picnic lunch, reach your camp situated in front of the lake.
Full day ride to Bali Forest.
Make your way along the bottom of the Aravelli hills South West to Perwa. Pass villages and rural farmsteads, making your way through the volcanic smooth rock formations, stopping in the shade for a long picnic lunch.
Full day ride to Jawai Bandh. Today you continue onwards to reach Jawai Bandh – Lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free encapsulated in a landscape surrounded by craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand river–beds.
Camp overnight (we are here for 2 nights)
Morning ride to search for leopards.
This area is where “the hills throw the moon out and just as soon absorb its glow into their gorges. Where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth’s tales as the mysterious felines that grace these hills and vanish at will into their folds. Where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the JAWAI Bandh’s waters lap at the toes of mighty granite forms. Where flamingos flock and cranes in their hundreds dance to springtime. This special location, the unique flavour of this land and its offerings, provide for an entirely different experience from the rest of Rajasthan”.
Evening Jeep safari to search for Leopard.
After breakfast, departure to Udaipur and for onward destination.
End of trip.
8 day itinerary consisting of 2 nights in hotels, 5 nights camping. Average riding distance 25km – 30km per day / 4 – 6 hours in the saddle per day with a break for picnic lunch.
Timescale: 8 days, 7 nights, 5 days riding
Riding Ability*: Novice / Intermediate / Advanced
*riders should be confident in canter on open ground
Rider Max Weight: 90kg / 200lbs / 14 stone
Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12
Riding per day: 4-6 hours
Pace: Slow/Moderate/Fast according to terrain and group riding ability
Tack: Indian Sawar saddles
Horses: Marwari breed, typically between 15 – 16hh of slight build.
Riding Hat: We thoroughly recommend you wear a riding hat that meets current safety standards.
Dates & Rates
Dates: All year ~ Minimum Group size: 2
Price: from 1,744 GBP
- Full Board.
- Mineral Water, and small selection of alcoholic drinks on the ride.
- Horses, grooms, saddlery and transport / care thereof.
- Ride leader: Dr Rao Ajeet Singh
- Internal transfers by road during the ride (Udaipur to Khumbhalgarh and Jawai to Udaipur)
- Sightseeing tickets at Udaipur
- International and Internal flights
- Indian Visa costs
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, shopping etc)
With over 10 years involvement with Marwari horses and horse safaris in Rajasthan, this operator offers an exciting and informative horse safari experience, combining history, tradition and culture through our knowledge of the landscape, its people and, of course, its unique indigenous Marwari horses. With a true love for horses, an eye for detail and a zest for adventure, they offer truly memorable riding holidays.
Horse Trekking India – Leopard Safari
- Trip Code: AWA390
- Dates: Various
- Price: 1,744 GBP
- Depart: Udaipur
- Arrive: Udaipur
- Length: 8 days
- Adventure: Horse Trekking India – Leopard Safari: an extraordinary seven-night adventure on horseback