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India Horse Safari in the Hills of Merwar
A wonderful two week India horse safari from Chittorgarh to Udaipur that will show you India at its most natural and magical.
Riding the fabulous Marwari horse, a breed renowned for its grace, elegance and exotic beauty, you will travel through the southern fringes of the Aravelli Hills – a region famed for high plains and plateaux, forests of juniper, unspoilt rural villages, lakes and ancient temples – making it the perfect location for such a trek.
Staying in beautifully located and well appointed camps, sometimes in old forts and lodges – home to Narendra’s relations – we reach Udaipur, one of the most beautiful towns in India.
Included in India horse safari trip are two nights at the stunning Castle Bijaipur and three nights in Udaipur, making this tour a fabulous way to see a side of Rajasthan rarely glimpsed by tourists.
“From the moment we stepped out of the plane in Delhi we were living in an amazing fantasy land – every one of our senses were stimulated – the Marwar horses were superb, the trek was just stunning, and every night we experienced magnificent Indian hospitality. We had dreamt, thought about and discussed this holiday for 15 months and it was even better than our wildest dreams.” Susie
- Riding through wonderful countryside
- Being on the fabulous Marwari horses
- Camping in the jungle
- Homestays with yesterday’s Royals
- Udaipur, Venice of the east
Day 1: Tour starts in Delhi
The tour starts around midday and we spend the afternoon visiting some of the major sites like the India Gate and Chandi Chowk.
Day 2: Delhi to Agra
We drive to Agra and visit its mighty Fort of palaces and mosques, then see the Taj Mahal at sunset.
Day 3: Agra to Ranthambore
Before our train we visit the deserted city at Fatehpur Sikri then take a game drive in Ranthambore.
Day 4: Ranthambore to Bijaipur
We’ll head out early, back into the park on the search for tiger before driving on to Bijaipur.
Day 5: Bijaipur
Today we’ll have a morning ride before returning to the castle , where we’ll have the afternoon to relax.
Day 6: Bijaipur to Bassi
We’ll have our first full day in the saddle as we head out across the Eastern Highlands in the direction of the town of Bassi.
Day 7: Bassi to Nahargarh
Today we ride across the heart of Bassi Sanctuary, making our way to our palace hotel built on a island in the middle of Nahargarh Lake.
Day 8: Nahargarh to Begu
Riding to the town of Begu, we’ll have an unbelievable experience as we wind our way through the town’s narrow streets as we make our way to the fort.
Day 9: Begu to Dorai
We’ll ride through small villages as we head to or campsite near Dorai Dam.
Day 10: Dorai to Athana
We’ll continue our ride today to the town of Athana, where we will be guests of the Rawla for the night.
Day 11: Athana to Pangarh Lake
We’ll continue our ride today across the high hills heading down to Pangarh Lotus Lake, where we’ll spend the night on the lake shore.
Day 12: Pangarh Lake to Bijaipur
For our final ride today, we’ll return to the stables at Castle Bijaipur.
Day 13: Bijaipur to Udaipur
We’ll have a relaxing morning before transferring across to Udaipur, where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore this great city.
Day 14: In Udaipur
Today is ar free day to explore but we can run optional trips to Ranakpur or Kumblgarh Fort.
Day 15: Tour ends in Udaipur
The tour finishes after breakfast.
Accommodation: In Rajasthan you will experience some of the finest accommodation the subcontinent can offer. From wonderful converted palaces, castles and forts to smart tented camps – you will not be disappointed. Indeed the accommodation we use in Rajasthan is one of the main joys of visiting the land of Kings.
However this is still India and in certain forts – now private residences – facilities are sometimes not quite up to a Western standard and therefore patience is occasionally required. When out riding, part of your trip will be camping in spacious, 2 person walk-in tents.
Any accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to availability and if not available substitutes will be of a similar quality or interest.
Transport on this tour will be in a train, coasters and vintage jeeps… and of course your Marwari steed.
Trip Grading: Adventure Rating 6/10 Comfort Grade 6/10 Fitness Level 5/10 Cultural Interest 8/10
Please note that this grading is an indication only and should you have any concerns please contact us.
Riding Ability: For this trip you need to be a competent rider, able to ride in open spaces at all paces and comfortable to be in the saddle for up to 6 to 7 hours a day. If you are unsure of your ability please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Dates & Rates
19 Feb 2017
15 days from 3,495 GBP per person
18 Feb 2018
15 days from 3,595 GBP per person
This trip is priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.
You won’t be alone – approximately 70% of the travellers with this operator are going solo.
The prices are based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are NOT compulsory. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement they’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.
However if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that a single room cannot always be guaranteed for every night of the tour as depending on the destination, rooms may be limited. On this tour there is an optional single supplement that will cover you for most of the nights, the exceptions will be the overnight train, Athana, Choti Sadri & Khempur, though in some of these places it may be possible depending on the final group size.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Full services of a Professional Tour Leader with local guides and drivers.
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with mineral water as required.
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary.
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through the operator’s office)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Visas (if applicable)
- Local airport taxes
- Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre- departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
- Beverages & any costs of a personal nature.
- International Flights
- Airport transfers (unless booking suggested flights through the operator’s office)
This operator is a multi-award winning adventure travel company specialising in small group tours and tailor made holidays to some of the most extraordinary destinations across the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe. We love their unique, original itineraries – whether they are for small group travel or individually created for tailor made clients – allowing you to take journeys that venture beneath the surface of the region.
They don’t source itineraries from other agents, nor do they run the same tour over and over (thus creating a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region). Instead, they rarely run any group tour more than a couple of times a year and they are on routese they have discovered for themselves, to give a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.
India Horse Safari in the hills of Marwar
- Trip Code: AWA057
- Dates: February
- Length: 15 Days
- Price: From 5,495 GBP
- Adventure: Riding the fabulous Marwari horse, you will travel through the southern fringes of India’s Aravelli Hills