Balotra Fair horse riding holiday

Duration: 12 days
From: £2,994.00

Visit the famous Balotra Fair on this horse riding holiday through Rajasthan.

This Balotra Fair horse riding holiday starts in the blue city of Jodhpur from where you’ll visit the biblical Horse Fair, riding through  on your unique Marwari horse (the one’s with curly lyre shaped ears that touch at the tip), to see horses, camels and cattle being traded.

Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort where you start your ride on the Leopard’s trail, through wooded forest, passing cool streams to arrive on the hot plains, camping by farms and lakes.

You’ll stop off at the colourful and exuberant Godwar Festival and horse show where you can take part in the mounted games against local equestrians. You then make your way between the smooth rocks and hills to the scrub forest and camp for two nights on the edge of a large reservoir lake, transferring to jeeps for morning and evening  excursions into the park for Leopard safari, before transferring to Udaipur to see the lake and City Palace.

“A Grand 2 weeks! ~ The combination of riding, camping, hotels, forts & festivals made this trip one of my favourites – Looking forward to my next trip!”

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends
  • Mixture of unique hotels and overnight camps onroute
  • Ride the beautiful Marwari horses in their homeland
Start
Jodhpur, India
Finish
Udaipur, India
Trip Duration
12 Days
Group Size
8-10
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Horse Riding
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller

Dates

STARTEND

Sunday

22 March 2020

Thursday

2 April 2020

Itinerary

The ride starts at Jodhpur and ends at Udaipur. These cities can be reached by internal flights from Mumbai or Delhi, which are International Airports, or by train or road.
Visit the biblical Balotra Horse Fair, take part in the Godwar Festival, and then ride from Khumbhalgarh Fort to Jawai Lake in search of Leopards. 11 nights.

What's included

  • Full Board on ride and in camp.
  • Mineral Water, and small selection of alcoholic drinks on the ride only.
  • Horses, grooms, saddlery and transport / care thereof.
  • Ride leader: Dr Rao Ajeet Singh
  • Internal transfers by road during ride
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • International flights
  • Internal transfers (flight or road) before start and after end of ride itinerary.
  • Indian Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry etc)
  • Drinks at hotels.
  • Tips

Trip notes

£2,994 per person based on twin share accommodation. Single supplement of £600 for those not willing to share.

Hotels – 3* to 4* Heritage Boutique Hotels. Full board.

Tents – Maharajah ‘Shikar’ Tents 14’x14′, each with en suite bathroom of toilet, shower tray, wash basin and mirror (hot and cold water buckets provided) and beds complete with all linen, quilts and towels.

Good mix of traditional Rajasthani meals as well as some western cuisine options at Hotels and in camp.

Breakfast: Omelette/eggs, cornflakes, porridge, toast, poha, puri, juice, chai (sweet spicy tea).

Lunch: (made fresh in the morning) rice, chapati, curried eggs/aubergene/peas, okra, chickpea, potato, boiled vegetables, pasta, chips. Local sweet Dessert. Juice, lemonade, soft drinks, beer, chai.

Dinner: As above but with addition of mutton or chicken according to local customs.

  • Solo’s, Couples, Groups, Friends, Families
  • Horse Riding Ability*: Novice / Intermediate / Advanced / *riders should be confident in canter on open ground
  • Rider Max Weight: 90kg / 200lbs / 14 stone
  • Riding per day: 4-6 hours
  • Distance covered per day: 25km – 35km
  • Pace: Slow/Moderate/Fast – according to terrain and group riding ability.
  • Riding Hat: We thoroughly recommend you wear a riding hat that meets current safety standards.
Horses: Marwari breed.
  • Solo’s, Couples, Friends, Families
  • Horse Riding Ability*: Novice / Intermediate / Advanced / *riders should be confident in canter on open ground
  • Rider Max Weight: 90kg / 200lbs / 14 stone
  • Riding per day: 4-6 hours
  • Distance covered per day: 25km – 35km
  • Pace: Slow/Moderate/Fast – according to terrain and group riding ability.
  • Riding Hat: We thoroughly recommend you wear a riding hat that meets current safety standards.
  • Tack: Indian Sawar saddles, english bridles with smooth bits, saddle bags.
  • Horses: Marwari breed, typically between 15 – 16hh of slight build.
Temperature?

Day: 25* – 35* C

Night: 18* – 23* C

Packing List
  • A small pocket torch or headlight.
  • Electrolyte gel packets.
  • Some people ride with a camelbak water back pack which they also put electrlytes in. (mineral water is provided)
  • Riding Hat, Boots, Gloves (please no chunky-soled boots as they get stuck in the stirrups, standard boot styles should be fine)
  • Check your hold baggage allowance as International and Internal allowances may be different (usually only 15kg on the internal flight and they will charge you if you are over)
  • Compeed Blister patches (large heel size)
  • Alcohol – if you have a favorite tipple then please pack it in your hold luggage carefully. We provide a limited selection on the ride.
  • Duty Free – Do NOT buy alcohol in duty free airside because you are now not allowed to take it through to the internal flight at Delhi > Udaipur – they will confiscate it.
  • Power Banks – these MUST be carried in your on board cabin baggage.
  • European round 2 pin plug adapter
  • 1 pack of Antibacterial wipes (for any loo seats etc)
  • 1 pack of Wet Wipes (refreshing when its hot and dusty)
  • 1 Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sun cream – high factor recommended
  • Wrap around sun glasses to ride in (check UV level)
What Kit should I bring?
  • Riding Hat
  • 2 x jodhpurs
  • Riding boots
  • Gloves
  • Phone Chargers and adapters
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Dioralyte
  • Immodium
  • wash/bathroom bag
  • torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • antibac handgel
  • wet wipes
  • sandals
  • trousers
  • skirt
  • tops
  • scarf, wrap or pashmina
  • photocopy of passport and visa – keep somewhere different to the originals.
  • cash
  • Optional: camera, camelbak, credit/debit card
Horses equipment
  • The horses are Marwari breed, (desert horses) circa 15hh – 16hh high.
  • Tack: Military ‘sawar’ saddles, english bridles and all horses have a pair of saddle bags.
  • Seat savers/pads available should you need them.
  • A complete first aid kit is carried by the guide at all times.
  • Commercially bottled mineral water is put in your saddle bags every morning and lunchtime during the ride, and as required during your trip.
Currency
  • India is a closed currency, which means you cannot buy rupees before you travel.
  • It is recommended you bring £200 – £300 cash with you and change £25 on arrival in India at the airport and check the exchange rate on date of travel so you know what is a good rate. Generally airports do not give the best rates, it is better to change the majority of your cash at the hotels in Udaipur, Jodhpur or at Pushkar.
  • VISA is accepted at most shops and hotels,  but not for exchanging money, only for buying or paying for goods.
Luggage
  • It is advisable to keep baggage to a minimum as it travels with you each day. On the ride your ‘main bag’ goes in the camp lorry and you will be reunited with it every evening – smaller ‘day bags’ go in the follow jeep and will be available to access during lunch.
Cultural awareness
  • Cover your shoulders please, especially in the rural areas and be aware of low cut tops (wear a scarf if necessary).
  • Ladies please ask if you want to change into shorts at lunchtime during the ride, as you may be near a farmers house or temple, where it would be frowned upon locally to show your legs.
WiFi
  • All hotels have free wifi (sometimes limited to the reception area) and network coverage is generally good in India,though there are some black holes during the ride.
Tipping
  • Tipping is the custom in India.
  • In hotels – it is custom to tip the room boys 50 rupees per bag.
  • On the ride – It is suggested a tip at the end of the ride, of 13,000 INR from each guest  (ie £10 for each day of your holiday) – but ONLY if you have enjoyed it and you feel the grooms and tent boys deserve it!
  • Please tip all together at the horse goodbye ceremony. A tip bag is passed round the guests the night before and the proceeds are split it into tentwalas / grooms / transport / logistics / kitchen & bar teams. This way those behind the scenes, are counted in as without them this trip would not function.

Tour operator

With over 10 years experience 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.

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