Spend the Festive season experiencing beautiful Rajasthan on this New Year horse riding holiday.
Travel from palace to palace by Marwari horse on this New Year horse riding holiday, retracing old routes and following a trail along the foothills of the Aravalli Hills. These are small family country palaces and you will walk into another era.
Dine by candlelight and soak up the architecture of these old family residences. You ride along sand tracks between the softly moulded hills, passing rural villages and lakes. On New Years eve we give you a spectacular evening horse show and special dinner at the stables – a palace for horses!
“My experience each day was so wonderful – so far beyond my best imaginings – that there are not enough superlatives to describe it all….”
Why you'll love this adventure
- Perfect for solo travellers, couples or friends
- Spend New Years eve in Kotri Raola, a 200-year-old small fort palace
- Ride Marwari horses retracing old routes and following a trail along the foothills of the Aravalli Hills
27 December 2023
2 January 2024
The ride starts at Udaipur and ends at Jodhpur, both these cities can be reached by internal flights from Mumbai or Delhi, which are International Airports, or by train or road. Every day you ride from palace to palace.
- 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 Narlai to Jodhpur)
- Sightseeing tickets
- International and Internal flights
- Indian Visa costs
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, shopping etc)
- Drinks at hotels.
A mixture of 3* & 4* hotels, some are heritage old Palaces, Castles or Heritage Boutique Hotels.
Good mix of traditional Rajasthani meals as well as some western cuisine options at Hotels.
Breakfast: Omelette/eggs, cornflakes, porridge, toast, poha, puri, juice, chai (sweet spicy tea).
Lunch on ride: Any combination of rice, chapati, curried eggs/aubergene/peas, okra, chickpea, potato, boiled vegetables, pasta, chips. Local sweet Dessert. Juice, lemonade, soft drinks, beer, chai.
Dinner: Traditional Indian vegetarian or meat curry, along with pasta or other western options.
Who is this trip for?
- 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.
Day: 22* – 25* C
Night: 6* – 12* C
- A small pocket torch or headlight.
- 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
- Riding boots
- Phone Chargers and adapters
- Basic first aid kit
- wash/bathroom bag
- antibac handgel
- wet wipes
- scarf, wrap or pashmina
- photocopy of passport and visa – keep somewhere different to the originals.
- Optional: camera, credit/debit card
- 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.
- 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, Ranakpur, Narlai or Jodhpur.
- VISA is accepted at most shops and hotels, but not for exchanging money, only for buying or paying for goods or services.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 10,000 INR from each guest (ie £10 for each day of your holiday) – but ONLY if you have enjoyed it!
- Please tip all together at the horse goodbye ceremony upon reaching Narlai. All tips should be given to the ride leader who will share this among the grooms, lunch staff and stable staff. This way those behind the scenes are counted in, as without them this trip would not function.
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.
New Year Horse Riding Holiday in India
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