In Boheda the riders will stay overnight in the ancient rawla of Boheda, which is in the possession of the Shaktawat family. Here they can listen to interesting family stories from the times of Jagairs and Maharajas and explore the rawla and hamlet of Boheda. The ride ends in the Sita-Mata Sanctuary; a small protected Nature Park around the ancient Sita-Mata Temple. In this place the riders can glimpse a great number of peacocks, jungle foals and smaller mammals such as mongoose or rabbits, which appear to be rather tame.
This is a part of Rajasthan undisturbed by tourism and thus unspoiled and still rather traditional in outlook and appearance. There are no big touristy sights but rather a many undiscovered jewels to be visited by our riders. This safari is particularly great in spring time, from February to March as this is the flowering period for the Dhak Tree also called Flame Tree due to its impressive orange flowers and for the Poppy Flowers which blossom white in this region.
All in all this is a safari for riders who like it fast. Endless gallops on horses eager going, wide open countryside and the occasional visit to a hidden beauty such as an old crumbling havelis, palace or fort on the wayside.
Day 1: Arrival in Udaipur. Sightseeing in the afternoon, overnight stay in a middle class hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to Jaisamand. Boat ride on the lake and visit to the ancient Temple in Jagat, arrival in the camp in the early afternoon and test riding of the horses. Overnight stay in our safari camp.
Day 3: Jaisamand – Jagat. Ride through the outskirts of the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary and its rough and hilly landscape. With some luck you will encounter Nilgai antelopes or the spotted Cheetal deer. Arrival in the Camp around 4 pm. If possible we can organize a night drive with our jeep I the late evening in order to show our riders night active animals of the region such as antelopes, hyenas, jungle cats, foxes, porcupines, etc.
Day 4: Jagat – Bambora. A great day ride through fertile farmland broken by occasional parts of wild forest country and open wilderness. Today you will leave the Aravalli-Mountains behind and descend on the Malwa Plain with its fertile soil and rich farms. Discover the fascinating rural life of Rajasthan where the fieldwork is still done with oxen and handwork. The village kids guard flocks of goats and sheep and great the riders enthusiastically with a “Namaste”, the Indian hello. Meet the women fetching water from the village well, wearing bright and colorful saris. Riding through this country is like a journey back into the past. The camp will be situated near the Badwei Lake, where a lot of water birds such as ducks, teals, flamingos or cranes, can be observed. If time permits, the riders can visit the town of Bhinder and its small fort.
Day 5: Bambora – Bhinder. Open stretches of grassland invite for long trots and canters. On the way you will be able to visit a number of small agricultural villages. Visit havelis and rawlas (village mansions) on the way. Arrival in the camp around 4 pm and afterwards sundowner on a small hill, overlooking the whole countryside.
Day 6: Bhinder – Barisadri. Another day ride through a fantastic countryside. The soil is now so fertile that even Opium is grown in small fields. It flowers between January and March, with many small white flowers. Today the riders reach Barisadri, once a major Jagir (feudal land owned by a noble) with an impressive castle in the middle of the town. You will cross the small railway line connecting Barisadri with Mauvi once a week with a steam engine. Around here the villages are much richer than anywhere else in Rajasthan due to the rich soil. Most farmhouses sport richly ornamented entry gates and even the bullock carts are made of carved wood. Our camp today is situated in the former garden of the Barisadri royal family. Before independence the women used to spend their days here wandering besides jasmine hedges and sitting in marble pavilions. Today parts of the gardens are used for farming, however parts of it are still reminders of the glorious days long gone by. After arrival the riders will visit Barisadri Palace.
Day 7: Barisadri – Boheda. Today you will ride from Barisadri to the Jagir of Boheda, the ancestral home of our family. A ride along sandy paths through small villages and occasional stretches of grassland. Lunch will be taken in a ruined fort along the way. Arrival in Boheda around 4 pm. and overnight stay in our safari camp.
Day 8: Boheda – Sita-Mata Sanctuary. Today you will ride through the Sita-Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, a wild and untamed piece of land, home of the last leopards of this area. The Wildlife-Sanctuary is situated far away from all touristic circuits and very few visitor find their way to this natural jewel. That is one of the reasons why it is the best place for sighting animals. With some luck the riders can observe cheetah and sambar deer, Nilgai antelopes, monkeys, gazelles, mongoose and many smaller animals and birds, including the majestic peacock, national bird of India. Return to Boheda is around late afternoon. If possible a bullock cart ride through the village is arranged in the evening.
Day 9: Transfer back to Udaipur. After a morning ride you will be taken back to Udaipur. In the afternoon sightseeing and overnight stay in middle class hotel.
Day 10: End of the program after breakfast.
Notes: All our safaris are organized as close to nature as possible and are eco-friendly. We use local supplies and groceries and prevent unnecessary waste. Cooking and lighting is done with gas as not to cut done forest wood. Our safaris provide rural employment as we occupy local people as helpers, guides or artists. We strongly emphasize local culture and try to help preserve it in giving the people a sense of value and pride.
Our main aim is to show the unique culture and ecology of Rajasthan to our guests and connect this with an unforgettable equestrian experience. A word more about our horses. Nearly all of the horses we use on our safaris are Marwari horses from our stable. These small and elegant horses resemble Arabs but are slightly sturdier and have a better temperament.
Formerly bred for the purpose of war, Marwari horses are intelligent, brave and very comfortable to ride. Some of them have a forth gait, the so-called Revaal, a kind of amble designed to traverse large distances fast and with great comfort to the rider. What makes Marwari horses special are their unique, lyre-shaped ears, which curve inwards often until both tips meet. All our horses are trained and ridden in English style with English or military saddlery.
Our horses are well-fed and well-cared for and we take good care of them. Some of them are also used for breeding and some were bred by us. We do not make use of under-fed and ill-trained village horses as many other operators do, but strive to provide only the best riding horses for our guests.
On safaris the riders normally start in the morning around 8-9 o’clock depending on the season and of course on the riders. Breakfast is taken in the camp while our boys make the horses ready. A normal safari day includes between 5 and 6 hours in the saddle plus a lunch break (lunch is either taken as a lunch packet or brought to the riders by our jeep) and several smaller breaks for sightseeing on the way or a tea stop in the little hamlet by the way.
Arrival in the next safari camp is as a rule in the late afternoon. The riders are awaited by tea/coffee and some snacks and of course an inviting shower. Depending upon the place, the rest of the afternoon can be used to do some local sightseeing, a trip to the next village, an evening walk through the countryside or simply some relaxing in the camp which is normally placed at a particular beautiful spot, besides a lake (ideal for bird watchers) or sporting a great view.
After nightfall we usually prepare a campfire and sometimes some village musicians/artists from the local village come to the camp to perform for us. Depending on the locality the riders can thus experience local folk dances, theater, music, puppet shows or even horse dance.
In some places the local village women come and show the female riders the age-old traditional henna patterns, which are then applied on hands and feet for decoration. The younger ones usually speak some English; hence this is a great opportunity to learn more about Indian village life.
Thus every day there is something new to experience and to see, our safaris never get boring and we have many surprises for the riders in store. In some places this may include a visit to the local temple at prayer time, a bullock-cart ride, interaction with local village people, a camel ride, horse dance, the participation in an Indian festival or ceremony and many other things. It is also possible to lengthen this safari up to 14 days. This would bring the riders to the medieval town of Chittorgarh, home to one of Rajasthans most impressive forts.
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