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Horseback Safari through Southern Rajasthan

offered by supplier M17179 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding   Ecotourism  
Season: September - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3750 US Dollar (USD)

Our Horseback Safaris usually go along off-the-beaten tracks through the hilly landscape of the Aravalli Mountains. The riders can experience unspoiled nature and the unique culture of the hill tribes of Rajasthan. Our destinations are places of historical or cultural significance such as the medieval town of Chittor or the hill fort of Kumbhalgarh.

Some of our Safaris are connecting major festivals in Rajasthan such as the Pushkar Camel Fair and are bound to certain dates. Many of our safaris are also going through a number of wildlife sanctuaries such as the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary or the Sita-Mata Wildlife Sanctuary so our riders can enjoy the spectacular Indian flora and fauna. We believe in the principle of natural horsemanship. That means we keep our horses as naturally as possible and care for them with love and affection.

Our horses are properly fed, shoed and have fitting, comfortable high-class saddle tack. We do not make use of underfed and untrained village horses. Most of our horses are Marwari horses, indigenous to this region, perfectly adapted to the geographic and climatic conditions of Rajasthan and very comfortable to ride. Their ears are distinctively curved inwards in a lyre-shape, which makes them unique and easily recognizable. We have horses for both beginners and advanced riders and also provide riding lessons if necessary.

All our horses are forward going, well trained and a pleasure to ride. 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. On our safaris the guests can stay over night in tented safari camps or in heritage hotels on the way. Our camps are equipped with proper showers/toilets. The tents are deluxe double tents (size 10x10 feet) with comfortable beds and a carpet on the floor. There is a roofed entrance where the guests can leave their shoes.

In our camp we cater to all of our guests wishes. We serve a continental breakfast with fresh fruits of the season, packed lunch, tea and an Indian style dinner, prepared by our chief. In the evening we organize an extensive entertainment program with Rajasthani folk dances, music performances, etc. A sanitary trolley provides toilets and cold/hot showers.

During the ride or afterward we offer local sightseeing trips if possible. That can be a village haveli, a castle or fort, a temple or a natural sight. If no sight of interest is at hand, something else is prearranged, such as a bullock cart ride, henna application, an elephant ride, etc.

Tour Itinerary:

Option 1 (Mewar Trail)

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.

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 the family rawla, a charming old village fort dating back to the 18th century. It is only natural that the evening is spent in the gardens around a camp fire telling stories about the old times, when there were still many horses, camels and elephants stabled here.

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.

Price per person: 1900,00 Euro.

Price Includes:
- 9 overnight stays (7 nights in our safari camp and 2 nights in a middle class hotel in Udaipur)
- Full boarding including all non-alcoholic drinks
- 5-6 hours riding on all safari days (excluding arrival and departure day)
- Sightseeing in Udaipur and local sightseeing wherever possible
- Evening entertainment
- All transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses.

Option 2 (Aravalli Nature-and-Wildlife Safari)

Day 1: Arrival in Udaipur, transfer to a middle class hotel, sightseeing of Udaipur in the afternoon. Visit the City Palace of Udaipur and do a boat ride on Lake Pichola in order to enjoy Udaipur’s waterfront and have a closer look on Lake Palace.

Day 2: Start your ride from Udaipur, near Fateh Sagar Lake and climb up into the Aravalli Mountains, enjoying the great scenery and views over Udaipur and its surrounding valley. Visit the ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples on the ride and stay overnight in our safari camp on the shore of a small lake in the hills.

Day 3: Today you will ride through the long beautiful valley of Haldi Ghati (which means Yellow Valley due to the color of the soil). Famous for its scenic beauty it was once upon a time the place of a great battle between Maharana Pratap, the king of Udaipur and the army of Moghul emperor Akbar. Visit the battlefield of Haldi Ghati and the Chetak Chabutra and learn about the historic deeds done by Chetak, the white Marwari stallion of Maharana Pratap. When time permits it is possible in the late afternoon to see the Maharana Pratap Museum in Haldi Ghati, overnight-stay in our safari camp

Day 4: Enjoy the last virgin dry deciduous forest in Rajasthan and ride through the unique scenery of the Aravalli Mountains. Today horse and rider have to do a lot of climbing as the trail leaves Haldi Ghati Valley and winds up into the higher reaches of the Aravalli Mountains. Ascending on narrow mountain paths, quite often through thick jungle vegetation, the riders leave the little villages behind and come into wild country, home to the last wolves and sloth bears of Rajasthan. The final destination of this day is the little town of Kumbhalgarh. After the ride you can visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, overnight-stay in our safari camp

Day 5: Descending from the height of Kumbhalgarh Fort down into the valley of Ranakpur you will cross the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and have a chance of glimpsing a large number of wildlife such as antelope, deer (Cheetah and Samba), smaller mammals such as mongoose or rabbits and with some luck you might be able to spot a sloth bear or a leopard. Besides you can observe countless birds singing above you in the treetops such as nightingales, kingfisher, meena, peacocks or jungle fowls. The sanctuary accounts for a great variety of more than 250 different species of birds. Overnight-stay in our safari camp near Ranakpur.

Day 6: Today you will ride through the heart of the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, in the morning through the mainly mountainous parts and in the afternoon down in the broad Ranakpur valley famous also for its bizarre rock formations. Overnight stay in our safari camp in Ranakpur.

Day 7: Visit the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur in the morning. If time permits you can also cast a look on the ancient sun temple before we bring you back to Udaipur by car. In the afternoon do sightseeing or shopping in Udaipur. Overnight stay in a middle class hotel.

Day 8: Program ends after breakfast.

Price per person: 1400,00 US$.

Price Includes:
- 7 overnight stays (5 nights in our safari camp and 2 nights in a middle class hotel in Udaipur)
- Full boarding including all non-alcoholic drinks
- 5-6 hours riding on safari days (excluding arrival and departure day)
- Local sightseeing
- All transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Overnight stay in our safari camp and a middle class hotel in Udaipur
- Full boarding with all non-alcoholic drinks
- 5-6 hours riding with an experienced guide on safari days
- Local sightseeing program
- Evening program
- All transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses.

About This Supplier
Location: India
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2007

We are an experienced company, arranging horseback safaris and riding holidays in Southern Rajasthan. Our name is M17179 and our base is the city of Udaipur. We are specialized in luxurious safaris in the tradition of the former royal hunting camps. M17179 is an Indo-German family business, which aims to provide...

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