Ride Overview - India Taj Mahal Horseback Ride
Your experience of riding a horse in the remote Rajasthan region of India will be unique and unforgettable. This horseback riding vacation will lead you across a land that offers delightful views of a unique colorful culture. Your beautiful Royal Marwari horse will carry you along flat, sandy river beds, over towering sand dunes and past age-old granite mountains to numerous ancient temples, forts, palaces, museums. Visits to unspoiled rural villages will allow you to mingle with the local people whose way of life has changed little over the centuries. Lodging in historical castles will add a regal feel. Two nights will be spent in comfortable tents. Three non-riding days are planned to include a tour of Jaipur, the Pink City, with its magnificent City Palace and Royal Museum, the 16th century hilltop Amber Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you can choose to ride an elephant up to the entrance and then a tour of one of the wonders of the world –Taj Mahal. You will stay in 4**** hotels and comfortable tents along the way. Bring your camera! RIDING IN INDIA
Ride Itinerary - India Taj Mahal Horseback Ride
You will be greeted by your English-speaking guide at the New Delhi Airport with a garland and mineral water. After you gather your luggage you will be transferred to your Delhi hotel for the night.
After breakfast in hotel, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur airport, you will be received by your guide’s representative and driven through the lush green Aravalli valley of the Mewar region to Kumbhalgarh. On arrival, you will check into your hotel. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a tour of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The walls of this fort are second in length to the Great Wall of China. It has a prominent place in the history of Rajasthan as this fort was never conquered. Afterwards, you will meet your horse and take a short ride around the fort.
Today, your riding destination is Ghanerao. This a quiet village with an assortment of both Hindu and Jain temples, step wells and marble archways. There are about eleven Jain temples (a few of them quite old) in the village itself. The temple of Mahadev is located on the outskirt. The temple of Gajanand is worth seeing for its enormous statue, which is flanked by goddesses Ridhi and Siddhi, guarded by Hanuman on one side and Bhairon on the other. Along the way, you will go through the wildlife sanctuary of the Kumbhalgarh where you see the many rare species of Rajasthan fauna and flora. On arrival at Ghanerao, you will settle into your camp for the evening.
Your trail will lead you across the magnificent Aravali Mountain ranges which is one of the oldest Plateau mountain ranges in the world. The topography includes isolated hills and rocky ridges. Enroute you will see the villagers busy in their fields and the colorful villages of the Rajasthan. In the evening, you will arrive at the unique village of Jojawar where you can shop in the vibrant markets offering a numerous fabrics and pretty leather embroidered shoes. Lodging will be provided in a camp.
Your horse will carry you to historical riverside village of Dhamli. On the way, you will see the community of Rebari “Shepherds.” Here you see beautifully dressed women working with the sheep’s and goats. In addition, you will meet men wearing colorful red turban herding camels. Your trail will lead you into a remote area where no vehicle can go. You will cross water and ride across wide fields. In Dhamli, you will check into the hotel.
Today is a non-riding day. You will be driven to Jodhpur, the second largest city in the Rajasthan. It is called the Gateway to Thar, as it is literally on the edge of the Thar Desert. It is also called the “Sun City” as the sun shines very bright and the “Blue City” due to the blue-painted houses around the Fort. On arrival in Jodhpur, you will check into the hotel and relax. In the afternoon, you will visit the Majestic Mehrangarh Fort. The fort is located in the heart of the old city on 125-metre high and over 5 km wide hill. Afterwards, you will visit Jaswant Thada (also known as Taj Mahal of Jodhpur) and then visit the colorful market of Jodhpur and see the tiny shops lined on both sides of the narrow lanes. You will find textiles, silver, handicrafts, aromatic spices, vegetables and Indian sweets in these shops. You will then stay in a hotel in Jodhpur.
This is a non-riding day. After breakfast, you will be driven to Jaipur. Known as the “Pink City” because many buildings are still washed in pink which is the traditional color of welcome. On arrival, you will check into the hotel and relax. In the afternoon, you will visit the Magnificent City Palace and Royal Museum. The Palace complex consist of an intriguing museum, an armoury, beautiful sprawling gardens, several fine halls, Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory) and Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds. You will return to your hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast enjoy the sightseeing of the 16th century’s Amber fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site) & here you can walk or go on elephant back up to the entrance of this romantic, traditional Rajasthani Fort, setting the mood for a visit to the dramatic, hill-top fortress. The Fort is the best tourist attraction of Jaipur and the sprawling complex combines both immense fortifications with unexpected beauty and charm. Inside the palace, you will find beautifully appointed state rooms with semi-precious jewel inlaid decoration. The finest example is the Sheesh Mahal, the Mirror Palace. Later, you will be driven to Agra for your evening hotel.
This morning, you will visit India’s most celebrated monuments, the Taj Mahal. The white marble tomb was built in 22 years (1631 – 1653) by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Queen Mumtaz. Over 20,000 craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy labored to build this masterpiece known as symbol of eternal love. You will then visit the World’s Heritage Agra Fort constructed of red sandstone. Next you will be driven to the Dehli International Airport for your return flight.
Ride Details - India Taj Mahal Horseback Ride
Dates: February 2nd – 10th, February 15th – 23rd, March 10th – 18th, October 12th – 20th, November 15th – 23rd, December 2nd – 10th
Best months: September – March
Airport: New Delphi
Visa: is required.
Vaccinations: typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and influenza.Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 4 – 7
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE – able to walk, trot and canter with control in open spaces. Able to ride across streams.
Saddle: British Cavalry Savar
Weight limit: 210 lbs/95 kg
Group size: 2 – 15
Hotel: 4* hotel and camp accommodations
Price: $2,375.00 per person, double occupancy $350.00 single supplement
Includes: 8 nights lodging, 5 riding days, all meals on riding days, breakfasts only on none-riding days, flight from Delhi-Udaipur-Delhi, monument entrances bottled water when riding, nightly cultural programs, transfer to and from the airport, horse, tack, guide
Not included: airfare, lunches, and dinners on non-riding days, visa fees, pre- or post ride hotels
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