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India - The Thar Desert & Osian Dunes
A truly wonderful ride in rural Rajasthan on fantastic Mawari horses, belonging to and bred by Ajeet Singh.

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Horse Riding Holidays India – Palace to Palace Rides, Rajasthan

Palace to Palace Rides, Rajasthan

PRICES & DATES top

Palace to Palace Rides, Rajasthan: Prices 2017

Suitable for intermediate plus riders and non riders.

7 nights/ 8 days – £1,745/€2,080/$2,215 per person sharing / Rider & Non Riders

Single Supplement – £300/€360/$380

There is also a ‘Festive Palace to Palace Ride’ which runs just after xmas.

7 nights/ 8 days – £1,995/€2,340/$2,480 per person sharing / Rider & Non Riders

Single Supplement – £300/€360/$380

Palace to Palace Rides, Rajasthan: Dates 2017

Available anytime from October through to March with a minimum of 2 people. The weather is too hot to ride from April to September.

The ‘Festive Palace to Palace Ride’ has a fixed date of 27th December 2017 to 3rd January 2018.

Included – All riding, full board accommodation, drinks, a limited selection of alcoholic drinks, transfers on ride & sight seeing tickets.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, drinks at hotels & tips.

Getting There
International flight to Delhi or Mumbai and internal flight onto Udaipur for the beginning of the ride. The ride ends in Jodhpur.

Transfer
We meet and transfer you to your hotel on the first night in Udaipur.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

A truly wonderful ride in rural Rajasthan on fantastic Mawari horses, belonging to and bred by Ajeet Singh. He is partnered on the rides by Caroline Moorey from the UK, who has been visiting and riding in India for over 10 years. Such is her enthusiasm for the Mawari horse and the Indian culture, her decision to live and work alongside Ajeet in India is her dream job.

Ajeet and Caroline’s combined backgrounds bring together an unsurpassed mix of excellent knowledge of the Palace to Palace ride, retracing old routes and following a trail along the foothills of the Aravelli Hills.
These are small family country Palaces and you will walk into another era, staying in rooms furnished from days gone by. Dine by candlelight and soak up the architecture of these old family homes. You will also explore the amazing Jain temple at Ranakpur en route and ride along sand tracks between the softly moulded hills, passing rural villages and lakes.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A beautiful selection of mostly Mawari riding horses, bred and sourced by Ajeet and indigenous to Rajasthan. They have the unusual characteristic of curly ears which can turn 180 degrees, they are usually 15hh to 16hh but as with most breeds today, they are increasing in size up to 17hh.

They have a high, arched head carriage, they are extremely strong and fast paced, especially over the desert terrain. In addition to the normal gaits of the horse, they can also travel at great speed on a smooth gait called the Revall.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus riders.

Tack – Mostly snaffles bridles and cavalry style saddles.

Weight Restriction – 90kg / 200lbs / 14 stone.

Group Size – Minimum 2 to a maximum of 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

Your first night is a boutique hotel on the edge of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Soak up the atmosphere and romance of the lake city at night. The rooms are modern, with  an Indian twist; some decorated in the old colonial style, there’s a great lakeside restaurant, a plunge pool and really friendly, welcoming staff the perfect welcome
and start to your Rajasthan adventure.

The following 6 nights are spent in a variety of hotels ranging from bespoke family run old castles and country palaces, to more modern hotels who have recreated the Moghul palace architecture of the area. The hotels are picked for their location, ambience and facilities. All rooms are 3* and above with comfortable beds, side
tables and all have ensuite bathrooms.

The food offered by each hotel will be a mixture of traditional Rajasthani dishes as
well as some modern options such as pasta, salads, pastries etc. Breakfast includes eggs (scrambled/omelettes/hard boiled), yoghurt, porridge, cornflakes, muesli, Danish pastries as well as Indian breakfast options of poha (rice and nut dish), puri or idli.
Lunches are welcome after a hard mornings ride and you can expect a variety of light curries with side dishes of vegetables, poppadoms and nan breads.
Dinners are a highlight and include some meat dishes, of chicken and lamb, along
with vegetable curries, poppadoms and nan breads, or with continental options, followed by some local sweet deserts.
Water is available throughout the day, each ride morning and afternoon you are
encouraged to drink at least a litre of water, which is carried in your saddle bags. At lunchtimes, you are also served and encouraged to drink a special rehydration drink called Nimboo Pani, which is refreshing and made up of freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, salt and sugar.
Each evening, the meeting point is the bar and the dining area, with evening meal taken in either the venue’s
palatial restaurant, luscious gardens or candlelit rooftop for dining under the stars.

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India is such an interesting place to experience and we can easily arrange and recommend additional cultural highlights, like tours of Delhi and Mumbai and in Rajasthan, the beautiful monument of the Taj Mahal and the Amber fort in Jaipur.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1

Arrive Udaipur, late afternoon boat ride around Lake Pichola. Beside Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. Overnight: hotel at Udaipur

Day 2

Morning sightseeing Udaipur Udaipur is the city of cream, rose and honeysuckle hues. The huge, cupola-crowned City Palace lines the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, with its balconies gazing out at Udaipur’s other famous landmark, the Lake Palace – a fairy-tale confection that seems to float on the lake’s waters, gleaming by day and spotlit by night. Eastward, away from the lake shore, extends a tangled inner city of lanes lined with homes, temples, shops and businesses that is fascinating to explore. Afternoon: Transfer by road North to Kumbhalgarh 2 hours Overnight: hotel at Kumbhalgarh

Day 3

Morning visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the Aravali ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridges around 1,914 meters above sea level. The fortifications of the fort extend to the length of 36 kilometers and this fact has made this fort to be in the international records. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ''the Great Wall of China''. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent. Late Morning: Start Horse Safari. Meet your Marwari horses and ride slowly down through the Khumbalgarh Sanctuary and Ghanerao forest. We enter the sanctuary near Kumbhalgarh Fort and pick our way through the wood using old paths, crossing small rivers to the edge of the Ghanerao forest. The route is shaded and quiet, although harbours much wildlife – keep your eyes open, you never know which animals are watching you through the trees. Late picnic lunch en route. Standing watch over the small village of Ghanerao is the Ghanerao Rawla (castle). A magnificent showcase of Marble and Red sandstone Rajput Architecture built in 1606 that serves as the home of the royal family who still reside. There is a nostalgic air of past glory and of the royal lifestyle that the Thakurs led. The castle has 17 beautiful rooms, having their own quaint sit outs and verandhas. A recent developing project of the museum is under away, where one can see the old elephant hodas and palkis which were used by the rulers when elephants and horses were the only means of travel. The House of Ghanerao has also been patron of the unique style Rajput miniature paintings. A School of Ghanerao Paintings is still functioning in the village employing local artists. Overnight: Ghanerao Castle

Day 4

Full day ride to Ranakpur. Passing through villages and riding in the plains of the Aravalli hills, stopping for a picnic lunch, we visit the marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur, built in the 15th Century and with intricate carving this is one of the most spectacular Jain temples in Rajasthan. Overnight: hotel at Ranakpur

Day 5

Full day ride to Kotri. We ride along the bottom of the Aravelli hills heading North East to Kotri. We pass villages and rural farmsteads, making our way through the volcanic smooth rock formations, stopping in the shade, or by a lake, for a picnic lunch and arriving at the 200 yr old heritage country seat at Kotri Castle, set amidst a farming village. Kotri Raola is a 200-year-old small fort palace where continuity with the past is still a norm. The village is located at the foot of Aravalli Hills and a 7th century archaeological site is nearby. Overnight: Kotri Castle.

Day 6

Full Day ride passing lakes and villages to arrive at the old haveli in the village of Narlai. Rawla Narlai is a delightful 17th century property, which was once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur Royal Family. It is still owned by members of the Jodhpur family who have invested vast amounts of time, money, love and care into restoring this little gem. Over the years it has transformed from a simple lodge into a stunning, stylish boutique hotel, albeit with all its original character and structure retained. The rooms are scattered all around the property and each varies significantly in shape, size and décor. Here we say goodbye to our horses. Overnight: hotel Rawla Narlai

Day 7

Early morning departure for Jodhpur by road. Afternoon sightseeing Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India. Overnight: hotel Jodhpur

Day 8

After breakfast, departure for onward destination.

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India Holidays Testimonials

Philippa on Rajasthan & Bijaipur Ride, India

It was STUNNING! I loved every minute of the ride - Anish and his team were attentive, the horses were outstanding and the people and countryside were just amazing! We got so much out of the trip, felt we saw everything including Taj Mahal and Amber Fort which was on top of the riding!

Philippa Ross from UK