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A truly wonderful ride in rural Rajasthan on fantastic Mawari horses, belonging to and bred by Ajeet Singh.

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The Pushkar Fair & Aravalli Train Ride – India

The Pushkar Fair & Aravalli Train Ride – India

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The Pushkar Fair & Aravalli Train Ride: Prices 2017

Suitable for intermediate plus riders and non riders.

10 nights – £2,995/€3,440/$3,710 per person sharing / Rider & Non Riders

Single Supplement – £600/€720/$760

The Pushkar Fair & Aravalli Train Ride: Dates 2017

This is a set departure date of 30th October to the 9th November, 2017

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 Jaipur, the meeting point for the ride. The departure airport is Udaipur.

Transfer
We meet and transfer you to Pushkar Fair, to your tented village.

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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 riding routes and area. You will visit the famous Pushkar Horse & Camel Fair at the auspicious time of full moon. Experience the frantic activity of thousands of horses, camels and cattle being traded. Take the metre gauge railway through the Aravalli Hills to reach Kumbhalgarh where you start your ride on the Leopard’s trail. Riding down through the wooded forest, passing cool streams to arrive on the hot plains, camping by farms and lakes. You will make your way between the smooth rocks and hills to the scrub forest at Bali, and then set camp for two nights at Jawai Bandh, transferring to jeeps for morning and evening excursions into the park for Leopard safari, until your final transfer to Udaipur to see the lake and City Palace.

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

There are 2 nights in boutique style hotels.

The other 8 nights are spent out on safari in tented accommodation. The camps are set up in beautiful locations, personally selected by Ajeet. The tents themselves are really big and full height, with comfortable beds, side tables and good ensuite facilities, that include porcelain loos, wash stands and plenty of hot water for hand showers.

The food is really outstanding, each morning, the kitchen staff head out of camp to buy eggs from the locals which are offered at breakfast, hard boiled or as omelettes, there’s also traditional cooked breakfast rice and porridge. 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, followed by some local sweet deserts.

Water is available through 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 main meeting point is the bar and the dining area, which is alfresco in front of camp.

Please Ask About

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

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1 – Monday 30th October

Afternoon arrival at Pushkar tented camp on the outskirts of the Pushkar fair (Ajmer). This fair is one of the largest horse and camel fairs in Rajasthan. We will visit the fair in the mornings and evenings, you will see different styles of dress as people make the trek from all corners of Rajasthan in order to trade horses, camels and cattle. Evening visit to the fair, go up the hill to stand and survey the fair, watching the sun go down in the ‘golden hour’ or, as it is known, ‘cow dust time’. Camp overnight.

Day 2 – Tuesday 31st October

Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle and it is visited by over 400,000 people during the 14 days. For visitors it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional mela’s. We are nearing the full moon when all pilgrims come to bathe in the holy lake on this auspicious day, and last minute trading deals are done before horses and camels depart for another year. Camp overnight.

Day 3 – Wednesday 1st November

A day exploring either the fair, the holy lake, Brahma temple or watching the activities in the main arena. Shopping opportunities galore! Camp overnight.

Day 4 – Thursday 2nd November

Early morning departure by minibus - transfer by road for Kumbhalgarh stopping off enroute to take the metre gauge railway at Phulad to experience a 2 hour magical train ride winding through the Aravalli Hills. This train cuts right through one of the most rugged, the Aravalli mountains, with the help of some spectacular British engineering left intact from 1835! This is one of the highest tracks in the western railway system of India. The landscape is dramatic and does not stay constant. There is a good mix of steep hills, flowing water and plains. The journey cuts through some of the most inhospitable and untouched terrains. All in all, it is a picturesque journey through a relatively unexplored part of Rajasthan. Arrive at Khamlighat and pick up our minibus again to continue on to Kumbhalgarh. Overnight: Hotel at Kumbhalgarh.

Day 5 – Friday 3rd November

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. Ride down through the Khumbalgarh Sanctuary and Ghanerao forest.We enter the sanctuary near Kumbhalgarh Fort and pick our way through the wooded sanctuary 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 enroute, arriving at Muthana Lake at dusk. Overnight: Camp

Day 6 – Saturday 4th November

Full day ride to Dantiwara Lake. Passing through villages and riding in the plains of the Aravalli hills, stopping for a picnic lunch, we reach our camp situated in front of the lake. Camp overnight.

Day 7 – Sunday 5th November

Full day ride to Bali Forest. We make our way along the bottom of the Aravelli hills South West to Bali. We pass villages and rural farmsteads, making our way through the volcanic smooth rock formations, stopping in the shade for a long picnic lunch. Camp overnight.

Day 8 – Monday 6th November

Full day ride to Jawai Bandh. Today we continue onwards to reach Jawai Bandh – Lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free encapsulated in a landscape surrounded by craggy granite formations of caves, kopjes, Anogeissus scrub and winding sand river–beds. Camp overnight.

Day 9 – Tuesday 7th November

Morning ride to search for Leopard. This area is where “the hills throw the moon out and just as soon absorb its glow into their gorges. Where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth's tales as the mysterious felines that grace these hills and vanish at will into their folds. Where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the JAWAI Bandh's waters lap at the toes of mighty granite forms. Where flamingos flock and cranes in their hundreds dance to springtime. This special location, the unique flavour of this land and its offerings, provide for an entirely different experience from the rest of Rajasthan”. Evening Jeep safari to search for Leopard. Camp overnight

Day 10 – Wednesday 8th November

Morning depart for Udaipur by minibus road transfer. Check in to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing - lake boat trip.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. Udaipur is the city of cream, rose and honeysuckle hues. The huge, cupolacrowned 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. Overnight: hotel in Udaipur

Day 11 – Thursday 9th November

Day at leisure for shopping and/or City Palace tour. While passing through the markets of Udaipur, the markets present an assortment of items covering handicrafts, pottery, jewellery, wooden toys, antique items and paintings.Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs & Mughals. After lunch 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