Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride with Arunachal Pradesh

5 star rating   28 November 2019

Diane (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Unique and unforgettable, would love to go back. | A second horse was arranged after the first did not suit me, and after that I really enjoyed the riding. It was very clear that the horses were cared for to the highest standard and we saw the stables where they live when they are not out on rides. They are used for other equestrian activities, such as show jumping there. The riding was enhanced by being able to see the local people in the tea plantations, the children who came out to wave to us and a group of students who wanted to talk.
The horses are extremely good in traffic - not that there is any of them once you are in the plantations themselves.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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this was a lifestyle I could get used to. The two of us were the only people on the ride and had the second bungalow to ourselves. There was a house staff of 4, our driver and guide in attendance and the horses brought round to the garden for us to get mounted by the ride leader and two grooms. The food was excellent, and the accommodation was very spacious and comfortable. On our days out in the later part of the holiday after the riding Rupak, our guide, selected some lovely friendly local restaurants for our lunches.

Before Your Holiday

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Perfect, Lucy who arranged our holiday was friendly and efficient, the itinerary was reassuringly detailed and we could not have hoped for more.

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None, it was perfect.

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Our holiday had an extension to enable us to visit the foothills of the Himalayas and Kaziranga National Park which were very interesting experiences. There is so much to see in Assam it is well worth taking some extra time for this and the boat rides, museum and palaces and temples that were part of the stay. For us the combination of sightseeing with our guide and driver plus the riding made an unforgettable and wonderful holiday. We went out before breakfast one morning to feed a family of gibbons, seeing them come down from the trees and experiencing their gentle ways as they took the bananas was an incredible. We also got to talk to a lot of local people about their lives in this very different part of the world, oh and the scenery is really green and beautiful.