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India - Nagaur Fair
Few tourists see the Nagaur Fair in northwest Rajasthan – it’s mainly attended by local people who travel hundreds of miles to visit and trade. You travel from Delhi to Bikaner by air and then ride for six days through the arid landscapes of the Great Indian Desert, finishing at Nagaur Fair.
Following the ride, you visit the great city of Jodhpur before flying back to Delhi for your onward arrangements.
A very special feature of this ride are the horses - the Marwari with their characteristic ears curling in at the top. They are spirited and forward going. The horses come from the stables at Dundlod Castle, home to Kanwar Raghuvendra Singh - known as Bonnie. Bonnie is a warm and considerate host and an expert horseman. He is a direct descendent of Kesari Singh who built Dundlod Castle in the 1750's.
At Dundlod, Bonnie has set up the largest Marwari stud farm in India and has established a breed improvement programme.
You should be a competent rider confident on a horse at all paces in the open. There are some long stretches of canter and you need to be able to keep your distance from the horse in front.
On the riding days you should expect to cover 25km - 30km each day. Possibly more on some days.
The tack is English style Indian army saddlery.
Accommodation during the ride is mostly in safari style camps. During the non-riding part of the itinerary accommodation is in hotels.
The safari style camps have large spacious tents and are furnished with made up beds and fabric printed walls. Separate shower and toilet facilities are set up and hot water is provided in the morning and evenings. Camps are fully staffed and the support crew will prepare each new camp to await the arrival of the riders each evening.
The date of the Nagaur Fair changes slightly each year depending on the lunar calendar. If the dates do not suit, check out the Fairs & Festivals itinerary which runs prior to Pushkar; the Pushkar Fair rides in October/November and the Shekhawati Rides.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||22 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2020||11 nights 11 ngts||£3,157.11||Book|
INCLUDES Road transfers; accommodation; breakfast and dinner in cities; full board during the ride; riding; sightseeing in cities; some entrance fees
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplements (per person) of £537.81 to guarantee a single room. The single supplement is refunded if we find you a sharer. If you are willing to share but there is no sharer then the single supplement is reduced by 50%
PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunch in cities; some entrance fees; camera fees; drinks; laundry; tips
TRANSFERS Collection from Delhi is included. The internal flights from Delhi to Bikaner and from Jodhpur back to Delhi are not included in the above price and currently cost £204.40. The exact price will be confirmed once purchased
Please note that internal flights in India have a maximum weight limit of 15kgs for checked-in luggage and 7kgs for hand luggage.
NEAREST AIRPORT Delhi
This ride is in north west Rajasthan through the Great Indian Desert with sightseeing in Delhi Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.
Rajasthan has a hot dry climate. The monsoon is from June to September during which it is particularly hot. Rain outside the monsoon months is unlikely.
The rides are scheduled for the cooler months of October to March. At this time the maximum temperature would be around 24°C during the day. Evenings can be cool (c. 5°C) and you should bring a warm sweater and be prepared for a chilly morning just in case there is a snow fall in the Himalayas – the temperature does drop suddenly at times. When camping, the cold nights are felt much more and you are advised to bring warm clothes for sleeping.
The Great Indian Desert gives plenty of opportunities for faster riding. A highlight is riding into the enormous Nagaur Fair which must be seen to be believed!
This is India so be prepared for curry at every meal time! Do keep an open mind though - it tastes much better in India.