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India - Pushkar Fair
All of our itineraries in India combine riding in beautiful areas and visiting some of the ‘must see’ sights of the Golden Triangle. If you have already visited the Agra and Jaipur, you are welcome to just come along for the riding.
The Pushkar Forts and Palaces Ride is in the ancient kingdom of Shekhawati. The riding is through desert area, broken up with small villages. On this itinerary you are in Dundlod at the time of Diwali before continuing onto the Pushkar Fair, and then visiting Jaipur, Agra and the Taj Mahal. It is possible to leave directly from Jaipur and not to continue onto Agra and the Taj Mahal.
The Pushkar Trail visits the Pushkar Fair, then follows a different riding route through Shekhawati with more nights in tented camps, before finishing in Jaipur and then continuing onto Agra and the Taj Mahal. Before this trail you can add a visit to Ranthambore National Park where you can catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger.
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 this ride is a combination of hotels and safari style camps:
The hotels are often previous forts and palaces which have been converted into hotels but retain much of their original charm and features. Amidst the sometimes faded grandeur, it is possible to imagine the buildings in their glory days. The bedrooms are all different varying in size and decorations but all comfortable with private bathrooms.
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 Pushkar Fair changes each year according to the Lunar calendar but is normally at the start of November.
If these dates do not suit, we recommend you look at the Fairs & Festivals page which runs prior to Pushkar as well as Bateshwar Fair, the Nagaur Fair page in January/February or the Shekhawati Rides.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces full ride||
||26 Oct 2019 - 8 Nov 2019||13 nights 13 ngts||£3,448.47||Book|
|Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces short ride||
||26 Oct 2019 - 6 Nov 2019||11 nights 11 ngts||£3,145.70||Book|
|Pushkar Trail (with Ranthambore)||
||31 Oct 2019 - 14 Nov 2019||14 nights 14 ngts||£3,515.18||Book|
|Pushkar Trail (without Ranthambore)||
||1 Nov 2019 - 14 Nov 2019||13 nights 13 ngts||£3,253.47||Book|
INCLUDES Road transfers; accommodation; dinner and breakfast in cities; full board during the rides; riding; sightseeing in cities; some entrance fees.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT The following single supplements (per person) are payable:
Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces full ride: £912.20
Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces short ride: £790.69
Pushkar Trail (with Ranthambore): £578.85
Pushkar Trail (without Ranthambore): £544.37
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.
NEAREST AIRPORT Delhi.
TRANSFERS If you depart from the Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces ride in Jaipur, you will require an internal flight back to Delhi (which we will arrange for you). The price of the flight is not included in the prices listed above and is currently £140.40 per person one way. All other transfers are included.
The ride is in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan with sightseeing in the Golden Triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Rajasthan has a hot and dry climate. The monsoon is from June to September during which it is particularly hot. Rain outside the monsoon months is unlikely.
The ride is scheduled for the cooler months of October/November. At this time the maximum temperature would be around 29°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 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 horses were amazing with exceptional fitness & stamina. They were also very well looked after. Fabulous holiday and a great way to experience India.
Pauline, North YorkshireOverall rating: 5/5
The colours smells and sounds of India are such an exciting combination that will capture your heart and imagination. The horses are also enchanting with their curling ears and endless stamina.
A head-torch will be invaluable for those frequent Indian power-cuts!