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India - Shekhawati Rides
Ride through the ancient kingdoms of Shekhawati and experience the complete spectrum of life in Rajasthan, from subsistence farmers who maintain a very simple existence, to the privileged life of the princes. The Indian state of Rajasthan where our rides are located was once known as Registhan “land of desert”. You ride over a wide variety of terrain including not only desert but farmlands, rocky gorges, acacia forests, jungle scrub, and the fertile Aravali hills.
Historically this is one of India’s richest regions, littered with magnificent forts and palaces that were once home, and in many cases, are still home to royal princes.
Celebrate the holiday season on our Christmas Ride. Compared to the Shekhawati Desert Ride, our Christmas Ride includes 9 days of riding with less sight seeing.
Departing in February, start the Shekhawati Desert Ride in Delhi, before heading to Dundlod to meet your horses. Ride through the desert, over farmland and through villages for 7 nights. When you reach Jaipur, you continue your journey visiting the main sights of the Golden Triangle, including Amber Fort and the Taj Mahal.
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 20km - 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.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020||13 nights 13 ngts||£3,196.76||Book|
|Shekhawati Desert Ride||
||6 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020||13 nights 13 ngts||£3,135.87||Book|
INCLUDES Road transfers; accommodation; breakfast and dinner only in cities; full board during the rides; riding; sightseeing in cities; some entrance fees.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT The following single supplements (per person) are payable:
Christmas Ride: £709.58
Shekhawati Desert Ride: £658.43
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 All road transfers are included. On the Christmas Ride an internal flight is required from Jaipur back to Delhi which is not included in the price above. The flight from Jaipur to Delhi is currently £138.83.
NEAREST AIRPORT Delhi.
These rides are in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan.
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 December/January. At this time the maximum temperature would be around 24°C during the day. Evenings can be cool (c. 7°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 riding is great, varied and interesting. The scenery fantastic, changing throughout the week. The horses go on forever and have a spirit rarely found in other breeds. A true lifetime experience, needless to say I aim to go back. The Information Sheet on how to ride in a group is useful to those inexperienced to fast group riding at close proximity - well done Cannot improve on excellence!
Caroline, SurreyOverall 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.
Be prepared to eat curry twice a day (it's optional at breakfast time!).