The Desert Ride

summary
Dates
27th Jan to 2nd February 2017 (see other dates Below)
Location
Various options during season operated by Dundlod Stud, Rajasthan, listed below.
Duration
Desert Trail is 11 days on shorter itinerary and 15 days on longer one i.e you can depart for Delhi on Day 11 if required.
Level
Competent as Mawari Horses are spirited.
Size
Join the above group departures or book this trip as a tailormade tour.
Cost
Contact us for details.

Also operating in 2017:
Shekhawati Ride 2nd to 14th Feb Bhatner Ride 20th to 26th Feb Hola Mohalla Ride 6th to 13th / & 13th to 19th March (to or from the holy Sikh Festival) we did this ride on the first reconnaissance in 2015 so are well placed to describe it to you. Dances with Horses 1st to 7th April

The pricing includes all accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, or similar, on full board except in Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur where it will include just breakfast and supper. The transfers and sightseeing will be in AC car/vehicles. You will have an expert English-speaking guide in the cities with knowledge on history arts, architecture and religion. Also includes all monument entrance fees, and elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur and AC Class train fare on applicable sectors. The cost also includes one bottle of water per day during the ride, all other drinks are extra and we run a tab for this during the safari. The domestic flight would be extra, you would notify us if you would want this arranged at the end.

India is a unique spirit. She is an experience not to be missed. Our rides here are a journey on many levels. Extremes of colour, smell, spice, art, people – and the indigenous Marwari war horse, a light footed, noble, arabesque stead with great endurance and speed and an ancient history dating back to early kingdoms of the region. You have a wonderful host and gentleman in Bonnie; a great horseman descending from the reputable Shekawati clan in the princely state of Jaipur. The ride is run by passionate horsemen who provide a wonderful service that make this a fantastic experience. The horses one rides are from Bonnie’s own Marwari breeding program at Dunlod Fort, a home of great character and stud of fine quality.

You ride to the Nagaur Horse Festival. The experience takes in the splendid arts and architecture of the region. India is an exceptional experience and the aim of the trip is that you get an authentic insight and feel for this unique country. On safari you are guided through rural Rajasthan, in semi desert terrain where the going is good with plenty of cantering opportunities. The camping is in comfy traditional Rajasthan style tents. Lunch stops are made along the way at shaded spots. Full lunch will be served and area to ly down and siesta created. Evening dining at the camp is outside at table or or informal plates on laps around the campfire.. The grooms, cooks and guides are wonderful characters making it a memorable safari for you.

Note: We can make this itinerary shorter for those with less time i.e. no city tour at the end. Also we tailor make riding safaris and unique riding activities for private groups – which can include tent pegging, polo, endurance; and indeed unique cultural experiences such as Hindu temple tours and yoga retreats. Contact us for more information.

Itinerary
Day 01
Arrive in Delhi where you will be picked up at the airport and taken to the Hotel. Rooms will be available after 12:00 noon.
Day 02
The day is free to visit sites in Delhi. A half day guided tour will be on offer in the morning. In the evening you board the overnight sleeper train for Bikaner.
Day 03
Arrive in Bikaner in the morning, staying in the lovely Laxmi Niwas Palace. Sightseeing of Bikaner and a visit to the Camel Breeding Farm.
Day 04
After breakfast, drive to Gajner – about 40 minutes drive from Bikaner and transfer to Gajner Palace Hotel which is now a beautiful hotel by the edge of a lake, and meet up with your horses.
Day 05
In the morning ride out about 35 km towards a village named Jai Singh in the Thar Desert near the border of Pakistan. Trees and grass are sparse. In some places the wind and shifting sands have created spectacular sand dunes, which tower above the plain. You will pass several small villages. Night in camp.
Day 06
Full day ride to Dohra Farm. The ride on this day takes you across several farms and huge sand dunes where you likely to see Chinkara Gazelles. Overnight in Camp.
Day 07
Riding 30 kms to Tantwas village where we make another camp in the desert. While riding through this area, if you are lucky, you might also come across the Desert Fox. Overnight in Camp
Day 08
Riding 35 kms to Khari village. Overnight in Camp.
Day 09
Ride out for about 30 kms to Nagaur. On this day you also get a chance to climb up on one of the largest sand dunes of this area. There is a small temple on top of this sand dune and you get a lovely view of the entire area. Arrive Nagaur where the Fair will be full of Camels, horses and other animals. Overnight in Camp, which would be set up away from the town and close to the Fair.
Day 10
Spend the day in Nagaur visiting the fair on horseback and on foot. There are about 25,000 camels on display as well as a number of horses and cattle. People come from hundreds of miles away to buy and sell, and it is an excellent chance to see the ways of ancient India. There are many shops selling handicrafts, cloth, jewelry, etc. Few tourists visit this fair, as it is little known abroad and is mainly for the local people. Overnight in camp.
Day 11
After breakfast, bid good bye to your horses and the camp staff and drive to Khimsar (1 hrs drive). Arrive Khimsar and transfer to Khimsar Fort hotel where you spend the night in great luxury. Khimsar is quite a large desert village with a magnificent castle built by an oasis. The castle has been beautifully restored and converted into a splendid hotel with all the luxuries of steam bath and sauna, the traditional Ayurvedic massage and a lovely swimming pool.
Day 12
After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer (about 04 to 05 hrs drive) and transfer to Hotel Fort Rajwada – which is one of the best hotels in Jaisalmer. In the afternoon visit Jaisalmer which has the reputation of being one of the most picturesque walled towns in the world.
Day 13
Sightseeing of Jaisalmer. At leisure to relax and/or to shop. Overnight Jaiselmer.
Day 14
After an early breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (about 05 hrs drive). Arrive Jodhpur and transfer to Bal Samand Palace – which is a lovely hotel belonging to the Royal Family of Jodhpur. After lunch, sightseeing of Mehrangarh Fort and parts of the old city of Jodhpur. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 15
Take early morning train to Jaipur. Arrive and check into Hotel Alsisar Haveli or similar. After lunch, tour of City Palace, museum and observatory. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 16
Morning Sightseeing of Amber Fort. Afternoon transfer to Jaipur airport in time for flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to International Airport in time for flight for abroad.