For riders we offer an outstanding horse safari starting in the beautiful countryside around Ranakpur and riding to Pushkar Camel Fair on fine Marwari horses. The ride takes you through villages where few westerners pass, staying in small forts and heritage hotels off the tourist trail where you are welcomed as guests of the family.
This exhilirating ride captures the spirit of a traditional journey to the great mela. You cover between 25-35 km each day on wonderful local horses, visit villages and temples and travel through scenic areas noted for wildlife and the colourful villages of the local farming communities. On the last day you ride through the Thar desert and Pushkar Fair, arriving in style for a relaxing stay at our luxury campsite.
The safari is accompanied by a friendly, experienced team who take great care of both horses and riders. You may extend your stay at Pushkar to enjoy the fair, and the Pushkar ride may be combined with any of our tours.
Please contact us for details of the ride to Pushkar and our other exciting Rajasthan horse safari itineraries available throughout the year.
THE RIDE TO PUSHKAR
Day 01: Jaipur-Kumbhalgarh: In the morning drive to Kumbhalgarh, an impregnable fortress in the Aravalli hills which was the refuge of the rulers of Mewar in times of conflict. Your stay overnight is at a heritage hotel where you meet up with the safari team and get acquainted with your horses.
Day 02 Ranakpur: After breakfast the safari begins with a ride through the Kumbulgarh wildlife sanctuary to Ranakpur and a visit to the magnificient 15th century Jain temple of white marble.
Day 03: Narlai: A ride through the tribal belt with traditional agriculture and colourful villages takes you to Narlai.
Day 04: Jojawar: Ride to the small garrison fort of Rawla Jojawar, now a heritage hotel. The village has a lively market with colourful fabrics and local crafts.
Day 05: Sojat: A wonderful ride across the Mewar plains passes through Rabari villages on the way to Sojat on the Sukri river. Sojat has a fort with a stepped tank and temples and is known for its mehndi (henna) trees (the town provided mehndi paste for the celebrity weddings of Liz Hurley and Aishwarya Rai). Later we visit Ramdeoji temple and stay overnight at the farm of a noble Marwar family.
Day 06: Nimaj: The safari takes you to a 9th century temple and a unique outdoor art gallery, then on to stay at the heritage Nimaj Palace.
Day 07: Ras: You pass through tribal settlements to reach Ras Fort in the evening.
Day 08: Pushkar: Meet camel traders and colourfully dressed villagers on their way to the fair as you ride through the Thar Desert towards Pushkar. We gallop through the dunes to arrive in style, riding through the mela to a warm welcome at our luxurious camp, where we say goodbye to the horses and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.
Day 09: Pushkar: The day is free to visit the extraordinary Pushkar mela, one of the greatest and most colourful gatherings on earth.