Horse SafariThe best way to experience Rajasthan is undoubtedly on the back of a horse. A holiday on horseback is one of the best means of sampling the flavour of India's old world hospitality and charm in original ethnic surroundings. Just by opting to ride off the beaten track on an organised horse safari, with any of a growing number of aristocrat entrepreneurs belonging to the erstwhile Royal families of Rajputana, a person can revel in the heady feeling of belonging to a different age, in a timeless and ancient land.
The best way to see the real Rajasthan is to move quietly through the countryside on horseback. On a horse, the traveller can become a part of the landscape, and can visit places a car bound tourist would never see.
What awaits you is an overwhelming and heady experience - no wonder people keep coming back for more. If you choose a Horse Safari as a holiday you will have to bring your own Hard Hats and Boots. A light sweater and jacket are required for the evenings, and don't forget that pair of binoculars. In corresponding with your tour operator, it is a good idea to advise them of your height, weight and riding experience to enable them to match Horse to Rider.
Where to go
The Jaipur Polo and Equestrian Academy is located amongst the picturesque surroundings of the Anokhi Village on the outskirts of the city, five km from the airport. One can ride along numerous trails that lead to the interesting countryside or take riding lessons from expert instructors. Polo lessons and chukkers can also be planned on prior intimation.
Located at Udaipur, Shikarbadi used to be the hunting lodge of the Royal Family of Mewar. Today, it is a well-equipped resort with a number of modern amenities. There is also a special tented village, a small private lake, a deer park and the Imperial Stud farm within the resort. The countryside offers numerous possibilities for day-long safaris.
Shikarbadi has some of the finest stables in the country. Its horse safaris give the traveller an ideal opportunity to travel off the beaten track and to discover new facets of the colourful land of Rajasthan. Campfire dinners with folk dances and cocktails under clear starlit skies are a part of the itinerary and are sure to find a place in visitor memory for years to come.
Aodhi serves as an ideal base for exploring the imposing Kumbhalgarh Fort. Surrounded by a thickly wooded forest, the ramparts stretch some 36 km. and encompass a lost world of exquisitely carved temples, a tribal village and ruins of an old settlement for you to discover. There are a number of interesting riding trails to whet your appetite for adventure.
Khem Singh the trail boss of Ghanerao Safari Tours is a Rajput of the Rathore clan of Ghanerao. His ancestors ruled the Godvad region for over 400 years, and he still lives in his family castle (circa 1606). It is in this region that one will ride. Khem is a keen naturalist and his knowledge of the local people, their history and the flora and fauna gives you a deep insight into Rajasthan and its culture.
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