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Itinerary:  Pushkar Fair Horse Safari

 

Tour Highlights

Exclusive Horse Safari
World Famous Pushkar Cattle fair
Pink City of Jaipur
Nawalgarh - Open air art gallery

Overview

Rajasthan - Land of the Kings - is steeped in romantic history, chivalry and valor. Formerly known as Rajputana, it boasts of the finest fortress-palaces, built with sandstone quarried from the land itself. In contrast with the pastel shades of the desert landscape are the brightly coloured costumes of its handsome people. With its turbaned men and richly jeweled women, its havelies and villages, its fairs and festivals, Rajasthan beckons you.

In Rajasthan especially, India’s Raja’s and Maharajahs of the past have turned their mansions, palaces & fortresses in cities, hotch potch bazaars, countryside and forests into Hotels. Pushkar Horse & Jeep Safari tour incorporates one of these atmospheric locations – The Roop Niwas Kothi in Nawalgarh

Pushkar Horse & Jeep Safari unfolds a land steeped in history, religion, culture and architecture. The route will be through picturesque villages and farms. The Safari will move about 25 to 45 Kms a day with a lunch halt and breaks for tea coffee and refreshments. The horses will be of Marwari breed, which are capable of trotting and cantering. These horses can travel upto 60 Kms a day at trot or slow canter. The Jeeps are modified version of World War II design American Willy Jeep. On a horse & four wheel Jeeps you will be able to visit small villages and interact with the many colourful people of this region. Accommodation will be in tented camps. The Camp sites will be chosen on such spots that it will give the diversity in the tour. A Barber who also gives massages will be travelling with the safari. The Campfire will be the focal point every evening - cocktails and rhythms of the Thar-music.


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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel Radisson for the night


Day 2 - Delhi / Nawalgarh

Morning after breakfast drive to Nawalgarh in the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan's districts of Jhunjhunu & Sikar, known for the painting houses or "Havelis" of its wealthy merchant class, the Marwaris.  This region could be called the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan.  The drive to Shekhawati is through picturesque village and farms. 

 

Arrive Nawalgarh by lunch time.

Royal welcome on arrival with folk music, garlands, horses, camels, and non alcoholic welcome drink. 

Founded in 1737 A.D. by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior statesman, whose name is enshrined in history and folklore. It has one of the biggest groups of havelis in the Shekhavati. There are literally dozens of them to wander into. Aath Haveli (;EightHavelis”) is interesting, with amusing European influence reflecting in its frescoes. Chhawehhariya and Poddar havelis are perhaps the most splendid. The latter has been converted into what must surely be the worlds most picturesque school. Uttarian Haveli is notorious for its resident ghost. Here, even the telephone exchange has frescoes that are worth seeing. But the piece de resistance is Bala Quila Fort, whose frescoed kiosk is perhaps one of the finest examples of the art in all of shekahawati. 

Today is the Diwali festival….. Hindu Festival of lights.  Celebrate the festival at the Roop Niwas Kothi

 

Overnight Roop Niwas Kothi.

 


Day 3 - Nawalgarh

Morning meet at the stables for tea, distribution of welcome gifts then ride around the palace grounds to choose your horse. Detail briefing of the tour and introduction talk on the arid region ecology followed by Lunch.  

 

Ride out with picnic Tea to the country side.

 

Overnight at Roop Niwas Kothi


Day 4 - Nawalgarh


Day 5 - Nawalgarh / Parasrampura / Lohargal

Today we start the cross country safari programme.

 

Morning ride in southeast direction to Lohargal.  You follow a dry riverbed with lots of Acacia bushes. The view of Aravali range in the distance makes the ride very scenic. Picnic lunch in Acacia cluster near Parasrampura. Where lunch has been transported by Jeep, which also carries folk musicians. After lunch you move towards the Aravali mountains range. At the foothills of Aravalli’s is the Pilgrim town of Lohargal. It is said Bhima the strongest of the five pandav brothers, one of the heroes of the epic Mahabharat, had his mace cast here. Hence, the name ‘Lohargal’, meaning iron smelting. This is also a place of Hindu pilgrimage.  Amidst the many old step wells and ruined old structures is the Birla Rest house facing a 2500ft Sheer rock face. In the grounds are many Banyan trees where our horses and kitchen tents are placed. Guests use the rooms, which are furnished by our camp equipment. 

 

Overnight Birla Rest House

 


Day 6 - Lohargal / Rewasa / Sujas

Morning ride in the southwest direction towards Danta following the mountain range again down a dry riverbed till Raghunathgarh. Then crossing the highway leaving Sikar district. Halt for Lunch at mid-day.  Now you approach a large marshy tract with Salt Pans. Evening reach campsite, which is on a flat area. total ride - 49 Kms

Overnight at Camp  


Day 7 - Sujas / Kochor / Sulyas (Ramgarh)

The riding terrain is through semi desert region with lots of Khejri trees and some farmhouses with mud huts. Halt for Lunch at Kochor Village then the ride passes by the Roopgarh fort near a mountain pass. We camp near a small dry water hole surrounded by acacia bushes.  Total ride - 48 Kms

 

Overnight at Camp


Day 8 - Sulyas / Ghatwa / Shyamgarh

Ride along farm tracks then via a mountain pass at Roopgarh, Rides will go past village Ghatwa, Here a famous battle had taken place between Rao Shekha and Gour Rajputs where twenty five thousand men laid their lives. The area is still known “Godati” the area of “Gaurs” the erstwhile rulers. From a high sand dune adjoining the mountain ranges riders get a breath taking view of the five famous forts of this region. Lunch is at a ancient water hole.  Later ride to you camp, set on the backdrop of Shyamgarh fort surrounded by Ker bushes. Total ride - 42 Kms

 

Overnight at Camp

 


Day 9 - Shaymgarh / Bhagwanspurs / Nawa Salt

Morning ride  towards Nawa Salt Lake. This ride is the most picturesque part of this Safari. After lunch the ride takes you around the periphery of the 100 Sq. Kms Salt lake. You will be coming across many shepherds and sheep flocks around you during riding. Not to be missed are the beautiful sunrise and sunsets while at this camp site.  Total ride - 42 Kms

 

Overnight at Camp.

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Day 10 - Shyamgarh / Bhagwanpurs / Nawa Salt Lake

Morning ride (42 Kms) towards Nawa Salt Lake. This ride is the most picturesque part of this Safari. After lunch ride takes you around the periphery of the 100 Sq. Kms Salt lake. One can come across many shepherds and sheep flocks during riding. Not to be missed are the beautiful sunrise and sunsets while riding through this area.

Overnight at Camp.


Day 11 - Pushkar

In Pushkar exploring the incredible camel & cattle fair. Ride morning and evening.

 

Overnight at the Tented Camp Swiss cottage type with attached toilets.


Day 12 - Pushkar / Jaipur / Delhi / Overseas

Early morning drive to Jaipur (150 Kms, 3-4 hrs).

 

Later half day guided sightseeing of Jaipur ‘City of Victory’, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a marvellous synthesis of architectural influences - Hindu, Jain, and Mughal. It is a well-planned city of yore, built from rose-coloured terra cotta - that has given it the name ‘Pink City’. The bazaars teem with people, camels, horses and a multitude of varied vehicles, while around them loom the magnificent palaces and buildings.

 

Evening transfer to airport to fly to Delhi (Jet airways, 9W 2626, 1945-2040 hours - subject to change)

On arrival at Delhi airport, walk to Departures Terminal for onwards International flight.

( Check In is three hours prior to flight departure


Note

Fixed Date Departure : 02-13 November 2013

02-13 Nov 2013

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Radisson hotel
Roop Niwas Kothi

Radisson hotel

Radisson Hotel Delhi is a five star business hotel in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), located less than 5km from the International Airport and near the business hub of Gurgaon. This business hotel near Indira Gandhi Airport has a large inventory of rooms, all designed with the business guest in mind. Our New Delhi hotel offers all the services needed for an ideal trip.


Roop Niwas Kothi

Roop Niwas Kothi with its imposing but delicately carved exterior and simple yet comfortable interiors, is a genuine heritage edifice in a sylvan setting.

The villa, reminiscent of the romance of the bygone era, has been converted into a hotel. We organize horse / camel safaris with our base at Roop Niwas Kothi (Palace), Nawalgarh (Shekhawati) Rajasthan.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi / Nawalgarh
Day 3 - Nawalgarh
Day 4 - Nawalgarh
Day 5 - Nawalgarh / Parasrampura / Lohargal
Day 6 - Lohargal / Rewasa / Sujas
Day 7 - Sujas / Kochor / Sulyas (Ramgarh)
Day 8 - Sulyas / Ghatwa / Shyamgarh
Day 9 - Shaymgarh / Bhagwanspurs / Nawa Salt
Day 10 - Shyamgarh / Bhagwanpurs / Nawa Salt Lake
Day 11 - Pushkar
Day 12 - Pushkar / Jaipur / Delhi / Overseas
Special Offer

Tour Cost starting from : USD 5000 per person on twin share basis

Additional cost for staying in Single Room: USD 580 per room

Inclusions : Accommodation in a double room with breakfast in Delhi, All meals at Nawalgarh and during safari, AC Car, guide for sightseeing in Jaipur, entrances, economy class air fare Jaipur to Delhi, Horse safari arrangements and all presently applicable taxes.


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