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Itinerary:  Thar Desert Horse Safari



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. Thar Desert Horse Safari tour incorporates some of these atmospheric locations.

Thar Desert Horse 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 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.This is ideal for beginners.

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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Meet and transfer to hotel and overnight

Day 2 - Delhi


After breakfast, enjoy full day guided sightseeing tour of the city visiting both the Old and the New Delhi.

Overnight at hotel


Day 3 - Delhi / Jodhpur


After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for Jodhpur.

(Reporting time at domestic airport is one hour prior to the time of departure of flight)

Delhi / Jodhpur – Jet Konnect – 9W 2631 – 1025 hrs / 1145 hrs

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Jodhpur and transfer to Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal .


Later half day city sightseeing tour visiting Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.


Optional activity at additional cost:

Zipping on Mehrangarh Fort

     Overnight at Taj Hari Mahal


Day 4 - Jodhpur / Mihirgarh


After breakfast drive 01 hour to Mihirgarh. Arrive and stay at Khandi Wilderness Camp


Lunch at the Camp.


Evening meet your guide and horses, and try out horses this evening.


Overnight at Khandi Wilderness Camp


Day 5 - Mihirgarh / Rohetgarh

Morning ride out past villages and through desert terrain till we reach Dhoondli - a village of Brahmins. Here we witness some of the customs and traditions of the desert including the amal ka dastoor or opium ceremony

Later ride to Rohet (16KM) (3 hour ride) Arrive and stay at Rohetgarh. Lunch at Rohetgarh

Evening relax at Poolside, walkabout this interesting village known for it’s leather handicrafts.

Overnight at Rohetgarh

Day 6 - Rohetgarh / Sardar Samand


Morning ride 28km (5 hour ride) to Sardar Samand through

sandy tracts and scrubland, passing quaint hamlets occupied by

the various colourfully clad tribes of the desert.


Arrive and stay at Sardar Samand Palace


Evening relax at the luxurious Palace, with its comfortable rooms and terrace pool. For those interested in bird-watching, you can ask your escort to walk you around the lake edges and learn about Indian birdlife. The views at sunset from the pool terrace are quite spectacular.


 Overnight at Sardar Samand Palace


Day 7 - Sardar Samand / Kotri Raola


Join your escort in a short Yoga lesson or rise at leisure for

 breakfast. The morning is free to lounge by the poolside and

after an early lunch, we drive to (2 hrs drive), to “Rabaria

Village”, where we mount up and ride (15km)(3 hrs) through

low foothills to Kotri.  This is a small shepherds’ village set

against a rocky hill. We will ride into the stables of our mounts

and also get to see the brood of mare and foal.


Later enjoy tea/ cocktails at the stables.


Overnight at Kotri Raola


Day 8 - Kotri Raola

 Morning ride out past farms and lakes and you will soon arrive at

 Muthana bird lake (3 hr ride)( 16 Km) Here we stop for

refreshments. We then transfer to jeeps and drive 10Km through

 the merchant town of Sadri bringing us to Maharani Bagh for



Evening visit the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain Temples

 by Jeep. (4 km ).



Overnight at Kotri Raola

Day 9 - Kotri Raola / Narlai

After breakfast ride out past open farmland, en route to the rocky hills of Narlai. (This is a 3 hour ride) (15 Km ) Stop for lunch sunset

Evening ride (10km)(2 hrs) through farms and scrubland toGhanerao. Leave your horses here and return by Jeep to drive to Narlai. At Narlai, one can climb the Rock of Narad to view the sunset.

Overnight at Rawla Narlai 


Day 10 - Narlai / Ghanearo / Kumbalgarh

 Morning drive back to meet your horses at Ghanerao. The Castle of Ghanerao is the home of your riding escort. Mount up and ride out past tribal garasia villages and farms along the Aravalli and we enter the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, riding   (4hours)      ( 18 km)up a Steep trail through the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary climbing 2000ft to the The Aodhi for lunch.


Evening visit the ancient Kumbhalgarh fort built in 15th century

Overnight at Hotel The Aodhi

Day 11 - Kumbalgarh / Udaipur / Jaipur

 After early breakfast leave for Udaipur.


Arrive Udaipur and proceed on a guided tour of City Palace Museum


City Palace and City Museum: Towering over the Lake Pichola is the City Palace which is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques. Its stern façade, topped by a profusion of graceful balconies, cupolas and turrets, has been aptly described as a “massive cake topped with fabulous icing “. The largest palace in Rajasthan, the City Palace is spread out through several palaces in the complex. 


Later transfer to airport in time to board flight to


(reporting time at airport is minimum one hour prior to the

time of departure)


IT 4301- Udaipur/Jaipur-1400 hrs /1500 hrs


Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel


Overnight at Trident

Day 12 - Jaipur

 Full day guided tour of Amber Fort and City.

Optional activity at extra cost: Ascend Amber Fort on elephant back.

Optional activity at extra cost: Hot air ballooning over Amber Fort

Overnight at hotel

Day 13 - Jaipur / Bharatpur / Agra

 After breakfast drive to Agra visiting Bharatpur Bird Park enroute.

In Bharatpur visit the world famous park on a cycle rickshaw with naturalist.

Overnight at hotel Trident

Day 14 - Agra / Delhi / Depart

 Taj Mahal tour by sunrise.


After breakfast guided tour of the city visiting Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb.


Later drive to Delhi international airport (200 Kms, 4-5 hours) to board onwards flight




We can arrange for horse safaris across western Rajasthan for both Intermediate and Advanced groups of riders, covering 140-180 Kilometers in total over a period of six riding days.



TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Taj Hari Mahal Jodhpur
Khandi Wilderness Camp
Fort Rohet Garh
Sardar Samand Palace Hotel
Kotri Raola
The Aodhi Kumbalgarh
Hotel Trident Jaipur
Trident Agra

Taj Hari Mahal Jodhpur

 Perhaps, its easy to mistake the Taj Hari Mahal,Jodhpur,for a medieval palace of a victorious Marwar ruler.Built,as it is, in a style reminiscent of ancient Mandore.With intricately carved arches and wide terraces, sun-drenched courtyards and picturesque jharokhas.

A short drive past the landscaped gardens brings you to the entrance of the hotel. Where instead of fierce guards you will be greeted by a smiling Durban with characteristic curled whiskers.As you enter,you can’t miss the crossed swords,daggers and shield – a distinct feature in a Rajput house.A step further, and you are in the grand lobby marked with comfortable couches surrounded by sparkling  marble fountains.

Khandi Wilderness Camp

 The Wilderness Camp is the latest brainchild of the Rohet family and is a divine little camp based in the desert at a small place called Khandi, about 30 minutes drive from Rohet. There are six spacious and airy tents; a cosy dining area and a starlit sky like you'll not see anywhere else. It is situated on a small mound and has wonderful views of the surrounding scrubland and it's totally isolated. The only things you will hear or see are shepherds grazing their flocks, herders tending their cattle, camels wandering haughtily past, and the calls of the wildlife!


Fort Rohet Garh

Rohet Garh is a classified Heritage Hotel. Over the course of fifteen years it has been nurtured and developed with great love and care by the family into one of the finest Heritage hotels in the country. No new building has been added in the renovation process, but rather, old edifices have been skillfully redesigned to create a heritage property that has few parallels. Situated on the banks of a lake and set in the midst of rural surroundings, it is a haven of peace and tranquility. Sprawling lawns and manicured gardens, which invite a multitude of birds and dancing peacocks, herald your entry into this oasis where the bird song is the only sound you will hear. A superb swimming pool with four charming pavilions entices you for a refreshing dip. Often dinner is served by the poolside as folk musicians enliven the evening atmosphere. An elegant, beautifully appointed lounge, serene verandahs, and terraces with breathtaking views, make perfect venues for relaxation. The thirty-four individually decorated rooms add a touch of class.

Sardar Samand Palace Hotel

A hunting retreat of Maharaja Umaid Singh, the Sardar Samand Palace, Pali is a magnificent heritage hotel in Pali. Built in the year 1933, on the banks of the Sardar Samand Lake this palatial mansion recalls the glory and splendor of yesteryears. Located a few kilometers from Jodhpur, the Sardar Samand Palace in Pali is the idyllic retreat for all you nature lovers out there.

A magnificent Art Deco building on the banks o Sardar Samand Lake, the Sardar Samand Palace in Pali is one of the beautiful heritage hotels in Rajasthan. Traditional décor and the royal ambience of the palace make it the comfort zone of tourists from all over. There are 19 well furnished rooms in Sardar Samand Palace for the guests which are the comfort hub of tourists. From the cozy comforts of your room enjoy the picturesque lake and the acres of lush greenery at the backdrop.

Kotri Raola

 It is an ancient Castle owned and run as a hotel by the nobility of Ghanerao. This exclusive home is open only to horse riding enthusiasts. It is an ideal and rustic place for a peaceful holiday

The Aodhi Kumbalgarh

 Rana Kumbha the legendary Mewari hero, an astute and a great builder constructed 32 of the 84 fortresses in Mewar. Of these, the most imposing one is Kumbhalgarh - set amidst, 36 Kms of twenty feet thick ramparts and 365 temples. Hotel Aodhi is built into the mountain side a short distance from the base of the citadel. A joy for nature lovers it is surrounded with greenery and wildlife. It is also within a short driving distance from the famous 15th century Ranakpur Jain temples. If you are looking for the serenity and calm of the countryside away from the congestion and the rigors of city life, this is just the palace for you. The unpolluted greenery harmonizes very well with the modern comforts and the warm hospitality of the Aodhi Hotel. 

Hotel Trident Jaipur

Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests at the 135 room Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Situated en route to Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort, the Trident, Jaipur offers gracefully furnished rooms that are well-equipped. There are exclusive non-smoking rooms and rooms designed for the disabled too. The hotel’s multi–cuisine restaurant serves an elaborate a ’la carte menu and extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are excellent facilities for conferences and business events.

Trident Agra

 The hotel is set amid 6 acres of tropical gardens. It has 140 elegantly furnished rooms that include rooms for the physically challenged . All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities like a mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facility, direct dial telephone, television set with satellite transmission and a personal safe. 


Trident Agra

 The hotel is set amid 6 acres of tropical gardens. It has 140 elegantly furnished rooms that include rooms for the physically challenged . All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and equipped with modern facilities like a mini-bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facility, direct dial telephone, television set with satellite transmission and a personal safe. 


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Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi
Day 3 - Delhi / Jodhpur
Day 4 - Jodhpur / Mihirgarh
Day 5 - Mihirgarh / Rohetgarh
Day 6 - Rohetgarh / Sardar Samand
Day 7 - Sardar Samand / Kotri Raola
Day 8 - Kotri Raola
Day 9 - Kotri Raola / Narlai
Day 10 - Narlai / Ghanearo / Kumbalgarh
Day 11 - Kumbalgarh / Udaipur / Jaipur
Day 12 - Jaipur
Day 13 - Jaipur / Bharatpur / Agra
Day 14 - Agra / Delhi / Depart

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