Mewar Safari

Rajasthan India: (IT-INRT05)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/india_rajasthan_highlights.aspx

Introduction
Rajasthan India
This program is suitable for riders (and their non-riding companions) who enjoy photography. Yvonne Koall, a professional photographer who has done a lot of travelling in India, will accompany you on this trip. Yvonne will be able to give tips and tricks to any hobby photographer whether they use a camera or take photos with their phone.
Yvonne will be with you during the sightseeing and riding portions of this tour so, it is also a good opportunity for single women who want to travel through Rajasthan but don’t have anyone going with them.

Start your trip by visiting Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur for a 3-days sightseeing program of the Golden Triangle to discover some of the most famous sights of India! 

This is followed by a short riding safari over the Malwa plain - a paradise for riders with its softer, level ground and wild savannah, perfectly suited for long trots, canters and gallops. It is a region of great fertility and rich soils thus the plain is dotted with villages, fields and farmsteads.
This is a part of Rajasthan undisturbed by tourism, thus unspoiled and still rather traditional in outlook and appearance. There are no big touristic sights but rather many undiscovered jewels to be visited. On this riding safari, the riders will also discover the Sita-Mata Wildlife Sanctuary one of the last virgin forests of Rajasthan and home of many different animals from flying squirrels to leopards.

The last two days will be the Holi Festival which you will celebrate with us. Attend the traditional ceremony in the City Palace of Udaipur with a chance of meeting and greeting the Maharana of Udaipur and the next day, take part in the Holi celebration on our farm and visiting some Indian families so that you can experience how Indian people celebrate their favorite spring festival.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be spent in a combination of hotels and camps. You will spend 7 nights in hotels and 4 nights in tents.

Description
Accommodation during the riding portion of the tour (in most cases) will be in a safari camp. The reason for this is that many of our routes lead through scarcely populated areas away from the usual tourist paths. 

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel Taj Resort in Agra
Nights 2 & 3: Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur
Nights 4 & 5: Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur
Nights 6, 7 & 8: Camping near Boheda
Night 9: Camping near Mangalwad
Nights 10 & 11: Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

Hotel Taj Resort in Agra
This boutique hotel offers 34 comfortable and modern bedrooms. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, a TV, a small fridge, A/C and a private bathroom. The hotel also offers a small rooftop patio with nice views over the Taj Mahal as well as an outdoor swimming pool.

Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur
This beautiful property offers 23 beautiful bedrooms furnished with period furniture. The bedrooms are all spacious and feature a TV, free Wi=Fi, air conditioning and private facilities.
The hotel also has a small garden and outdoor pool where guests can relax.

Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur
This small hotel has been classified as an heritage building thanks to its traditional architecture. Each of the 16 rooms all come equipped with a TV, air conditioning, private facilities and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s most appreciated feature is without doubt its rooftop terrace offering panoramic views over the city. There are laundry facilities onsite (extra charge).


Camps

Our campsites are chosen with great care and offer a maximum safety and superb views. Away from the busy Indian towns or villages, they are a paradise for nature lovers and bird-watchers. The camp offers all necessary facilities to the riders. The tents are comfortable and inviting Indian hunting tents with high ceilings, double or single occupancy. The tents are made in the traditional Indian style with a roofed entrance where the riders can leave their shoes. Each tent is equipped with mattresses, sheets, pillow, cushion, quilts, and woolen blankets. The camp has bathroom trolleys with two showers (bucket shower with hot water) and toilets. Hot water is provided in buckets. Towels, soaps, etc. are supplied. Grouped around the dinning area, they are encircled by a partition enclosure of cloth with a colorful Rajasthan pattern.



Meals
Most meals are included in your package. During the sightseeing portion of the trip (day 1 to 3), only breakfast is included. During the riding safari, all meals are included.

During the riding safari:
Breakfast is Continental style with fruits of the season, eggs, and toast.
Lunch will be either taken as package on the trail or brought to you by Jeep.
Dinner is a traditional 3-course menu of Indian food (non-spicy).

Alcoholic beverages are not included but alcohol can be purchased (not expensive) or brought. Beer, whine (Indian), whiskey, rum, gin and vodka are available.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Daily Schedule
A normal safari day includes between 5 and 6 hours in the saddle plus a lunch break (lunch is either taken as a lunch packet or brought to the riders by our jeep) and several smaller breaks for sightseeing on the way or a tea stop in the little hamlet by the way.

Our Horses
Nearly all the horses we use for safaris and trail riding are Marwari horses. This breed is native in Rajasthan and best suited for long rides in this region.
Our horses live in comfortable stables and paddocks and are left to roam free during the day on our farm. All our horses have been handpicked by us as we wanted to have only the best suited horses for our safari. As we have some foals every year, some of our riding horses were born in our stable and raised and trained by us. In fact, we are very proud that today we have a stable of finest Marwari horses fit for riding and breeding.
We believe in the principle of Natural Horsemanship which means that we keep our horses as natural as possible and train them according to NHS. Some of them are ridden with a hackamore, just a halter or even a simple neck rope. All are very well trained, obedient and a pleasure to ride. Our horses are cared for with love and affection. They are properly fed, vaccinated, de-wormed and shoed.
On the safaris we take only horses which are 100% fit and prepared. Already before the safari, we try to find a suitable horse for each rider according to riding skill and preference. Spare horses go along each trail in case another horse goes lame or one rider wants to change.

Tack & Riding Style
We have imported saddle tack for all our horses in order to maximize comfort for horse and rider.
The riding style is different to both English and Western. We offer lessons on the horses prior to the ride. A couple of extra days for pre-safari lessons may make your riding experience more enjoyable. Please let Hidden Trails know if you would like to book lessons before your ride.

Guides
The safari is run by a member of the oldest and most honored noble families of Udaipur, whose history is interwoven with horses for many centuries, and his German wife.

Itinerary


Sample itinerary - subject to changes

Note: This program is suitable for riders as well as for non-riders (same rate as riders with slightly different program). The program will be both for German as well as English speaking guests.

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer from the airport to Agra in the morning (around 3,5 hours driving time). Arrival in Agra around noon and transfer to your hotel followed by a first sightseeing of Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj). Overnight stay close to the Taj Mahal.
Meals included: none
Overnight stay at Hotel Taj Resort in Agra

 
Day 2: Agra to Jaipur
Sightseeing of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Afterwards breakfast and transfer to Jaipur (around 4 hours). On the way, you can visit Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal city of Emperor Akbar and World Heritage Site. Arrival in Jaipur in the afternoon. If time permits you can visit the monkey temple of Galtaji on the way.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay at Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur

 
Day 3: Amber & Jaipur Visit
In the morning drive to Amber, the old capital of the Jaipur kingdom, where you can visit Amber Fort. If you like, you can ride up to the fort on Elephant back or walk up the ramparts yourself. Afterwards, drive back to Jaipur and visit Jantar Mantar, the city palace, the Old City and the Palace of the Winds. Optional is the Sound-and-light show of Amber Fort in the evening. Alternatively you can watch a movie at the glamorous Raj Mandir theatre.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay at Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur

 
Day 4: Transfer to Udaipur
Train ride or flight from Jaipur to Udaipur. Arrival there around noon or early afternoon. Transfer to Hotel Boheda Palace in the Old City of Udaipur. In the afternoon first sightseeing of Udaipur.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 5: Meet the Horses
After breakfast we take you to our farm where you will meet the horses and guide and set out for a first test ride. Afterwards, we organize a colorful program for you including traditional Indian dances and music. BBQ-dinner at the farm and overnight stay at your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 6: Badwei to Boheda
After breakfast, we transfer the riders to the starting point of the safari at the serene Badwei Lake. Set out on your first full day ride through a fantastic countryside. The soil is so fertile in this region, that even Opium is grown in small fields. It flowers between January and March, with many small white flowers.
We cross the small railway line connecting Barisadri with Mauvi once a week with a steam engine. Around here, the villages are much richer than anywhere else in Rajasthan due to the rich soil. Most farmhouses sport richly ornamented entry gates and even the bullock carts are made of carved wood.
We should arrive in Boheda around 4 pm. Today our safari camp is located near the village. Here our riders have the possibility to charge all electronic devices as we have plugs in our little farmhouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Boheda

 
Day 7: Sita-Mata Sanctuary
Today you will ride through the Sita-Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, a wild and untamed piece of land, home of the last leopards of this area.
It is situated far away from all touristic circuits and very few visitor find their way to this natural jewel. That is one of the reasons why it is the best place for sighting animals.
With some luck, we can observe cheetal and sambar deer, Nilgai antelopes, monkeys, gazelles, mongoose and many smaller animals and birds, including the majestic peacock, national bird of India.
Return to Boheda around late afternoon. If possible, a bullock cart ride through the village is arranged in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Boheda

 
Day 8: Ride to Parsoligarh
Another day ride through a fantastic countryside awaits!
Around late morning the riders will reach a more lonely and hilly area. Here, the old ruined fort of Parsoligarh appears. Have lunch in the fort with enough time to enjoy the great views over the countryside and discover the remainants of the fort.
Return to the plains in the afternoon and overnight stay in our safari camp near Boheda.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Boheda

 
Day 9: Boheda to Mangalwad
The last riding day leads the riders over a large plain, sometimes dotted with fields and villages, sometimes arid and empty. The soft level ground invites for long canters and gallops over the plain. Again and again Nilgai antelopes can be spotted, resting in the shade or grazing on the dry grass. Around late afternoon the riders reach the beautiful lake of Mangalwad where our safari camp is situated. Overnight stay in our camp near the lakeshore.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Mangalwad Lake

 
Day 10: Back to Udaipur
Return to Udaipur after breakfast. The day can be used to do some additional sightseeing or shopping. In the evening, the Indian festival of Holika Dahan will take place. The ceremony involves the symbolic burning of evil in form of a large statue of wood and straw. It marks the end of winter and the advent of spring. We take part in the century-old tradition in the City Palace of Udaipur. A once-in-lifetime experience!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 11: Holi Celebration & Colour Festival
After breakfast, you can first have some glimpse of the festival from the roof terrace. In India, Holi is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and fervour. People visit each other and put colour powder on each other. Then they exchange sweets and stay for a while to eat and drink together. The children love to play with water and colour. In some places there are parties with music, dance and water battles.
Our riders are always warmly welcomed to join in the festivities and parties. We first celebrate in the street close to the hotel and then we visit some of our friends and family. Here you can experience the Holi festival first hand. If you like to join in the wild partying you are welcome. But you can also just sit and watch it. Indian people also do both, not all of them take part in the crazy partying, but like to sit back and enjoy the sweets and chat with each other.
Afterwards we all go to our farm where we can wash off the colour and enjoy a late lunch. In the afternoon we can all rest a bit before returning to Udaipur. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur


Day 12: Departure day                     
A last early morning ride from our farm and then end of the program around noon. It is possible to do some last sightseeing or shopping before departure. Airport transfer in time for the return flight.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Non-Rider Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer from the airport to Agra in the morning (around 3,5 hours driving time). Arrival in Agra around noon and transfer to your hotel followed by a first sightseeing of Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-Daula (Baby Taj). Overnight stay close to the Taj Mahal.
Meals included: none
Overnight stay at Hotel Taj Resort in Agra

 
Day 2: Agra to Jaipur
Sightseeing of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Afterwards breakfast and transfer to Jaipur (around 4 hours). On the way, you can visit Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal city of Emperor Akbar and World Heritage Site. Arrival in Jaipur in the afternoon. If time permits you can visit the monkey temple of Galtaji on the way.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay at Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur


Day 3: Amber & Jaipur Visit
In the morning drive to Amber, the old capital of the Jaipur kingdom, where you can visit Amber Fort. If you like, you can ride up to the fort on Elephant back or walk up the ramparts yourself. Afterwards, drive back to Jaipur and visit Jantar Mantar, the city palace, the Old City and the Palace of the Winds. Optional is the Sound-and-light show of Amber Fort in the evening. Alternatively you can watch a movie at the glamorous Raj Mandir theatre.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay at Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur


Day 4: Transfer to Udaipur
Train ride or flight from Jaipur to Udaipur. Arrival there around noon or early afternoon. Transfer to Hotel Boheda Palace in the Old City of Udaipur. In the afternoon first sightseeing of Udaipur.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur


Day 5: Meet the Horses
After breakfast we take you to our farm where you will meet the horses and guide and set out for a first test ride. Afterwards, we organize a colorful program for you including traditional Indian dances and music. BBQ-dinner at the farm and overnight stay at your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 6: Udaipur Sightseeing
While the riders are leaving for their safari after breakfast, the non-riders have the morning free to wander through Udaipur. Take a walk through the rose garden or simply relax a bit at the roof terrace. If non-riders would like to buy some Indian dresses for the Holi festival, this is the time to do so. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of the Fateh Sagar Lake, the garden of the maidens and the Monsoon Palace for sunset. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 7: Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur
Start on your tour after breakfast and drive to the impressive Kumbhalgarh Fort, situated on one of the highest peaks of the Aravalli Mountains. The road trip through the Aravalli Mountains is spectacular with beautiful views of the countryside and the mountains. You will drive through small villages and wind yourself higher and higher up into the mountains. Arrival at the fort will be late morning. The Kumbhalgarh Fort it part of the World Heritage Site “Hill Forts of Rajasthan” and is truly impressive. The wall is the second-largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and surrounds a large area around the fort. During times of war, the Mewar state evacuated large parts of its population into the fort including plenty of animals. Like this they could withstand long sieges as the farmers would farm the area inside the fort and the animals would provide food for everybody. The fort houses several temples and the cloud palace, the residence of the royal family. You can walk all the way up to the roof of the palace and enjoy the spectacular view over the mountains. On clear days, you can view all the way to Marwar on the other side of the mountains. After visiting the fort, we transfer you to Ranakpur, at the foot of the Aravalli Mountains. The road winds its way down in narrow curves along steep slopes. On the way you can view the traditional way of water harvesting with Persian Water wheels. This system goes back around 2000 years and is still in use. With the help of oxen or buffalos, water is pumped into the fields. With some luck you can see it being used. In Ranakpur lunch is waiting for you and you can rest for a little while, before visiting the famous Jain Temple of Ranakpur. The main temple is 500 years old and consist of 1444 pillars of white marble, all artistically and differently carved and decorated. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for both Jains as well as Hindus and the idol is much revered. It is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in Southern Rajasthan and definitely worth a visit. Return to Udaipur afterwards and arrival there in the evening. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 8: Eklingji and Nagda Temples
After breakfast excursion to the Eklingji and Nagda Temples, around 20 km outside Udaipur. The temples are around 1000 years old and what is interesting is the difference between them. While the Nagda or Sas-Bahu Temples are an archaeological site and well-known for their erotic stone carvings and serene location at the shore of a lake, the Eklingji temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Here devotees come and worship the whole day long. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant and it is interesting to stop and watch the devotion for some time. Return to Udaipur in the early afternoon. Lunch will be served at the roof terrace and for those interested in Indian food, we offer a cooking lesson in the late afternoon. Otherwise, the afternoon can be used for some relaxation or shopping. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur

 
Day 9: Chittorgarh Fort
The Chittorgarh Fort was once the capital city of the Mewar State (before Udaipur became capital in 1568). Chittorgarh is one of the most impressive and largest fortresses of North India and part of the World Heritage Site “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”. Three times in history Chittorgarh was besieged and conquered and finally abandoned in favour of Udaipur. Inside the fort there are a number of palaces of different periods and times, besides temples, water reservoirs and monuments. The view from the ramparts are amazing. After visiting Chittorgarh, the participants can join the riders in the safari camp and stay for dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near Mangalwad Lake
 
Day 10: Back to Udaipur
Return to Udaipur after breakfast. The day can be used to do some additional sightseeing or shopping. In the evening the Indian festival of Holika Dahan will take place. The ceremony involves the symbolic burning of evil in form of a large statue of wood and straw. It marks the end of winter and the advent of spring. We take part in the century-old tradition in the City Palace of Udaipur.  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur
 
Day 11: Holi Celebration & Colour Festival
After breakfast you can first have some glimpse of the festival from our roof terrace. In India, Holi is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and fervour. People visit each other and put colour powder on each other. Then they exchange sweets and stay for a while to eat and drink together. The children love to play with water and colour. In some places there are parties with music, dance and water battles. Our riders are always warmly welcomed to join in the festivities and parties. We first celebrate in the street close to the hotel and then we visit some of our friends and family. Here you can experience the Holi festival first hand. If you like to join in the wild partying you are welcome. But you can also just sit and watch it. Indian people also do both, not all of them take part in the crazy partying, but like to sit back and enjoy the sweets and chat with each other. Afterwards we all go to our farm where we can wash off the colour and enjoy a late lunch. In the afternoon we can all rest a bit before returning to Udaipur. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight stay at Hotel Boheda Palace in Udaipur
 
Day 12: Departure day      
Early morning hike to the Karni Mata Temple for those who like to be active in the morning (around 30 minutes hiking uphill and then around 15 minutes hiking downhill). The Karni Mata Temple is situated on one of the hills in Udaipur and offers spectacular views over the city and its lakes. Return to Hotel Boheda Palace and end of the program around noon. It is possible to do some last sightseeing or shopping before departure. Airport transfer in time for the return flight.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Mewar Safari

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals with non-alcoholic drinks, 5 riding days & Transfers
Helmets, half-chaps, boots, breeches, gloves and seat savers available to lend.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    202212 day trip, AP$2700

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2022 Pick-up transfer from Delhi airport included at set times $0
2022 Drop-off transfer to Udaipur airport included at set times $0
2022 Single supplement $420
2022 Non-riders welcome at same rate as riders $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 03/09 - 03/20 12d / 11n 12 day trip, AP 3 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches and dinners during the sightseeing portion of the drip (day 1 to 3), Alcoholic beverages, Entrance fees, Gratuities & Optional extra excursions

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For India Highlights (IT-INRT05):
So far India is still closed for tourists, but there are plans to open up in October. This might be in phases for some nationals earlier than for others, but we should be able to start into our season as scheduled in October.
In public, masks are compulsory, so riders would need to bring one.
Out in the countryside laws are less strict, but in the cities and shops, the police hands out fines for not wearing them.

All safaris booked for 2021 and having to postpone to 2022 due to Covid restrictions (either in India or in their home country) will be able to do so.


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting:
Airport:
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                Udaipur area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

76

83

92

100

104

99

90

87

90

92

86

79

Average Low Temperature (°F)

49

54

63

73

81

81

78

76

74

67

59

51

Average High Temperature (°C)

24

28

34

38

40

37

32

31

32

33

30

26

Average Low Temperature (°C)

9

12

17

23

27

27

26

24

23

19

15

11

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The largest state in India, Rajasthan's climate can be divided into 4 seasons: summer, monsoon, post-monsoon and winter. Temperatures vary depending on the season and the region.

Summer (April to June)
Summers in Rajasthan are particularly hot with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day. However, in places like Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh or Ranakpur, the weather is pleasant and the views offered are breath-taking.

Monsoon season (July to September)
Monsoon is a far more pleasant experience, the temperatures tend to drop across the state and the rain showers transform the arid landscape of Rajasthan. It is a particularly good time to visit if you wish to avoid the crowds you'd usually find during peak tourist season.

Post Monsoon and Winter (October to March)
The temperatures continue to drop once the monsoon has passed, and come October winter sets in that lasts till March. During December and January, there can be a severe variation in temperatures during the day and the night. In fact, temperatures are known to drop as low as 0°C. This is the best time to visit Rajasthan as the desert sun is not as intense and the days are pleasant.

What To Bring:
Your luggage will be transported by car, so you do not have to take everything with you on horseback. We do, however, recommend that you use lockable bags or suitcases. Princess Trails is not responsible for the loss of any valuables unless they are handed to us before the safari. For each item we will give you a receipt.

Each horse has two saddle bags, but your lunch packet and water bottles have to fit in before anything else can.


This list is only a guideline for you

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

RIDING GEAR

Riding breeches or comfortable jeans for the ride

Riding boots (short) + Minichaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pyjama

Bag for dirty clothes

Swimsuit

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Small backpack  or bag to carry with you on when you ride

Insect protection

Personal medications

Small flashlight

Handkerchiefs

Adapter for electric appliances

Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Sun hat and sun block