The Marwari Ride, India

10-12 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom £3,445 GBP?Tour costs £3,445 GBP which is approximately $6,089 AUD

You will have the privilege of riding the revered Marwari horses through their homeland, on a pilgrimage from the hills of the Aravalli Range to the endless expanse of the Thar Desert.

India. The word alone is enough to conjure up images of chaotic streets where rickshaws toot their horns among throngs of dark-haired people dressed in every colour of the rainbow, bearded monks in orange robes, ancient temples, holy cows and delectable curries. 

But India’s best-kept secret is its horse culture, and by far the most revered horse is the Indigenous Marwari. These desert horses are spirited, brave and tough as nails – not to mention stunningly beautiful.

As a united Globetrotting posse, we will have the privilege of riding these horses through their homeland, on a pilgrimage from the hills of the Aravalli Range to the endless expanse of the Thar Desert. We’ll glimpse wild leopards basking outside temples in the sunrise, get lost in one of India’s biggest livestock fairs, and canter across picture-perfect sand dunes.

Along the way we’ll be housed like royalty, with a combination of lavish hotel accommodation {seriously, prepare to pick your jaw up off the ground!} and traditional Indian ‘glamping’ in furnished twin share tents with ensuite bathrooms and our own private chef. Say what?!

The history here is palpable at every turn and the culture is as rich, complex and varied as the cuisine. Spoiler alert: off the horse we’re visiting two of India’s most beautiful cities!

We’ve been BUSTING to explore India from the back of a horse for years now and we cannot WAIT to unearth the wonders of this unique place with you, our intrepid globetrotters.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Marwari horses, the Indigenous horse breed of India, with their distinctive lyre shaped ears. Their name derives from their homeland - the Marwar region of Rajasthan. Standing between 15-16hh, these horses are capable of covering long distances with good speed by virtue of their strong limbs and hooves. They can withstand intense heat and adverse climatic conditions, making them perfect desert horses.
  • Pace:Variable depending on the terrain. There will be opportunities to trot and canter each day.
  • Weight Limit:A strict maximum of 90kg / 200lbs.
  • Type of tack:Indian Sawar saddles, English bridles (snaffle bits) and traditional cloth pugarees (a standing martingale with a neck strap).
  • Seasons:The most popular time to ride in Rajasthan is between October and March.
  • Group size:A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average from 4 to 6 hours daily, which will see you covering approximately 25-30 kilometres
    (15-18 miles) each day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. All guests must be confident riding at a canter in open terrain. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:The luxurious nature of this trip will make your heart pump with excitement. You’ll experience a mix of traditional hotel and tented camp accommodation. But this is no ordinary camping, globetrotters - this is the true definition of ‘glamping’. All tents have ensuite bathrooms and come fully equipped with all furniture, linen, towels etc. All accommodation is a twin share arrangement, unless a single supplement has been purchased.
    The hotel accommodation is a mixture of modern, heritage castles, and bespoke gems - each chosen for their ambience, history, architecture, location and quality.
    Insert SQUEAL of excitement here, globetrotters!
  • Ride Length:There is an 11 day, 10 night itinerary, as well as a 13 day, 12 night itinerary. Both offer 7 days of riding.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes full board, internal transfers by road, all riding, mineral water, a small selection of alcohol, transfers to/from airport on the first and last days of the ride, and sightseeing tickets.

    As part of this Guided Ride, globetrotters will also receive a professional photography and video package provided by Globetrotting.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include your international and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), visa expenses, alcoholic drinks at hotels, and staff tips.

 

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes full board, internal transfers by road, all riding, mineral water, a small selection of alcohol, transfers to/from airport on the first and last days of the ride, and sightseeing tickets.

As part of this Guided Ride, globetrotters will also receive a professional photography and video package provided by Globetrotting.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include your international and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), visa expenses, alcoholic drinks at hotels, and staff tips.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN GBP?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    The starting point of our Indian riding pilgrimage is Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’, known for the lavish royal palaces that crown its shores. After we’ve checked into our hotel and freshened up, the first order of business is a sunset boat trip around Lake Pichola. The ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretch away in every direction and rippling silhouettes of the city dance across the water.

    Back in Udaipur, we’ll cap off the night with a drool-worthy Rajasthani dinner. Indian food is a feast for the senses, exploding with vibrant colours, scents, tastes and textures. Don’t expect to lose any weight on this trip, globetrotters!

  • Day 2

    This morning, we’ll hit the streets for some sightseeing. Our guide will take us on a tour of the City Palace, which is made up of not just one palace but 11! It would be easy to while away the whole day here, but we’ve got a transfer to catch! Don’t worry, though, there will be time for a spot of shopping and some lunch first.

    The transfer to the village of Narlai takes about three hours, and the gorgeous Marwari horses will be waiting for us outside our hotel. Keen as beans, we’ll mount up and ride across the countryside to the horses’ home, Jodha Stud Farm. Here, in true Globetrotting style, we’ll spurn the farmhouse and enjoy our dinner in the magical stables.

    Let’s back-track to our accommodation for a second: in a past life, this 17th century property was the favourite hunting manor of the Jodhpur Royal Family, who still own it today. They have put huge amounts of TLC into transforming the manor into a boutique resort that offers modern luxury while still honouring its history. Bring. It. On!

  • Day 3

    After breakfast at the resort, we’ve got a full day’s ride to the village of Dantiwara. We’ll ride alongside the Aravalli Range, passing through numerous tiny villages en route and picnicking beneath shady trees. Our camp will be set up beside the man-made lake at Dantiwara. The traditionally decorated tents come complete with furniture, linen, towels AND ensuite bathrooms! Our brilliant cook will whip up a delicious meal for us as the sun sets on our first day riding the majestic Marwaris.

  • Day 4

    Today’s journey takes us southwest along the bottom of the Aravalli hills past more villages and rural homesteads. Smooth volcanic rock formations dominate the landscape. After a nice long picnic lunch, our guide will lead us to the village of Perwa, where our campsite awaits beside the dramatic granite hills.

  • Day 5

    It’s leopard spotting time, globetrotters! Early in the morning we’ll sneak up the slopes to catch a glimpse of the big cats that call this place home. Then, after breakfast, it’s time to mount our noble steeds for a big day’s ride through leopard country. No doubt about it: we’re in the wilderness now! Craggy granite caves and boulders jut out sporadically amidst the plains, sandy riverbeds and groves of native dhok trees.

    Tonight’s campsite is on the banks of the Jawai Bandh dam, an enormous reservoir encapsulated by the rugged hills. Jeeps will be waiting to take us on one last leopard spotting expedition before we tuck into dinner.

  • Day 6

    The horses get a rest today while we explore the history-filled city of Jodhpur. As we approach, we’ll see the imposing outline of Mehrangarh Fort, which looms 125 metres (410 feet) over Johdpur from a hill at the heart of the city. Built in 1459, this is one of India’s largest and best-preserved forts. It’s often called the ‘Citadel of the Sun’ and you’ll see why when sunset approaches!

    Once we’ve gaped sufficiently at the majesty of the palaces and temples within the fort, we’ll do some evening shopping in the Jodhpur markets, where the craftsmanship will blow your mind.

  • Day 7

    This morning, a short transfer brings us to the village of Mathania, where our trusty horses await. Riding northwest, we’ll find ourselves trotting over the blushing pink granite that was mined to build Mehrangarh Fort back in the 15th century. 

    Soon enough, we’ll reach the edge of the Thar Desert. The view across the endless dunes gives just a small glimpse of the scale of the Thar, which covers 200,000 square kilometres! A picnic lunch and a short siesta will revive us before the afternoon ride across the dunes. Approaching the ancient oasis town of Osian in the early evening, we’ll see our tents nestled in the sand.

  • Day 8

    Heading deeper into the Thar, we’ll find ourselves riding amongst the desert scrub, where we could be lucky enough to encounter Asian antelope, Indian gazelle and mongoose, among other creatures. Pulling up at the village of Hacra, with its round, thatch-roofed buildings, we’ll meet the locals before settling into our camp.

  • Day 9

    Today we ride into the heart of the Marwar region. Our horses are quite literally at home in the deep sand here, and their strength and stamina really come to the fore. After today, your Marwari will have a firm place in your heart and you’ll have a newfound appreciation for this unique breed.

  • Day 10

    Our last day of riding, boo! Not to worry, though – it’ll be one to remember. The wide open spaces give us plenty of room to stretch out into long, free-spirited canters on our journey to the village of Khichan. This village is famous for the huge number of demoiselle cranes that migrate here every winter. It’s quite a sight to behold!

    After saying a fond farewell to our Marwaris, we’ll head to Kurja Resort for some well-earned R&R.

  • Day 11

    Before breakfast today, we’ll visit the crane feeding grounds, where thousands of birds soar, flutter, peck and sing in the morning light.

    If you are booked on the October 9 departure, your riding holiday comes to an end today (Boo!) and you’ll be transferred back to Jodhpur to catch your departing flight home.

    If you’re booked on the October 22 departure however, after breakfast you’ll take a four hour drive to the town of Pushkar, where one of India’s biggest livestock fairs is in full swing! It’s a cacophany of camels, horses, cattle, music, dancing, games and costumes. We’ll immerse ourselves in the bustle as the dusty sunset turns everything into gold.

  • Day 12 (Oct 22 departure only)

    One evening really isn’t enough time to absorb the vivid, chaotic spectacle that is Pushkar Fair – so we’ve organised an entire day here. We cannot WAIT to be in amongst the bartering, chai sipping, tug-of-warring, performing, racing, shopping, whinnying and nickering. Fun fact: one of the main events is the ‘longest moustache’ competition!

  • Day 13 (Oct 22 departure only)

    This morning we’ll farewell our amazing crew then take a three hour transfer to Jaipur. Here we’ll have one last lunch together as a glorious Globetrotting group and a chance to do some last-minute shopping before heading to the airport for our onward travels in the early afternoon.

  • Transfer Information

    Complimentary airport transfers are included upon arrival and departure. However please note, depending on which departure date you are booked on, you will be departing from a different place at the end of the ride.

    OCTOBER 9 DEPARTURE:

    Arrive: Udaipur (UDR)

    Depart: Jodhpur (JDH)

    OCTOBER 22 DEPARTURE:

    Arrive: Udaipur (UDR)

    Depart: Jaipur (JAI)

    You will need to arrive in Udaipur no later than 2pm on the first day, and departing flights from your respective end location can be booked anytime after 6pm on the last day of the ride. Please ensure you inform Globetrotting of your flight itinerary prior to departure so that these can be arranged.

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