The Marwari Ride, India - Horse Riding Holidays and Safaris

The Marwari Ride, India

6-12 NightsStrong Intermediate to AdvancedFrom £2,495 GBP?Tour costs £2,495 GBP which is approximately $4,799 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.

On The Marwari Ride, you will have the privilege of riding these horses through their homeland of Rajasthan in northern India. This huge state offers a cornucopia of natural beauty, from the rolling hills of the Aravalli Range to the endless expanse of the Thar Desert. Picture yourself watching wild leopards basking in the sunrise, exploring awe-inspiring forts, castles and temples, and cantering across picture-perfect sand dunes.

Along the way you’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 your 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. With multiple itineraries and year-round availability, The Marwari Ride is your invitation to unearth the wonders of India the BEST way possible: on horseback!

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 2 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 strong intermediate to advanced riders. Physical fitness is a necessity! You must be riding regularly and able to navigate varying terrain at all paces. Not sure what your riding ability is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:Depending on your chosen itinerary, accommodation will be a mixture of heritage castles, palaces, traditional hotel and tented camp accommodation. If booked on an itinerary that has camping, all tents have ensuite bathrooms (with bucket showers and bucket flush toilets) and come fully equipped with all furniture, linen, towels etc.
    All accommodation is twin share, unless a single supplement has been purchased.
    The hotels are a mixture of modern heritage castles and bespoke gems, chosen for ambience, history, architecture, location and quality.
  • Ride Length:Leopard Trail: 8 days, 7 nights (5 riding days); Palace to Palace: 8 days, 7 nights (4 riding days); Le Grand Tour: 13 days, 12 nights (9 riding days); Horse Fairs & Leopard Trail: 12 days, 11 nights (8 riding days); Thar Desert: 7 days, 6 nights (4.5 riding days); Magical Marwar: 13 days, 12 nights (7 riding days)
  • 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.

  • Exclusions:

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

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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Magical Marwar Ride (includes Pushkar Fair)

October 30 to November 11, 2024

13 days, 12 nights (7 riding days)

Available
From: £3,795 GBP ?Tour costs £3,795 GBP which is approximately $7,300 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,395 GBP ?Tour costs £4,395 GBP which is approximately $8,454 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Palace to Palace Ride – Christmas Edition

December 27, 2024 to January 2, 2025

8 days, 7 nights (4 riding days)

Available
From: £2,995 GBP ?Tour costs £2,995 GBP which is approximately $5,761 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £3,295 GBP ?Tour costs £3,295 GBP which is approximately $6,338 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Le Grand Tour – Royal Rajasthan Ride

January 26 to February 7, 2025

13 days, 12 nights (9 riding days).

Available
From: £3,985 GBP ?Tour costs £3,985 GBP which is approximately $7,665 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,585 GBP ?Tour costs £4,585 GBP which is approximately $8,819 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Le Grand Tour – Holi Festival Ride

March 4 to 16, 2025

13 days, 12 nights (9 riding days).

Available
From: £3,985 GBP ?Tour costs £3,985 GBP which is approximately $7,665 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,585 GBP ?Tour costs £4,585 GBP which is approximately $8,819 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Horse Fairs & Leopard Trail

March 25 to April 5, 2025

12 days, 11 nights (8 riding days).

Available
From: £3,985 GBP ?Tour costs £3,985 GBP which is approximately $7,665 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,585 GBP ?Tour costs £4,585 GBP which is approximately $8,819 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Magical Marwar Ride (includes Pushkar Fair)

October 18 to 30, 2025

13 days, 12 nights (7 riding days).

Available
From: £3,985 GBP ?Tour costs £3,985 GBP which is approximately $7,665 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,585 GBP ?Tour costs £4,585 GBP which is approximately $8,819 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Palace to Palace – Christmas Edition

December 27, 2025 to January 3, 2026

8 days, 7 nights (4 riding days).

Available
From: £3,135 GBP ?Tour costs £3,135 GBP which is approximately $6,030 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
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2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £3,435 GBP ?Tour costs £3,435 GBP which is approximately $6,607 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Palace to Palace Ride

Custom dates available year round (except July/August) for a minimum 2 guests.

8 days, 7 nights (4 riding days)

2025 prices start at £2935 GBP per person twin share.

Available
From: £2,795 GBP ?Tour costs £2,795 GBP which is approximately $5,376 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £3,095 GBP ?Tour costs £3,095 GBP which is approximately $5,953 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
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2.5% credit card surcharge

Leopard Trail

Custom dates available year round (except July/August) for a minimum 2 guests.

8 days, 7 nights (5 riding days)

2025 prices start at £2935 GBP per person twin share.

Available
From: £2,795 GBP ?Tour costs £2,795 GBP which is approximately $5,376 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £3,095 GBP ?Tour costs £3,095 GBP which is approximately $5,953 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

Thar Desert Ride

Custom dates available year round (except July/August) for a minimum 2 guests.

7 days, 6 nights (4 riding days)

2025 prices start at £2935 GBP per person twin share.

Available
From: £2,795 GBP ?Tour costs £2,795 GBP which is approximately $5,376 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £3,095 GBP ?Tour costs £3,095 GBP which is approximately $5,953 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

Le Grand Tour

Custom dates available year round (except July/August) for a minimum 6 guests.

13 days, 12 nights (9 riding days).

2025 prices start from £3985 GBP per person twin share.

Available
From: £3,795 GBP ?Tour costs £3,795 GBP which is approximately $7,300 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

From: £4,395 GBP ?Tour costs £4,395 GBP which is approximately $8,454 AUD - Single Rider?Happy to pay a booking supplement for own room
Booking Request

2.5% credit card surcharge

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.

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 (there is the option to pay tips ahead of departure so you don’t have to worry about this when you’re in India. Please contact Globetrotting for further information).

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. Depending on the ride you choose to book and your country of residence, there will be a 1.2% to 2.9% surcharge.

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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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  • Leopard Trail

    Arrival/departure destination: Udaipur

    Accommodation: 2 nights in hotels, 5 nights camping.

    The Leopard Trail starts and ends in Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’, known for the lavish royal palaces that crown its shores. 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. On day one you’ll be treated to a late afternoon boat trip around Lake Pichola, and on day two you’ll go sightseeing in the city before driving to Kumbhalgarh where, the following morning, you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Kumbhalgarh Fort. Then it’s time to meet the Marwaris! Your first ride takes you through a beautiful wooded sanctuary leading to Ghanerao Forest, home to a myriad of wildlife. 

    Over the next four days, you’ll ride past the Aravali Ranges, various lakes, rivers and villages, farms, forests and plains. Finally, you’ll reach the banks of the Jawai Bandh dam, an enormous reservoir encapsulated by rugged hills and sandy river beds where leopards roam wild and free. This area is loved by people and animals alike: flamingos and cranes come in their hundreds in the springtime and nomadic herdsmen roam the grasslands with their flocks year-round. If you don’t spot any leopards from your horse’s back (or if you can’t get enough of these elusive felines!), you can head out in the jeeps for an evening leopard safari.

  • Palace To Palace Ride

    Arrival destination: Udaipur

    Departure destination: Jodhpur

    Accommodation: All nights in heritage castles, palaces or hotels (no camping).

    Days 1 and 2 are spent visiting Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh Fort – see description in the Leopard Trail itinerary. After exploring Kumbhalgarh Fort and riding through the forests on day three, you’ll visit the Ghanerao Rawla, a 17th century castle built by the noble Rajput family whose descendants still live there. And guess what? It’s your hotel for the night, too!

    From here, the journey takes in the villages, plains and foothills of the Aravalli Ranges, a spectacular marble temple, volcanic rock formations, more beautiful, boutique accommodations and, finally, the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Known as the Citadel of the Sun, this immense, 1,200-acre fort watches over Jodhpur from atop a steep hill. It encompasses several intricately carved palaces, serene courtyards and a fascinating museum. 

    *A special edition of this ride runs from December 27th to January 3rd. It includes an unforgettable night of celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

  • Le Grand Tour

    Arrival destination: Udaipur

    Departure destination: Jodhpur

    Accommodation: 7 nights hotels, 5 nights camping.

    This holiday combines the Leopard Trail and the Palace to Palace ride into a 13-day deep dive into Rajasthan. Starting in Udaipur, you’ll take in Kumbhalgarh Fort, the forests, lakes, villages and foothills outlined in the Leopard Trail (and of course the big cats themselves) before visiting the marble temple at Rankapur, Ghanerao Rawla (where you’ll also spend the night), various villages and stately hotels, and Mehrangarh Fort (see description in Palace to Palace itinerary).

    *A special edition of this ride runs from March 15 to 27, 2024, coinciding with Holi – the Festival of Colours. It includes two incredible celebrations: Holika Dahan (a special dinner with a bonfire, religious rites and prayers, traditional music and performances) and Rangwali Holi, the famous free-for-all, explosive colour festival!

  • Horse Fairs & Leopard Trail

    Arrival destination: Jodhpur

    Departure destination: Udaipur

    Accommodation: 4 nights hotels, 7 nights camping.

    This 12-day itinerary takes the best parts of the Leopard Trail and adds in a number of local events that will give you a real taste of Rajasthani horse culture. Arriving in Jodhpur, you’ll visit Mehrangarh Fort (see description in Palace to Palace itinerary) and depart the next morning for Balotra Fair. This large yet non-touristy fair attracts people from all over Rajasthan looking to trade horses, camels and cattle.

    Next you’ll ride from Kumbhalgarh Fort and the surrounding forest to Narlai, where the local Godwar Horse Show and Fair takes place over the following days. You’ll be able to take part in the gymkhana games with your Marwari if you like! There will be plenty of festivities full of colour, sound and fun.

    Days 8, 9 and 10 return to the Leopard Trail itinerary, taking in the foothills of the Aravali Ranges, various lakes, rivers and villages, farms, forests and plains, and finally Jawai Bandh – leopard country. The ride ends with various sightseeing activities in Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’.

    **NB: Daytime temperatures will be HOT at circa 40 degrees Celcius/104 Fahrenheit

  • Thar Desert Ride

    Arrival/departure destination: Jodhpur

    Accommodation: 2 nights hotels, 4 nights camping.

    This week-long trip starts and ends in Jodhpur, where you’ll explore Mehrangarh Fort (see description in Palace to Palace itinerary). But really, it’s all about the mystical Thar Desert. Covering 200,000 square kilometres, it’s the ancestral home of the Marwari horse and has a rich history hiding beneath the shifting sands. Starting in the village of Mathania, you’ll spend four days riding through the desert, where you might encounter Asian antelope, Indian gazelle and mongoose, among other creatures. You’ll see tiny hamlets with unique, thatched-roof mud huts, the historic oasis town of Osian with its 18 crumbling temples, and the village of Khichan, famous for the huge number of demoiselle cranes that migrate here from Mongolia every winter (October to March). From December to February, over 10,000 cranes call Khichan home!

  • Magical Marwar Ride

    Arrival destination: Udaipur

    Departure destination: Jaipur

    Accommodation: 4 nights hotels, 8 nights camping.

    Bringing together the Leopard Trail and Thar Desert itineraries, the Magical Marwar tour also includes the vivid, chaotic spectacle that is Pushkar Fair. One of India’s biggest livestock fairs, it’s a cacophany of camels, horses, cattle, music, dancing, games and costumes. With your guides, you’ll get 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!

  • Transfer Information

    Complimentary airport transfers are included upon arrival and departure. However please note, where your ride starts and ends will depend on the specific itinerary you are booked on. 

    Please refer to the specific itinerary summary for confirmation of which city to fly into at the start and out from at the end of your ride.

    Please contact Globetrotting for information on when to arrive/depart for your chosen ride.

The Marwari Ride, India - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Kathy Davies

‘The Mawari Ride in India was filled with surprises, from pink-coloured goats to crazy tuk tuk rides! Our warm, friendly guides felt like family and went above and beyond for us. I loved the long, yummy, relaxing lunches under the shade of trees, or in locals’ houses, and I was very happy with our accommodation. The loyal Mawari horses with their mesmerising ears and amazing stamina were a highlight. I fell in love with my mare, Gangor. We enjoyed lots of cantering through spectacular countryside and nothing seemed to faze the horses, from disco tractors to flapping flags. What a memorable adventure!’

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