Horse Safari into Leopard’s Country India

Delhi - Agra – Jaipur – Lakshman Sagar – Jawai - Ranakpur - Udaipur – Delhi

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India boasts a great array of landscapes and is a real feast for the senses for any horse rider. This itinerary takes you to Rajasthan. Riding in the area around Jawai and Ranakpur will be a spectacular experience where you will explore the amazing countryside. It is a beautiful combination of semi-desert countryside, dunes and ravines bordering small offshoots of the Aravalli Ranges and sandy plains and agricultural land where underground water exists. Also worth mentioning are the rock formations in the small hills that you will ride by. These rock formations are particularly picturesque to watch against the setting sun. The ride will give you time to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area. You can gallop in the desert and valleys and canter through the hills knowing that luxurious tents, hot showers and hearty meals await you at your next stop.

Day 1: Delhi

  • Arrive Delhi
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Overnight stay in Delhi.

Namaste!

Welcome to India!

Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and custom formalities. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

Delhi stands as the capital of modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the old and new India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors who have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
Hotel: The Imperial, Heritage Room       

Day 2: Delhi 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning explore Old Delhi
  • Afternoon explore New Delhi
  • Overnight stay in Delhi

Take a Special Cycle Rickshaw tour in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

You will be transported 400 years back and will ride on a cycle rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk known as the Moonlit Square of India.  Witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed men and women and be bombarded by the cries of hawkers and fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line these historical alleys.

The total duration of the tour will be 3 hours – 3 hours 30 minutes. It is an extensive tour that covers 20 main sites that include palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars. This is a detailed tour with several stops. The tour ends at an old Haveli (mansion) built in1860 that has a photo gallery depicting the lifestyle of Mughals and a small lounge to relax and to enjoy some local snacks.

Afternoon drive through the city viewing the Diplomatic Enclave, government buildings, Central Secretariat, President’s House and Parliament.

First visit Humayun’s tomb built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal.

Later visit Qutub Minar, the five-storied tower, with a 14.4meter base that tapers up to two and a half meters at the top and is visible for a long distance around.
Hotel: The Imperial, Heritage Room (B)      

Day 3: Delhi – Agra  

  • Transfer to the station
  • Arrive Agra station, met and transfer to the hotel
  • Later visit Agra Fort
  • Hi Tea with local family / Kachpura Heritage Walk
  • Overnight in Agra

Morning assisted departure transfer to the station to board the Shatabdi Express for Agra (0600/0800 hours)

Arrive Agra station where you will be met and transferred to the hotel. (Check in is at 1400 hours).

Visit the massive Agra Fort that was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jahangir, and grandson, Shah Jahan, later made valuable additions to it.

Late afternoon enjoy Hi Tea with local family and later proceed for Kachpura Heritage Walk. A narrow bridle path through agriculture fields near Mehtab Bagh takes you into the ancient village of Kachpura and Humayun’s Mosque.

The walk ends in Mehtab Bagh from where you will have the opportunity to watch the Taj Mahal during sunset from across the river.
Hotel: Oberoi Amarvilas, Premier Balcony Room (B)

Day 4: Agra – Jaipur   

  • Visit Taj Mahal by sunrise
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart by surface for Jaipur
  • En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri
  • Cooking demo / dinner at Dera Mandawa
  • Overnight stay in Jaipur

Visit the Taj Mahal by sunrise.

The Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built the Taj Mahal in 1630 AD to enshrine the mortal remains of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal manifests the wealth and luxury of Mughal art as seen in architecture and garden designs, painting, and calligraphy. The 144 foot double dome of the Taj is capped with a finial and the four minarets each 131 ft high and crowned by an open octagonal pavilion highlight the perfect symmetry of the tomb.

Post breakfast drive to Jaipur (approx. 6 hours) and en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri is the deserted red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its ‘ruins’ are still in a pristine condition.

Evening is reserved for special cooking demonstration/dinner with Thakur Durga Singh, the current custodian of Dera Mandawa, who is a keen observer of history, culture, religion, current affairs, and is a bank of knowledge so vast that he has a point of view on anything under the sun. He is what one could call a modern traditionalist, actively seeking the use of modern technology and methods to support the principles of traditional living. The inquisitive can have endless conversations with him on a number of his projects like rain – water harvesting, biogas plant, solar heating and even healthy cooking. He would be more than delighted to share his experiences with you.
Hotel: Taj Rambagh Palace, Palace Room (B, D)

Day 5: Jaipur

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day sightseeing tour
  • Late afternoon guided walk
  • Overnight stay in Jaipur

In the morning start your tour by visiting the magnificent Amber Fort. It was once the ancient capital of the Rajput Empire. From the road you can climb up to the fort in approximately 10 minutes but a jeep or elephant ride will spare you the trouble of walking up to the fortress. Once on the top, you will stroll with your guide through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls.

Visit the City Palace which houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings and an armory. Then, continue on to the Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) built in the 17th century by Jai Singh, a famous astronomer. The observatory has a 900-foot-high sundial. The Central museum founded in 1876 has a large collection of antiques. Later drive past the Hawa Mahal also known as the “Palace of Winds”. Hawa Mahal built in a unique design is the landmark of Jaipur and was used by the ladies of the court to watch the daily goings on in the street below. The pink sandstone carvings are extremely intricate and it is a great place to take pictures.

On a fascinating late afternoon walk mingle and talk with the locals while learning about some of the regions culinary delights: pakoras, aloo tiki, samosa and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers. You also have the option of seeing and trying the art of Henna painting.  This is a 2 ½ hour walk.
Hotel: Taj Rambagh Palace, Palace Room (B)

Day 6: Jaipur – Lakshman Sagar  

  • Morning Heritage Walk
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Lakshman Sagar
  • Overnight stay in Lakshman Sagar   

Today early morning experience the spiritual side of the locals by visiting colorful temples, interact with residents and discover some of the architectural wonders of this fascinating area of Jaipur. The walk has been carefully designed to offer a rewarding and enriching experience. This walk uncovers some of the best – kept secrets of the walled city of Jaipur by meeting residents and gaining an insight into their lives.

Post lunch drive to Lakshman Sagar (approx. 5 hours)

Lakshman Sagar used to be a 19th century hunting lodge that had been converted into an eco resort. Spread over 32 acres along the man-made lake, the resort has 12 cottages that have been meticulously planned and conceptualized by its architects. The resort is effortlessly stylish and chic with a blend of traditional Rajasthani elements, beautiful installations and elements of eco and slow living to round off the experience.
Hotel: Lakshman Sagar, Luxury Cottage (B, D) 

Day 7: Lakshman Sagar 

  • Nature Walk with breakfast in the fields
  • Morning explore the Village
  • Lunch at the Campsite
  • Enjoy Sundowners at Zanana Terrace
  • Dinner & Overnight stay in Lakshman Sagar

Nature Walk with breakfast in the fields: A morning walk through the outstretched henna fields, crossing the many small landmarks embedded with myths and legend, one is bound to build an appetite for an authentic breakfast experience in the middle of the fields. Arriving at the farmer’s hut, a charpoy is laid and the Chula lit, as  you enjoy bajre ki roti with fresh home made butter and piping hot masala chai.

Visit a local village.

Evening, enjoy Sundowners at Zanana Terrace. The Zanana rooftop, offering a panoramic view of the resort and the undulating landscape is perfect to watch the enchanting sunsets. Watch the sun go down the western horizon and paint the sky in shades of orange or kesariya and enjoy the local delicacies, piping hot mirchi pakoras, kachories and masala chai.
Hotel: Lakshman Sagar, Luxury Cottage (B, L, D)

Day 8: Lakshman Sagar – Bera    

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Bera
  • Lunch at Mobile Campsite
  • Afternoon explore the countryside
  • Overnight stay in Tents

Post breakfast drive to Bera (approx. 3 hours).

Arrive Bera in time for lunch at private exclusive mobile camp setup in the bush near leopard county Bera.

Later this afternoon ride out to look for leopards and try out the steeds.

Return to the camp for local folk entertainment followed by a BBQ dinner. Your stay will be in well-furnished mobile tents with en-suite facilities.
Hotel: Mobile Tents (B, L, D)

Day 9: Bera – Jawai    

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ride to Jawai
  • Spend time with Rabaris
  • Overnight stay in Tents

This morning ride out to the Jawai Dam, one of the biggest artificial lakes of Rajasthan, and is one of the largest reservoirs in Western Rajasthan that attracts an impressive array of migratory birds including flamingos, geese and the Sarus Crane.

Here you get to enjoy an exclusive wildlife experience uninhibited by any restrictions because it is not part of a national park. It is a vast sprawling wilderness of craggy hills, scrub, grasslands and winding sand riverbeds.

Leopards are Jawai’s predominant attraction. A thriving population lives in this region and therefore the chances of spotting one here are possibly the highest in all of India especially with the expert guides and trackers to guide you!

En-route visit the dwellings of the local Shepherds called “RABARIS”.

The Rabari, also called the Regali or Desai, are an indigenous tribale caste of nomadic cattle and camel herders. Traditionally the Rabari followed a highly nomadic way of life, living in tents or under the open skies. Their exact origin is unknown, though they likely migrated to India via Afghanastan via Baluchistan

Enjoy your lunch overlooking the magnificent Jawai. Post lunch ride towards the Arravali ranges and start your climb through the wooded hills for the second mobile camp.

Evening entertainment will be followed by dinner.
Hotel: Mobile Tents (B, L, D)

Day 10: Jawai – Kumbalgarh     

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ride to Ranakpur
  • En-route pass through GARACIA tribal Country
  • Overnight stay in Ranakpur

Today post breakfast ride to The Mountbatten Lodge through GARACIA tribal country.

Cultural exuberance of these Garasia tribes of Rajasthan is rightly being depicted in several of its elements. Since the houses of these Garasia tribes are small, a Garasia male of the household can perform all the household chores on his own. These Garasia tribes in general reside in one room houses prepared from mud and bamboo. Nowadays, this Garasia tribal community has learned to make flat tiled roofs. There are also few Garasia tribes who still today make thatched roofs. Houses are usually built on the slopes of hills with their fields extending out in front.

You will be riding through protected forest so the chances of seeing wildlife is quite high.

Arrive for lunch at the exclusive Mountbatten Lodge, Ranakpur.

The Mountbatten Lodge Ranakpur opened its doors to guests in October 2014. The owner, Reggie Singh, the grandson of Maharaj Ratan Singh of Jodhpur known for his polo and for safaris and the outdoors. It’s been his endeavor to recreate the past, the colonial times and the days of The Raj.

The Mountbatten Lodge shares its boundary with the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary and can boast of having two of the most important historical sights of the country at its backdoor: the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples and the Kumbalgarh Fort (famous for having the second longest wall after the great wall of china).

Afternoon is free to enjoy the lodge.
Hotel: Mountbatten Lodge, Suite (B, L, D)

Day 11: Ranakpur      

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Later ride to Ranakpur Jain Temples
  • Evening head for Champagne sunset
  • Farewell dinner at the lodge
  • Overnight stay in Ranakpur

Today morning drive to the famous Kumbhalgarh Fort.

Located north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained unconquered. The fort’s thick wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century.

After sightseeing of the fort mount the horses and enter the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary and start the ride towards the Ranakpur Jain Temples.

The ride today takes you across the Aravalli Hills, the oldest mountain range in the world. The scenery along the way is superb and you will see many vignettes of Rajasthani rural life. Among the sights you see are colorful villages, farms where an ancient system of irrigation using bullocks and a Persian wheel are still in practice, outdoor schools and the sartorially vibrant people who add a splash of color to the countryside.

After seeing the temples take the jeep back to the lodge.

This evening head for a Champagne sunset where you will enjoy spectacular views of the sunset.
Hotel: Mountbatten Lodge, Suite (B, L, D)

Day 12: Ranakpur – Udaipur       

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Udaipur
  • Late afternoon Heritage Walk  
  • Overnight stay in Udaipur

Today post leisurely breakfast drive to Udaipur (approx. 2 hours)

Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes that lead on to a fertile plain, Udaipur is a truly enchanting city. Narrow streets lined with vividly colored stalls, gardens, temples and palaces mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola add to the magic of Udaipur.

Late afternoon proceed for guided walk where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous ghats and historic temples on the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit an ancient step well which were used for drinking water by the locals. Join a family at their private residence on a cup of tea and snacks in their 150 year old residence decorated with fascinating fresco paintings and mirror work. From the clock tower

move towards the lane where the silver smiths and gold making workers are busy making and selling the ornaments. Observe the traditional way of making clay potteries and water pitchers etc. On this interesting walk you will see the bustling markets of Udaipur city where you will come across the vegetable, oil and bamboo market.
Hotel: Oberoi Udaivilas, Premier room with Semi Private Pool (B)

Day 13: Udaipur       

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit Eklingi and Nagda
  • Excursion to Devigarh /lunch
  • Evening visit Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Overnight stay in Udaipur

Post leisurely breakfast depart for a tour to Eklingji and Nagda, 22 km away, Built in 734 A.D, this complex of 108 temples is enclosed by high wall and is devoted to Eklingji, the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Nagda is on the way to Eklingji. It was the first capital of Bappa Rawal and has a magnificent torana exquisitely carved with graceful Apsaras. The Sas – Bahu temples here, built in 10th century are resplendent in their intricate carvings.

Enjoy lunch at the 18th century Devi Garh Fort Palace Hotel in the village of Delwara. The actual construction of the fort palace started only in the 1760s, under Raghudev Singh II, with further additions being made to the structure by the rulers who followed. Devi Garh is close to the temples of Eklingji and Nagda.

In the evening visit Bagore Ki Haveli. Every evening, the haveli is lit up and stages an enjoyable performance of traditional dance and music of Rajasthan.
Hotel: Oberoi Udaivilas, Premier room with Semi Private Pool (B)

Day 14: Udaipur – Delhi        

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half day sightseeing tour
  • Private Boat ride
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Arrive Delhi, met and transfer to the airport hotel
  • Late night assisted departure transfer to International airport

Morning proceed for sightseeing tour of the main sites in the city. Starting at Jagdish Temple built in 1651. Notice the many heritage mansions that line the city boulevards, the art shops and boutiques that lead to the old bathing ghats that fringe the banks of Lake Pichola. Visit the City Palace, (part of which has been converted into a museum housing the largest collection of crystal in the world,) and see the gorgeous peacock mosaics, striking blue and white ceramics and Dutch inlaid tile work, glass and porcelain figures and miniature paintings are just two of Udaipur’s main attractions.

Later take a private boat ride on Lake Pichola covering the City Palace and Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Assisted departure transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi. (6E 299 – 1925/2045 hours)

On arrival at Delhi airport, you will be met and transferred to the JW Marriott until time to be transferred to the International airport to board the onward flight for home.

  1. Quote Includes:
  • Breakfast on all days.
  • All meals during stay at Lakshman Sagar.
  • All meals during stay at Bera / Ranakpur.
  • Cooking demo / dinner in Jaipur.
  • Meet and greet services in Major cities.
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be provided by AC Toyota Innova SUV.
  • Entrance fees at all monuments listed in the itinerary for one visit only, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes, and porter age during all airport transfers.
  • Train Travel in Executive Class for Delhi – Agra sector.
  • Special Rickshaw Cycle tour in Delhi.
  • Kachpura Heritage Walk in Agra.
  • Elephant / jeep ride for visiting Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Morning and afternoon heritage walk in Udaipur.
  • Private boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
  • Visit to Bagore Ki Haveli / Udaipur.
  • Al necessary equipment and assistance during Horse Safaris as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes, tolls, parking fees and service tax.
  • Bottled water during long drives and airport transfers.

 

  1. Quote does not Include:
  • International airfare, Passport and Visa fees for India
  • Any meals or options mentioned as a supplement
  • Any Insurance
  • All personal expenses such as gratuities, meals, medical expenses, laundry, drinks, telephone and fax services, video or camera fee at the monuments and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
from/per person $10,140

Pricing Details

Save $350/person if booked by Sept. 1, 2016

Dates: October1, 2016 – December 20, 2016
Dates: January 6, 2017 – March 31, 2017

Cost of 2 people traveling together:
$10,140/person if paying by check
$10,505/person if paying by credit card

Cost of 1 person traveling alone:
$17,950/person if paying by check
$18,590/person if paying by credit card

14 Days
13 Nights

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