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Royal Rajasthan on Horseback

Translated at the ‘Land of Kings’, Rajasthan boasts timeless splendour and a rich royal history. Set out upon a horseback journey across Rajasthan’s unique landscape of hills, deserts and fertile land. Riding upon animals whose origins are entwined with local folklaw, you will encounter local communities and discovering ancient traditions on this intimate journey.

When to go:
October – March

Arriving in Jaipur, capture your first glimpse of the Pink City, before heading out onto the streets alongside your knowledgeable guide where you will become immersed in the riches of traditional India. Visit the iconic Hawa Mahal, designed to look like the crown of Krishna, standing five stories tall with 953 intricate latticework windows. Continue to the private residence of the royal family of Jaipur where you will be invited to take high tea, before a private tour of Chandra Mahal.

Synonymous with Indian culture, the majestic Indian elephants play a key role in the country’s religious heritage and history. Visit an elephant wilderness camp and spend time strolling through the Saluwar Forest alongside these gentle creatures, before dining with them under the stars.

Take a private charter from Jaiput to Sirohi where you will be transferred to the beautiful Jawai Camp, a unique stay offering a spectacular setting in a dramatic wilderness that combines breath-taking landscape and vibrant culture. Head out in a safari jeep to explore the vast landscape and search for the striking leopards that roam here. In this area, leopards live amongst the villagers, roaming wild and free.

Begin your day with a morning yoga lesson from expert yogi. As the sun rises over this picturesque setting, you will be sure to feel at peace with the nature surrounding you. Meet your fabulous Marwari horses, a breed renowned for its grace, elegance and exotic beauty, and begin your journey, riding through the southern fringes of the Aravelli Hills. This region is characterised by high plains and plateau, forests of juniper, unspoilt rural villages and ancient temples, making for a diverse riding route.

Arrive at your exclusive luxury tented camp, constructed solely for you and nestled into the seclusion of the Siyana Hills. This afternoon, you will be joined by a spiritual disciple of two great Advait philosophy masters, who will share with you her own spiritual journey and the impact this has had upon her life; an insightful and fascinating lesson.

Explore deeper into your surroundings on horseback, visit local villages where you will meet local Rabari tribes, dressed in colourful turbans and living off their livestock. Dismounting your horses, walk alongside the Rabari tribe, a mesmerising experience that will bring you close to the essence of their existence. By evening, delight in sundowners as you reflect upon your day’s adventures.

Saddling up for the last time, you will ride towards Jodhpur, taking in the peace of your surroundings before the disarray of Jodhpur’s sapphire-blue buildings appear on the horizon before you.  Explore the Blue City on a tailor-made tour that delves into the heart of Jodhpur to discover the lesser known treasures of this captivating city, learning about legends of the past, peeping into the life of locals and meandering through narrow alleyways dotted with indigo coloured houses.

As the sun begins to fade on your time in India, you will venture up the hill to the Mehrangarh Fort, sitting in a dramatic spot above the city. As all other visitors leave before the Fort closes, you will be greeted by the Curator of the Fort for a private tour that will allow you to discover the contents of this iconic museum in the most exclusive and personal way possible. This evening, you will dine exclusively in the fort with enthralling traditional musicians and dances to entertain you into the night.