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Itinerary for Pushkar Fair Riding Safari in Rajasthan





Sample Itinerary: Udaipur-Pushkar - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Udaipur
Time for sightseeing. Dinner and overnight in middle class hotel.

Day 2: Udaipur to Deogarh
After breakfast you will have the chance to either take a boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur or do some sightseeing of the Eklingji / Nagda temples on our way to Deogarh, the starting point of the Safari. In the afternoon we will take a test ride to make sure we are well matched with our horses.  Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 3: Deogarh to Jormuda
On the first safari day the trail will lead through the lower hills of the  Aravalli Mountains. Todays route takes us through small villages and across lush, fertile lands.  Around 4 pm we will arrive in the safari camp where we will spend the night. Overnight stay in our safari camp.
 
Day 4: Jormuda - Kherda
Another day of riding through the hills. After lunch we can visit a number of tribal villages. They are usually situated on top of small hills surrounded by a wall of thorn bushes. The houses are built in clusters with thatched roofs and with walls made of mud. Often they are nicely decorated with white tribal paintings. Here we can experience first hand the unique culture of the Rajasthani tribes. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 5: Kherda - Lalpura
Today the landscape becomes more level and open. The main range of the Aravalli Mountains lies behind us and today we must navigate through a handful of ravines and canyons on the way to Thar Desert. The landscape is changing again and the lush vegetation is giving way to thorn trees and shrubs. .In the villages camels are becoming an increasingly common sight and cows are being replaced by goats. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 6: Lalpura - Jawaja
Today we enter the semi-desert which borders the vast expanse of the Thar Desert. The ground becomes sandy and the predominant colours are now yellow and brown. The terrain has leveled out and the hills are left behind. Open desert invites opportunity for long trots, canters and gallops and we may spot some antelope. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 7: Jawaja - Kharwa
Another day of riding through semi-desert brings us closer to Pushkar. We will encounter herds of cattle, camels and sheep either going or coming from the fair. Trading in Pushkar has taken place many years before the fair came into being and in the course of nearly a month thousands of animals will arrive in the otherwise sleepy town of Pushkar. We will have lunch today by the very impressive Kharwa Fort which we can visit afterwards. We should arrive back at camp in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 8: Kharwa - Pushkar
The last day of the safari the trail before reaching Pushkar leads us over sand roads and through thick thorn bush vegetation which is home to Nilgai and Chinkara antelope. Villages are rare at this point on our ride and the sand roads invite faster riding. Arrival in Pushkar is around 3:30 pm but a part of the Mela (fair) has to be crossed in order to reach our camp which is situated within walking distance of the fairground. The riders will have a short glimpse of the fair and the camel market. In the evening we may have a chance to walk over to the fair or perhaps attend some of the evenings activities going on there. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 9: Pushkar Fair
After breakfast we will can visit the Pushkar Fair on horseback. Since the trading ground is on a huge sand dune outside the town, this is a very comfortable and easy way to discover it. After the fair we will visit the area around Pushkar. Pushkar is situated at the edge of the desert and is surrounded by spectacular scenery. The countryside here is dry and infertile making agriculture rather hard. Many farmers choose the business of raising camels here, due to their adaptability in drought stricken areas. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 10:Departure day
Morning free to do sightseeing in Pushkar and then departure.
*Possibility to add on other sight-seeing options for the tours end.

--- the second week runs in the opposite direction of the first week.-----




Sample Itinerary Pushkar-Udaipur - subject to changes

Day 1:
Arrival
Arrival in Pushkar and transfer to our camp (transfer from Udaipur is available). Afternoon free to explore the Fair and to get to know the horses. Overnight stay in our safari camp.

Day 2: Pushkar Fair

After breakfast the riders can see the Pushkar Fair on horseback. Since the trading ground is on a huge sand dune outside the town, it is a very comfortable and easy way to discover it. Lunch can be either eaten in our camp or, if the riders want, packed and eaten along the way. In the afternoon they can set out on their own to either visit Pushkar or have another round at the fair. At the fairground, colorful programs are taking place all day long. Horse and camel races run, as well as fun competitions such as water pot races or a turban tie competition. Information about the timings will be given by us in the camp.

Day 3:
Pushkar - Kharwa
Beginning the safari, the trail leads over sand roads through thick thorn bush vegetation. Occasionally a field can be seen where a farmer tries to grow pulses on the infertile land. The main means of livelihood here is animal husbandry. On the way a small temple can be visited and the riders can admire the ruins of ancient forts. Arrival in Pushkar is around 3:30 pm but a part of the Mela (fair) has to be crossed in order to reach our camp which is situated within walking distance of the fairground. The riders will have a short glimpse of the fair and the camel market. In the evening they have a chance tp walk over to the fair or attending dance programs.

Day 4:
Kharwa - Jawaja
Another day of riding through semi desert, encountering hundreds of animals going to Pushkar or coming from the fair. Today the trail leads through tribal land and the riders can admire their hamlets and villages.

Day 5:
Jawaja - Lalpura
On this day the riders will slowly leave the desert behind. The land however still is level but the hills can be seen in some distance. Flocks of cattle, goats, sheep and many camels are passing. All head towards the Pushkar Fair or are driven back home. Occasionally the riders will encounter nomads with colourful turbans and huge moustaches herding their camels to Pushkar. They transport everything they own and need for a living on the back of their animals. The small children and women with infants are allowed to ride, the rest of the family is walking.

Day 6:Lalpura - Kherda
The main range of the Aravalli Mountains is laying in front of the riders now. The climate is still dry and so is the vegetation. But now trees are lining the way and the thorn bush vegetation is left behind. Stretches of open country invite for an occasional gallop and the horses enjoy the soft and level ground. Camels are still a regular sight.

Day 7:Kherda - Jormuda
Today the landscape becomes hilly. The desert is left behind and the riders enter the lower ranges of the Aravalli Mountains. The riders can visit a number of tribal villages. They are usually situated on top of small hills surrounded by a wall of thorn bushes. The houses are built in clusters with thatched roofs and walls made of mud. Often they are nicely decorated with white tribal paintings. Here the riders can experience first hand the unique culture of the Rajasthani tribes. After arrival in the camp, which is nicely situated at a small lake, Jormuda Fort can be visited.

Day 8:Jormuda - Deogarh
On the last safari day the trail will lead through the low Aravalli Mountains. The route goes through villages and fertile lands. On the way the riders have a chance of visiting temples and see Baoris (step wells) with marble chattris (small pavilions). Around 4 pm the camp will be reached.

Day 9: Udaipur
Transfer back to Udaipur after breakfast, afternoon sightseeing in Udaipur, overnight stay in middle class hotel.

Day 10: Departure
Program ends after breakfast.

 


 

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Pushkar Fair Riding Safari in Rajasthan
Tour Code: IT-INRT03
10 days / 9 nights ~$2,360.00
Dates : November

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur (UDR)
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