TOUR CODE: ADV005
HORSE SAFARI IN RAJASTHAN
The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colors, although pinto patterns tend to be the most popular with buyers and breeders
HORSE SAFARI IN RAJASTHAN
Starting & Ending Point: Jaipur
Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days
Dates of Departure: 15th of Dec. & January – Every Year
Cost of Tour: USD 800 Per person
Super Registration: USD 100
It is a safari. Yes, a horse safari. But The Thar Marwari Horse Safari is no ordinary safari. The horses are not ordinary either, they are Marwari; yes, the indigenous Marwaris that were once the pride of the Rajput warriors.
The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colors, although pinto patterns tend to be the most popular with buyers and breeders. It is known for its hardiness, and is quite similar to the Kathiawari, another Indian breed from the Kathiawar region southwest of Marwar. Many breed members exhibit a natural ambling gait. The Marwari are descended from native Indian ponies crossed with Arabian horses, possibly with some Mongolian influence.
The Rathores, traditional rulers of the Marwar region of western India, were the first to breed the Marwari. Beginning in the 12th century, they espoused strict breeding that promoted purity and hardiness. Used throughout history as a cavalry horse by the people of the Marwar region, the Marwari was noted for its loyalty and bravery in battle. The breed deteriorated in the 1930s, when poor management practices resulted in a reduction of the breeding stock, but today has regained some of its popularity. The Marwari is used for light draught and agricultural work, as well as riding and packing. In 1995, a breed society was formed for the Marwari in India. The exportation of Marwaris was banned for decades, but between 2000 and 2006, a small number of exports were allowed. Since 2008, visas allowing temporary travel of Marwaris outside India have been available in small numbers.
PEOPLE, HAVELIES & FRESCOES:
In Shekhawati, frescoes were initially introduced by Shekhawat Rajputs in their forts and palaces. The towns in Shekhawati are known for their painted havelis. This region has been recognized as the “open art gallery of Rajasthan” having the largest concentration of frescos in the world.
The Marwaris from Marwar was an influential business community in Shekhawati, and they prospered until the beginning of the 19th century, due to the caravan routes that crossed the area to reach the ports of Gujarat. However, from 1820 onwards, many left their families behind and migrated to Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras, which were gaining importance as main trade centers where they had great financial success. The descendants of these rich merchants have permanently settled down in the towns their ancestors migrated to. The Shekhawati region has produced large number of Marwaris who are dominant factor in the economy of India. About 80 percent of big industrial houses are managed by Marwaris. India’s richest industrialists of the century, such as the Birlas and Dalmia, are Marwaris. Today, the main trading and industrial houses of India have their roots in Shekhawati.
Between 1830 and 1930, they erected buildings in Shekhawati, their homeland, as evidence of their success. As the ultimate symbol of their opulence, the Marwaris commissioned artists to paint those buildings.
Most of the buildings of the Shekhawati region were constructed in between the 18th century and the early 20th century. During the British occupation, traders adapted this style for their buildings. The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting theological and historical themes. The frescos include images of gods, goddesses, animals, and the life of the lords Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the havelis in this region.
Marwaris have played an important role in the development of Shekhawati. Their major contribution to the Shekhawati region is in the field of education. Marwaris have also played a leading role in the Indian independence movement. They provided financial help in running the freedom movement.
Everything has been planned and picked meticulously – our tents have not been bought off the shelf, they have been specially designed for you, the furniture handcrafted and the upholstery chosen carefully. Our grooms are trained and the man who leads it, has been a very well trained horse rider. He knows all about horses and loves them to distraction. The ride routes are not random, we have been on recees to decide the best routes through the sandy terrains, we have woven the itinerary around special occasions like cattle fairs so that you can take back unforgettable vignettes from India. To help you understand a land that is different from yours, we would have an expert telling you about the land, its myths, its food, its people, its art… Not just learn, you would also have live performances during evenings… You can shake a leg with the folk dancers or strum that wooden musical instrument. You would ride through Aravali hills, semi-desert terrains, forests, salt lakes, marshes and grass lands and stop in unique settings for lunch halts and tented accommodation.
Our safaris are an experience of lifetime – you would ride pure-bred Indian Marwari horses in un spoilt terrain and interact with tribal and nomads. This way you get to see the real India, the experience becomes even more memorable when shared with like-minded people who love horses, wildlife, nature and culture.
Arrive Jaipur on your own in the morning. We will pick you up and after breakfast in a hotel we will transfer you to the starting point of our safari. Lunch will be served at the starting points and after lunch you will commence your horse safari. Dinner and overnight at Camp.
DAY 2 to DAY 3
You will be riding through the Skekhawati region and staying in the camp.
After breakfast ride till lunch time and after lunch you will be transferred to Jaipur by car/coach and we will drop you at the railway station or airport.
A DAY’S MEAL COMPRISES OF:
Evening Tea with Cookies
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
- Pick up from Jaipur by coach and drop at the safari starting point on day 1 and vice verse on day 4.
- Accommodation in Alpine tents with complete bedding on twin sharing basis.
- Horses for the riders.
- All meals starting from breakfast on day 1 till lunch on day 4
- A perfect kitchen team to serve you excellent & nutritious food
- A team of security personnel to ensure your security hazards.
- A team of entertainers to entertain you in the evening.
- Cold drinks and mineral water every day during the entire journey.
- Jeeps for backup support
- Trucks to transport the luggage and other belongings
- Camp Fire & Cocktails – every evening
- A team of workers and managers to handle your needs
- Our professional escort to take care of your needs.
WHAT TO CARRY:
- Heavy woolen clothes.
- Good and comfortable walking shoes,
- Sun Glasses
- Torch, Cap and a walking stick.
- One Blanket for emergency
- One water bottle
- Loose and comfortable clothing
WHAT NOT TO CARRY:
- Any kind of valuables
- Heavy Luggage