Day 1: Flight to India (Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan city
and capital New Delhi is the main gateway for the travellers
India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel.
2: Delhi - Nawalgarh
In the morning drive from Delhi to
Nawalgarh in the
Shekhawati region of
Rajasthan. Nawalgarh is known for the
havelis of its wealthy merchant class, the Marwaris. The
drive to Shekhawati is through picturesque village and
farms. Nawalgarh was founded in 1737 AD by Thakur Nawal
Singh, a warrior statesman. The town exudes an old world
charm and the colourful bazaar has the largest number of
painted Havelis in Shekhawati. In the late afternoon meet
up at the stables, where the riders will be introduced to
the safari team and the lovely ‘Marwari’ horses and can
also have a ride. The riding leader Shri Devendra Singh
will advise about the horses and give the details about
the tour and introduction talk on the arid region ecology.
Day 3: Nawalgarh
In the morning you will ride on the horses to the country
side. In the afternoon you will visit the havelies.
Day 4: Nawalgarh - Dundlod
Today, you will start your horse safari from Nawalgarh to
Dundlod Fort. After travelling through sandy tracks of
Shekhawati, you will enter the village of
village is known for its two impressive Goenka Haveli and
its painted Goenka chhatri or cenotaphs. Overnight stay in
Day 5: Dundlod - Mandawa
Today you will ride on your horses from Dundlod to Mandawa
Shekhawati region. Today you will ride through the
town onto dry sandy tracks and farmlands. Lunch at churi.
Shekhawati lies in the north east region of Rajasthan and
is the homeland of marwaris. The marwaris form one of the
most important merchant and business groups in India, they
developed their business acumen on the trade routes
between Delhi and the coast between India and Central
Asia. Marwaris enjoyed protections by Maharajas and many
of them built grand havellis. The havellis are mansions,
elaborately and attractively decorated with a strong main
entrance. The walls are often covered with murals, local
legends and religious scenes from
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 6: Mandawa - Mehansar
Today you will ride from Mandawa to Mehansar. On the way
you will pass through the dry sandy tracks and farmlands.
You will have lunch near Nangli on a high sand dune "Gogameri".
Here there is a temple dedicated to famous folk hero "Gogaji".
The area has a large population of peacocks in the wild.
Mehansar was founded in mid 18th century. It is one of
less visited towns of Shekhawati. Sone Chandi ki Haveli
(‘Mansion of Gold and Silver’) which belonged to the
Poddar family of jewelers, has the finest frescoes in
Shekhawati. The Raghunath temple with beautiful paintings
resembles the Bikaner school of art. Overnight stay in
Day 7: Mehansar - Desert
Today you will ride from Mehansar to Desert Resort. The
Desert Resort is recreated in the style of a typical
Rajasthani Village. The mystery and romance of the desert
are captured in the unusual architecture of the Resort.
The cottages are built by the local craftsmen using mud
and brick and reflect the traditional harmony between man
and nature. Each cottage and rooms are furnished in a
distinctive style. The exteriors are decorated with
traditional lime paste mandana or rice flour patterns
which are redone daily by women from the village, while
the interiors are ornamented with mirror-work and glass
beads in myriad colors. Overnight stay at Desert Resort.
Day 8: Desert Resort -
Today you will ride from Desert Resort to Naharsingani.
This ride will take you through the typical Shekhawati
landscape, fields dotted with Khejri trees, low sand
dunes, small villages with common grazing woodlots with
desert flora and fauna. Overnight stay at the farm house.
Day 9: Naharsinghani -
Today you will ride from Naharsinghani to Nawalgarh.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 10: Nawalgarh - Delhi
In the morning drive to Delhi. In the evening you will
reach Delhi and transfer to the airport for the flight to
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