Rajasthan, Rajasthan Tour, Balotra Horse Fair Safari Tour

Balotra Fair 2015
Balotra Horse Fair Safari Tour

(Sunday 8th March to Thursday 19th March 2015)

(13 Days / 12 Nights)
                
     (Delhi-Jodhpur-Luni-Satlana-Ghana-Karmavas-Asotra-Balotra-Jodhpur-Delhi)


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In the Balotra Horse Fair Safari Tour we Ride from Jodhpur to the heartland of the well known Marwari horse to visit largest rustic horse and cattle fair at Tilwara (Balotra). The safari amuses the old magnetism of horseback journey. In the tour we pass through various beautiful forts, palaces and ancient spots on the back of the horse while enjoying the views of the deserted areas, hills, plains etc. In the tour we spend evening in the camp and enjoy folk music and dances.

Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi) (Sunday 8th March 2015)
Today arrival in
Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 02.
Delhi - Jodhpur (by train) (Monday 9th March 2015)
Today day free for leisure at the hotel. In the evening you will be transferred to railway station for train to Jodhpur. Overnight in the train.


Day 03.
Jodhpur (Tuesday 10th March 2015)  
Today arrival in Jodhpur and transfer to the hotel. After a short break and lunch we drive to the base camp where the safari team and horses and have arrived from Nawalgarh. Upon arrival at base camps you are greeted with folk musical presentation and welcome gifts. The safari-riding leader helps the visitors pick and choose their horses-riding around the landscape. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.



Day 04. Jodhpur (Wednesday 11th March 2015)
Today morning sightseeing of Jodhpur. We visit the Mehrangarh fort, explore parts of the old city of Jodhpur with car and guide. After the sightseeing we proceed to the base camp riding in the countryside. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a huge 10 km long wall which has 101 bastions and seven gates. Mehrangarh Fort is built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.  

Day 05. Jodhpur - Luni - Satlana (Thursday 12th March 2015)
Cross Country Safari begins
Today in the morning we drive to base camp to start horse safari. The ride goes through dry flat region. Lunch will be provided on the way. Each day we ride about 30 kms through the scenic landscapes, villages and farms. Enroute we also visit the Luni River. We also pass through many villages of the Bishnoi people who are an eco friendly sect of Hindu religion. Overnight stay at the camp.  

Day 06. Satlana - Ghana (Friday 13th March 2015)   
Riders go upstream in the huge area of the dry river bed of the Luni river. The path is very sandy so we move very slowly. After the sandy path we pass through some villages and dry areas. People are seen in the areas celebrating the festival of holi with dancing and drum music. After leaving this area we ride through some protected shrub land of the Ramdev ji Shrine to reach the campsite. The camp is situated in a farmer’s field. In the camp we also arrange a meeting of you with one of the farmers family or other ladies of the adjacent village in the camp so that you may know about their culture and lifestyle by interacting with them. Overnight in camp.

Day 07. Ghana - Karmavas (Saturday 14th  March 2015)   
Today we will ride through dry deserted regions which are arid but not sandy. Enroute we also spot the clean and properly built clay dwellings of the villagers. The movement will be west North-west. The riders reach the camp with low hills of Aravali ranges seen on the horizon. Unique desert flora will also be seen on the way. Overnight stay in Camp.



Day 08.
Karmavas - Asotra (Sunday 15th March 2015)    
Today we will ride on our horses towards the hills and cross the ‘mangla’ village. Enroute we will take lunch in the surroundings of a small hill facing the dry Luni riverside. After taking lunch we ride on our horses to Asotra. Enroute we will spot a green belt around Asotra aquifer created by the historic saraswati river basin from 2000 BC which will amaze you. Farmers pump water by electric pumps and raise crops and we will ride on our horses through this fertile oasis belt. Afterwards we proceed to our camps which are in the farmer’s field. We also meet the local villagers and their families. Overnight stay in Camp.

Day 09. Asotra - Balotra: Fair (Tilwara) (Monday  16th March 2015)    
Today we proceed to Balotra. Till Jasol we go by Jeep. Horse Ride begins from Jasol to Tilwara village. We will ride about 15 kms. In the evening we reach Tilwara.  We will explore the village and enjoy the fair. In the evening we enjoy the campfire and folk entertainment.
 

Day 10. Balotra: Fair (Tuesday  17th  March 2015)
Today in the morning and evening we have a horse ride. In the afternoon we will enjoy the fair. In the evening we enjoy the folk entertainment and campfire. Overnight stay at the Camp.

Day 11. Balotra: Fair (Wednesday 18th March 2015)     
Today in the morning and evening we have a horse ride. In the afternoon we will enjoy the fair. In the evening we enjoy the folk entertainment and campfire. Overnight stay at the Camp.

Day 12. Balotra: Fair - Jodhpur (about 4 hrs) - Delhi (Thursday 19th March  2015)   
Today in the morning we ride around the fair ground. After lunch we drive to Jodhpur. Dinner at the hotel Ratan Vilas. Rooms will be available for Wash & change. Afterwards Later transfer to Railway station for train to Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 13. Flight to Home (Friday 20th March  2015)   
Around midnight flight from Delhi to home destination.
(End of our Services)

About Hotels:
We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. Luxury hotels are all five stars or of above standard. Deluxe would be a combination of 3 and 4 star Hotels and standard would be a combination of 2 and 3 star or similar hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.

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Pushkar Fair Horse Safari Tour – Indicative tour cost in Euro on per person basis from 2 to 4 Traveler
March 2015

 

Tour cost in Euro from 2 person to 4 person

2- 4

 

Room Type*

DBL

SRS*

     
Tour Cost € 2895 € + 247
     


* The international flights are not included in the given cost. 
* Approx. 07 weeks before the start of the trip, we will let you know how many participants have signed up for this trip, as the cost of the Tour varies depending on the number of participants.
* No Single tent supplements are applicable on safari, if you require then we will provide single occupancy tents .
* The tour cost may increase subject to fuel price hike.
* Visa fees (about € 105) are not included in the given tour cost.

                           DBL* = double room * SRS = Single room supplement

 

Proposed Hotels

Nights

Indo Vacations – Inclusions:

  • All meals during Safari and at Jodhpur.

  • Complete sightseeing program as per the itinerary.

  • Accommodation in a double room with shower /bath & WC in the hotels as indicated.

  • Train ticket (Delhi - Jodhpur - Delhi).

  • Services of qualified local guides (English Speaking Guide) during the whole tour.

  • Valid guaranteed Contract for the services to be provided by our travel agency.

  • An air-conditioned vehicle, including insurance, fuel etc. with chauffeur (experienced, reliable and English speaking) during the tour.

  • Travel Literature

  • Entrance tickets at Jodhpur.

  • All applicable taxes

  • Guidance and assistance throughout the tour by an Accompanying English speaking safari leader escort

  • Indo Vacations reserve the right of changes which may be beyond our control.
     

Not included are: Beverages, mineral water at pushkar camp, Insurance, medication or expenses of personal nature laundry etc are not covered under inclusions !

P. S: Our deluxe camps on safari have fully furnished oriental tents which have regular camp cots with complete bed linen, floor covering, chairs, adjoining toilet and bath tents. Towels, soap hot water provided for bath morning and evening.
Regular dining tents with sit down arrangements. All meals have a choice of Indian and continental dishes. At Pushkar the riders stay at tourist camps approved by the government. We camp with our Horses has horse breeders in fair grounds. The tourist camps have attached toilet / showers with running water and electricity.

 

Useful Items the riders should bring:

  • Soft water bottle for the saddle bag.

  • Riding cap or helmet

  • Sheep skin for saddle.

  • Small torch or flash light.

  • Sun hat and sun cream

  • Bathe gown for ladies (bath tent is adjoining accom tents)

  • Lightweight raincoat.

  • Leather chaps.

  • Camera battery charger with a cigarette lighter lead ( our jeep has two sockets working by jeep battery).

Hotel Florence, Delhi***

Delhi

2

Hotel Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur*** Jodhpur
2
Birla Rest House, Lohargal Satlana
1
Camp Ghana
1
Camp Karmavas
1
Camp Asotra
1
Camp Balotra
3

Total Nights

11

Heritage Hotels:
Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days.
 

Details for the vehicles used are available at the below given links:  

For 1 - 3 person – Tata Indigo / Etios / Swift Dzire - (4 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tataindigo.htm
http://indovacations.net/english/Toyota-Etios.htm
http://indovacations.net/english/Swift-Dzire.htm

For 3 - 5 person – Tavera Chevrolet / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo - (6 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tavera.htm; http://www.indovacations.net/english/ToyotaInnova.htm

For 6 - 9 person - Tempo Traveler - (10 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/tempotraveler.htm;
For 10 - 15 person mini-bus (18 seats)
http://www.indovacations.net/english/minibus2.htm;

For 16 - 28 passenger bus - (30 - 35 seats) http://www.indovacations.net/english/largebus.htm


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