A Royal Ride through India’s History I have ridden in more than 20 countries over the last 40 years and had some glorious experiences. Two contrasting rides stand out for me because of the... Read more
Horseback Riding in India
Horseback riding in India is a fabulous experience. Few places in the world offer the exotic charm and colorful pageantry of India’s Rajasthan. Itsfascinating culture is more ancient than Europe’s and the architectural achievements are unsurpassed. The incomparable TajMahal is incontestably the most famous building in the world. When Bayard Fox, founder of Equitours, first explored the possibilities of horseback riding in India over 20 years ago the concept of riding tours was entirely new there and, as is usually the case, the organization of the first trip was chaotic, but the tremendous potential was obvious. Bayard has returned a dozen times since, often bringing guests he had met at his Wyoming ranch, and the riding tours there have become some of the most smoothly run in the whole Equitours program.
The itineraries include justly famous tourist attractions in Delhi, Jaipur, and Udaipur, but the best way to visit the heart of this intriguing country is on horseback. The horses are Marwaris, which in former times were superb war horses, greatly prized by their owners. Now they make wonderful companions for an equestrian vacation and they take great pleasure in long, fast canters. The terrain is often excellent for making good time in the saddle following sandy trails with ideal footing for horses. Experienced guides provide a fund of information about Indian history and culture.
The palaces or castles where we stay have been converted to hold modern comforts without losing any of their ancient charm. The camping is luxurious as in the old days of the Raj. The service is outstanding and the food excellent. Age-old traditions still flourish, along with arts and crafts, and shopping opportunities are varied and irresistibly tempting withprices often a small fraction of those in the US.
In addition to the scheduled rides adventures listed, custom horseback riding trips can be arranged in the Sekhawati region from October through March for singles or small groups at very reasonable prices.