Our safaris are special for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we offer the riders to experience rural India with its amazing undiscovered country sides, small villages, its nature and ancient culture, still detectable through scattered monuments such as forts, temples, havelis, etc. Further on our safaris we introduce our riders to the unique Indian Marwari horses, the former mounts of the Maharajas and princes of India.
We handle every safari personally so that our riders feel at home. Every detail is taken care of and no wish is left open.
All our safaris are organized as close to nature as possible and are eco-friendly. We use local supplies and groceries and prevent unnecessary waste. Cooking and lighting is done with gas as not to cut done forest wood.
Our safaris provide rural employment as we occupy local people as helpers, guides or artists. We strongly emphasize local culture and try to help preserve it in giving the people a sense of value and pride.
Our main aim is to show our rider the unique culture and ecology of Rajasthan to our guests and connect this with an unforgettable equestrian experience.
Our horseback safaris lead through the rocky hills of the Aravalli Mountains, geologically one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, over the fertile plains and the wild savannahs of Western Malwa, with its many forts and strongholds and down into the vast expanse of the Thar Desert stretching out from India into Pakistan.
On our safaris, the guests stay overnight in our tented safari camp in the Indian bush. Every evening we set up our camp at a different location, sometimes next to a little village, sometimes in the loneliness of the Indian landscape.
Each of our camp-site is chosen with the greatest care in order to ensure the safety of the guests and the scenery of the surroundings.
Our safari camp consists of spacious double tents with flooring, proper beds including pillows, sheets and blankets, windows for ventilation and a small pre-tent to leave shoes/boots or to enjoy a morning tea.
Showers and bathroom facilities are provided in our bathroom trolley with running water (hot water is supplied in buckets). Towels, soap and toilet paper are supplied and a wash-basin as well as a mirror attached.
The tents are usually grouped around a central dining area and surrounded by a traditional textile “fence”. The kitchen is open-air, hidden by another textile screen.
Thus away from civilization our safari camp offers all necessary amenities for the riders to feel comfortable and at ease.
This camp layout is not modern but in fact very ancient. Already the Maharajas of old times used to travel through their kingdom in this fashion and later the hunting camps of the British Raj where modeled in the same fashion.
Thus we lean on an old Rajput tradition, which is quite natural as our family descends from an old noble Rajput family of Udaipur.
A normal safari day includes between 5 and 6 hours in the saddle plus a lunch break (lunch is either taken as a lunch packet or brought to the riders by our jeep) and several smaller breaks for sightseeing on the way or a tea stop in the little hamlet by the way. Arrival in the next safari camp is as a rule in the late afternoon. The riders are awaited by tea/coffee and some snacks and of course an inviting shower. Depending upon the place, the rest of the afternoon can be used to do some local sightseeing, a trip to the next village, an evening walk through the countryside or simply some relaxing in the camp. After nightfall we usually prepare a campfire and sometimes some village musicians/artists from the local village come to the camp to perform for us. Depending on the locality the riders can thus experience local folk dances, theatre, music, puppet shows or even horse dance.
Thus every day there is something new to experience and to see, our safaris never get boring and we have many surprises for the riders in store. In some places this may include a visit to the local temple at prayer time, a bullock-cart ride, interaction with local village people, a camel ride, horse dance, the participation in an Indian festival or ceremony and many other things.
For a safari to take place, we need a minimum of 2 guests with a maximum of 10 riders, as we feel that we cannot give larger groups the same individual and personal attention as per our standard.
On the ride we send two guides along with the riders so the group can be divided if necessary and individual comfort and safety is ensured.
We organize horseback safaris from September till April, thus avoiding the hot Indian summer and the monsoon with its heavy rain showers.
6-9 days Horseback Safari over the historic Malwa Plain
Our Mewar Trails brings our riders in the South-Eastern corner of the state. The ever-changing countryside, sometimes rough and sometimes smooth from the rugged landscape of the Jaisamand Lake, the second-largest man-made lake in Asia, to the open Malwa Plain is a paradise for riders with its broad sandy paths and wild savannah, perfectly suited for long trots, canters and gallops. Starting from Jaisamand and its Wildlife Sanctuary where Nilgai antelopes, Cheetal deer and countless birds can be observed, the trail continues through rocky terrain down into the Malwa Plain, a region geographically belonging to Central India which is so fertile that even Opium is grown here.
This is a part of Rajasthan undisturbed by tourism, thus unspoiled and still rather traditional in outlook and appearance. There are no big touristic sights but rather a many undiscovered jewels to be visited by our riders.
The highlights of this safari are Jaisamand Lake and its Wildlife Sanctuary, the ancient temple complex at Jagat, also called “Little Khajurao” due to its exquisite stone carving, the medieval fort of Parsoligarh, Badwei Lake, home of many indigenous and in winter also migratory birds including flamingos, cranes and kingfishers, Barisadri Palace, till today home of the once most powerful noble family of the kingdom of Mewar, Boheda Rawla and the rarely frequented Sita Mata National Park.
Boheda, our ancestral village on the Malwa Plain is the perfect base for the exploration of the Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, the best place in Rajasthan to spot Leopards, Nilgai antelopes, Sambar and Cheetal Deer, Chinkara gazelles and many other animals and birds of the Indian fauna. Due to its remoteness from all major roads and tourist places, very little visitors find their way to this natural paradise.