|Horse safari is the best way to explore the woodsy and rugged part of Rajasthan. While camels remain unbeatable for desert transportation, only horses ensure penetration in the wildest of the wild and the steepest. Besides the sheer pleasure of riding a horse, it will take you to green countryside, rocky and steep hills and pass historic cities and magnificent forts. Like elephants, horses too have royal past in Rajasthan.
The erstwhile Rajputs rulers of the state were indigenous skilled horseback riders. In the medieval ages, the horse regiment formed one of the most important parts of the desert armies. If you are on a horse safari at the state, you will have the heady feeling of belonging to a different age, in a timeless and ancient land.
Some of the most preferred routes for horse safari are the hilly terrain of the Aravalli ranges, the Deogarh Plateau, the woodsy plains around Udaipur, the sandy and rocky fields of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Bikaner regions. Majority of the tours begin from Jodhpur and Udaipur. The Shekhawati region is a favourite due to the vast range of diversity in landscapes such as sparse forests and the high sand dunes. Most of these routes are those horse trails frequented by the Rajput warriors.
If you are in Rajasthan with the aim of horse safari-ing, do not be content with any horse you get. Here some of the best bred horses of India are found. If possible choose Sindhi, Kathiawari or Marwari, considered the best bred horse in the world. Plus, you will receive expert guidance from a guide who will accompany you all the way giving information about the do and dont’s of horse safari. Most packages arrange accommodation in ancient palaces and Garhs (small forts) now owned by the descendants of those glorious Rajput rulers. Apart from the luxurious stay, cultural programmes and other entertainment options are also available. In longer duration safaris, some nights are spent at lively colourful campsites where local folk dance and music resonate in the air.
Useful Information: Riders should wear boots and a hat as well as sun-glasses. Breeches or jeans will be most comfortable. Pullovers and jackets are also mandatory as the evenings get extremely are cold. Most of the tour operators provide beds, linen, towels etc. Also, all meals during the tenure of your safari are included in the package. It is a good idea to advise your tour operator on your height, weight and riding experience to enable them to match you with the right horse.