17-26 November, 2023 Pushkar Relief Ride
* Pricing is based on an intimate group of no more than 12. Prices will vary based on number of participants.
** We welcome novice riders, slower riders can ride alongside the caravan. Riders may choose to finish any segment by riding in our accompanying jeep. If you have a member of your party who would like to join the trip but is not a rider, RRI can make provisions for him/her to accompany us in a Camel Cart or an AC SUV Jeep.
November 17th through 26th, 2023
Day 1 November 17th
Arrive in Delhi and spend the night at a beautiful boutique hotel, or similar.
Day 2 November 18th
Enjoy the morning at your leisure and the afternoon sightseeing on a guided tour of New Delhi. After an early dinner we will depart for the train station where we will board the overnight train to Ladnu.
Day 3 November 19th
Early morning, we will transfer via coach to our tented encampment in Baghsara for breakfast and an introduction to RRI. We will start our day engaged in purposeful and meaningful work, conducting both our Gift of Sight and Dental Care programs in the village of Baghsara. We will also be screening eye patients in order to qualify them for free eye surgeries. The camp will open from 10:00 a.m. and will close by 3:00 p.m., or until the last patients have been screened and/or treated. Late afternoon easy casual ride to get to know our horses. Overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Baghsara.
Day 4 November 20th
After a hearty breakfast, we will depart for Dugastaau on horseback. This ride will take us through a serene desert landscape with rolling dunes. We will stop for lunch and a relaxing break in a shaded area before riding to our campsite. Expect to see a wide array of wildlife such as chinkaras, black buck, and blue bulls. Overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Dugastaau.
Day 5th November 21st
Begins with a morning visit to a school in Dugastaau to perform our educational program where we will distribute educational materials and sporting equipment to young students. After lunch we will distribute livestock to widows and 'below poverty level' individuals in the village of Dugastaau. We shall overnight in the dunes, in our tented camp in Dugastaau.
Day 6 November 22nd
We will ride from Dugastaau to Chua. The trail will take us through a range of varied terrain from sandy dunes dotted in thatched mud huts and farmed millet fields. We will have the opportunity to meet with the Rebari tribes as they migrate their livestock north to cooler climates for the summer. Overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Chua.
Day 7 November 23rd
Beginning with a morning visit to a school in Chua to perform our paediatric program where we will distribute educational materials and sporting equipment to young students. We'll enjoy a leisurely afternoon as we prepare for equestrian fun and games like Ball and Bucket, a race where the object of the game is to put five tennis balls into a bucket positioned on the other side of a field. If Ball and Bucket is a bit too fast paced for you, join with your horse in a game of Musical Horses. Overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Chua.
Day 8 November 24th
Ride from Chua to our Degaana lunch point. Morning ride through breathtaking dune filled areas; we may see several Chinkara gazelles and if we're lucky, also come across the Desert Fox. This beautiful region is home to the Bishnoi tribe, who are known as conservationists as the preservation of animal and vegetable life is a religion and has been so from the early 15th century. We will depart for the Pushkar fair by bus (approx. 1 hour) after lunch to enjoy the day experiencing all the fair has to offer. One highlight is the horse auction and equestrian events held over two days before the full moon. The finest Marwari horses can be found parading in races and dances in an effort to attract the highest bidder. The sacred village of Pushkar is home to India's only Brahma Temple, and Pushkar Lake is one of the five most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus in India. No pilgrimage is said to be complete unless one takes a holy dip here. Overnight at our tented encampment at the Pushkar Fair.
Day 9 November 25th
Early departure from Pushkar to Jaipur via AC coach 3 hours drive. Enjoy the late afternoon at your leisure relaxing at Narain Niwas Palace's pool or shopping in Jaipur. Overnight Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur.
Day 10 November 26th
Check out by 12.00. Post lunch departure by coach to Delhi/transfer to airports for return flights.
End of program.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY POINT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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