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August 5th, 2014


Dear Friends-

Ride preparations for both our new "School Sanitation" program and celebrations for our 10 year anniversary are in full swing for our upcoming October 2014 Pushkar Relief Ride.



Our new Pushkar itinerary has us ride due south all the way to Pushkar from the ancient 15th century fort in Hirasar, a historic pilgrimage outpost, and crossroad for pilgrims on their way for worship to the Bhrama Temple in Pushkar.



This new route will have us travel on yet unridden terrain, offering more sandy track than our Bikaner ride, and taking us through magnificent dunes, into traditional rural villages, to the foot of the Aravelli mountain range, where will ride through a mountain pass into the Pushkar valley.



This Pushkar Relief Ride will mark the launch of our prototype school program that will install a well, and renovate bathrooms at a small school in Hirasar. Please visit our School Sanitation page for more information.



Pushkar, considered one of India's oldest and most devout spiritual towns, is home to the only Bhrama Temple in northern India. Once a year, in reverence of India's most auspicious lunar period, this normally serene village, comes alive with vibrance, color and spiritual celebration set against the backdrop of the world's most exotic horse and camel fair.

Our Relief Ride offers the unique opportunity to impact the lives of rural communities in need and to experience one of India's most iconic spiritual and cultural events on horseback.

There are a few spaces left, on what promises to be a very meaningful adventure. Please contact us soon if you would like to join us as we with ride to the Pushkar fair this November!

2014/15 Relief Rides

October 2014 Pushkar Relief Ride:
October 23rd November 7th, 2014


February 2015 Nagaur Relief Ride:
February 19th through March 4th, 2015


Sincerely,

Alexander Souri


"Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous - an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" -- The Dalai Lama on War.








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