Expedition IV Joy amidst humility the adventure of riding through the superb arena of the Shekawati only to be humbled by the last vestiges of magnificent art forms and heritage of an era not far bygone that may not be around for too long. Then to Bikaner via the Tal Chappar Sanctuary and the Thar with Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, riding exploits in the Aravallis and at last the Mewar.
Pressed for time ?? - You can do this trip in one or more of its sub-parts.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To merge into Rajasthan for almost a month by letting our love for adventure and education about this vast and unique desert land take us forward in our lives. To be close to nature as only riding the desert can enable us. To cherish the forces of life that give us a positive impetus. To understand, particularly in the Shekawati, how change and impermanence are some of natures strongest forces.

2. Duration. 25 exciting and adventurous days within Rajasthan, to be cherished and remembered. Add a day or two for Delhi on the way in and out. We strongly suggest that this expedition be undertaken in one go for its full value to be realised. However the option of covering the trip in parts through any of the Sub-Parts outlined below may be used where time available is less.

3. Suggested modes of the ride. Definitely on horse back around Shekawati. By road to Bikaner and Jaisalmer. Thereafter on camels. To Jodhpur. On horses through the Aravallis. By road back to Delhi via Pushkar and Jaipur.

4. Best time. October to mid March.

5. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary. (We suggest the whole itinerary however as per time availability the sub-parts can be done independently). (Refer Map)

(a) Sub-Part I. Reception at Delhi airport, rest and recoup from your long international journey at a hotel. Sight seeing. A day to visit Agra, if sought by the participants. Then we are ready to take the night train from Delhi to Sikar.

(b) Sub-Part II. A road hop on the morrow to Nawalgarh in the Shekawati in time for a late breakfast at the Roop Niwas Palace. We spend two days with our horses on practice rides and visiting the havelis and market place of Nawalgarh and in nearby villages in the Shekawati like Mandawa, Dundlod, etc, absorbing as much as we can of the Shekawati art and heritage. On the first long riding day we ride to the north-west for a few hours to west of Mandawa and set camp near a small but typical village of the area, Churi Jodhari. The next day is a westward ride and another camp out in the desert. Westwards again and this day we ride onto Fatehpur Beed. The beautiful camp overlooks the entire Beed. We are now in the Tal Chappar region where almost all of the species that inhabit the Thar can be seen. A distinct change in the terrain is also upon us as the dunes become majestic and captivating. We camp at Parihar. On the last day in this region we head for the highway where we bid adieu to our marvelous Marwari horses and spend the night in a nice highway resort. (Total 6 days after Delhi).

(c) Sub-Part III. Next morning we drive over to Bikaner and move into a hotel. The day is spent in seeing this ancient desert city and its palaces and heritage. Early next morning we are on the long road to Jaisalmer where we reach in the evening. A day spent seeing Jaisalmer and its numerous places of interest and in preparing for the camel safari ahead. We commence on our camel safari from a little outside the city and for three days we are by ourselves in the vast desert, camping under the stars and visiting hamlets and dhanis where we see the local population living close to nature and nurturing both their livestock and wild-life, seeing them at work weaving and coping with the desert. Each evening is its own cultural programme with most cameleers being bards of their own kind. Meals are hot, even if simple and you can pitch in whatever way you wish. Wild life can be seen close by as we move. Our night halts are at Baramsar, Hamira and Akal where there exists the amazing fossil park. Two days of long ranging rides now follow as we camp the night between Devikot and Rasia, and then the next day reach the sand dunes at Dangri which is where we have our little cultural programme before we tuck in for the night. Here we bid our camels adieu. Next day we complete the Thar odyssey by moving by road from Dangri to Barmer, a largish township and the farthest limit to which we can go. The day goes by in seeing Barmer and its stark desert beauty. We halt over for the night and the next day drive to Jodhpur passing through the Thar desert, Tilwara, Balotra and the Doli Wild Life Sanctuary. Post lunch in Jodhpur we finish our sightseeing of the city. (Total 11 days).

(d) Sub-Part IV. Tired limbs rest at Jodhpur for a day and a night. A visit to the city and its fort. Next day we drive to Hemawas and meet some more great Marwari horses. We spend five fabulous days on horse back crossing the Marwar plain and the wonderful forests and hills of the Aravallis where we climb to Kumbalgarh from Ranakpur. A night at the Audhi and in the morning we drive down to Udaipur, an amazing city not to be missed, having come so far. Another day around Udaipur visiting the surrounding area including Chittaurgarh the Expedition finally ends here and on the morrow we catch the flight to Delhi. (Total 8 days from Jodhpur).

(e) Back at Delhi, a little rest and shopping and we catch the next flight back home with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of the superb Rajasthan already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation. This will be a mix of hotels, heritage locations, tents both luxurious and small, home stays and the odd night under the stars. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our tariff is all inclusive in India and based on a group of 10 or more for the basic itinerary suggested above.. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Rajasthan en route, train fare, costs of the horse and/or camel rides, costs of bike rentals and service and maintenance throughout the trip, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, telephone charges, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded. Costing details based in finalized plans on request.

(b) Registration. As winter is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least four months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs of this Expedition to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.