From 8 nights, each expedition ride starts or ends at the Fair. Accommodation in safari tents or local Havelis (Guesthouses). These progressive rides see you travelling between 25-35kms each day on horseback to a new location. Picnic lunches and long siestas in the middle of the day, arriving at your night’s lodgings in time for a refreshing shower and sundowner drink before the night’s entertainment begins.
The historical and cultural importance of these Fairs make these expedition rides unique. Even better, you will ride the magnificent Marwari horse, following ancient routes through rural country along soft sandy tracks, perfect going for some lovely long canters. Each Fair celebrates the breeding, training and sales of the finest livestock in the region. At Pushkar you will find rose-scented temples as this Fair attracts Hindu devotees who pay homage at the blessed Lake. At Balotra, the largest, yet least known Fair, you will be absorbed by the excited frenzy of local traders and farmers finalising their sales for the year. The journey itself is an unforgettable experience. There is a great sense of camaraderie between all those travelling by cart, on foot, horseback, by camel, donkey and even the odd elephant. Participate in the spirit of the Fair by exploring on horseback! Wander through makeshift camps, along stall-lined alleyways and watch the parades and impromptu displays by proud owners.
Dates vary annually governed by the lunar calendar. Pushkar usually November and Balotra usually late March/early April.
Set date departures for the Fair rides. Additional destinations tailored to the individual.
The Fairs are amongst the last, authentic places to trade, compete and show treasured livestock including horses. Riding the majestic and proud Marwari horse, known for their brave and forward going temperaments.
Intermediate to Advanced riders (the pace is fast in places and distances must be covered within the allocated time). Families, Private Groups, Solo Travellers should enquire, Couples, Honeymoon/Romance. Safari travelers not wanting to ride may travel by jeep.
Additional activities to the riding:
Sightseeing of sites of cultural and historical interest. Travel by road for those not wanting to ride. Shopping at the Fairs, watching the competitions and talking to owners and breeders
Recommended additional destinations:
The Golden Triangle route for Taj Mahal, Tigers, Jaipur and Delhi. Yoga retreat by the coast or in the mountains. Beach holidays.
Closest International Airport:
Delhi or Jaipur
The Fairs are on set dates each year