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Upload By: Kabir Ansari on June 09, 2022
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Overview: Horse Safari


A safari on horseback makes for a unique way of seeing a country up close, especially those places where motorized transport would have little chance of reaching, where the terrain (or a lack of roads) makes many areas inaccessible. Just like it used to in olden times, when it was the most reliable (and the hardiest) means of getting from one point to another – for both commoner and king – the horse continues to play that role even in the modern world. But these days, this most handsome of animals is also perfect for some leisurely sightseeing. Horse safaris have become a popular way acquainting oneself with the local culture and traditions.

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Know more about popular sites for Horse Safari in India.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Horse Safari History:

Over the centuries in Rajasthan, the horse has been more than just about transport. It has been a way of life for the nobility and royalty (it was said that “One cannot separate a Rajput from his horse”, and, also, “If God did not create the horse, he would not have created the Rajput”). Maharajas would travel on a horse, and while away time on a horse. Horses were bred for battle, and in peacetime would be shown off by proud princes.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Today, you can immerse yourself in the traditions of the Rajputs by going on a horse safari, many run by those of royal lineage. The regal horses (there are three breeds in these parts – Marwari, Sindhi and Kathiawadi) were known for their gallantry, fidelity and stamina (qualities they retain to this day). Enjoy the architectural marvels of Rajasthan – the forts, monuments, havelis and palaces – and her abundant wildlife, on horseback. (Most of the horse safaris in Rajasthan traverse the foothills of the Aravallis.) Outside India’s desert state, horse safaris are also available in the Himalayas. Parts of the jungles and forests in the Himalayan foothills, on the fringes of Corbett National Park, are difficult to penetrate in motorcars; horses are ideal for exploring this beautiful, tranquil and wildlife-rich landscape.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Horse Safari In India:

The work of Salim Ali (1896-1987), the legendary Indian ornithologist, went a long way towards sparking an interest in birding amongst Indians (though the number of birders in India still pales in comparison to the birding populations of the USA and the UK). The passionate endeavours of the ‘Birdman of India’ helped promote birding into a serious hobby where previously it was more a fun activity. Ali’s ‘Book of Indian Birds’ has become a bible for budding birders and ornithologists. India is home to a dazzling cornucopia of birdlife, in large part due to the diverse ecosystems that exist in the country. It has been estimated that there are 1250 species (approx.) in the country (around 13 percent of the total number of species in the world), both resident and migratory. Out of the 1250, more than 100 are endemic to India (77 are endangered). For the purposes of avifauna classification, India is divided into 13 bio-geographical zones: Trans Himalayan, Western Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas, Desert, Semi-arid, Gangetic Plain, Central India, Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, North East, Coasts, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Know more about popular locations for Horse Safari in India.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Best season for Horse Safari in India:

Winters, in Rajasthan (October to March) and in the Himalayas (November to April)

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Horse Safari sites in India:

NORTH INDIA:

Uttarakhand: Kumaon (Uttarakhand)

CENTRAL INDIA:

Rajasthan: Around Kumbhalgarh, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Shekhawati and Udaipur

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Horse Safari TIPS:

One has to be aware of basic horse-riding skills, including knowing when to trot and when to canter. More importantly, you should know when to gallop – a necessary skill whenever any sort of trouble is encountered. There should also be a professional guide (or guides) accompanying you. Riding a horse through the day can be tiring (especially for those who’re not too used to it), so do give yourself a good break every 3-4 hours. And keep your energy levels up by ingesting food and drinking water regularly (carry bottled water, along with a flashlight, sunscreen and insect repellent).

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Medical Concerns:

If you have a medical condition, do carry along the necessary prescribed medication (best to get an all-clear from your doctor first). Also, bring anti-malaria tablets and a first- aid kit.


Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

Equipments:

Half-chaps/riding boots, riding gloves, riding breeches/jodhpurs/jeans, riding helmet/ hard hat/peak cap

Ecological concerns:

Riding a horse is as non-polluting a means of transport as any on the planet! But wherever you may be riding through, do leave the place as clean as you found it – and don’t litter.

Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

What's to Carry when you go for Horse Safari?

Must carry some water with you
Must Carry some cash because there are limited network and Banking Facility
Carry some food items
Carry extra warm cloths
Not to travel alone



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Ideal Conditions for Horse Safari

 Bright, clear winter days





What Should Wear

 Long-sleeved cotton shirts, Long Track Shoes, Cap, Full Pant

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Horse Safari, Feel Like the King on the Horseback

FAQs about
Horse Safari

How good a rider do I need to be?

The minimum riding ability required is mastery of the basic aids, ability to post to the trot for stretches of 10 minutes at a time, to be comfortable at all paces and to be able to gallop out of trouble. It is a great advantage if you are a fit and a proficient rider. If you do have members of your group that do not meet these requirements we have a fantastic non-riding itinerary available.

What is the weight limit?

Maximum weight is 200 lbs (14.7 stone or 90 kg). Guests may be required to step on the scales.

How long are the rides?

Between 4-6 hours in the saddle a day. This is broken by refreshment stops – picnic breakfast or lunch and a 10-minute walk for every two hours spent in the saddle. (This eases up the rider using different muscles, and helps the horse from constant pressure of the rider’s weight).

What is the age limit?

All Adult and childrens above age 12 can take part in riding

Is Horseback Riding Expensive?

No, it doesn’t have to be! You may have heard horseback riding discussed in the context of country clubs and elite boarding schools, giving the impression that it’s not a hobby that’s accessible to everyone.


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