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Riding in India + Taj Mahal


6RM12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Riding Holidays India: Visit the Taj Mahak & explore the beautiful scenery and fascinating history & culture of Rajasthan on this riding holiday that starts in beautiful Udaipur, a city of lakes & palaces & follows the Arravali Mountains to amazing Kumbhalgarh Fort. This ride is for experienced riders only, as you will be in the saddle for 5 to 6-hours each day, in varied terrain. Group size 2 to 6. All riding & transfers included.
Riding Holidays India
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Riding Holiday India
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New Delhi
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Qutub Minar
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Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
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Raj Ghat
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Taj Mahal
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Agra Fort
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Arravali Mountains
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Kumbhalgarh Fort
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Udaipur
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Riding Holiday India
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New Delhi
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Qutub Minar
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Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
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Raj Ghat
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Taj Mahal
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Agra Fort
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Arravali Mountains
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Kumbhalgarh Fort
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Udaipur
Day 1
You will be met at Delhi Airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in this ancient capital of kingdoms and empires that is now a sprawling metropolis.
 
Delhi's strategic location was one of the main reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power and today it is a conglomerate of seven cities. The division between the old walled city and New Delhi marks a division in lifestyles, with the old city retaining its past traditions whilst New Delhi strives to match the pace of the 21st century.
Day 2
Today enjoy a full day tour of modern New Delhi and the 17th century walled city of Old Delhi, which came to prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital here from Agra.
 
In Old Delhi enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through 300-year old Chandni Chowk market, a maze of lanes crowded with noisy shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and foods, and past the Jamia Masjid (or Friday Mosque), the largest in India, and drive past the imposing walls & battlements of the Red Fort, once the most opulent palace in the Mughal Empire. We continue to the Raj Ghat - the simple but moving memorial on the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
 
In the afternoon our tour of New Delhi starts with a visit the Qutub Minar, an ancient victory tower built of red sandstone and marble in 1199 and still the tallest minaret in India. With its imposing cylindrical towers and surrounding ruins, it is today a World Heritage site. Our next stop is Humayuns Tomb, the beautiful mausoleum of the Mughul emperor Akbar, that inspired the Taj Mahal.
 
We drive along the Rajpath - the capital's broadest avenue - where you will see the imposing arch of the India Gate war memorial, Parliament House, the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential residence built for the Viceroy of India, and the government buildings on Raisina Hill.
Day 3
We leave Delhi early this morning and drive 3.5-hours to the ancient city of Agra, set along the banks of the Yamuna River and originally the capital of the Mughal Empire.
 
Agra is world renowned as the home of the Taj Mahal - that great symbol of love built by emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th century as a memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. On arrival we visit this magnificent white marble mausoleum that took 22 years to build. Apart from its stunning design and perfect symmetry, it is noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best marble inlay work ever done.
 
Afterwards we visit Agra Fort, a massive structure with walls over 70-ft high and 1.5-miles long that encompasses an astounding collection of well preserved buildings, many of them completed during the reign of Shah Jahan. After he was deposed by his son, he was imprisoned in this fort where he remained until his death - spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting place of his beloved wife. We drive back to Delhi in the late afternoon.
 
Note: Taj Mahal is closed every Friday. You cannot take anything in with you except your camera, water and medicine.
Day 4
Transfer to Delhi Airport for your flight to Udaipur, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in this serene and beautiful city of lakes.
 
On arrival enjoy a half tour of the highlights of this former capital of the kingdom of Mewar, that offers history and culture, as well as some lovely scenery. It is famous for its many Rajput palaces, such as the Lake Palace that covers an entire island and is now a luxury hotel.
 
We visit the City Palace, the focal point of the city with several areas of interest such as the Suraj Gokhada balcony, Badi Mahal garden palace, Sheesh Mahal palace, Mor Chowk (peacock courtyard) and Zenana Mahal (queen's palace). The Crystal Gallery at Fateh Prakash palace has possibly the largest collection of crystal in the world including objects d’art, furniture, washing bowls and even a crystal bed.
 
Next we visit the Jagdish Temple, with its imposing sculpted figures and heavily ornamented interiors and Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the wife of Maharaja Sangram Singh II as dowry.
 
In the evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola (subject to water levels).
Day 5
This morning we drive to a beautiful ranch nestled in the Arravali Mountains, the starting point for our exciting Indian horse safari from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh.
  
After becoming aquainted with our horses, we saddle up and set off - riding through small villages and rich agricultural areas towards Lake Madar, with a picnic lunch provided along the way.
 
We spend the night in tented accommodation in the village of Tair ki Duni.
 
Note: This safari is for relatively experienced riders, as you will be riding across a variety of terrain - ranging from quiet farm tracks and open riverside to leafy forest paths and rocky ravines. The distance covered each day will be around 20 miles (30 km) - about 3/3.5 hours before lunch and 2/2.5 hours after lunch. Group size is around 4 to 5 participants.
 
Saddle type: English and Indian Army cavalry saddle, which is a little larger than an English saddle and very comfortable. High quality riding helmets from the Netherlands are provided, as well as half chaps if required. All horses carry a saddle bag for small items needed along the way (e.g. camera, water).
Days 6 To 7
We follow the course of the Banash River today, riding along a very scenic track - with picnic lunch provided.
 
We will pass through more small villages and camp near Palasma village. Here we visit a very old Shiva temple called Jarga-ji. In the evening we will join in the daily Hindu puja (prayer) ceremony - an impressive act of devotional worship.
Day 8
Enjoy the last day of our ride, as we pass through a beautiful valley until we reach Kumbhalgarh with its vast and impregnable 15th century Mewar fortress.
 
Built by Rana Kumbha, Kumbalgarh Fort was the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the greatest king and warrior of Mewar. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these great walls extend over 24 miles (38 km) and are second only in length to the Great Wall of China. They are wide enough to take eight horsemen riding abreast and the fort offers a superb bird's eye view over the surrounding countryside.
 
Check into your hotel at the end of our memorable Indian horse safari and time permitting enjoy a visit to this magnificent fort.
Day 9
Transfer 3-hours to Udaipur Airport for your flight to Mumbai and onward connecting flight to Goa
 
You will be met at Goa Airport and transferred to your hotel in this holiday city, which was once a Portuguese colony and is the smallest state in India. Check in and relax at your beach resort, offering miles and miles of golden beaches and spectacular sunshine.
Days 10 To 11
At leisure to relax and enjoy the splendid beaches of Goa on the Arabian Sea.
 
Goa is a great destination for eating out, with delicious curries and other international cuisine. The shopping is also outstanding. Tailors will make you a fitted suit, tailored dress or whatever you fancy for a fraction of the cost back home, and prescription spectacles are very cheap. The locals markets are also fantasic and don’t forget to sample feni spirit, made from cashew apples or coconut palm sap.
 
You can visit historic Old Goa (Panjim), a World Heritage Site, and the 16th century Portuguese fort, Fort Aguda. Take a guided tour of a restored colonial mansion, such as the Palacio do Deao by the Kushavati River in Quepem, and in Loutolim visit the Ancestral Goa Centre (or Big Foot Museum) that has recreated a traditional Goan village to showcase local customs.
 
Other optional activities include a guided birding nature walk along the mangrove-lined River Sal, or a boat ride to Choroa Island, home to Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Dudhsagar Falls are one of the highest in India and southern Goa has many quiet fishing villages with sandy beaches, temples and waterfalls waiting to be discovered.
 
Goa is also renowned for its holistic spas and new age treatments, as well as its yoga sessions. Plus fantastic sunsets over the Arabian Sea.
Day 12
Transfer to Goa Airport for your flight to Mumbai, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel situated near the airport.
Day 13
Transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight home.
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