Rajasthan horse trek, India

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19 Feb 2017
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What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rajasthan horse trek, India

In India we have developed unique relationships with many people, some of whom help us with our tours, others that simply live in the different regions to which we travel through. Through our form of interactive, socially conscious tourism, we have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing an important additional income. In addition we sponsor the following projects:

In Ladakh the “Ladakh Project” has brought solar lighting to families in the remote Nubra Valley; enabling them to grow and harvest crops and stockpile supplies to get them through the harsh winters.

In arid Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, we have implemented tree planting schemes (a hands on experience for some of our trips!) as well as helping directly with the financing of rural village schools. In Calcutta we support the Hope Foundation, an organisation devoted to helping and improving the living conditions of street children by offering education, health services and nutrition and to help give them a better chance in life.

All our tours employ the services of local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses – often staying in our guides villages and homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially, and our clients with the unique experience and social interaction.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions. We also support several NGOs around the world such as the TESFA community project in Ethiopia, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Reviews of Rajasthan horse trek, India

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Chandrabagha Horse trek in Rajasthan was memorable from the first to the last day! I just loved riding across the Rajasthani countryside, visiting villages, markets and forts.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If they like nature, horses and want to experience the untouched Rajasthani countryside then this is their perfect vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Absolutely yes! The tour operator bought jumpers for the children of one of the villages we went through. Children there had very little to wear and nice warm jumpers will make their winter easier.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would rate it "best ever"! We had the chance to ride beautiful and reliable Marwari horses, the Indian guides traveling with us were amazing, we were served delicious Indian food and slept in stunning locations.

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Riding for hours across the Rajasthan plain without seeing a road or evidence of commercial effects, and constantly being welcomed by Indian villagers with the biggest smiles I have ever seen!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you save a couple of days off after you return home - you'll be too exhausted to go straight back to work! Be prepared to be dusty and dirty and not have many clean clothes. And don't bother wearing white or light colours during the day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes we benefited the local communities, I'm not sure if we did everything we could to limit environmental impact - especially with washing and sanitary arrangements (soap / toilet paper / petrol jeeps).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a fantastic 2 weeks with amazing interesting people, I made friends for life and saw a part of rural India I would never have had access to without the trail devised by Jonny and his friends.

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Firstly the service from the tour company! Big, big Thanks :-)
Secondly, the horses, especially the horse ride to the lake camp.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you want to get away from the tourist track, get to be amidst the Indian way of life, then you should definitely be staying at castle Beijapur :)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. We always had local bus drivers and local guides. We also had a raffle where we raised money for the local hospital.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very, very good :)

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2007 by

Having returned just over a week ago, I have had the chance to reflect on a most memorable trip to Rajasthan, India, with this operator on their Hills of Marwar Horse Trek. This was a fantastic way to see rural village life at close quarters and, for much of the trip, our little group were the only Europeans for miles around, causing as much interest from the locals as we had in them - children rushed to the side of the track as we passed, laughing, waving and trying out a few words of English, their parents smiling shyly.

The operator advises clients that they need intermediate riding ability, which is about right, as although you do not need to be an expert rider, anyone contemplating this trip must be fit and competent enough to spend up to 6 hours a day on a strange horse over varied terrain. The horses were well fed and cared for, keen and forward going, lovely to ride and seemed to enjoy the trek.

None of the accommodation used throughout was 'multi-national' and supplies were bought locally, so I would hope that there were tangible benefits to the local economy. Some of us joined one of the shopping expeditions, causing incredible interest in the local town. We spent 3 nights camping in a wildlife sanctuary, where we were introduced to the manager. This sanctuary preserved a small area of jungle, where the surrounding areas were completely de-forested. Hopefully, our visit would help support their attempts at preservation.

To get the most from this trip, you need some degree of flexibility and be prepared to 'go with the flow' if things don't go exactly to plan. The trip is well organised, and we were very well looked after - but this is travel off the beaten track! I really enjoyed the whole trip and cannot wait to travel with this operator again - I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Learning to canter and falling in love with my horse!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Expect great veggie food and lots of riding.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


If it did benefit the locals I didn't see evidence, but that doesn't mean to say it didn't happen. Less mineral water bottles could be used. Would like to see ecological soap used when washing by/in rivers and lakes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, could have done it all again.

Read the operator's response here:

A portion of the profits from this trip is used to fund local projects in the area that the ride takes place, and as such you have certainly helped to benefit the locals by taking this trip. We are proud to fund the community around Castle Bijaipur and contribute to a fund aiding local schools and eduction in the neighbourhood - the school obtained their first computer in December 06 as a result of our trips. We also implemented a tree planting scheme in Rajasthan to help tackle the desertification of the area. In addition, our Rajasthan horse trek employs a number of local people from the guides to stable hands and vehicle back up drivers, giving them a chance to earn a fair salary and support their families.

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