Magic of Marwar Horse Tour

About the Experience

Our Magic Of Marwar Horse Tour in India is an unparalleled experience. Feel the unbridled thrill of riding through the arid desert landscape, dunes and rural villages. Witness the natural marvel of thousands of migrating Demoiselle cranes roosting at Khichan. Follow time-worn camel footpaths to secret picnic spots.

This ride is one that combines the vibrant culture and history of India’s rare Marwari horses. 

You’ll easily fall in love with spicy deep-fried kachori. Fragrant chai in the shadows of the rising sun will never taste better.

This itinerary allows you to experience ancient Rajasthani traditions, canter, banter and see wild Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles! The Great Thar desert will stop you in your tracks. Speaking of tracks, here, leopards roam wild and free! Jump in a Jeep at dawn and dusk in search of the elusive cat.

The Magic of Marwar offers unrepeatable adventure from leopard tracking to tented safari camp accommodations. There’s a dose of pampering too, with four nights spent in boutique hotels! In March, you’ll witness the fever pitch of the Balotra Fair–the largest horse and camel trading fair in Rajasthan!

Hugged by a seemingly unforgiving landscape of granite, caves, kopjes, Acacia scrub forest and sinewy rivers, discovering India’s topography with a team of trusty Marwari horses is an unforgettable, transformative moment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic of Marwar Horse Tour

About the Experience

Our Magic Of Marwar Horse Tour in India is an unparalleled experience. Feel the unbridled thrill of riding through the arid desert landscape, dunes and rural villages. Witness the natural marvel of thousands of migrating Demoiselle cranes roosting at Khichan. Follow time-worn camel footpaths to secret picnic spots.

This ride is one that combines the vibrant culture and history of India’s rare Marwari horses. 

You’ll easily fall in love with spicy deep-fried kachori. Fragrant chai in the shadows of the rising sun will never taste better.

This itinerary allows you to experience ancient Rajasthani traditions, canter, banter and see wild Nilgai antelope and chinkara gazelles! The Great Thar desert will stop you in your tracks. Speaking of tracks, here, leopards roam wild and free! Jump in a Jeep at dawn and dusk in search of the elusive cat.

The Magic of Marwar offers unrepeatable adventure from leopard tracking to tented safari camp accommodations. There’s a dose of pampering too, with four nights spent in boutique hotels! In March, you’ll witness the fever pitch of the Balotra Fair–the largest horse and camel trading fair in Rajasthan!

Hugged by a seemingly unforgiving landscape of granite, caves, kopjes, Acacia scrub forest and sinewy rivers, discovering India’s topography with a team of trusty Marwari horses is an unforgettable, transformative moment.

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: ARRIVAL

Note: This itinerary is exclusive to the March 11–23, 2023 departure including the Balotra Fair. This trip begins in Udaipur (UDR) and departs from Jodphur (JDH). 

Plan to arrive in Udaipur by midday for pick-up at the airport and transfer to our hotel. We’ll get into the serene groove immediately with a sunset boat trip around the world-famous Lake Pichola. Fun fact: it’s an artificial freshwater lake!

Udaipur, the “lake city”, spills to the edge of Lake Pichola and the surrounding Aravalli Hills backdrop the city in ochre and purple ridges of the forest. Palaces, temples, havelis and innumerable narrow, crooked, colourful streets are a distinct part of the city’s undeniable charm.

We will congregate at the hotel to transfer by tuk-tuk to the boat for a dazzling sunset show (if Mother Nature cooperates).

After the sun’s sweet serenade, we’ll have a brief refresh back at our hotel before making our way to an enchanting rooftop restaurant overlooking the mirror surface of the lake and floodlit City Palace.

Meals Included: Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Lake Pichola or Udai Kothi
How much further? 1 hour transfer (driving)

DAY TWO: MARWARI HORSES

In the morning we’ll poke around the City Palace Museum complex and have the opportunity to shop. Lunch will be at the hotel or an authentic roadside cafe, depending on the group’s interest. After, we’ll have a 3-hour road transfer out of the city through the Aravalli Hills to Narlai. 

Late afternoon, we’ll change into riding gear and meet our dashing Marwari horses! We’ll take a late afternoon trail ride (walk/trot orientation) from the hotel to Jodha Stud Farm (where the horses reside). 

When we’re done riding for the day, we’ll be privy to a fragrant home-cooked heritage farm dinner served within the ambience of the stable complex. A special surprise is planned, no spoilers! 

After our unique farm dining experience, we’ll head back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for the miles ahead!

Meals Included: Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Rawla Narlai
How much further? 3 hours
Time in the Saddle: 1 hour

 

DAY THREE: RIDE TO DANTIWARA

It’s an early bird 6am start for those who wish to climb the 700 steps up Elephant Hill to watch the buttery sunrise over the foothills of the Aravalli. It’s worth setting an alarm for–tea and biscuits will be served at the top in the marmalade glow of the new day. For those who prefer sunsets, you are welcome to sleep in!

After breakfast, we will have a full day ride (30km/19 miles) to Dantiwara. Passing through rural villages and following a dry riverbed, we’ll ride through the enveloping plains of the Aravalli hills, India’s oldest mountain range. We’ll stop for an elaborate picnic lunch near a temple before making our way back to our lakeside tented safari camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the Saddle: 6 hrs / 30 km (19 miles)

 

DAY FOUR: BALI FOREST 

Today we have a full-day ride to Perwa in the Bali Forest.

Making our way along the bottom of the Aravalli hills south west to the village of Perwa, we’ll pass villages and rural farmsteads, cutting through the smooth volcanic rock formations. We’ll take five in the shade for a long picnic lunch in a shepherds’ village.

After lunch, we’ll ride along a reservoir wall on a high sand track–it’s impossible to not snap dozens of photos. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to maybe spot leopards at sunset, on a hill near our camp outside Perwa.

Jeeps will transfer us to our camp after a glass of spicy chai. After rinsing off the day, we’ll gather for a decadent meal.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the Saddle: 6 hrs / 30 km (19 miles)

 

DAY FIVE: LEOPARD SPOTTING

For those who wish to rise extra early this morning, we’ll have another chance to spot leopards at dawn!

After breakfast (and hopefully non-stop chatter about seeing leopards!), we’ll ride to Jawai and onwards to Jawai Bandh reservoir. Hugged by a landscape of granite, caves, kopjes, Acacia scrub forest and sandy-bottomed riverbeds, the leopards roam wild and free in this area with temples appearing like a mirage in the distance. 

Lunch will be shared in a cozy clay bungalow where a local family will greet us and introduce us to their Rajasthani traditions.

We’ll jump in jeeps in the late afternoon and begin searching for the cats at dusk…that means there’s no time for catnaps! 

Dinner will be served alongside an expansive reservoir. Fret not: experienced security guards will watch over us in case leopards or alligators come a little too close for comfort.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the Saddle: 4 hrs / 20 km (12 miles)

DAY SIX: WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

After breakfast, we’ll drive almost three hours to Jodhpur where we’ll visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459. Here, we’ll learn how the goddess Karni Mata was instrumental in securing the site and was bestowed the honour of laying the foundation stone of the fort. We’ll also gain insight into the lives of the Maharanis (queens) who lived there and the widows who sacrificed their lives. They are memorialized on the wall of the fort where their sculpted handprints remind visitors of their strength.

As time allows, we will also visit one or more local women’s empowerment initiatives and NGOs (please note that these are subject to change depending on availability of the organizations to facilitate our visit), such as:

At Ghoomar in Pali, we’ll learn about the self-help women’s initiative which is supported by an NGO called Srijan (Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action). Ghoomar was founded and continues to operate by enterprising women of the Garasiya tribe. Together, they make and sell pulp from the local fruits.

In Jodhpur, the Sambhali Trust is a non-profit charitable organization whose laser focus is on the development and empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan.

Lunch will be on the road as we travel to Rohet where we’ll also experience a local delicacy, kachori. This spicy deep-fried snack is one you’ll want to replicate at home!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Devi Bhawan
How much further?: 3 to 4 hours (driving)

 

DAY SEVEN: GREAT THAR DESERT 

In the morning, we’ll drive one hour north to Mathania to connect with our beloved Marwari horses again. We’ll mount up on sand dunes and ride until our super scenic lunch at a farmer’s house in the desert. Our horses will enjoy rehydrating drinks from the farmer’s watering hole.

Satiated (both horses and riders), we’ll continue northwest, making our way over the sand and signature pink granite of the area (it was used to build the impressive Meharangarh Fort). We’ll pass small hamlets and farmsteads, taking in the panoramas from the edge of the Great Thar Desert (or Great Indian Desert) of Rajasthan that forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.

We’ll stop for a picnic break, stretch and short siesta before heading to our desert camp on the outskirts of Osian. If we’re feeling comfortable and confident, we can canter into camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the saddle: 5 hrs/25 km (16 miles)
How much further? 1 hour (driving)

 

DAY EIGHT: DEEP INTO THE SAND DUNES

Today we’ll saddle up for a full-day ride from Osian to Hacra and travel deep into the sand dunes. We’ll pass by thatched roof huts and be immersed in the scrub of resilient desert vegetation and acacia bushes. We may encounter wild Nilgai (a thin-legged Asian antelope), small chinkara gazelle (also known as the Indian gazelle) and curious mongoose as we descend into agricultural farmland and reemerge at the desert’s edge again.

Fun fact: When alarmed, chinkara gazelles stamp their forefoot on the ground and emit a sneeze-like hiss through the nose. Locally, the name Chinkara translates to “the sneezer.” 

We’ll arrive at our tented camp close to the Bishnoi community hamlet of Hacra. Local nature guides will join us when possible to provide more insight into the desert environment and the distinct flora and fauna that surrounds us. Sometimes the camp is visited by joyous locals who are eager to share traditional music and dancing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the saddle: 6 hrs /30km (19 miles)

 

DAY NINE: DESERT RIDE 

Today we’ll take a full-day desert ride from Hacra to Cullu! We’ll ride north, where the sand may be deeper but your sturdy Marwari horse has an amazing, determined stamina not known in other breeds. They are genuine desert horses and we are riding in the beating heart of the Marwar district, their namesake!

Lunch will be in the cool comfort of a shady spot near a farm. Our afternoon ride through the desert traverses well-traveled camel paths (that goats like to frequent as well). We’ll be on the lookout for gazelles,  climb sand dunes and give ‘er on long canters before returning to the sanctuary of our tented safari camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the saddle: 6 hrs /30km (19 miles)

 

DAY TEN: LAST RIDE TO KHICHAN

We’ll have a full-day ride ahead of us from Cullu to Khichan. This is our final day of riding (sigh). We’ll be saying grateful goodbyes to our dedicated grooms, tent wallas and talented cooks.

Having created a strong partnership and connection with our horses, we’ll be able to take full and confident advantage of the open landscape with this establishment of trust. We will pass by several farmsteads and villages and observe a distinct shift in landscape from desert sand to pink rock and rolling farmland. 

We will arrive at Khichan, famous for the arrival of the elegant Demoiselle cranes that roost here during the winter season (October to March). The birds migrate from the Mongolian steppes and at the peak (December to February) their  numbers reach over 10,000 which is quite a mesmerizing sight to witness! 

After heartrending goodbyes to our precious horses, we’ll see them off as they travel home overnight for a well-deserved rest. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp
Time in the saddle: 6 hrs /30km (19 miles)

 

DAY ELEVEN: TLWARA

We’ll have an early morning visit to the nearby Demoiselle crane feeding grounds – what an unmatched sight! The birds will fly over us, dream-like, as we share chai and reflections as the sun rises from the arid earth.

After breakfast with the elegant cranes, we’ll transfer by road through the Thar Desert to the market town of Tilwara. En route, we’ll stop for lunch before entering the fever pitch of Balotra Fair. Situated on the bank and dry riverbed of River Luni (a seasonal river), we’ll witness the annual gathering, competition and heated trading of the hotly anticipated horse and camel fair.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Tented Safari Camp

 

DAY 12: BALOTRA FAIR

We’ll spend a full day absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of Balotra Fair, one of the most biblical settings in Rajasthan. From a natural high vantage point, we can sit and watch the riders proudly parade their horses up and down.

Here, we’ll see the elaborate styles of traditional dress (on both horses and people) and throngs of traders who travel from all corners of Rajasthan and the neighbouring states of Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra to trade camels and horses.

It’s a full sensory day and unparalleled experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Tonight’s sweet sleep: Tented Safari Camp

 

DAY THIRTEEN: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we’ll transfer by road (3 hours) to Jodhpur airport for departures. The last 12 days have been an all-encompassing adventure in the company of handsome Marwari horses, sleek leopards, migrating cranes and the newfound kinship with fellow Wild Women. From the desolate dunes to the riotous Balotra Fair, new spicy bites, comforting cups of chai and the wheee of tuk-tuk rides, what a time it has been!

Heavy hearts will be buoyed by the question, “Where next?” 

Wild Women Expeditions offers horseback riding trips in Canada (Alberta), Azores, Peru, Chile and Iceland!

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

MARWARI HORSE DETAILS

The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, the colours vary between individuals. The height is usually 15.2 to 16.2 hands. Known for their hardiness, the Marwar is quite similar to the Kathiawari, another Indian breed from the Kathiawar region southwest of Marwar. Many breed members exhibit a natural ambling gait. A recent pilot DNA study has revealed that the Marwari are cousins to the Akhal Teke, with some possible Mongolian, Arab and Persian influence over the centuries. They are uniquely adapted to living and working in the desert.

The Rathores, traditional rulers of the Marwar region of western India, were the first to breed the Marwari. Beginning in the 12th century, they espoused strict breeding that promoted purity and hardiness. Used throughout history as a cavalry horse by the people of the Marwar region, the Marwari was noted for its loyalty and bravery in battle. The breed deteriorated in the 1930s when poor management practices resulted in a reduction of the breeding stock, but today, it has regained some of its popularity.

The Marwari is used for light draught and agricultural work, as well as riding and packing. In 1995, a breed society was formed for the Marwari horse in India. The exportation of Marwari horses was banned for decades, but between 2000 and 2006, a small number of exports were allowed. Though they are rare, they are becoming more popular outside of India due to their unique look.

 

 

 

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Wild Women Expeditions and our local partners intend to adhere to the described itinerary. This is only a general guide to follow on your tour of the region. Our itineraries are subject to change, as we cannot predict the weather or other environmental conditions. We are continually striving to make improvements to all our trips based on feedback from Wild Women members, guides, partners, and other research. We reserve the right to alter itineraries based on the above at any time.

Arrival into Udaipur
 

We recommend you plan your travel to India as follows:

Arrive at the Udaipur International Airport in Udaipur (UDR)

Most cases you fly to Mumbai (BOM) or Delhi (DEL) and then connect with an internal domestic flight and vice versa. For internal flights, Make My Trip, is a great resource. You want a non-stop flight duration. Allow 4-5 hours between connecting flights.

Consider staying one night in Mumbai or Delhi to allow for potential flight delays and so that you are well-rested and ready to meet your group on Day 1.

 

Group Rendezvous Point

There are two meet-up points for this trip depending on when you arrive:

  • On the day of the trip:

Date: March 11

Time: Midday

Location: Udaipur International Airport

 

  • If you arrive before the first day of the trip:

    Date: Prior to March 11

    Time: 2PM

    Location: Reception of Udai Kothi Hotel


In Delhi, there is the Aerocity complex near the airport where you get hotels like IBIS / Lemon Tree / Holiday Inn hotels. For those who have time to spend in the city, check out Maidens, The Imperial or Haveli Dharampura in the heart of Chandni Chowk old city (narrow lanes).In Mumbai, Niranta Hotel is conveniently located within the airport.

 

In Udaipur, if you arrive early you can arrange to stay at the following:

Hotels

 

Homestays


Departure from JodhpurDrop-Off Point:



You are responsible for booking your own flights or other transport arrangements to the trip start location. These arrangements and any other independent arrangements that you may make are not a part of the trip booked with Wild Women Expeditions and are entirely at your own risk. Wild Women Expeditions accepts no responsibility, directly or indirectly, for any loss, damage or injury to property or person in connection with such arrangements. Should you require assistance with your travel arrangements, please contact:Megan and Zale | ****Travel Edge Travel Specialist

Email: wildwomen@traveledge.com

 

Note: Travel Edge only provides services of 3-star quality or greater. For budget alternatives, please refer to the Lonely Planet guide for your destination.

 

Important: For international and remote destinations, there is always the risk of flight delays, baggage delays and flight schedule changes which may cause late arrivals, which may, in return, result in you missing the group tour departure. For these reasons, we encourage you to consider arriving a day early, which will also help you overcome any jet lag from traveling!


You are fully responsible for your own visa requirements, permits, and certificates for your trip. It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. It is your responsibility to check with the country’s Consulate and your country’s travel website such as Canada’s for up-to-date information about traveling internationally.

  • Passport

Most countries and airlines recommend passports be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to your home country. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Important: A copy of your passport must be emailed to the Wild Women Expeditions office by 130-days pre-trip.

  • Visa

Everyone needs to obtain a visa before arriving in India.

US Citizens (and some other nationalities) can obtain a 60-day e-Tourist Visa on Arrival. You can also apply online. This is valid from the day you arrive.

If your application is approved, you will receive an attachment to an email, which you’ll need to print out and take with you to the airport. You’ll then have the e-Tourist visa stamped into your passport at the airport, hence the term ‘Visa on Arrival’, though you need to apply for it beforehand. It is valid from the date of arrival.

Canadians visiting India are not currently eligible for an e-visa. Applicants must complete and print the online application form, and sign and submit the physical copy along with the supporting documents and passport to the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly at the Indian Mission on the scheduled appointed date. The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be found here at Instructions for Regular Visa Application.

You’ll need a local host address, which will be our partner, Horse India:

Address:

Dr. Rao Ajeet Singh

Jodha Stud

P.O. Narlai

Dist. Pali Pin Code: 306703

Rajasthan INDIA

Tel: +91 9828361489

E-mail: info@horseindia.com

 

Note: As fees and policies can change, we highly recommend that you contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.


Tipping is the custom in India.In hotels – it is the custom to tip the room boys 50 rupees per bag.On the ride – It is suggested a tip at the end of the ride, of 13,000 INR from each guest (ie £10 for each day of your holiday) – but ONLY if you have enjoyed it and you feel the grooms and tent boys deserve it!

Please tip all together at the horse goodbye ceremony. A tip bag is passed round the guests the night before and the proceeds are split into tentwalas / grooms / transport / logistics / kitchen & bar teams. This way those behind the scenes, are counted in, as without them this trip would not function.


  • Rooming Arrangements

Our trip prices are based on a twin-share (minimum of two women per room/tent), so we’ll team you up with another solo wild woman to share with if you’re on your own, or of course, you can share with your travel partner. Single rooms are available at the hotels and tents, subject to availability. Please contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com to request a single room.

  • Electricity/Internet / WiFi / Cell Coverage

All hotels certainly have WiFi in the reception area and in some rooms 2-round pin European adapter plugs are required when connecting to electricity. There is generally a good cell coverage in Rajasthan though it may not be the case in some parts on the ride.

  • Bathrooms

All accommodations have ensuite bathrooms (hotels and tents)

Hotels: Toilet, sink and shower available

Tent: Toilet, sink and shower tray – cold buckets of water provided for flushing the toilet and bucket of hot water and jug provided for washing/jug shower.

  • Potable Water

Bottled water is provided throughout the trip. Never drink tap water. Bottled water is generally safe – check the seal is intact. Avoid ice unless you know it has been made hygienically. Be careful of fresh juices served at street stalls in particular – they may have been watered down or may be served in unhygienic jugs/glasses.</>

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  • Udai Kothi or Hotel Lake Pichola
  • Rawla Narlai
  • Devi Bhawan
  • Kurja Resort
  • Tented Safari Camp
  • Maharajah ‘Shikar’ Tents 14’x14′, each with en suite bathroom w toilet, shower tray, wash basin and mirror (hot and cold water buckets provided) and beds complete with all linen, quilts and towels, changed daily. These tents are erected and dismantled every night by our tentwala team. There is no wifi at the Safari tent camps.


Some of the wildlife you may encounter are cows, dogs, leopards, water buffalo, nilgai or blue bull, chinkara gazelle, mongoose, a variety of birds including demoiselle crane and rarely a snake.

The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all colours. The height is usually 15.2 to 16.2 hands. It is known for its hardiness and is quite similar to the Kathiawari, another Indian breed from the Kathiawar region southwest of Marwar. Many breed members exhibit a natural ambling gait. The Marwari horses are descended from native Indian ponies crossed with Arabian horses, possibly with some Mongolian influence. They are uniquely adapted to living and working in the desert.The Rathores, traditional rulers of the Marwar region of western India, were the first to breed the Marwari. Beginning in the 12th century, they espoused strict breeding that promoted purity and hardiness. Used throughout history as a cavalry horse by the people of the Marwar region, the Marwari was noted for its loyalty and bravery in battle. The breed deteriorated in the 1930s when poor management practices resulted in a reduction of the breeding stock, but today has regained some of its popularity.The Marwari is used for light draught and agricultural work, as well as riding and packing. In 1995, a breed society was formed for the Marwari horse in India. The exportation of Marwari horses was banned for decades, but between 2000 and 2006, a small number of exports were allowed. Though they are rare, they are becoming more popular outside of India due to their unique looks.


The trip is based in Northwest India. It is a dry heat as it is a desert state.

  • Bridles: We ride in English bridles, with soft plain bits (snaffles, kimblewicks, and the odd pelham) but most of the horses respond to one-handed / neck reigning too. Traditional ‘pugaree’ or cloth standing martingales are used, attaching from the girth to the noseband and are mostly for decoration.
  • Saddles: We use ‘sawar’ saddles (Indian cavalry) and have cotton covered foam ‘seat savers’ for those that need them, They’re very comfortable as they are designed for long-distance maneuvers.
  • Saddlebags: Each horse has a pair of canvas saddlebags that fit behind the saddle (your leg) and in this every day is your 1-litre mineral water bottle (put in every morning and lunchtime during the ride, and as required during your trip.), and a toilet roll. They are also big enough to take a rolled-up jumper, etc.
  • Helmets are NOT provided and are required for this trip. You must bring your own horseback riding specific helmet.
  • A complete first aid kit is carried by the guide at all times.

Wild Women Expeditions recommends that each participant should bring enough cash in local currency or available credit/debit funds to cover their meals during travel to and from their destination. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, meals not included in the trip package, shopping, etc., and we also suggest you have access to emergency funds.

  • Cash

India is a closed currency, which means you cannot buy rupees before you travel.

It is recommended that guests bring 300 to 500 USD cash with them and change 50 on arrival in India at the airport.

  • Currency Exchange Offices & Banks

Please check online for current exchange rates. Wild Women Expeditions likes XE Currency Converter

We highly suggest you read this article: Where to Exchange Currency Without Paying Huge Fees for more information about this for your trip.

  • Credit Cards

VISA is accepted at most shops and hotels, but not for exchanging money, only for buying or paying for goods.


There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Mastercard but these are limited to major cities. We recommend the use of cash in USD currency and exchange them at the hotels as you go (Udaipur & Jodhpur). Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they usually charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Please be sure to provide complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about your health & fitness level and keep us updated if there are changes. Wild Women Expeditions trips travel to remote areas where limited or no sophisticated medical facilities exist.A medical emergency situation is extremely unlikely; however, should it arise we need to be prepared with the necessary information to help you.Important Note: If you choose not to disclose a condition, infirmity, injury, or ailment herein and are subsequently deemed to be unfit for expedition travel due in whole or in part to such condition, infirmity, injury or ailment, Wild Women Expeditions guides, and partners shall have the right to remove you from the trip with no refund or compensation payable. Any evacuation expenses incurred are payable by the evacuee via their medical travel insurance or personal expense.

 

Getting Fit

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy your Wild Women expedition. Not by a long shot! You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with our experienced guides at your side and a little camaraderie.

That said, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself far more if you do some preparation so your body is conditioned and ready to enjoy and make the most of the outdoors.

Here are a few ideas to help you get ready:

  • Ride!

You will be spending many hours each day with your bum in a saddle, so please ensure you get some riding in before this trip. You will need to be able to Mount and dismount unassisted (without a mounting block), Ride and lead horses over hilly, uneven terrain, keep a steady tolt, trot, and canter as required.

  • Take every opportunity you can to be active.

You can improve your fitness a lot just by adopting some new habits; take the stairs at work, go for a walk at lunchtime, park your car away from work and walk. Aim for 30 minutes a day and keep a diary so you can look back on it and feel proud. These may sound trivial but they’re all building blocks!

  • Join a local walking or running group.

This is a great way to get fit and you’ll also see new places, meet great people… and make them all jealous when they find out what you’re about to go on your travels.

  • Warm up, cool down and stretch.

If you’re doing a workout then make sure you start and finish gently and stretch any tight muscles – this will help you avoid any aches, pains and pulled muscles. If you’re a member of a gym try some yoga, tai chi or pilates classes to build up your flexibility, stability and balance.

  • Hydration.

When you suddenly ask your body to walk or be active, it needs a bit more fuel than it needs when, say, sitting at a desk all day! The main thing your body needs is water, so stay hydrated and practice sipping water often. Getting a water bottle or hydration bladder is a great way to make sure you have it on hand at all times. Make a habit out of taking a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

  • Nutrition.

Eating little and often will keep your body well fuelled for outdoor exercise, especially food like nuts, dried fruit and bread. The odd bit of chocolate and a few boiled lollies are good for keeping your blood sugar levels up while you’re hiking as well!

  • Have fun!

The most important point of all! You are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. You’re going to meet some amazing people, see some wonderful places and create memories that will stay with you for life. The more prepared you are to tackle the various challenges, the more fun you will have. Also, with all the endorphins you create from all this training, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear! It’s a great way to boost your happy vibes.


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