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8 Day Nawalgarh to Mehansar Castle Horse Riding Holiday in Rajasthan

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel, Kothi Road, Shekhawati, Jhunjhunu District, Nawalgarh, Rajasthan, 333042, India

Breathtaking Horse Riding Holiday in India

Roop Niwas Kothi is one of the oldest boutique hotels offering an authentic experience of horse rides and adventure in the semi-arid region of Rajasthan. Group horseback safaris, organized ahead of time, are personally conducted by the owner, Rawal Devendra Singh. When he is in residence, guests can savor tea with him at the hotel’s stables or just watch the exciting running of horses at dawn and dusk.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 187 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: Traditional Rajasthani and English / cavalry tacks
  • Horse Breed: Marwari

Meet the instructors

Rawal
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Highlights

  • 7 days of riding
  • 117 kilometers approximate riding distance
  • Accompanying 4x4 Jeep which will carry lunch
  • Tea at the stables and a welcome gift to each member on day one
  • Royal welcome with horses, folk music, garlands, tika, and non-alcoholic drink on arrival
  • Services of a groom to saddle / unsaddle and look after the horses
  • All meals, from arrival at Nawalgarh till departure from Mahansar
  • 7 nights accommodation

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 4-12 participants
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Accommodation

Roop Niwas offers elegant and old world charm reminiscent of an English colonial estate, set in the midst of the exotic culture, history, and heritage of the Shekhawati Area of Rajasthan, India. The heritage hotel features 18 Super Deluxe rooms, one Royal Suite, and two Luxury Suites.

The suites, varying in size and style, are ideal for guests who prefer more spacious and private accommodations. They are located in the main building of the hotel. All rooms are bright, with views of greenery, and often privy to bird songs.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Nawalgarh

Arrive by international flight at Jaipur or Delhi in the morning, then drive six hours from Delhi or three and a half hours from Jaipur by private coach / car to Nawalgarh, at your own expense.

You will receive a royal welcome on arrival at the Roop Niwas Kothi. The palace lies just a kilometer from the town and is a fascinating blend of European and Rajput architectural styles. It has lovely, spacious lawns, a billiard room, and a swimming pool.

  • Overnight at Roop Niwas Kothi

Day 2: Nawalgarh

Today, you will go on a morning ride with picnic breakfast in the countryside, returning in time for lunch. You will then enjoy afternoon free time at the palace. An optional activity is offered - Roop Niwas Kothi invite ladies to decorate the palms of lady guests with henna.

Then, you can go for a sightseeing tour of Nawalgarh by car, with a guide, visiting havelis to see the frescoes and painted houses and visit the stables later in the evening.

  • Overnight at Roop Niwas Kothi

Day 3: Nawalgarh – Churiajitgarh / Nabipura

  • Riding distance: 28 kilometers

Ride through semi-desert areas with small farms and countryside dotted with Khejri trees. Have an en-route picnic lunch. Ride through semi-desert farm countryside to reach a small woodlot and dry waterhole surrounded by ker bushes. Many flocks of blue bull antelopes may be seen around the campsite.

  • Overnight at the camp

Day 4: Nabipura / Dabri / Fatehpur Beed

  • Riding distance: 30 kilometers

You will have a morning ride through the semi-desert region and Fatehpur Beed. Have a picnic lunch near a typical Shekhawati architecture water tank "Johda". Three hundred years ago, the Nawab of Fatehpur has encircled an area riding on a horse from sunrise to sunset and declared it protected.

Today, Fatehpur Beed is an amazing 70 square kilometers area with all species of desert plants. Camping in Beed, one gets to see the desert fox, jackal, blue bull, and deer. The protected area proves that if humans don’t interfere, a semi forest can be born in the desert.

  • Overnight at a camp near a ruined travelers home overlooking the entire Beed

Day 5: Fatehpur Beed / Thimoli crossing / Dhakas

  • Riding distance: 22 kilometers

Riding north today, you will go further into the Shekhawati Region. The sand dunes are dotted with greenery where farmers have found water from deep tube wells. Ramgarh is a town with many painted havelis, an interesting traditional market place.

  • Overnight at a camp in a farmer’s field

Day 6: Thimoli crossing / Dhakas / Mehansar Castle

  • Riding distance: 14 kilometers

You will pass through very high sand dunes and desert villages to reach the beautiful small village of Mehansar, in Shekhawati Region. The hotel is a charming family-run place with basic comforts but very tasty home-cooked food.

  • Overnight at Mehansar Castle

Day 7: Mehansar / Lalsinghpura / Mehansar

  • Riding distance: 23 kilometers

Ride out with picnic breakfast. Then, you can have a late afternoon sightseeing tour of Mehansar, visiting the Gopinath Temple and the famous Sone Chandi Ki Haveli.

  • Overnight at Mehansar Castle

Day 8: Mehansar / Delhi

You will go on an early morning ride, if time permits it, and then say goodbye to the horses. After breakfast, drive to Delhi or Jaipur at your own expense.

Note: Non-rider spouses or friends can join the same tour, doing the journey in a 4x4 Jeep, crisscrossing riders' paths. They would join the picnic lunch, siesta, and the luxury camp.

Instructors

Rawal Devendra Singh

Location

Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel is situated in Nawalgarh, Rajasthan, part way between the bustling tourist cities of Jaipur (145 kilometers) and Bikaner (216 kilometers) and is an ideal spot to get a feel of the times of yore. Here, you can unwind in the serene atmosphere and old world charm and experience the true essence of Rajasthani hospitality at a homestay.

Distances

  • Jaipur, 145 kilometers
  • Bikaner, 216 kilometers
  • Delhi, 265 kilometers
  • Jodhpur, 338 kilometers

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with all meals, from arrival at Nawalgarh till departure from Mahansar. Tea at the stables, unlimited consumption of mineral water and soft drinks while on safari and at camps, and a non-alcoholic welcome drink are also included. Guests are allowed to bring and use their own alcoholic drinks, if they want to while at the camps.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Nawalgarh is situated in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan, famous for its ancient temples, castles, and forts. The many architectural delights scattered throughout the area speak of the regions’ rich history.

So, whether you want to enjoy an adventure on horseback, bike to explore the surrounding environs, trek to a sand dune to watch the sunset or sunrise, or stroll through the beautiful towns of Shekhawati, there are many activities to choose from in and around Nawalgarh.

The town of Nawalgarh itself boasts the largest number of painted havelis (mansions) in Shekhawati, some of which have been preserved as private museums. It exudes an old world charm with its colorful, bustling bazaar and its winding, narrow lanes leading to mansions covered with frescoes that depict the gamut of social and religious life of a bygone era.

You’ll enjoy meandering along the market lanes buzzing with the everyday life and activity, indulge in buying a handmade Jutti (leather footwear), the famous Lac bangles made of lacquer and adorned with beads, stones, crystals, and other embellishments, or just wandering past the preserved havelis.

To make the most of your stay at Roop Niwas Kothi, please ask the team for advice catering to your choice of activity or to customize your visits and activities in the town.

Local attractions

  • Baghato Ke Haveli
  • Explore the architectural delight of the Ancient Stepwell
  • Famous temples
  • Forts and castles of Shekhawati

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • Accompanying 4x4 Jeep which will carry lunch and meets riders on and off while on the trail
  • Accompanying English-speaking leader escort
  • Services of a groom (one groom to three horses) to saddle / unsaddle and look after the horse
  • Royal welcome with horses, folk music, garlands, tika, and non-alcoholic welcome drink on arrival
  • Accompanying / invited folk musicians and barber to show horse / camel haircut demonstration
  • Massage for tired guests at lunch time halt
  • All meals, from arrival at Nawalgarh till departure from Mahansar
  • Picnic breakfast on day two in the countryside
  • Unlimited mineral water and soft drinks while on safari and at the camps
  • Tea at the stables and a welcome gift to each member on day one
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers from Delhi or Jaipur to Roop Niwas Kothi

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Jaipur International Airport (JAI). Transfers from and to these airports are not provided.

Arrival by shuttle

There is a six hours drive from Delhi or a three and a half hours drive from Jaipur by private coach / car to Nawalgarh. Roop Niwas Kothi could assist riders to organize the airport pick-up through their associate agency.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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