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Balotra Fair and Leopard Trail

5.0 (4)
12 days 11 nights
India
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Midscale
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Join us on an extraordinary adventure as we visit the biblical Balotra Tilwara Horse Fair. Witness the vibrant spectacle of horses, camels, and cattle being traded during the fair.

Venturing down through the lush wooded forest, passing by refreshing streams, we reach the scorching plains, setting up camp by farms and lakes. Along the way, we'll have the opportunity to stop off at the Godwar Festival and horse show, where you can actively participate in thrilling mounted games.

Continuing our ride amidst smooth rocks and rolling hills, we arrive at the scrub forest in Bali, and for two nights, we make camp at the picturesque Jawai Bandh. Here, we switch to jeeps for both morning and evening excursions into the park, offering you unforgettable Leopard safaris.

Lastly, we conclude our remarkable journey with a transfer to Udaipur, where you can admire the captivating lake and the splendid City Palace.

NB: Daytime temperature will be hot at circa 40*

from US$ 4 875
per tourist for 12 days
Departing from
State of Rajasthan, City of Jodhpur
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Number of individuals
up to 12 tourists over 18 years old
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Photo Caroline M.
Caroline M. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I've been riding and promoting Marwari horses, riding most of Rajasthan and organising horse riding safari's in the land of the unique Marwari horse for over 20 years. Come and ride over the Great Thar Desert - we have leopards and lakes, forts and palaces - ride in India for your next riding holiday adventure!

Tour highlights

Visit the Citadel of the Sun
So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India.
Camping at Balotra fair
This fair is one of the largest horse fairs in Rajasthan, but has managed to retain its rural ancestry, so you really will feel transported to a biblical world.
Search for Leopards during the Jeep safari
Embark on a thrilling evening Jeep safari in pursuit of spotting elusive leopards.

Route details

Day 1
Arrival and Mehrangarh Fort visit

In the afternoon, we embark on a captivating sightseeing experience at the Mehrangarh Fort.

Majestically standing a hundred feet above the Jodhpur skyline on a sheer cliff, Mehrangarh Fort mesmerizes with its burnished red sandstone architecture, radiating an aura of invincibility and haunting beauty. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India.

Day 2
Balotra fair and camp settle
Day 3
Balotra fair
Day 4
Transfer to Kumbhalgarh and the Fort visit
Day 5
Start the horse safari
Day 6
Godwar horse show
Day 7
Godwar horse show and ride to the lake
Day 8
Full day ride to Bali Forest
Day 9
Full day ride to Jawai Bandh
Day 10
Search for Leopards
Day 11
Udaipur sightseeings
Day 12
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Rides are aimed at experienced horse riders of strong intermediate or advanced standard. We average 6 hours in the saddle every day and 90% of each itinerary is about the riding and the horses, so our experiences appeal to true horse lovers. 
Riders must be physically and mentally fit to come on our adventures!

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Accommodation

Comfort
Midscale
Hotel
4 nights
Tent
7 nights

Price of the tour is based on twin share.
Private accommodation - add £600 (not wishing to share).

4 nights
Boutique hotels

Stunning, stylish boutique hotels, albeit with all its original character and structure retained. The rooms are scattered all around the property and each varies significantly in shape, size and décor.

7 nights
Fully equipped tents

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
State of Rajasthan, City of Jodhpur
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Tour conditions

Included

  • full board accommodation
  • mineral water 
  • small selection of alcoholic drinks on the ride
  • horses, grooms, saddlery and transport / care thereof
  • ride leader: Dr Rao Ajeet Singh
  • internal transfers by road during the ride
  • sightseeing tickets

Extras

  • international and internal flights 
  • indian visa costs 
  • travel Insurance
  • alcoholic drinks at hotels
  • items of a personal nature (laundry, shopping etc) 
  • tips

Group size

up to 12 tourists

Duration

12 days
11 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

We thoroughly recommend you wear a riding hat that meets current safety standards.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 4 reviews
  • J
    Jo
    24 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    The palace-to-palace journey was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with magnificent horses and exceptional hospitality. Ajeet proved to be an extraordinary guide, ensuring every detail was flawlessly orchestrated alongside Caroline. I cherished the enchanting heritage hotels and the delightful farmstay. The horses received impeccable care, and Ajeet's enthusiasm for his Marwari horses was infectious, making riding them an absolute delight. This journey was a vibrant tapestry of color, exhilarating rides, and rich history, offering a glimpse into the authentic India. If I could, I would give it even more stars.
    24 Feb, 2024
  • M
    Melisse
    5 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    Incredible experience, Horses were fantastic, guide was Mister Possible :-) ; he turns dreams into reality Gorgeous country, the palaces were breathtaking, food was excellent
    5 Jan, 2024
  • M
    Mary
    17 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    This trip was the highlight of my life. The horses were top-notch, and the route was absolutely stunning. Traveling solo, I felt well looked after from the moment I arrived in India. Dr. Ajeet's expertise made the experience truly unique, taking us through the forested National Park, dry river beds, deserts, farmlands, and rural villages - all home to breathtaking sights and encounters with local wildlife, including leopards. The horses brought joy everywhere we went. Accommodations were fantastic, offering both authenticity and luxury, while the food was simply delicious. I highly recommend this trip to anyone, and I'm more than happy to share my experience with anyone who may have doubts.
    17 Dec, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 4 875
    5 – 16 Apr, 2025 12 days 11 nights
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