Horse and Big Wheel Safari

Wel­come to our newest and most excit­ing Adven­ture for our won­der­ful groups! Due to over­whelm­ing requests, Inter­na­tional Voy­ager, Inc. has added this excit­ing tour to either extend your vaca­tion or make it a focal point before or after par­tic­i­pat­ing in our main group adventure.

We take you on a safari through the pic­turesque coun­try­side of Rajasthan on pure­bred “Mar­wari” Indian horses from the Man­dawa Stud Farm.

Pop­u­larly known as the “Danc­ing Horses”!

You may also enjoy our excit­ing Big DuneAdven­ture! Super­vised by our friendly and expe­ri­enced guides. That know the unfa­mil­iar ter­rain of the sur­round­ing Thar Desert. Per­fect choice for accom­pa­ny­ing fam­ily or friends that are non-​riding enthusiasts.


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Palace to Palace

Day 01: Delhi –Man­dawa Palace.

Day 02: Man­dawa – casual ride and intro­duc­tion to horse and staff.

Day 03: Man­dawa – Churiajeetgarh

Day 04: Churi­a­jeet – Nawalgarh

Day 05: Nawal­garh– Mandawa

Day 06: Man­dawa– Mehansar

Day 07: Mehansar – Alsisar Palace **

This expe­ri­ence trans­ports you back in time as we cross the sparse desert ter­rain, through nos­tal­gic vil­lages of rural India where we inter­act with the local vil­lagers and tribal nomads. We receive “Old World” Indian hos­pi­tal­ity in our lux­ury tents and camps, where you are served gourmet sit-​down meals by liv­er­ied staff in the mid­dle of the wilder­ness. We also include a stay at “Cas­tle Man­dawa”, which was built in 1755 AD in a town­ship that was a trad­ing out­post for the ancient car­a­van routes from China to the Mid­dle East.

Many peo­ple from “All over the World” who appre­ci­ate won­der­ful things have already come to stay and expe­ri­ence the thrill of Mandawa…There is so much to do here you will not want to leave. They have great facil­i­ties for what­ever your heart’s desire is… This is a Great Adven­turethat every­one what­ever age or nation­al­ity can enjoy. Most peo­ple today live in crowded cities and never see the sun or the clean out­doors. Here your lungs can breathe the pure fresh air!

This is not just sight­see­ing but” “Liv­ing your dream”. The best way to make new friends is to par­tic­i­pate in a great sport like Horse­back Rid­ing. Many peo­ple met and mar­ried because of a horse! Believe me!! Or they became young again and went back to the sport of their youth.

You never for­get how to ride!!So don’t hes­i­tate one minute. Join us for the time of your life!

The sight­see­ing is world famous and very inter­est­ing. With exam­ples of whole build­ings being “Fres­coed” by the local own­ers. Peo­ple come from all over the world just to see this! Amazing!

**For those of you who have lim­ited time and want to have this mar­velous expe­ri­ence and are new to this type of group trail riding.

*We rec­om­mend, our 7 Day — Palace to Palace, Safari itin­er­ary. **Ask about 2 day extension!

Of course we have longer treks for large groups that have more time to devote to this great sport. Just con­tact: Inter­na­tional Voy­ager, Inc. with details and it will be arranged.

NEW!! WE ALSO HAVE TENTED CAMPS ON REQUEST FOR THIS TOUR!

Local own­er­ship and breed­ing is flour­ish­ing. Big and Beautiful:

A typ­i­cal day of happy peo­ple on your safari. A morn­ing horse-​back ride to a national wild life sanc­tu­ary, then trav­el­ing in a Jeep Safari to see the ani­mals. Lunch would be wait­ing at your next camp site, a ban­quet meal under the shade of “khe­jri” trees.

At Dusk, your group arrives, safe & sound, at camp or hotel to enjoy a great din­ner and entertainment!

At night­fall, we orga­nize a spe­cial per­for­mance of tra­di­tional folk dancers, musi­cians or a danc­ing “Mar­wari”horse to enter­tain you while you dine. Our lux­ury tented camps offer com­fort­able overnight accom­mo­da­tion. In some cases we also use nice small Haveli’s for your com­fort and con­ve­nience. Who knows? If you like, maybe a camel will be your mode of trans­port for the next leg of your safari through the sand dunes in the morning.

Or you may want to opt for our Big Dune 4-​Wheel drive, Spe­cial Vehicles.

** If you have Non-​Horse rid­ing mem­bers in your group that would like to par­tic­i­pate in the “Big Dune”

expe­ri­ence. Please let us know and our oper­a­tions spe­cial­ist will con­tact you with the pack­age details.

Each Safari is cus­tomized to blend tra­di­tion, eques­trian cul­ture and adven­ture. Cre­at­ing a mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence! Check out the Ears!! The horses of course! This is true devo­tion to an Hon­ourable pro­fes­sion by a won­der­ful Man and trainer!

Our safaris are based in Man­dawa, a remote feu­dal prin­ci­pal­ity in the cen­tre of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It was a trad­ing out­post for the ancient car­a­van routes that stopped here from China and the Mid­dle East. The Rajput ruler of Man­dawa, Thakur Nawal Singh, built a fort in 1755 to pro­tect this out­post. The town­ship that grew around the fort soon attracted a large com­mu­nity of traders, who set­tled here. Today, the tra­di­tion is con­tin­ued by his Ances­tors.

What makes our safari tour more mem­o­rable is the expe­ri­ence of rid­ing pure bred Indian horses like Marwari’s in the Indian coun­try side, where you inter­act with the local peo­ple and some­times nomads. You stay in lux­u­ri­ous camps with cul­tural enter­tain­ment, some­times accom­pa­nied by Folk Musi­cians. This way you get to see the real India and the expe­ri­ence becomes very mem­o­rable when shared with like-​minded peo­ple who love horses and nature.

* All safaris can be pro­longed or short­ened accord­ing to your wishes.*

Accom­mo­da­tion in Heritage/​Resort hotels/​Haveli /​Tents.

50% book­ing deposit is paid at time of book­ing. Final pay­ment charges are due two months

before the safari com­mences. The full safari rate has to be paid before the start of the safari.

Min­i­mum of 4 rid­ers on each safari. (If you want accom­mo­da­tion in tents).

In case of a ter­mi­na­tion of the safari on behalf of the guest, no money will be refunded.

We advise the guest to come one or two days before the start of the safari in order to get to

know the horses. Rid­ing will be pro­vided for guests one day in advance of the safari as a

Casual ride, to get the guest used to the horses.

Each guest is advised to buy travel and health insur­ance, as rid­ing will be at their own risk.

Inter­na­tional Voy­ager, Inc. or its sub­sidiaries i.e. Man­dawa Safaris: Is not liable for

any acci­dent, injury, prop­erty dam­age. Or death occur­ring dur­ing the safari.

Manda­tory on ALL IVI Safaris. Rid­inghel­mets, proper safety equip­ment, rid­ing breaches, boots.

Pic­ture your­self alone or with friends and fam­ily par­tic­i­pat­ing in such a ride as this! All qual­i­fied are very wel­come! The groups are catered to by a won­der­ful, capa­ble an expe­ri­enced staff from the Man­dawa region. Groups over 10 par­tic­i­pants will include a spe­cial Inter­na­tional Voy­ager, Inc. Tour Leader.

Watch this excit­ing Video of happy eques­trian groups. Going where some peo­ple have gone before and have Fun and Adven­ture doing it!

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FACIL­I­TIES

  • 85 Rooms ( 3 Royal Suites, 11 Suites, 36 Deluxe Rooms & 35 Stan­dard Rooms)
  • Suites have Mini Bars, Tea And Cof­fee Maker, Heaters/​Air Con­di­tioner, Safes
  • Attached bath­rooms fit­ted with mod­ern ameni­ties (Hair Dryers)
  • Tele­phones with inter­nal Dial­ing Facil­ity, Wi-​Fi , Internet
  • 24 hr. Room Ser­vice, Cof­fee Shop, Recep­tion Desk, Credit Cards , Doc­tor on Call
  • Laun­dry and Dry Cleaning
  • Multi-​Cuisine Restau­rants, Bar, Satel­lite TV ( Lounge )
  • Spa , Swim­ming Pool and a Jacuzzi, Children’s Swim­ming Pool
  • Travel Counter & Taxi Ser­vices , Motor­cy­cle on hire
  • Mod­ern Con­fer­ence Facil­i­ties , LCD Pro­jec­tor & The­atre for Hol­ly­wood and Bol­ly­wood movies
  • Indoor Gym ‚Table Tennis

Wel­come to Cas­tle Man­dawa. It is a fam­ily run hotel and the 10th gen­er­a­tion of the royal fam­ily of Man­dawa still resides in the fort. They con­verted their 200 year-​old-​fort in their vil­lage of Man­dawa in Shekhawati into a Her­itage Hotel in RajasthanCas­tle Man­dawa has won National and State Tourism Awards for the best hotel in the “Her­itage Cat­e­gory”. Like many his­toric homes, Cas­tle Man­dawa is a curi­ous mix­ture of the old and the new. Medieval tur­reted tow­ers, palanquin-​roofed bal­conies, blend with mod­ern com­forts in old-​world rooms. Fam­ily por­traits, antique can­nons and arms add to the charm of this family-​run resort where tra­di­tion still runs strong. Even time is mea­sured by a dif­fer­ent clock… a huge brass gong struck by the res­i­dent time­keep­ers at the fort every hour!

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Located in Alsisar vil­lage, Alsisar Mahal Jhun­jhunu is a very pop­u­lar Her­itage Hotel in Jhun­jhunu. Tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal­ity, lux­u­ri­ous com­forts, stun­ning archi­tec­ture & beau­ti­ful inte­ri­ors. The expan­sive court­yard and well-​maintained lawns look allur­ing, trans­port­ing you to another era. The prop­erty has 51 lovely rooms with tra­di­tional decor but con­tem­po­rary con­ve­niences. The hotel has a well-​stocked bar and great restau­rant. The antique fur­ni­ture is sim­ply wonderful

The Man­dawa Cas­tle and Ali­siser Cas­tle Mahal Hotel were once Fort’s but now are con­verted to Lux­ury Her­itage Hotels! If a group desires we can also set up Tented Camps instead of hotels. E-​mail us your require­ments for details and rates. Con­tact us:

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On the way you can see great Egypt­ian vul­ture, it is per­haps the small­est and most wide­spread of all the vul­tures found in India. The type species is from Egypt and the sub­species found in the sub­con­ti­nent is paler and smaller with aver­age weights of 2 kg and a wingspan of 170 cm. They are one of the two species of vul­tures with a sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion in south India, the other being the Red-​headed. In ancient Egypt, it was used as one of hiero­glyph and was a sym­bol of roy­alty. They are one of the most migra­tory amongst vul­tures often cov­er­ing dis­tances as long as 6000 km and 500 km in a sin­gle day. Depend­ing on the time of year other migra­tory ani­mals and birds may sur­prise us!

Deers like Chinkara and Blackbuck.

The Chinkara or Indian Gazelle: The Chilkara specie of Gazelle is found in plain lands of India. Marshy, damp, plain land is the habi­tat sit­u­a­tion and adap­ta­tion cen­ter for this kind of species. A sin­gle horned and chest nut color of skin is the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of specie. Found in: plain lands of Pun­jab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Dec­can land.

The Black­buck or Indian ante­lope: The black­buck is a golden brown color on its back from neck to tail and white color strap under­neath cov­er­ing from under neck to tail. These are largely found in farm land and cul­ti­va­tion areas. The species was under great threat due to its hunt­ing. These attain a height of 2426 inches and females 1012 inches.

Horses we use - There are three pre­dom­i­nant breeds of Indian horses in north­west India namely the Mar­wari, Kathi­awadi and Sindhi. The Mar­war region (erst­while Jodh­pur State) of Rajasthan has been the home of the MAR­WARI breed. The Kathi­awadi comes from the desert tract of our neigh­bour­ing state Gujrat called Kathiawar.

On this safari you will get to ride on Mar­wari and Kathi­awari horses.

Use­ful items the rid­ers should bring with them:

– Soft water bot­tle for the saddlebag

– Rid­ing cap or hel­met. Rid­ing Boots.

– Sheep skin for saddle.

– Small torch, flash­light or binoculars

– Sun hat and sun cream.

– Bathrobe.

– Light­weight raincoat.

– Leather chaps, — Jodh­purs or long trousers.

– Sun­glasses on string, rid­ing gloves and bandana.

– Long sleeved cot­ton shirts.

– Video and pic­ture camera,

– Insect repel­lent– Cam­era bat­tery charger with a cig­a­rette lighter lead.

– Any med­ica­tion which is pre­scribed by doc­tors. (Please let us know too if any med­ical history)

What all we have included in the package.

Folk music

A Masseur for massage.

Archery and tar­get shoot­ing on the rides

At night stargaz­ing with telescope.

Bird sight­ing books.

Kite flying

Music instru­ments and local entertainment.

REG­U­LA­TIONS AND SECU­RITY PROCEDURES:

For secu­rity and safety all the staff is con­nected on wire­less sets. There is always an emer­gency vehi­cle which fol­lows the horses all the time dur­ing the ride. To pro­vide First Aid or to evac­u­ate a guest in case of acci­dent or illness.

For rid­ers and non-​riders

Rid­ding groups will nor­mally not be more than 14 Guest per group. The rid­ers should be aged 8 and over and weigh less than 210 Lbsor 95Kgs. Over this you can enquirer, but only if you are an advance rider. We spend four to six hours a day in the sad­dle there­fore rider’s need to be rid­ing fit and con­fi­dent with their abil­i­ties at all paces. We regret that we can­not take a begin­ner on our rides.

We wel­come non-​riding spouses, part­ners, friends and chil­dren who can enjoy the many alter­na­tive activities.

Other Activ­i­ties we offer

Jeep Rides and safari

Camel Rides and safari

Hot Air bal­loon­ing (needs advance notice of at least one month)

Vin­tage car rides or vin­tage jeep rides.

Bird watching

Work on the Farm and milk a cow

Fresco Trail walks

Swim­ming pool and spa

Pool and Billiards

Archery

Visit a small Ham­let and talk to the locals.

ATV Rides

Bike tours

Cycling tours

Archery and Tar­get shooting.

Expe­ri­ence of a wilder­ness camp.

Stargaz­ing with telescope.

Learn how to cook local food.

**We can also arrange other tours to Stud Farms, Polo Matches and the Pushkar Fair depend­ing on the sea­son and size of group.

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