Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, February 2 - February 15, 2013

Day 1: February 2nd
Arrive in Delhi and spend the night at a beautiful boutique hotel, or similar.

Day 2: February 3rd
Enjoy the morning at your leisure and the afternoon sightseeing on a guided tour of New Delhi. After an early dinner we will depart for the train station where we will board the overnight train to Bikaner.

Day 3: February 4th
The Bikaner region's splendid palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.

Sunrise transfer via coach from Bikaner Station to Bikaner Heritage Hotel for an introductory breakfast to RRI and its 15-day program. This simple yet elegant hotel will serve as our initial base camp and departure point for the Relief Ride.

After lunch and light refreshments in the late afternoon we'll gather around to meet the horses for a casual ride through the breathtaking landscape of the Bikaner's sand dunes.

Day 4: February 5th
Ride through marvelous sand dunes to our first camp in Deshnok. Theres is a good possibility of sighting herds of camels, the area is known to have them. Be on the lookout for the gamboling baby-camels, which make a very enchanting sight! Overnight in tented camp on outskirts of Deshnok.

Day 5: February 6th
In the morning we will deliver livestock to families in Gudha Akheraj. We Morning visit to a school in Deshnok to perform our pediatric program where we will de-worm and deliver educational materials to school children. After lunch, ride into the desert through fantastic dunes to visit Rajasthan's famed Karni Mata Temple (often known as the Rat Temple). Overnight in the dunes, in our tented camp in Deshnok.

Day 6: February 7th
Ride from Deshnok to Mukam. Riding through this dune filled area; we may see several Chinkara gazelles and if we're lucky, also come across the Desert Fox. This beautiful region is home to the Bishnoi tribe, who are known as conservationists as the preservation of animal and vegetable life is a religion and has been so from the early 15th century. Overnight in tented camp Mukam.

Day 7: February 8th
We will ride to the local school in Mukam in the morning, where we will hold a pediatric camp and provide de-worming and much needed educational supplies to the students at the school. We will be distributing livestock to the villagers living below poverty level in Mukam in the early afternoon, followed by a visit to Samrathal Dhora, a Bishnoi pilgrimage temple. Overnight in tented camp on outskirts of Mukam.

Day 8: February 9th
Ride from Mukam to Kakku. The terrain here is soft and sandy and good for easy riding. As we approach Kakku, there will likely be Blue Bulls grazing in this area. There's also the opportunity to climb up on a very large sand dune with a temple on top of it and from where you get a breathtaking view of the desert. Overnight in tented camp on the outskirts of Kakku.

Day 9: February 10th
Prepare for a day of purposeful and heartfelt work as we conduct our first dental camp, offering minor surgeries and treatments to villagers of Kakku. RRI's Dental camp will open its doors at 10.00 am and will close by 4.00 or until the last patients have been treated. Overnight in tented camp on the outskirts of Kakku.

Day 10: February 11th
Enjoy a vibrant and colorful ride from Kakku to Bhundel. We will travel through an area of large sand dunes. These Dunes heat up very quickly, making for an early departure. For lunch we will seek refuge under a cluster of desert trees to have lunch and rest. Overnight in tented camp on the outskirts of Bhundel.

Day 11: February 12th
We plan to ride into Bhundel and visit a school in order to treat school children as well as deliver educational materials in the morning. After lunch we will return to the village and distribute livestock to the villagers who qualify for our Give a Goat program. Prepare yourself for fun and games in our famed "Ball & Bucket" races! From the start of the ride, you will be drawn into the fun, humor and competition that this day brings out! This dynamic afternoon is highly attended by the local community and provides a wonderful opportunity to leisurely interact with them. Overnight in tented camp on the outskirts of Bhundel.

Day 12: February 13th
Enjoy a breath taking ride through vibrant terrain from Bhundel to Khimsar Fort. We'll overnight at Khimsar Fort nestled on the edge of the great Thar Desert. Initial construction of this Fort began in 1523. The royal family occupied it during the 18th century when a new 'Zenana' (Ladies Wing) was constructed. Thakur Onkar Singh built a regal wing for himself in 1940s. Its battle-scarred walls and turrets provide evidence of its glorious past, and today this fort ranks amongst the premier of classified Heritage Hotels of India. Overnight at Khimsar Fort.

Day 13: February 14th
Early departure Khimsar to Jaipur via AC coach 5-6 hours drive. Enjoy the late afternoon at your leisure relaxing at the hotel pool. Overnight Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur.

Day 14: February 15th
Check out by 12.00. Post lunch departure by coach to Delhi/transfer to airports for return flights.

End Of Program

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Meeting Point: New Delhi, India

Length of Ride: 14 days. 11 days of riding

Riding Ability: Beginner/Novice/Strong

Group Size: Minimum 8, Maximum 12

Riding per day: 4-6 hours

Pace: **Slow/Moderate/Fast

Tack: English Trekking

Horses: Marwari

Weight Limit: 200 lbs

Dates: February 2nd - February 15th, 2013

Price: $7,450

Single Supplement: $1100

** We welcome novice riders, slower riders can ride alongside the caravan. Riders may choose to finish any segment by riding in our accompanying jeep. If you have a member of your party who would like to join the trip but is not a rider, RRI can make provisions for him/her to accompany us in the jeep.


What is included in the price of the trip?

• Inland transfers to and from arrival airport

• Lodging. Tour cost is per person, based on double occupancy. We do have limited availability for single occupancy, with a supplemental fee.

• All meals

• Taxes and gratuities, excluding all taxes at overseas airports.

• All scheduled entertainment

• All fees in regards to the humanitarian aspect of the trip

What is NOT included in the price of the trip?

• Airfare to and from our designated arrival/departure airport

• All unscheduled excursions to markets or other places such sights that are not on the scheduled itinerary.

• Snacks, beverages and incidentals other than meals provided.


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