February 2018 Bikaner Relief Ride
** 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.
February 22nd through March 7th, 2018
Day 1: February 22nd
Arrive in Delhi and spend the night at a beautiful boutique hotel, or similar.
Day 2: February 23rd
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 24th
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 civilisation. Upon arrival in Bikaner there will be a sunrise transfer via coach from the station to the Historic Gajner Palace for breakfast and an introduction to RRI and its 15-day program. This ancient fort 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 and have casual ride through the breathtaking landscape of the Bikaner's sand dunes.
Day 4: February 25th
We will ride through marvellous 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 26th
Beginning with a morning visit to a school in Deshnok to perform our paediatric program where we will distribute educational materials and sporting equipment to young students. After lunch we will distribute livestock to widows and 'below poverty level' individuals in the village of Deshnok. Following our Give a Goat program, we will visit one of the highlights of the trip - The Karni Mata Temple (often known as the Rat Temple). We shall overnight in the dunes, in our tented camp in Deshnok.
Day 6: February 27th
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. We will stay in the tented camp Mukam.
Day 7: February 28th
This morning we will ride to the local school in Mukam, where we will hold a paediatric camp and provide much needed educational supplies to the students at the school. We will be distributing livestock to villagers living below poverty level in Mukam in the early afternoon, followed by a visit to the Bishnois' sacred Samrathal Dhora Temple. Overnight in tented camp on outskirts of Mukam.
Day 8: March 1st
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: March 2nd
In the morning we will ride into Kakku and visit a school in order to treat school children as well as deliver educational materials. After lunch riders can look forward to an afternoon of 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 activity is highly attended by the local community and provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with them. Overnight in tented camp on the outskirts of Kakku.
Day 10: March 3rd
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, encouraging 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: March 4th
Prepare for a day of purposeful and heartfelt work as we conduct our free eye and dental camp, offering cataract surgeries and dental treatments to villagers of BHUNDEL. 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 Bhundel.
Day 12: March 5th
Enjoy a breath taking ride through vibrant terrain from Bhundel to the beautiful village of Khimsar. We'll overnight at Khimsar's desert camp oasis which is surrounded by large dunes and nestled on the edge of the great Thar Desert. This beautiful eco friendly desert camp is a serene and majestic stay filled with wildlife. Overnight at Khimsar Desert Camp.
Day 13: March 6th
Early departure from Khimsar to Jaipur via air-conditioned coach 5-6 hours drive. Enjoy the late afternoon at your leisure relaxing at the hotel pool. Overnight Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur.
Day 14: March 7th
Check out by 12.00. Post lunch departure by coach to Delhi/transfer to airports for return flights.
End of program
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY POINT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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