November 2016 Pushkar 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.
November 3rd through November 17th, 2016
Day 1: Thursday November 3rd
Arrive in Delhi and spend the night at a Boutique Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Friday November 4th
Relax the morning away at your leisure in and around your hotel. Enjoy Delhi's beautiful sights and sounds with an afternoon tour of the city. In the evening we will depart for the Thar Desert on the overnight train to Sujangarh.
Day 3: Saturday, November 5th
Sunrise arrival in the town of Sujangarh. We will transfer via coach to our tented encampment in Kasumbi for an introductory breakfast to RRI and its 15 day program. Kasumbi and it's outlying villages are known for being an oasis of rest stops on the ancient Silk road, as well as for pilgrims heading to the sacred village of Pushkar. Our tented encampment in Kasumbi will serve as our initial base camp and departure point for the Relief Ride.
After we have freshened up we will head down to the village of Kasumbi where we will distribute goats to Below Poverty Level individuals. After our goat programs we will return to our camp for a tasty traditional Rajasthani lunch. Later in the afternoon, after light refreshments, we'll gather around to meet the horses for our casual ride.
Day 4: Sunday, November 6th
We'll depart after a healthy breakfast for Indokha. The ride will take us through a serene and beautiful desert landscape with rolling dunes to ride through. We will stop for lunch and a relaxing break in a shaded area before riding again to our campsite. Expect to see a wide array of wildlife such as Chinkara's, Black Buck and Blue Bulls. We will overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Indokha.
Day 5: Monday November 7th
We plan to ride into Indokha and visit a school in order to deliver educational materials to student 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. We will spend the night at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Indokha.
Day 6: Tuesday November 8th
The ride from Indokha to Kolya will take us through a range of varied terrain from sandy dunes to farmed millet fields. We will spend the night at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Kolya.
Day 7: Wednesday November 9th
Ride into Kolya for a school visit. We will spend the night at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Kolya.
Day 8: Thursday November 10th
The ride from Kolya to Kurada will take us through more fascinating terrain punctuated by a shrub desert. At the end of our day's ride the terrain will transform into rolling hills as we approach the Aravelli Mountain range as we draw closer to our destination, Pushkar! We will spend the night at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Kurada.
Day 9: Friday November 11th
Enjoy a morning visit to a school in Kurada. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon as we prepare for equestrian fun and games. We will play Ball and Bucket a wonderful race between horse and rider, where the object of the game is to put 5 tennis balls into a bucket which are positioned on the other side of a field. Caution: This game is highly addictive and competitive! If Ball and Bucket is a bit too fast paced for you, enjoy yourself and your horse in a game of Musical horses! We will spend the night at our tented encampment on the edge of Kurada.
Day 10: Saturday November 12th
The ride to Riid will take us through the last of the desert landscape, giving us the long distance vantage of The Aravelli range that surrounds Pushkar. Slowly the desert dune-scape transforms into fields of cultivated flowers, one of the areas strongest industry. We will overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Riid.
Day 11: Sunday November 13th
Prepare for a day's worth of heartwarming and purposeful work as we conduct both our Gift of Sight and Dental Care programs in the village of Riid.We plan on screening eye patients in order to qualify them for free eye surgeries. The camp will open its doors at 10.00 am and will close by 4.00pm or until the last patients have been screened or treated. We will overnight at our tented encampment on the outskirts of Riid.
Day 12: Monday November 14th
Get ready to experience an exciting day of riding as we approach Pushkar. On our way to the Pushkar Fair our ride will be full of chance encounters with nomadic tribes traveling with their horses, camels and cattle to and from the village of Pushkar. We will overnight at our tented encampment at the Pushkar Fair.
Day 13: Tuesday November 15th
Experience a colorful and vibrant day at the fair. One of the highlights of the fair is the vibrant horse auction held for a two day period right before the night of the full moon. The finest Marwari horses can be found performing either in races or dances to large crowds, trying to attract the highest bidders. The sacred village of Pushkar is home to India's only Brahma Temple. As a devout Hindu it is customary to take a Holy dip in the Pushkar lake. We will overnight at our tented encampment at the Pushkar Fair.
Day 14: Wednesday November 16th
We will have a leisurely departure for Jaipur after breakfast. The drive to Jaipur will take 3 hours, where we will check into the Mandawa Haveli Hotel and have lunch. The afternoon can be devoted to lounging around the Haveli's pool or traveling with a guide to the famous City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort.
Day 15: Thursday November 17th
Travel by coach from Jaipur to Delhi for transfer to airports for return flights home or onward.
End of program
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY POINT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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