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DAY 01 :
You will arrive Delhi International Airport. Following customs & immigration formalities and baggage collection, our  representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in to your rooms. Overnight at the hotel The Park, Delhi.

Today you will have a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. Delhi has long been a centre of power almost continuously since the 13th   Century.  No fewer than seven cities have been built on this site, side by side.  The huge city is divided into Old and New Delhi; the former also comprises the seventh city, Shahjahanabad and the areas further north; the latter has at its core the plan of the capital created by the British in 1911. Sightseeing of Old Delhi will include the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat.  The Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan on the eastern edge of the city along the Yamuna River.  The entrance through the fort is via the imposing Lahori Gate which leads to a roof passage known as Chatta Chowk. At the end of this is the Naquar Khana (drum house) which marks the entrance the royal enclosures.  There are six main palaces but one of the best known is the Diwan-I-Am, the hall of public audience which was dominated by the legendary jewel-studded Peacock Throne.Sightseeing of New Delhi includes the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, which was built by Shah Jehan.  Also see Raj Ghat which is a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi. The tour continues with India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.  Rashtrapati Bhawan was once Viceregal Lodge on Raisina Hill and is now the residence of the President of India.  The 16th century Humayun’s Tomb is one of the finest examples of a garden tomb and is of a style which was perfected at the Taj Mahal at  Agra.  Finally visit the five storied Qutub Minar which was built in 1199 and is now one of Delhi’s landmarks. Overnight at the hotel The Park, Delhi 
Morning drive to Nawalgarh (5 to 6 hrs) in the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan's districts of Jhunjhunu & Sikar, known for the painted houses or " Havelis " of its wealthy merchant class, the Marwaris.  This region could be called the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan.  The drive to Shekhawati is through picturesque village and farms.Founded in 1737 AD. by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior statesman, whose name is enshrined in history and folklore. The town exudes an old world charm and the colourful bazaar has the largest number of painted Havelis in Shekhawati.Royal Welcome on arrival at the Roop Niwas Palace with horses, camels, flower garlands, folk  musicians and a non alchoholic welcome drink . The palace lies just a kilometer from the town and is a fascinating blend of European and Rajput style of architecture.  The Palace has lovely spacious lawns, a billiard room and a swimming pool.In the late afternoon  meet up at  the stables, where the riders are introduced to the safari team and the lovely ‘Marwari’ horses  and  ride around the Palace. The riders have a good chance to choose a horse of their liking. The riding leader advises each rider about the choice of horses.  Tea is served at the stables and traditional gifts  given to every rider. Riders are given a  detailed  briefing of the tour and introduction talk on the arid region ecology followed by Dinner.Overnight at the Roop Niwas Palace.
Morning ride out with picnic breakfast to the countryside, return in time for lunch. Afternoon free time at the palace.There is a possibility to invite ladies to decorate the palms of lady guests with henna.Then sightseeing of nawalgarh by car/Camel Buggy with guide visiting Havelis, to see frescos and painted houses.Over night at Roopniwas palace.
Morning ride around Nawalgarh. During the ride visit farmhouses and village homes of people who keep local horse breed the Marwari horses. Visit the stables and have interactive meetings with the farmers. Picnic lunch en route.Afternoon talk on Marwari horses. Followed by interactive discussion. Then display of Ancient horse medicine book "Salotra" which is a hand written book. This is a family inheritance. Interactive discussion on beliefs of Indian people about horses and how to encourage local horse lovers to continue to keep Marwari horses. Traditional folk entertainment and dinner.Overnight Roop Niwas Palace.

Ride through semi desert areas with small farms and countryside dotted with Khejri trees. En route picnic Lunch and visit Farms where Women farmers are supported by NGO to encourage natural resources management and use of eco friendly farming technique to increase yield. Overnight in deluxe luxury shamiyana oriental tented camp.

Ride through semi desert farm countryside to reach a small woodlot and dry waterhole, surrounded by KER bushes many flocks of blue bull antelopes may be seen around campsite. Overnight in camp
Morning ride through semi desert region and Fatehpur Beed. Picnic lunch near a typical Shekhawati architecture water tank "Johda". The Nawab of Fatehpur 300 years ago had declared that he would leave as a charity, grazing ground as much area, which could be encircled by a rider from sunrise to sunset and declared it protected. Today Fatehpur beed is an amazing 70 sq.km area with all species of desert plants. Camping in Beed one gets to see Desert Fox, Jackal / Blue Bull and Deer. The protected area proves that if human don’t inter-fear a semi forest can be created in a desert. The Camp is near a ruined travelers home overlooking the entire beed. This is a most beautiful campsite.


Riding west today you will enter territory of the erstwhile Bikaner state. There will be a sudden surprising change in terrain to large sand dunes. Going will be slow after lunch. The campsite is in a beautiful small woodlot at the base of a temple situated on a rock edifice.Overnight Camp.

Leaving the sand dunes you will come to flat loam soil ground. Most of the ride will be through (if we get permission) or around the peripheries of Tal Chappar the famous black buck game sanctuary. The Scarves/Turbans will be useful as fine dust rises when you ride past this flat ground. You will get to see black buck deer and also other deer species during the ride. Overnight Camp will be set up on the peripheries of the sanctuary.
Full day ride and explore the area around the peripheries Talchappar Wildlife Sanctuary. Tal Chappar wildlife Sanctuary covers 71 sq. Kms of desert scrubland. It has largest herds of blackbuck antelope in India, besides chinkara gazelle, desert cat, desert fox and other dry land wildlife. Flocks of demoiselle and common cranes can be seen at nearby lakes and wet lands. Bird life includes sand grouse, quails, and cream coloured desert courser. Picnic lunch. Evening return to camp.Overnight Camp on the peripheries of the sanctuary.
Early morning ride around and say goodbye to your horses. After breakfast drive (3.5 hrs) to Bikaner. On arrival Lunch at Bheruvilas hotel, after lunch sightseeing of Bikaner visiting the Junagarh fort and if time permits then the camel breeding farm and royal cenotaphs. BIKANER is a ancient city founded in 12th centaury and is one of the 21 maharaja states which combine to form our state Rajasthan and merged in the republic of India in 1947.Evening transfer to the Railway station for overnight Train to Delhi.Overnight Train (Air conditioned class).

Early morning arrive in Delhi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to The Park, Delhi.
Depart Delhi for onward journey or fly back home.

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