Type of horses:
Primarily Marwaris with a few Kathiawadis and Sindhis.
Nature of horses:
Spirited but responsive and intelligent.
Height of horses:
14.2 - 16hh
Indian cavalry saddles which are strong, simple and comfortable for riding (and for the horse).
This charming hotel is home to one of the biggest stud farms for Marwari horses in India. It has been in the same family for decades and offers regular stationary rides and riding lessons, the family taking great delight in sharing their passion for horses and riding with guests. The tranquility and peace of the lavish hotel grounds are a wonder for guests who wish to experience nature, relaxation and some excellent horse riding on these beautiful Indian horses with their curly touching ears.
The horses here are famed for their quality and breeding and for their participation in international endurance races of 60 to 100kms in Shekhawati. They are extremely hardy, have great stamina and offer a spirited but responsive ride. The hotel welcomes riders of all standards and ages, offering lessons to those who would like them and rides out.
The hotel itself was originally built as a country house on 150 acres of land, mainly used for stabling and grazing the family's favourite horses. The beautiful and lush surroundings soon meant that it became a permanent residence of the royal family. It received a makeover in 1928 and opened its doors to guests in 1981, maintaining much of the original style. It is the ideal base from which to explore the local havelis (mansions with a central courtyard) and colourful bazaars of Nawalgarh, whilst still offering a serene atmosphere and old world charm to escape to. The perfect place to experience the true essence of Rajasthan's hospitality!
Hotel room accommodation with modern amenities. There is 1 suite, 10 deluxe rooms and 15 standard rooms. The rooms are cosy and well furnished with carved furniture, old photographs and miniature paintings.
Each room has an en suite with shower, toilet and sink.
The hotel itself has a variety of other facilities including a swimming pool, billiards room, restaurant and bar, laundry and dry cleaning, bikes for hire, internet access, parking, cloak room, postal service and WiFi in the lounge area.
The hotel restaurant serves Indian cuisine and traditional Rajasthani delicacies. You can enjoy a lovely lounge breakfast in the morning, treating yourself with the fabulous views of the bird varieties and peacocks, or you can dine beneath the star studded sky with their lavish buffet.
There is a swimming pool, billiards room and bike hire on site. Guided bike tours are offered for 2 - 10 people and these can be a half day or full day (additional cost).
Other activities available from the hotel at an additional cost include jeep drives, trekking, camel rides, picnics, folk dances and mehndiwali (Indian tattoos). You can also watch a half hour show of a dancing horse or ride in a camel cart (4 people).
If you are planning to extend your travel sin India beyond your stay at the hotel, then we can certainly recommend tours and trips to some of the countries most famous monuments and natural sights. Please just ask us for more details on these.
Health requirements: No specific requirements.
Age limit: None.
Tuition: Can be arranged.
Included: Shared room accommodation, use of hotel facilities, half day or full day horse rides. Breakfast is included but full or half board possible.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks or extra activities.
It is recommended that you fly into New Delhi or Jaipur and then travel to Nawalgarh by road. Jaipur is the closer of the two airports, at roughly 1h45 by road, connecting flights from Delhi can certainly be booked. Delhi is the easier to reach from Europe but is around 6 hours by road from the hotel.
We recommend booking your airport transfers with tour operator Royal Expeditions based in India: www.royalexpeditions.com
This company works regularly with the hotel and knows it very well. They are efficient and very friendly, regularly driving into Nawalgarh from Delhi and Jaipur. You can specify what type of vehicle you would prefer and all are air-conditioned. Vehicles are available to take anything up to 8 passengers at any one time and generally, the more passengers there are, the cheaper the transfers become.
We can help you with all of these arrangements, as well as booking other tours in India after your trail.
Airport: Sanganer International Airport, Jaipur
Alternative Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
A stationary programme offering full board hotel accommodation and either half day or full day rides leaving from the hotel. Riding lessons can also be arranged for you at the hotel stables. Staying at the hotel means you can experience the peace and tranquility of the grounds and the old charm of the rooms, relaxing when out of the saddle.
All standards and ages of rider can be accommodated, though the Marwari horses are generally spirited and responsive rides and so those with some experience will be better suited to the rides out.
|Minimum group size:||1|
|Maximum group size:||6|
|Ability description:||Beginner - Experienced|
|Type of ride:||Based rides.|
|Total riding time:||Half day or full day rides. It is recommended that you only ride half days in April due to the heat (early morning rides are best).|
|Departure dates:||All year round except for May and June (too hot for riding). Summer days are hot but you can ride out early morning and monsoon time (July and August) could well be very wet!|
Rates valid from 1st October 2016 - 30th September 2017.
Deluxe double room: £76 per person, per night.
Suite double room: £127 per person, per night.
Royal suite double room: £190 per person, per night.
Extra bed in room: £16 per night.
All above rates include breakfast and local taxes. Lunches/Dinners can be added for approximately £8 per person, per meal.
Single rooms available at additional cost, please ask us.
Half day: £51 per person
Full day: £95 per person (inc. picnic lunch)