Marwari - the desert horse of
Rajasthan. Young horses are bought and reared in the hills. His dexterity in
negotiating the narrow bridle paths in the hills - every manoeuvre so safe
and simple, has to be experienced to be believed.
The Marwari has a beautiful head crowned by perky
lure shaped ears meeting at the tips. In line with his desert elements when
asked he provides a very smooth and fast ride.
The area :
Nainital is situated in the Kumaon hills where thick wooded hills, snow
capped mountains in the distance and clear pine scented air were a respite
from the hot steamy plains.
It was here that Col. James Edward
Corbett was born. His love for the richness of the region and sensitivity to
the miseries of the simple hill folk, were to shape his life as a courageous
hunter of the man-eating tigers & leopards that plagued the villagers.
Later on he became a visionary conservationist and author.
Corbett National Park is rightfully named after the man who was instrumental
in its creation. It is here that the first three non days of riding are
spent. With Jeeps and Elephants as modes of transport, one gets an excellent
opportunity to examine, survey and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the
The Forest Lodge and Tiger Camp provide sumptuous meals, clean comfortable
bed and bath and an ambience that matches the wilderness. The first phase of
the ride is easy, through thick peripheral reserve forests of Sal. Canter or
gallop on the soft tracks and the opportunity to stop and examine whatever
catches your fancy, is always there. Camping sites provide all the magic of
the Jungle, the nocturnal sounds, bright lit skies and tales around a
crackling camp fire, all make a heady cocktail.
The second phase
of the ride begins the ascent into the hills. It provides the thrilling
adventure of an uphill climb on narrow bridle paths, breathtaking views
across growing hills, valleys and gorges and the changing vegetation at
every turn. The Lodge at Pangot provides great comfort after a good days
riding. The descent into Betalghat is equally dramatic.
here for Horse Safari Tour