We believe that it is of utmost importance to preserve Indian breeds of horses. In order to do so an effort has been made to maintain pure  blood line of India breeds. In addition to this, the qualities of Indian breeds are to be brought in focus and high lighted. Only then will they get patronage resulting in economic viability and support. For the last 50 years Indian breeds have fallen in a state of neglect due to lack of patronage. Horses were a mode of fast communication on country tracks and cross country routes.

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  With the coming of roads, trains, cars and buses the horses fell into disuse. The three patrons left namely - Races, Polo and the Armed forces, all three mostly use thorough or half breeds but NOT pure Indian breed horses.

There are three predominant breeds of Indian horses in north west India namely the MARWARI, KATHIAWADI and SINDHI. The Marwar region (erstwhile Jodhpur State) of Rajasthan has been the home of the MARWARI breed. The Kathiawadi comes from desertic tract of our neighboring state Gujrat called Kathiawar. Most areas where the SINDHI breeds are found have now gone in the SINDH Province of Pakistan.

In our stables we have mainly the MARWARI horses and a few Kathiawari and Sindhi horses. The Marwaris were the traditional battle horses of Rajputana. Our stallion BADSHAH PASAND is a black Marwari of outstanding points. We do not keep or use any thorough bred or half bred European horses.
Participation in our Safari offers a unique chance to horse lovers from all over the world to ride  pure bred Indian horses and to know  how different they feel and handle in cross country riding.


Indian breeds of horses are lean and smaller in built, girth and height as compared to thorough breeds. As a result they require much less feed and fodder. The hair coat is not so dense as we have a warm climate. the ear points are pointed and meet, specially in Marwari and Kathiawari breeds. The hoof  diameter is much less and the pastern and fetlock joints are very flexible. As a result of this, our horses show a natural much higher capability of clearing obstacles while cross country riding.

Horses of Indian breeds are very spirited and respond to commands very promptly after they recognize the riders capability. They are very intelligent and the rider establishes a very friendly rapport with his steed after some time.

However because of this lively temperament it becomes essential that the riders stay at the Roop Niwas Palace for two or three days and ride for short distance before the Safari commences. This will enable guests to get accustomed then choose and change horses as per riding convenience.


We have 32 horses in our stables at Roop Niwas Kothi, Nawalgarh. Thus on a safari we need not borrow horses from other stables. As a result all horses are compatible to each other while riding . 

Our horses have very interesting names which are translated hereunder to give you the local flavor. Kesar (Saffron), Chandrika (moon beam), DAKHI (A raisin - She is as sweet and is the color of a raisin), CHABILI (naughty and flamboyant), RADHA PRIYA (Dear to Radha Rani in the eternal service of Lord Krishna), DIL PANSAND (adored by my heart), NAYAN SUKH (which give pleasure to our eyes when we gazeat it), CHAND (moon). Some of the young fillies which are yet to be named are affectionately christened by our guests as they do their first safari. Respecting their sentiments they carry the name for life-e.g. BEAUTY, SARAH, NABILA, ZIA . Our Stallions of pure Marwari breed are called BADSHAH PASAND. (Liked by the Emperor), ALAM GUMAN (pride of the sky).



Our saddles are the Indian cavalry "SAWAR" saddles.  They are strong, simple comfortable riding saddles, as were used in the British cavalry in India.  The same design is still used in the Indian cavalry regiments. These saddles are not only comfortable for the riders, but they are equally comfortable for the horses.  

This is because the design permits circulation of air between the saddle and the back of the horse.  his ensures that the back of the horse does not get soar even after long rides. It is advisable for any riders with medical situation to get their own sheep skin which can be easily put over the "Sawar" Saddles.  Riders are also requested to get their riding chaps, helmets and boots.   As the boot size varies guests may get their stirrups to avoid any problem in usage of the standard size stirrups provided by us. All tack is kept in excellent condition.


In order to enjoy this trip you have to be fit and a confident rider on all paces.


Walk, trot and when terrain permits long canters.


Departure from starting point or camp site is approximately at 8.30 / 9.00. A.M. after breakfast carrying packed lunch. After 2 - 3 hours of riding including visit of interesting villages enroute, lunch halt is made around 12 noon. The afternoon is a shorter ride approximately 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. The Kitchen staff has by this time moved by Truck/Jeep and set up camp. They have tea ready when the party arrives.

Riding distances are restricted between 25 -40 Kms. per day. Riding time is broken into two by a long lunch halt with special demonstrations like turban tying, hair cut by expert barber who creates designs of   flowers, birds on flat parts of horse/camels, folk music etc.

A Jeep carries soft drinks, beverages in a ice box (The box might just have cold water from a "MATKA" placed outside in the camp courtyard the previous night if Ice is not available in 30 Kms. radius). A accompanying musician and also baggage of guests is carried on this Jeep which meets the guests at lunch spot.



In Rajasthan we have the single hump drumdairis, called 'camel' in spoken language. The Bikaner and Jaisalmer breed is being used by us. Each camel saddle has two distinct seats one ahead of the hump and one behind the hump. Each camel has a driver. He controls the animal and the only thing you have to do is to remain in your saddle. Once proficiency is gained controls can be taken over.

THE PACE OF RIDE - Walk & slow trot.

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We use services of an ex army cook who all   his life has given many pack lunches to officers moving with the Paltans. In army language it is called "HAVER SACK". He turns out the most amazing variety of menus. No two lunches have a common menu. Instead of giving individual lunch boxes, a buffet is laid out. Tea/Coffee is served piping hot in insulated  containers. Portable  stools are carried in the Jeep, to be used by the guests at Lunch time.

The services of a groom is provided in the ratio of, one groom for three horses. The groom does saddling and unsaddling every day - feeds and waters the horses. He gives the horses a sand bath and grooms the horses when required.
A outrider and a English speaking leader escorts the Safari, whenever any rider requires help a whistle is blown. Hearing this all riders come to a stand still and the outrider goes and attends the rider requiring assistance.

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Our Camp consists of Tented accommodation in Shamiana type oriental tents on twin sharing / single basis. Each tent cubicle is provided with cots, chairs, linen, white sheets, quilts, blankets, pillows, mosquito nets, hot water bottles and a full floor covering , lighting in tents is by kerosene lamps. The dinning tent and kitchen are lit by petromex / gas lamps.



We have our own toilet and bath tents. These are one piece units with a covered roof and zippers. The bath tents have wooden floor, foot mats and hangers for clothes. The toilet tents have a wooden / metal commode with a pit. Hot water for bath is provided in buckets both in the morning and evening. There is a provision of soaps, towels, looking mirrors and wash basin.

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The dining tent has regular sit down arrangement with chairs and tables. Fixed menu meals with a choice of Indian and continental dishes in every meal are provided. Tea and coffee after each meal and soup at Dinner is for unlimited consumption. The camp is laid down leaving a large rectangular courtyard for camp fires and folk entertainment. The dining tent is on one width while the other  three sides are guest tents. The adjacent space being utilized for bath and toilet tents.

The camp gives a very colorful look and reminds one of a Royal camp in the days of the Maharajas and the British Rule. The  kitchen tent and staff tent are pitched at a little distance. The horses also get wind breakers and open tents where required.

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Our safaris normally operate October through March. these are very pleasant winter months of the Indian weather cycle. Daytime in the second half of March does warm up a bit, the nights remain cool. Guests joining our March safari are amply rewarded by the fantastic Balotra horse fair. The Balotra fair is one of its own kind in the world.


Additional non riders join the group using all service, but commuting in a jeep. This enables non rider spouses / friends to holiday together .




Camping sites are well chosen and offer superb view of the country side even if it requires additional cost to transport water by camel cart tanks to the camp site.

All horses being from the same stable are compatible to each other.

We insist that the guests arrive 2-3 days before the Safari at Roop Niwas  Palace Nawalgarh or the starting point. Here they are provided horse rides which enables them to pick, choose and change horses as per their capabilities. No charges are made for  these 2-3 days of horse riding.

While on Safari spare horses accompany   the contingent. In case of any horse going lame or any other reason a guest gets his horse replaced immediately.

We invite other horse enthusiasts / riders from local areas to be our guests for 2-3 days portions of the 'Safari' . Guests have very interesting interaction with these native horse lovers. The cost of these invitees is borne by us.

Every evening and Lunch time talks and demonstrations are organized as per the guests interest. Topics of talks could vary from local horse medicine, wild life , caste system to philosophy . The demonstration could be on Indian cooking or to preparing jute reins for your horse.

We have our own fleet of vehicles which includes three large trucks, one mini-truck, one four wheel drive  jeep/trailer, one tractor/trolley, and camel cart water tanks which enables us to operate efficiently.

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All our Safaris are personally accompanied by Bhanwar Devendra Singh & Durga Singh and the team.


Folk music and open discussions held around the camp fire.
A massage after a long day of riding.
Trying out their recepies on the campfire and sharing it with others on any one day of the safari.
Visiting a private home during the ride and meeting the family.
Indian cosmetic techniques like Henna application for the ladies.


Chaps & riding helmets.
Sheep skin.
Small soft water bottle to go into you saddle bag.
Light wind proof rain coats.
Flash light.
Sun protection hats.
Bathing gowns for ladies.


Our horse safaris cost a average of US$ 200.00 to US$ 260.00 per person per day. This rate is full board including all riding activities.
Pre and post safari tours/drinks/transfers/gratuities and personal insurance is excluded.
You do not need any horse insurance for our horses.