Yet another delightful experience that has captured the imagination of holiday makers is horse riding. It offers rides extending to four or five days as well as camping en route location. A campfire under the stars, hung large and brilliantly low in the sky in the stillness of the night, recreating the age-old charm of a horse back ride.
The first and foremost thing one requires in horse safari is riding ability. You should atleast master the basic things that any horse rider is aware of ability such as to trot or canter through rugged areas and countrysides; to be comfortable at all paces and to be able to gallop out of trouble. If you are a fit and proficient rider, it will work as a great advantage for you on your safari trip.
Choose those type of horses that are particularly well-suited to this kind of environment and are trained for safari trips only. Its better to take up a safari trip under the guidance of professional guides and with a backup of a four wheel drive vehicle.
While on a safari trip, keep always a mental note about the terrain that you are going cover on the horse. Always give yourself a break from the ride after 4-7 hours and keep on taking food and water on regular intervals. Wear riding clothes and clothes of bush colours with breeches and boots.
Its also important for every rider to know about the unpredictable weather conditions of a particular region, so better carry a raincoat, riding gloves and a hat along. A medical kit always comes handy in case of emergency and accident. Take along medications such as Malaria tablets also.
The safari routes can be quite surprising, with some places providing a tranquil and pleasant walking areas, where you can get a chance to observe the natural world around you. While certain safari trips cover the high mountain plateaus and passes, crosses open grassy plains and follows river courses through the hills.
The ultimate horse safari destinations in India are the mountanous regions of Himalyas. While you can always opt for trekking and short hiking trips within the Himalayas, still horse safari becomes a totally new experience if it is done in the national parks of the states of Uttaranchal and Himachal.
Another state that has become quite known for Horse Safari is Rajasthan. Horse Safari is a recent introduction in this state and provides a more exciting variation of the camel safari. Horse Safaris are usually conducted in the vicinity of Udaipur where the hilly terrain and forested countryside are ideal for taking up the trail.
The Horse safari routes can be divers too, but most pass close to small villages, ruined historical monuments and temples. These places are ideal to halt for a bit of rest and relaxation, or lunch and a quick nap. In the evening visitors can enjoy the comforts of former palaces and forts. There isn't any other better or historic way to explore Rajasthan.