A horse safari is a unique experience for those who would combine the pleasures of long distance horse riding with a love for the wild and the thrill of the Indian forest. An adventure, which allows you to experience Indian wildlife, scenery and culture at close quarters. Horse and rider become one with the environment - sharing the same sights, scents, sounds and excitement of the wilderness.
The Horse Safari in Corbett National Park, along the mountain ridges, provides an opportunity to experience local cultures, interact with the locals and understand the traditions and rituals of the simple hill communities. There are areas of dense Baanjh, Oak and Rhododendron forests, punctuated by pristine mountain streams and waterfalls. The trails are through thick forests and along high ridges, which provide panoramic views of the Himalayas. Apart from the views, which are spectacular, there is much to do. The forests contain a variety of avifauna; such as Kaleeje, Chir and Koklas Pheasants, Minivets, Orioles, Redbilled Blue Magpie, Whitecrested Laughing Thrush, and Spotted Forktail including birds of prey like Lammergeier and Himalayan Griffon.
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.
Marwari - the desert horse of Rajasthan, are brought young and reared in the hills. Its dexterity in negotiating the narrow bridle paths in the hills - every manoeuvre so safe and simple, has to be experienced to be believed. The exotic beauty and vigour of the Marwari Horse is its lasting heritage as it was bred to lift the heart in battle and please the eye in peace. Marwari Horse is easily recognized by its proud carriage, upright graceful neck and distinctive aquiline head with deep expressive eyes. The crowning glory of Marwari horses are the unique perky lyre shaped ears meeting at the tips. It is, without exception, unique to the noble Indian horse.
The intelligence and natural regal bearing of the Marwari horse is blended with tremendous equipoise, graceful animated gaits and stamina. The Marwari horse displays an alert stillness when in repose and incredible élan, vital in action. Hardiness and longevity have enabled the breed to survive wars, famine and droughts. The Marwari Horse agreeably adapts to different life styles and environmental conditions and performs in various sports and formal riding disciplines.
Forest Rest House have basic accommodation on Twin / Triple sharing basis with non-flushing, Indian style toilets. Our support team including Naturalist, Driver, and Attendant & Chef would be there to assist you for your horse safari programme. Our hotel would provide the linen & other toiletries to you.
We also provide masseurs at extra cost during the safari.
The food served on the Horse Safari itinerary consists of a great variety, with special emphasis on the freshness of produce. You not only get to choose from a wide variety of Continental and Indian cuisines, but also savour specialties of the Kumaon region from time to time. Food is primarily vegetarion inside the forest. However egg is served on the trip.
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