Relief Ride through India

Ride through breathtaking dune landscape delivering humanitarian aid to remote communities.

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Relief Ride through India

Ride through breathtaking dune landscape delivering humanitarian aid to remote communities.

  • India
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)

Experience India from a truly unique perspective as you ride like the desert nomads of the region, traveling seemingly endless sand tracks through mesmerising terrain; from rolling dunes to open plains. On the way, you’ll pass through villages, which travelers rarely experience, let alone on horseback. You’ll sleep under the starlit sky in canvas-covered tents, and spend your days handing out educational materials to under-served schools and set up medical camps which provide dental, eye, and obstetrics care to populations lacking healthcare.

This is an adventure like no other; this is your chance to give something back.

This life-changing experience includes:

  • 9 days of riding
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All humanitarian programs on scheduled itinerary
  • All meals during the trip
  • Experienced local guides
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All fees in regards to the humanitarian aspect of the trip
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Adventurers who want to experience India in a truly unique way, whilst helping underprivileged communities and giving a little back.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and spend the night at a beautiful boutique hotel, or similar.

Day 2: Guided tour of New Delhi

Enjoy the morning at your leisure and the afternoon sightseeing on a guided tour of New Delhi. After an early dinner, we will depart for the train station where we will board the overnight train to Bikaner.

Day 3: Bikaner

The Bikaner region’s splendid palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sandstones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilisation. Upon arrival in Bikaner, there will be a sunrise transfer via coach from the station to the Historic Gajner Fort for breakfast and an introduction to RRI and its 15-day program. This ancient fort will serve as our initial base camp and departure point for the Relief Ride. After lunch and light refreshments in the late afternoon, we’ll gather around to meet the horses and have a casual ride through the breathtaking landscape of the Bikaner’s sand dunes.

Day 4: First camp at Deshnok

We will ride through marvelous sand dunes to our first camp in Deshnok. There’s a good possibility of sighting herds of camels, the area is known to have them. Be on the lookout for the gamboling baby-camels, which make a very enchanting sight! Overnight in a tented camp on outskirts of Deshnok.

4-6 hours riding

Day 5: Deliver humanitarian aid in Deshnok

Beginning with a morning visit to a school in Deshnok to perform our pediatric program where we will distribute educational materials and sporting equipment to young students. After lunch, we will distribute livestock to widows and ‘below poverty level’ individuals in the village of Deshnok. Following our Give a Goat program, we will visit one of the highlights of the trip - The Karni Mata Temple (often known as the Rat Temple). We shall overnight in the dunes, in our tented camp in Deshnok.

Day 6: Ride to Mukam

Ride from Deshnok to Mukam. Riding through this dune filled area; we may see several Chinkara gazelles and if we’re lucky, also come across the Desert Fox. This beautiful region is home to the Bishnoi tribe, who are known as conservationists for the preservation of animal and vegetable life is a religion and has been so from the early 15th century. We will stay in the tented camp Mukam.

4-6 hours riding

Day 7: Deliver humanitarian aid in Mukham

Prepare for a day of purposeful and heartfelt work as we conduct our free eye and dental camp, offering cataract surgeries and dental treatments to villagers of Mukham. RRI’s Dental camp will open its doors at 10.00 am and will close by 4.00 or until the last patients have been treated. Overnight in a tented camp on the outskirts of Mukham.

Day 8: Ride to Kakku

Ride from Mukam to Kakku. The terrain here is soft and sandy and good for easy riding. As there will likely be Blue Bulls and other animals grazing in this area. There’s also the opportunity to climb up on a very large sand dune with a temple on top of it and from where you get a breathtaking view of the desert. As we approach Kakku, we will have the opportunity to the Bishnois’ sacred Samrathal Dhora Temple. Overnight in a tented camp on the outskirts of Kakku.

4-6 hours riding

Day 9: Deliver humanitarian aid in Kakku

In the morning we will ride into Kakku and visit a school in order to treat school children as well as deliver educational materials. Overnight in a tented camp on the outskirts of Kakku. We will be distributing livestock to villagers living below poverty level line in Kakku in the early afternoon. Overnighted tented encampment in Kakku.

Day 10: Ride to Bhundel

Enjoy a vibrant and colorful ride from Kakku to Bhundel. We will travel through an area of large sand dunes. These Dunes heat up very quickly, encouraging an early departure! For lunch, we will seek refuge under a cluster of desert trees to have lunch and rest. Overnight in a tented camp on the outskirts of Bhundel.

4-6 hours riding

Day 11: Deliver humanitarian aid in Bhundel

This morning we will ride to the local school in Bhundel, where we will hold a pediatric camp and provide much needed educational supplies to the students at the school. After lunch riders can look forward to an afternoon of fun and games in our famed ‘ball & bucket’ races! From the start of the ride, you will be drawn into the fun, humor, and competition that this day brings out! This dynamic activity is highly attended by the local community and provides a wonderful opportunity to interact with them. Overnight in a tented camp on outskirts of Bhundel.

Day 12: Ride to Khimsar

Enjoy a breathtaking ride through vibrant terrain from Bhundel to the beautiful village of Khimsar. We’ll overnight at Khimsar’s desert camp oasis which is surrounded by large dunes and nestled on the edge of the great Thar Desert. This beautiful eco-friendly desert camp is a serene and majestic stay filled with wildlife. Overnight at Khimsar Desert Camp.

4-6 hours riding

Day 13: Transfer to Jaipur

Early departure from Khimsar to Jaipur via air-conditioned coach 5-6 hours drive. Enjoy the late afternoon at your leisure relaxing at the hotel pool. Overnight Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur.

Day 14: Return journey home

Check out by 12.00. Post lunch departure by coach to Delhi/transfer to airports for return flights.

This itinerary is flexible and be subject to change at any point due to unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation

In Delhi, you’ll stay at a 4-star boutique hotel. Your stay will certainly be a comfortable one with a hotel pool to enjoy and free WiFi.

Your initial base camp will be the 3-star Gajner fort (also known as the Gajner Palace Hotel). The fort is known historically as a desert outpost in ancient times and has now been converted into a beautiful heritage hotel.

While on the ride you’ll camp in comfortable Swiss tents, with beds. The tents can accommodate two people or can be booked under a single occupancy an additional single supplement fee.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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The Bikaner region of northwestern Rajasthan is one of the breathtaking dunes and epic landscapes. The historic village of Bikaner is an ancient oasis for traders traveling by camel along the routes of central Asia and the coast of Gujarat. This area offers stunning landscapes inhabited for centuries by the Bishnoi tribes. Bishnois are renowned animal and nature lovers, and due to their protection, there is an abundance of animal life in their ancestral territories.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Delhi
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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This trip will run with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The doctors who support our relief mission typically hold staff positions in local hospitals. Over the years we have established relationships with these doctors and are very grateful for the time they take away from their ordinary practice to travel into the desert to support the villagers we serve on our expedition.

Because we never know how many villagers will show up at a given free medical camp or eye surgery camp, we estimate quantities based on past experience. Schools are a little easier to gauge because we know the numbers of students in advance.

Given the large interest in our humanitarian experience, we have had a lot of riders sign up who have had very little riding experience or only rode in their younger years. In order to make our rides more accessible given the nature of our work, we created two riding groups. The first, a scenic group that walks and trots, and is paced to the least skilled rider. Over time, this group tends to lope and canter and tends to be right behind the advanced group.

The second is an advanced group, that really canters at a traveling pace, and on occasion has a gallop provided that it’s safe for both horse and rider. Riders can warm up in the scenic group and move to the advanced group in a couple of days. Advanced riders also can move to the scenic group if they prefer a slower pace. Safety is our priority, and we have a follow up jeep that follows our riding groups.

The riding is incredible and varied as the landscape is always breathtaking. We tend to ride 4-6 hours a day. We leave our camp by 9.00 am stop for lunch and a 3 hour rest under the shade of a tree around midday departing around 4pm for a sunset arrival at our camp.

We have lots of open plain riding on long stretches of desert sand track. Our itineraries usually takes us through beautiful Dune scapes and into Wildlife Sanctuaries. On any given ride we see a lot of wildlife. This particular ride will takes us through the Bishnoi region, known for the Bishnoi tribe, who are animal and plant lovers. There has been no hunting in their region for hundreds of years making for very inquisitive and friendly wildlife. It’s common for us to wake up and see Desert foxes and miniature Gazelles strolling about our camp in the morning.

Temperatures are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.

We offer very tasty continental and Indian cuisine at all of our meals and can accommodate riders/travelers with special diets. i.e Gluten free diets. We keep a very high level of hygiene using only fresh ingredients that we source locally.

  • Electrolytes
  • Compact flashlight or Headlamp
  • Riding Boots/ Half boots and Half Chaps
  • Riding britches or Jodhpur (please bring at least two pairs)
  • Riding Helmet
  • Light summer shirts
  • Light jacket for evenings
  • Hat
  • Light Gloves
  • SPF/lotion/lip balm
  • Hand Sanitisers
  • Scarf or shawl
  • Bathrobe
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit (for use at hotels or forts that have pools)
  • Binocular
  • Seat savers or anti-chaffing lotion or medication for depending on sensitivity.
  • Flip Flops
  • Sneakers or light walking boots
  • Sundresses or shorts
  • A windbreaker or light polar fleece jacket for the evening
  • Anything you can’t manage without, as in medications or favorite cosmetics

Whether we are camping or staying in one of the historic forts, your day will likely begin around 7am. Breakfast will include tea, coffee and juice, as well as some common western breakfast items. Indian breakfast will also be available.

Your itinerary will provide detailed information about whether the day includes visits at a school, a medical camp, or a livestock distribution. We will also discuss the day’s specific activities at breakfast so you are prepared. You will not need special gear or materials for these visits.

We usually stop during the heat of the day to rest the horses and ourselves, so you may want to bring a pair of sandals and a good book to read during this period. These essentials should be contained in a small pack, and will be transported in the Jeep so you don’t have to carry them with you on your horse.

In the evenings, we socialise and gather for dinner.

We are very flexible in the “assignment” of volunteer duties. Every guest will have the opportunity to participate in every volunteer role, but you will never be asked to do something you’re not comfortable doing.

Guests support a wide variety of mission activities. At the start of each expedition, guests help organize and load the camel carts (itinerary dependent) with medical and educational supplies. At schools, guests administer medicine to children and distribute educational supplies. In the general medical camps and the mobile eye surgery camp, guests register villagers at the registration desk with the help of an interpreter, guide villagers to triage and appropriate treatment rooms, support doctors in treatment when appropriate, i.e. serve as dental assistants when needed, and help dispense medicines at our pharmacy.

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