Relief Ride through Pushkar. 10 Days

Experience India as you ride horseback delivering humanitarian aid to those in need. 10 days.

You’ll journey on horseback through rolling dunes, farmed millet fields, and mountainous rolling hills as you visit remote communities on your way to the town of Pushkar.

You’ll spend your days delivering educational materials to students in need, and set up medical camps which provide eye and dental care to populations lacking healthcare.

Your days travelling this magnificent varied terrain will conclude at the colourful tradition of the Pushkar Fair; you will celebrate with the natives and experience their spectacular culture and captivating country.

This life-changing journey includes:

  • 5 days riding
  • 1 day at the Pushkar Fair
  • Guided tour of Dehli
  • Guided tour in Jaipur
  • All humanitarian programs on the scheduled itinerary
  • 1 night stay at a boutique hotel
  • 6 nights camping
  • Local, certified guide
  • All meals during the trip
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Those with an interest in humanitarian work and horse-riding.

Adventures for Good Your host is a humanitarian-based, adventure travel company that leads horseback and motorcycle journeys through remote areas while providing humanitarian aid to rural populations. See all of our Adventures for Good here.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from the airport
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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

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

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 travelling 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.

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.

On offer will be very tasty continental and Indian cuisine at all of our meals.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • 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

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Whether we are camping or staying in one of the historic forts, your day will likely begin around 07.00. 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, you will socialise and gather for dinner.

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 09.00 stop for lunch and have a 3-hour rest under the shade of a tree around midday, departing around 16.00 for a sunset arrival at our camp.

There is lots of open plain riding on long stretches of desert sand track. These itineraries will usually take you through beautiful dune scapes and into wildlife sanctuaries. On any given ride you will see a lot of wildlife. This particular ride will take you 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 you to wake up and see Desert foxes and miniature gazelles strolling about the camp in the morning.

Your hosts 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.

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.

The doctors who support our relief mission typically hold staff positions in local hospitals. Over the years your hosts 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 you will serve on your expedition.

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Dehli is a capital of many faces; step into Old Delhi, where jewellers weigh gold on dusty scales and labourers haul sacks of spices down busy streets. By contrast, New Delhi gives a definite modern vibe with its colonial-era parliament buildings and fondness for high tea. Just a stone’s throw away Gurgaon changes perceptions once again; a satellite city of skyscrapers and glitzy malls.

Pushkar is quite unlike anywhere else and has a magnetism all of its own. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town which curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower; it also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs.

Start point

Delhi Airport - anytime

Your adventure begins at Delhi airport (DEL) with your private airport transfer. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will transport you to your beautiful boutique hotel for the evening. You will meet your guide and fellow adventurers the next day for an afternoon guided tour of New Delhi.

Finish point

Jaipur Airport or Delhi city centre

At the end of your adventure, you have 2 options: a private transfer to Jaipur Airport (JAI) or a coach to Delhi city centre. If you’re heading to Jaipur Airport you’re free to book any flight that departs on the final day. If you’re heading to Delhi, due to the long drive (250km) and unpredictable driving conditions, your host recommends you book a flight that departs the next day.

What to Expect

Sunday: Arrive in Delhi

When you arrive in New Delhi, you’ll be taken to a boutique hotel of your choice, where you will spend the night. Get settled for a good night’s rest ahead of an early start in the morning.

Monday: Night train to Sujangarh

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning and get settled into Delhi life. This afternoon, you will enjoy a guided tour of this unique city; go from the old town, where labourers still haul sacks of spices down the busy streets, to the new town, with its parliament buildings and fondness for high-tea.

As evening dawns, you will board the train to Thar desert, arriving in Sujangarh by the morning.

7-hour train journey

Tuesday: Eye screening and dental care programmes

On arrival in Sujangarh this morning, you will catch the coach transfer to your camp in Baghsara where you can enjoy breakfast and meet the Relief Riders team.

Today, you will partake in the valued work of delivering eye screening and dental care programmes to the residents of Baghsara. The camp will open at 10:00 and close at around 16:00, or when the last patient has been seen.

In the late afternoon, you will meet your horse and take a gentle ride back to camp, just on the outskirts of Baghsara.

Wednesday: Ride to Dugastaau

After breakfast at camp, you will mount your horse for the ride to Dugastaau. The ride will take you through a serene desert landscape with rolling dunes, and an array of wildlife to look out for such as chinkaras, black buck, and blue bulls.

Your camp tonight is just on the outskirts of Dugastaau; when you arrive, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy dinner with the group before getting an early night ahead of another busy day tomorrow.

4-6 hours of riding

Thursday: Visiting the school and delivering livestock

Enjoy breakfast this morning before riding back into Dugastaau. You’ll visit a local school to deliver educational materials that could change students’ lives. Following that, you’ll distribute livestock to the villagers as part of the ‘Give a Goat’ programme, giving them a long-term solution to living more comfortably.

You’ll enjoy an afternoon with the locals and get involved in some equestrian games before returning to camp for some more laughs and relaxation with the group.

Friday: Ride from Dugastaau to Chua

Today, you will ride from Dugastaau to your next tented camp on the outskirts of Chua. The route will take you through the varied terrain of sandy dunes and farmed millet fields.

Get settled into your new camp and get plenty of rest ahead of the next day’s riding.

4-6 hours of riding

Saturday: Ride from Chua to Degana

After breakfast at the camp, you’ll get back on your horse for the ride through some more spectacular terrain on your way to Degana. Travelling through shrub desert, your journey will come to an end as the landscape transforms into rolling hills on the approach to the Aravalli Mountain Range.

You’ll stay overnight at a tented camp on the outskirts of Degana ahead of the final leg of your journey to Pushkar, tomorrow.

4-6 hours of riding

Sunday: Pushkar Fair

You’ll take an early morning bus transfer to Pushkar today, to ensure you have enough time to enjoy all the fair has to offer.

The Pushkar Fair is a traditional annual livestock fair and cultural festival held over two days before the full moon. One of the fascinating spectacles is the finest Marwari horses as they parade and dance at auction, in an effort to attract the highest bidder.

You’ll stay amongst the colourful display of this traditional event at a tented camp in the heart of the Pushkar Fair.

1-hour bus journey

Monday: Travel to Jaipur

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you will depart for Jaipur. On arrival, you’ll check in to the Mandawa Haveli, a spectacular luxury heritage hotel.

Enjoy lunch and lounge around the hotel pool before taking a guided tour of the famous City Palace, Hawa Mahal, or Amber Fort.

3-hour drive

Tuesday: Return to Dehli

Today your journey comes to an end and you’ll take the coach transfer back to Dehli. It may be hard to say goodbye but with all you’ve experienced and the difference you’ve made on this trip, you’ll have enough stories to tell to relive it again and again.

5-hour drive


In Dehli, you will stay at a boutique hotel. Exact accommodation will be confirmed prior to your trip depending on availability, but you can expect a comfortable stay in a small and welcoming hotel.

Along the way you will stay at various tented camps; lodging is based on double occupancy but there will be limited availability for single occupancy for a supplement fee.

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