HOW DO I BOOK?
To reserve your spot on a ride we require a booking deposit of £500. This deposit is then held in an independent trust account in the UK until the ride start date. We will issue an invoice for the remainder of the ride price 2 months prior to the tour start date. This must be paid in full within 30 days.
HOW DO I PAY?
Horse Trek Holidays will issue and invoice with the bank details of our independent trust account in the UK (PTS). For UK riders this can be paid as a normal online or in-bank payment. For riders from overseas you will need to pay via an international bank transfer. All invoices are issued in sterling (£). Your money will be held in the trust account until the completion of the ride.
IS MY MONEY SAFE?
Yes, Horse Trek Holidays trades under the UK registered company ‘Ride Expeditions’ who are an affiliated member of Protected Travel Services (PTS) who provide an independent trust account where you money is securely held. This gives you total financial security should our company (or any of our suppliers) become insolvent or fail to deliver your tour as per our terms and conditions.
DO I NEED RIDING EXPERIENCE?
Yes, although you do not need to be John Whitaker we do not accept beginners. You should be confident riding at all paces- there will be lots of cantering but no jumping. We will discuss your riding experience prior to booking and require you to fill out a form outlining your riding history in order for us to match you with a suitable mount. Please do not over estimate your capabilities as this dangerous for both horse and rider.
IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT?
Yes, we have a weight limit of 14 stone / 90 kg for our horses well being.
DO YOU HAVE AN AGE LIMIT FOR YOUR RIDERS?
No we do not have an age limit. We leave it up to our riders discretion to decide whether this ride is suitable for them / their children. We allow riders based on solely on riding experience so as long as you can handle the horses and have a pulse you’re more than welcome to join as far as we are concerned. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by a (responsible) adult.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO MATCH ME WITH A SUITABLE HORSE?
Yes, with 45 gorgeous Marwari horses from which to choose we would be hard pushed not to find your perfect partner to suit your riding abilities.
ARE SOLO RIDERS WELCOME TO JOIN?
Yes! Many of our riders choose to travel alone and our rides are perfect for people travelling solo. It is the perfect chance for everyone to meet like minded people, who also love horses and adventure on our equestrian holidays! The accommodation is based on twin occupancy but if you would rather have your own room this is available at a small supplement.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Please download our Packing List PDF here for a comprehensive list of what we suggest you will need.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE RIDE?
Getting into better shape will help you ride better – also if your body is better prepared you will be able to spend more time enjoying yourself and less time aching. Download our PDF here on tips of how to get in shape for our rides.
DO YOU PROVIDE RIDING WEAR?
No, you will need to bring your own riding gear to ensure you are comfortable and riding in well fitted gear. We do have some spare riding hats and chaps if required but we strongly suggest you bring your own if possible.
DO I NEED A VISA?
Yes, you will require a visa to enter India prior to travel. Please check with your Indian Embassy as visa requirements differ depending on your nationality. You will most likely require a tourist visa which may be applied for online. Please do not book your flights until your visa has been granted.
British passport holders require a visa which costs £82. Apply with VFS Global online here. For postal applications allow at least 14 days.
WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY TO?
You will need to book return flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. IATA code : DEL. For Brits : Jet Airways (0808 101 1199) fly from London Heathrow to Delhi daily. Return fares start at £555. Flights also available from Manchester and Birmingham via Brussels.
You may wish to use a flight comparison website to find the best deals such as SkyScanner.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes, we require all our riders to obtain sufficient travel insurance cover. Please ensure that you are covered for this type of holiday as horse riding is sometimes an extra. You are responsible for arranging your own insurance with protection for the full duration of the trip and as a minimum the insurance must cover medical evacuation and hospitalisation. For Brits we recommend HolidaySafe and for Aussies 1cover
DO I NEED IMMUNISATIONS?
You may do depending on which vaccinations you already have. The usual suspects are Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Polio. Please contact your GP or the National Travel and Health Advice Centre for more advice.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Included in the ride: domestic flight (Jaipur-Delhi), airport pick up, quality accommodation, all meals (except for lunch & dinner on the rest day), staff, horses, camping equipment, goody bag including Horse Trek Holidays t-shirt, entrance fees.
Not included: International flights, insurance, visa, alcohol.
HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY WILL I NEED?
From touching down at the airport to leaving us at the end of the ride you will barely have to reach into your pocket. The only things not included in the ride is alcohol, souvenirs & lunch and dinner on the rest day. The local currency is Rupees, which are not available outside of India so you will not be able to change your money until after your arrival. The staff here will be happy to assist you with this to ensure you get the best rate.
HOW IS MY LUGGAGE TRANSPORTED DURING THE RIDE?
We have a support truck to transport your main luggage day to day. Each saddle is also fitted with two saddle bags for items you may wish to have with you on the ride such as camera, phone, water, sunglasses etc.
DO YOU LIMIT GROUP SIZES?
Yes, we like to limit the group sizes to around 12 pax to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
The accommodation is of high quality throughout the ride. We will stay in a mixture of hotels, forts and spend a couple of nights glamping. Accommodation is based on twin share unless otherwise requested.
WILL I HAVE TO GROOM AND TACK UP MY HORSE?
No, not unless you want to. We have grooms on the ride with us that will be on hand to ensure that you can do as little work as you like. Your horses will be groomed and tacked yup ready for you at the start of each day, looked after during your lunch break and turned out at the end of each day. If however you enjoy doing this yourself you are more than welcome to lend a hand!
IS THE TACK ENGLISH OR WESTERN STYLE?
The tack is English style Indian Army saddlery. We can provide you with a seat saver if required, as your own from home will probably not fit without having a hole cut into the back!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET INJURED ON THE RIDE?
A western qualified medic will accompany each and every ride. If you suffer a minor injury or just need a rest we have a support truck in which you can travel. In the event of a serious injury we will work together with your travel insurance company to arrange emergency transportation as quickly and efficiently as possible.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN BRING TO DONATE TO BROOKE?
Brooke are always extremely grateful for any donation, whether it be monetary or in gift form. If you would like to bring something out for the horses & donkeys do please let us know – this way we can ask Brooke if they are in need of anything specific. Any old bits you may no longer need particularly snaffles, pelhams and kimblewicks are always appreciated. We will be visiting the Delhi branch of Brooke on your first day here in India so you can give any donations to them in person, visit the horses and see where your money from the rides is being spent.
ARE THE HORSES WELL CARED FOR?
Yes, all our horses are extremely well looked after and are 100% healthy. We undertake a thorough health check of each horse prior to each and every ride and will always swap out any horse during the ride if necessary (for example if one were to become lame).
WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE GOING TO BE LIKE?
Our rides run in October – November. This avoids the monsoon season and is before it starts getting too hot (May is the hottest month). The average temperature is in the high 20s with a very slight chance of a shower or too. November is also the month with the most daylight hours.
CAN YOU CATER FOR FOOD ALLERGIES / VEGETARIANS?
If you have any food allergies or are vegetarian please do let us know and we will try to ensure your requirements are met. There any many vegetarian dishes on offer in India so this is not usually an issue.