I had the pleasure of staying at Dinesh Jain's Krishna Ranch for two nights, at the beginning and the conclusion of a four day horse riding safari. The Ranch itself is beautifully kept and a breath of fresh air compared to the noise which is a part of Indian city life. My husband and I chose to incorporate the horse ride as a part of our honeymoon in Rajasthan, and it became the absolute favourite part of our trip.
Dinesh's horses are very well cared for and extremely fit. His rides take you through beautiful scenery, from farmland to desert-scapes. Accommodation on the ride is very comfortable, sturdy tents, with comfy camp beds and snug quilts and blankets.
The Marwari horses are a treat for any horse lover or new rider to experience, however, if you are used to the riding protocols of the 'West' be prepared that not quite so much instruction is provided throughout the ride (although Dinesh is very attentive to safety). I rode a stallion throughout the trip, which greatly surprised me, but as it turned out, this horse was sweet, sensible, responsive, and very tolerant of traffic, noises etc.
On the whole, the ride felt like a rejuvenating adventure. The vegetarian food is absolutely delicious and you will never go hungry. You really get a sense that you are seeing India off the beaten track, and I think Dinesh takes great pride in showing visitors the aspects of rural life which he loves and the beautiful landscape with which he is so familiar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DISCOVER RURAL INDIA! The Krishna Ranch is an excellent place for everyone who wants to get away from India's busy cities and discover rural India. The ranch is located at a very peaceful spot in the Arravali mountains, just 7 kilometers out of Udaipur city. The Krishna Ranch is not a typical resort, but a living farm with 14 beautiful Marwari horses, many other animals and lush fields with a variety of crops. The cottages at the ranch are clean and spacious, nicely decorated with regional handicrafts. We serve excellent vegetarian meals, mostly prepared from vegetables grown at our ecological farm. The ranch is a great starting point for short walks and bicycle rides to the surrounding villages. We will provide a simple map of the area and packed lunches for a pick-nick on the way are available. Guided treks to the remote parts of the Arravali-mountains are also possible. The beautiful and peaceful ranch is of course also a place to just sit back and relax. There is a small library with books and games. Roomrates include breakfast and pick up from Udaipu-city at the start of your stay and drop off at the end of your stay. The main activity organized by Krishna Ranch are professionally guided horse-safaris through the beautiful Arravali mountain-range. There are possibilities for everyone: from beginners to experienced riders, from 2,5 hours to 10 days! Of course all our horses and other animals are very well looked after by us and our dedicated staff. Note that rides/guided hikes need to be booked in advance. ... more less
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