We were picked up on time....yay.....and driven to Krishna Ranch, a lovely secluded and QUIET spot just outside Udaipur.
We quickly dumped our bags in our cottage so we could explore. We had a huge room and great bathroom with working shower and very clean...but more importantly our first introduction to the Marwari horses. a line of them are hobbled in a line, we learned this is very common in India. I was so relieved to see that the photographs were accurate and the horses were very well fed. All are mares except for one gelding, ranging from 14.2 to 16.2. Piebald, black and bays. There were a couple of foals to see and charming baby goats to play with. Dogs...well fed....cows...and a band of monkeys who come in the morning.we spent the day relaxing and chatting.
The next morning we were up early for quick breakfast before meeting our riding companions......owner Dinesh, and three other ladies from Germany, Austria and Italy. I was teamed up with Padam, A lovely black four year old mare and Vicki was going to be riding Nurani, and lovely paint with a rather long back.
And we were off.........straight into the hills. A team of twelve were to look after us,setting up tents and washroom, cooking and helping with the horses.
The team were amazing, walking beside us as we got used to the horses, no mean feat in hot weather. After a couple of hours we stopped at a temple beside Badi lake for our first photo opportunity of the countryside and resident monkeys, one of whom tried to grab my leg.
Everyone seemed excited to see us, polite and waving hi...Namaste....ram ram........we stopped for our first night next to a lovely lake and watched the water buffalo, monkeys and birds. Supper was outside and as the sun went down it quickly got cold.we had ridden for about six hours and soon crawled into bed to sleep.