Horse riding is one of the oldest modes of transport in the world that has now turned into a recreational activity and a competitive sport. Also known as equestrianism, this activity takes proper skills to be performed right. Both, horses and the horseman must be trained to indulge in performing the activity.
What once used to be a means of transport has now become a luxurious activity that is usually popular amongst the bourgeoisie community of people. However, a horse riding experience at least once in your lifetime is a must because it is an experience like none other!
If you wish to have a vacation along with some horse riding classes or if you're an equestrian yourself, then these are the places you must visit on your next holiday.
Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir is a blissful place that is so beautifully spread with natural resources like lush-green landscapes, snow-capped mountains and unique wildlife. Apart from adventure sports like skiing during winter, angling, trekking or more, horse riding is a popular activity, especially in Pahalgam.
Located 88 km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is a stunning hill station, where you can explore nature's beauty through a horse ride. Revel in the comfortable climate of Pahalgam while witnessing beautiful vistas of mountains, greenery and more.
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
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What better way to explore the valley of flowers than through a horse ride? Yumthang Valley in Sikkim is fondly known as the valley of flowers since the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is settled here. You can witness over 24 species of mesmerising rhododendron flowers in the valley.
The ideal time to visit Yumthang Valley and see carpets of beautiful flowers covering the valley is between late February to mid-June.
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Matheran is a picturesque hill station of Maharashtra that is located at a distance of 90 km from Mumbai. Situated at an elevation of 2,625 ft, Matheran literally translates to forest on the forehead. Here, forehead refers to the top of magnificent Western Ghats.
Due to its brilliant elevation, Matheran has almost 38 well-known viewpoints from where you can have a brilliant panoramic view of the town called Neral. Enjoy a pleasing horse ride through the hill slopes of Matheran, especially if trekking or nature walks aren't your cup of tea.
Digha, West Bengal
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Digha is a quaint beach town of West Bengal that is located 183 km from Kolkata. Have the finest seafood dishes, especially fish, at the shacks lined up on the Digha Beach or shop for local trinkets at the small gift shops nearby.
Have a wonderful filmy moment by going on a horse ride by the shores of Digha Beach. You can bargain the locals who offer horse rides and get it for nominal prices.
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Fondly known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is a mesmerising destination in Rajasthan that is popular for being home to some of the finest palaces in India. Some of the palaces that must be visited in Udaipur include City Palace, Gul Mahal, Jag Mandir, to name a few. Also go through the sparkling lakes of Udaipur, such as the Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, etc.
Udaipur has many local services that offer royal horse riding treatment that'll certainly take you back in time. Contact any of these places and have a surreal experience sightseeing in Udaipur through a horse ride.