Horseback holidays in Assam
Assam is the ideal destination for those who love horses and horse riding as it brings back the nostalgia of the life the British planters led. Ride along the banks of the Brahmaputra as the river comes alive. Enjoy an exhilarating canter along the sandy shores or just walk gently through the villages of the river people. The extensive trails in the tea gardens will also make an attractive ride. See the tea pluckers at work, plucking fresh green tips destined for the estate factory.
Your base during the ride is a beautifully renovated former tea manager’s Heritage Chang bungalow set in the midst of the tea gardens. From your veranda and over morning tea, you will hear the jingle of bicycle bells and the chatter of the tea workers as they walk or cycle to work.
Horseback holidays in Assam
Each day the rides explore the surrounding tea gardens and Brahmaputra flood plain. Throughout the area you will see farmers working their fields in a way unchanged for centuries.
- Tea factory and tea estate tours as well as tea tasting session.
- Ride through the lush green tea plantations.
- Cruise on the mighty river Brahmaputra- Experience the traditional village lifestyle.
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- Best Season:
October to March
The highlights of this trip
You should be a competent and confident rider on a forward going horse. Riding through the tea gardens is at a walk; however, there are opportunities for trot and canter when you explore the countryside. Please note that if there has been recent rain this can make tracks too slippery for much cantering.
The riding time varies between two and four hours per day and averages three hours. There are a number of trail rides exploring the surrounding area of the Brahmaputra and the tea gardens.
On some days you ride through the tea gardens where there is the opportunity to learn about the history and production of tea. Other rides head out through the farms and villages that spread out from the banks of the river. It is sometimes possible to ride out to islands which appear in the dry season. These are sandy and provide perfect going for some faster riding.
The enormous tea plantations of Assam that look like a green carpet are renowned across the world for their beauty as well as the premium quality tea produced by them. Every year, Guwahati welcomes numerous tourists that come to experience the process of manufacturing tea, right from the planation until the leaves are packaged.
Heritage Tea Bunglows
With the stunning ancient bungalows amidst lush tea gardens “tea tourism” is another exciting part of Assam tour. The lavish tea bungalows constructed during Britcher’s era are still intaking its traditional way in most tea gardens.
Though the British left India in 1947 they left their embrace in all the tea bungalows. Most of them are sizeable two-storied bungalows with a vast loan amidst tea garden with a scenic view. Staying a few days these places will take you back to a planter’s life in the 18th century.
- Horseback 95% 95%
- Tea Plantations 90% 90%
- Wildlife 45% 45%
- Landscapes 95% 95%
The horses are extremely good in traffic - not that there is any of them once you are in the plantations themselves.
“Unique and unforgettable, would love to go back. | A second horse was arranged after the first did not suit me, and after that I really enjoyed the riding. It was very clear that the horses were cared for to the highest standard and we saw the stables where they live when they are not out on rides. They are used for other equestrian activities, such as show jumping there.”
Jean Fraçis & Mäe – Camargue, France
Holiday of a lifetime!
“Holiday of a Lifetime | Super horses, well cared for and well led. Good variety of riding experience from ambling walks to exciting canters. Appropriate rest periods and refreshments along the way.Great tack and stabling.“
Janette & Gilbert – Amman, Jordan.
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