What is a land without its people? The village Safari is Mihir Garh’s signature program that enables our guests to feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan. The little mud houses, the turban clad men, the shy, beautiful women, dressed in their traditional costumes .
The market with its rich display of wares, will certainly bewitch you. To make this experience, even more intimate, the guests visit the homes of the village folks and share a slice of their life. As one of the earliest pioneers of this concept, we are proud to share our rich and vibrant cultural heritage with you at Mihir Garh.
The family’s passion for horses goes back generations. Some of the greatest names in the long and glorious history of Marwar were born to this distinguished family, and the Jagir (fiefdom) of Rohet was granted to the greatest amongst them for his exemplary bravery in numerous military campaigns under the Rathore banner . In the modern era the name of Thakur Dalpat Singh II stands tall as a legendary polo player and horseman. A member of one of the greatest teams of its era, the Jodhpur Polo Team, Dalpat Singhji played a pivotal role in the Jodhpur team’s many victories.
Today Rohet Garh has emerged as great patrons of their own horse, the Marwari! The indigenous horse of the Thar desert! Endowed with sublime beauty and an honest ‘never say die’ spirit, it is a bold and fearless horse, magnificent in confirmation and loyal unto death. It was the brave Rajput warrior’s mighty charger, which was capable of tearing fearlessly into the enemy, rearing up on war elephants in order to let its master strike the foe seated upon it, or jumping off fort ramparts, and jumping rivers with a severed hind leg to save its master’s life by sacrificing its own! In the annals of Rajput history, these horses are as famous as their masters, and their names have been forever immortalized.
The equestrian program at Mihir Garh is among the finest in the country. The best specimens of the Marwari breed of horses will give you a sense of sheer strength and freedom, as you ride across the vast, virgin wilderness. Mihir Garh will mesmerize the nature lovers with its variety of wild life and multihued birds. One may also have the pleasure of sighting the rare and beautiful Antelope of India: the Black Buck. The itinerary can be personalized to gift you an unparalleled riding experience in this majestic land of sands and sunsets.
From the popular sunrise or sunset rides, to full day rides with overnight in a luxury mobile camp, with attached bathroom – running water and flush toilets ! Further, there is the extensive three and four day riding itinerary with overnights in Mobile camps and Heritage properties like Rohet Garh and Fort Chanwa. All our rides are designed such that you derive maximum pleasure of riding some of the finest horses of the ‘Marwari ‘breed, and experience and enjoy the rich culture of the land.
The winter months attract a vast variety of birds into the region, where in a good year up to 200 different species can easily be sighted. The lakes and Jheels around Mihir Garh are a haven for birds. A bicycle, a bird book, a bottle of water, a pair of binoculars, packed breakfast, accompanied by an escort is all that a true bird-lover needs!
Royal picnics, reminiscent of a bygone era at Mihir Garh, gives our guests the feeling of re-living the past. The ornate tent, the food and wine laid upon crisp white covers, the courteous attendants, the live music orchestrated by the gentle ripples of the lake, will come together to create a memory worthy of being cherished.
Mornings at Mihir Garh are divine. The choirs of birds, the splendid sun rise, the golden brown sands beckon you to come and experience not just a new day, but a new beginning. Camels/ Camel Carts/ Horses are organized to take you to a secluded spot in the wilderness where a lavish al fresco breakfast awaits you. The breads are fresh and warm, straight from our bakery. Indeed, at Mihir Garh, you always wake up on the right side of the bed.
Our guests wonder how we are able to provide them with a wide array of delectable dishes. In answer, our trained staff takes them through the unique experience of culinary demonstrations and workshops. The recipes come from Late Thakurani Sahbia Jayenda Kumari’s books (owner’s mother) on traditional Rajasthani food. Guests can experiment with their own favorite recipes until they are confident that they can re-create the same taste at their homes. Else, they can remain mere spectators of the fine art of cooking – and later enjoy the delicacies at a special dinner.
Mihir Garh, true to its heritage, is a perfect host. It gives you all that you ask for, and a little more.