India ITINERARY Jaipur 7th, Jodhpur 9th-11th December 2016
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British Polo Day India
Jaipur 7th | Jodhpur 9th-11th December 2016
Tuesday 6th December - Evening:
Intimate Evening with Drinks and Canapés
Wednesday 7th December - Day:
British Polo Day Jaipur at the Rajasthan Polo Club
Friday 9th December - Evening:
Drinks Party at the Umaid Bhawan Palace
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December - Day:
British Polo Day Jodhpur at the Jodhpur Polo and Equestrian Institute
Suggested touring extensions
India is the jewel in the crown in the British Polo Day calendar, being located in Jodhpur in the heart of Rajastan offers a number of natural extension ideas. You could consider spending a few days exploring the capital of New Delhi taking in famous sights such as India Gate and the President’s residence before exploring Old Delhi home to colourful bazaars and the impressive Red Fort. No visit to India would be complete without taking in the incredible Taj Mahal at sunset or sunrise.
Extending your stay in Rajastan is a must for the first time visitor to India where you can visit the incredible palaces of Jaipur and Jodhpur perhaps also extending to Udaipur and spending time relaxing beside the waters of Lake Pichola. If you have more time why not head south to explore a completely different side to India, perhaps relaxing on a traditional rice barge drifting through Kerala’s backwaters before exploring Hindu temps and spice markets for which the area is famed. For the inner adventurer consider heading into the jungles of Pench and Kanha national parks, staying in the luxurious Taj safari lodges and tiger spotting by day.
This is just an indication of some of the amazing experiences on offer in this vast and diverse country, your consultant will be best placed to advise on ways to extend your trip based on your time and interests. You could even consider some time relaxing in the Maldives, exploring the exotic island of Sri Lanka or heading up into the Himalaya and the snow topped peaks of Nepal!
More on British Polo Day India - From the previous events
Welcome to Jodhpur, a city synonymous with polo, for the third British Polo Day India, presented by Land Rover in association with Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces.
Lord Louis Mountbatten played his first game of polo in Jodhpur when he accompanied Edward, The Prince of Wales, on his 1921-1922 tour of India and the Far East. Mountbatten had to step in at the last minute to replace an injured player and although he only hit the ball three or four times he wrote in his diary: I’ve gone absolutely dippy about polo, which in my opinion is the best game in the world.” He in turn, taught his nephew, Prince Philip, who taught his son, Prince Charles, who in turn taught Princes William and Harry.
This is just one example of the many ways that India and Great Britain have been connected with polo ever since the revival of the sport in the nineteenth century. The seeds of polo in Jodhpur were sown in 1889 when Sir Pratap Singh, younger brother of the Maharaja and Prime Minister of Jodhpur State, invited Col. Stuart Beatson of the Bengal Lancers to help him raise the Jodhpur Lancers. Polo was played for the first time here and we are delighted to be continuing that tradition with the British Army team once again playing the Presidents Bodyguard.
Another key fixture this weekend is Eton v Mayo College. Eton’s connection with India goes back centuries. Eleven viceroys of India have been educated at Eton as well as five Governor-Generals and three High Commissioners, and of course, His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II Of Marwar-Jodhpur whose kind patronage of this event we are indebted to. Mayo College is also known as the “Eton of India” and has a long friendship with its British counterpart. Mayo beat Eton in the first year, Eton settled the score in the second year, so there is everything to play for this year!
The third match sees Oxford travelling out to play Jodhpur. His Highness matriculated from Oxford and we welcome these three teams that have such strong connections with India and Jodhpur.
This weekend’s events follows the successful polo tour of the Royal House of Jodhpur that played at the British Polo Day Charity Cup in Great Britain this summer. The success of the tour matched the success of previous Jodhpur tours to England in the early twentieth century.
We are delighted to be continuing these old traditions, we thank all our partners for making it possible and hope, above all, that you have a great weekend!
The British Polo Day India Committee