HORSE RIDING & ARENA POLO
The origin of Polo, also known as the ‘The Sport of Kings’, was first played in Persia and dates back to at least the 5th century BC if not earlier. Polo has been associated with Jaipur for centuries, associated with the royalty and was played here long before the British, though when they arrived, some of the rules were changed and new grounds were built, where the Maharaja and his teams could showcase their prowess in this field.
Today, in India, polo still conjures up images of the upper classes, style and athletic competence and as a game it signifies beauty, elegance, graceful team work, class and above all in Rajasthan, it is a tradition. However, as much as being a sport of the players, polo is a wonderful spectator sport which draws international attention and, should you be traveling to Jaipur during the season, we recommend heading along to the Rambagh Polo ground to watch a game.
Even if you are not in Jaipur during the main season it is possible to watch the teams training at The Rambagh Polo Club. Watch how these professionals train their horses and interact with them. Each polo pony is carefully selected for quick bursts of speed, stamina, agility and manoeuvrability. Temperament is critical; the horse must remain responsive under pressure and not become excited or difficult to control. It is wonderful to witness man and horse work together as a team.
Should you wish to try your hand at horse riding, this can also be arranged.
Polo as a playing sport is also popular in Jaipur and it is possible to attend polo matches at the Rambagh Palace Polo Ground during the season. The dates for the coming season are:
- 31st of December to 4th February every year
For enquiries please contact the Hotel reception.