Activities For Dogs In India

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Introduction

The South Asian country of India is often celebrated for its virtually nationwide love and reverence of dogs; we've already talked, at length, about how culturally significant dogs are in Hinduism in our Hinduism Dog Names Guide. Here, we have an opportunity to really dig in and divulge a number of activities that dogs in India can partake in. From walking alongside famous and well known roads in the country to visiting and exploring a number of dog friendly hotels, restaurants, and parks, there are plenty of fun activities that you and your pet can experience together while you are visiting India.

The Emerald Trail

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Sunny Day
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Easy
1 - 3 hours
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Water
Snacks
Activity description
The first activity on our list will be a real delight for all of you dog owners who love taking long walks in the great outdoors. The Emerald Trail is an Eco-friendly and Pet-friendly homestay that's located in the Indian town of Bhimtal. The Emerald Trail is located 7,000 feet above the sea and the homestay has many large open areas for you and your dog to stretch your legs. The town of Bhimtal itself is an location that's steadily been gaining fame as a must see tourist destination, and is definitely worth checking out while you and your dog are visiting the Emerald Trail. The rates for the Emerald Trail are about 4,500 rupees or about $63 USD per night.
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Learn about the trail
The Emerald Trail is a very homely and cozy environment with tons of space, both indoors and outdoors. As enticing as it might be to dive at the opportunity to book a stay at the Trail at the drop of a hat, we advise that you research the homestay in order to make certain that the Trail would make a good vacation spot for yourself and your dog. Be sure to check what kind of amenities are available to yourself and your dog as well as what types of flora and fauna frequent the area before booking your stay.
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Pack accordingly
After you've learned which resources the Emerald Trail has at its disposal, you'll want to pack accordingly to the needs of yourself and your dog. The Emerald Trail has tons of space to walk and trek around, so you might want to bring extra bottles of water and a number of nutrition sources that are high in protein and soluble fiber if you and your dog intend on heading out for long walks around the premises.
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Book your stay
As we mentioned before, the Emerald Trail charges about 4,500 rupees per night (or about $63 to $65 dollars USD per night as of this writing). TripAdvisor is a great tool to help find affordable flights to and from the Emerald Trail and the Trail's main website even provides a tool that helps prospective visitors figure out how much their stay will cost depending on the number of guests and pets they plan to bring along for the trip.
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Petboro Dog Park

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Any Day
Free
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1 Hour
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Frisbee
Ball
Activity description
The Petboro Dog Park is a public area located in Bengaluru, India; it's an open area that has number of resources available to dogs and their owners. The Park was chiefly built with the safety and happiness of pets in mind and has proven to be a popular location for dogs of various shapes, sizes, and breeds to exercise and mingle with one another. This social park opens and closes at the same times all throughout the week, so planning a trip there will be a breeze. The park is also home to a number of animal rights and safety drives.
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Get to know Petboro
The Petboro Dog Park is truly a one of a kind locale; in addition to the vast array of exercise equipment that's been made readily available to the public, the park also offers a number of services to dogs and their owners such as a dog daycare, dog grooming center, and dog training class just to name a few. You can learn about the Petboro Dog Park's various services by visiting their website.
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Research the area
As mentioned on their main website, the Petboro Dog Park is not very far away from the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple; this sacred center is home to number of events and ceremonies and is worth a visit if you have any spare time in between your visit to the Petboro Dog Park.
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Come prepared
The Petboro Dog Park is certainly in no short supply of different activities and services that are available to your dog, but your pup may begin to grow homesick or wistful if you don't bring some of their favorite toys and treats along for the trip. The Petboro Dog Park is a great place to play a games of Frisbee or catch with your dog, and an even better place for a classic match of Hide and Seek.
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Glamping In Foothills Camp

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Any Day
Moderate
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24 - 48 Hours
Items needed
Waste Disposal Bags
Leash
Dog Backpack
Activity description
Glamping is a play on the words "glamour" and "camping" to somewhat humorous but nonetheless poignant effect; Glamping is very similar to camping but as opposed to roughing it out in the wilderness, far away from the conveniences of the modern world, Glampers have access to a number of luxurious amenities along the trail and at the main campsite. These types of trips are perfect  for dog owners who'd like to take their pet on a more relaxed and laid back vacation while still being able to take in the beauty and splendor of the great outdoors. The Foothills Camp & Resort in Pushkar, India is a great Glamping locale that only charges about 3,000 rupees ($45 USD) per night to visit.
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Plan your trip
The Foothills Camp & Resort will offer you and your dog an experience unlike any other, but you should definitely check ahead to see if that experience would be a good fit for you. You'll also want to know which exact amenities will be offered to visitors of the Foothills Resort as well as the services and activities the Resort offers. You can find all of this information on the Foothills Resort main website.
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Check your inventory
Before you and your pet chart a course for the Foothills Resort, you'll want to make sure that the both of you will be properly equipped for the trip; be sure to pack all of the same types of items you'd normally pack for a camping trip, as well as a few items of comfort and convenience.
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Hit the trail
Once you make it to the Resort, you'll likely be encouraged to take part in one of the regularly scheduled Glamping trips the Resort conducts not long after you touch down. Feel free take as much time as you need to soak in the sights and familiarize yourself with the Glamping grounds before you and your dog head out. Once you do, remember to always practice proper camping etiquette and to respect the natural flora and fauna you and your pet will come across.
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More Fun Ideas...

Spectate the Republic Day Parade

January 26 is a very significant day in Indian culture; it marks the day that country officially became a Republic in the 1950's, after a bill was passed that sought to replace India's prior form of government. Every year, a grand parade is held on this national holiday in Rajpath, New Delhi.

Participate In Kukar Tihir

If you and your dog are visiting the states of Assam or Sikkim, then you two might be able to participate in the Tihir festival which honors dogs, among other beings and concepts that are sacred in Hindu culture, by giving them garlands and food and by marking their heads with a red powder that symbolizes sanctity.

Conclusion

India has always been a very canophilic country and the number of dog parks and eco-friendly hotels that have been built over the years indicate that the country's continued efforts to make India an increasingly dog friendly zone. A number of different parades and festivals, such as the aforementioned Tihir festival, only happen once every year (during very specific times of that year, might we add,) so try to plan your trips to the country accordingly. Furthermore, remember to remain respectful of the indigenous animals and peoples of the land and honor their customs and traditions while you and your dog visit India.