One of the hottest tourist destinations on the globe is India without any doubt. India has a little of everything on the platter. One of the recent trends is that of camping in India. There are many camping sites in here and of various kinds. One can choose depending on the budget, location, size of the family and the purpose of camping. Read on to find out the best 25 camping places in India.
1 Leh- Ladakh
Here one can camp near Lake Tsomoriri. This particular lake is the highest in the world and remains frozen throughout the winter season. The best time to camp here would be from May to September as the lake can be accessed only during these months. One shall stay in tents; with electricity in the bathrooms, proper medical care facilities and wide variety of cuisine. Sunset at the lake is the main attraction at this particular camp.
2 Spiti Valley
Overlooking the Changchenmo range is the beautiful Spiti Valley situated on the banks of pangong lake; the highest fresh water lake in the world. The best time to visit would be from mid May to September, and one can stay in cosy luxurious tents. Paragliding is one of the main attractions of this place. One can enrol or a professional course or a certificate course.
3 Kangojodi, (Himachal Pradesh)
Appox.7 hour’s drive from Delhi. One can stay in jungle camps along stretch of pine trees. These camps are open throughout the year, but one must avoid going there during rains.
One can camp near Kareri Lake, which is about 9 km from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. One has to trek to the camping site as it is not connected by road. The set up is beautiful with conifers all around. The best time to visit would be March to October. One can stay in Swiss tents. One can try activities like rifle shooting, rafting, and jungle walk.
The town is famous for its apple orchard, and one must certainly visit the apple orchard named Starking Delicious. There are several places nearby, as well such as Nagdevta temple, Juggar Lake and Hattu peak. One can visit this place all round the year and stay in rooms or independent cabin logs.
6 Rishikesh Valley
Rishikesh is commonly known as the spiritual capital of India; however this place has something for everyone. In terms of adventure, one can enjoy white water rafting, rock climbing, night trek, and jungle walk. There are many campsites on the river bank commonly known as Marine drive. One can stay in tents on the river bank; however there is no provision for electricity inside the tents, and the other option is Jungle camp. Best time to visit would be from January to mid April. One can visit the land of temples Haridwar, which is around one hour drive, Laxman Jhula, various other temples and have a meal at the Chotiwala restaurant, which is one of the main attractions of the place.
Mainly a pilgrimage centre and the camp here is mainly for those who embark on the spiritual journey to Char dham. The best time to visit Joshimath is from mid May to November.
8 Rantambore National Park
To enjoy luxury in wilderness, this is possibly the best place. October to March is the perfect time to visit and enjoy the tent stay with private varandha. One can also indulge in massage therapies.
Kanha National Park- One can witness one of the largest Tiger Reserves in India. Summer months are a good times to enjoy the camp. Luxury tents are available. Birdwatching and Jungle safari are a must to do activities.
9 Rohtang Pass
A two hour drive from Manali, a heaven for snow lovers where one can find snow throughout the year. The roads are blocked during winters (November to Janulary). One can experience the Eskimo life as that is what is offered here when it comes to tents. Good for those who enjoy ice skating.
There are many beautiful properties here amidst the lush green tea gardens. One can choose a boutique camp or regular camp site. One can visit the place all round the year.
11 Kumaon Hills
One can plan a fishing camp. The camps here are near the fresh water streams and are around 280 km from Delhi. One can stay in concrete camps with electricity and proper bathrooms with running water.
12 Chopta, Gharwal Mountains
One can visit this place round the year to experience calmness and serenity. There are many campsites in the vicinity. One can also visit Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak.
13 Thettakkad, Kerala
One cannot miss this offbeat destination as there are 250 different species and the camps are set along the bangs of river Perivar in the lush green environment. One can visit throughout the year. Local communities thrive on tourism here.
14 Sonitpur, Assam
Paradise for nature lovers has 100% eco friendly camps located near the National Park of Assam. There are a lot of options to stay here like tents, cottages and camps. One can try hiking, bird-watching, and river rafting.
15 Kolad, Maharashtra
Kolad is around five hours drive from Mumbai. A perfect place to camp, one can come here for activities like rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking. Camping sites are available throughout the year.
16 Matheran, Maharashtra
A beautiful hill station, around 7 hour’s drive from Mumbai. Well connected by roads and rail. There are camps sites available on rent or one can simple ask for the camping equipment from the owners of the houses and set their camps in the garden. Food is easily available, and one can visit throughout the year.
17 Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
One of the most beautiful and expensive camping sites in India. One has to take the camel to reach the dunes and stay in Swiss tents, enjoy glimpse of traditional Rajasthan in form of folk dance and music.
18 Anand, Gujarat
Anand houses the famous dairy, and one can camp in the premises with prior permission. There are cottages and meals are available. One must try the in-house speciality. They are open throughout the year.
19 Gir Forest, Gujarat
Camping in Gir is an adventure as one gets to see lions in their natural habitat. There are campsites in the middle of the forest and the climate is always cool. The best time to visit is during summer months.
20 Byasi, Uttarkhand
Byasi is 3 Km from Rishikesh and is one of the best places for white water rafting. The camps are on the banks of the river and have no electricity. One is cut off from the civilization completely.
21 Valley of Flowers
One of the nature’s wonders. This trek takes about a week and one can camp in places authorized by the government. However, one needs to take prior permission before entering the valley.
22 Sangla, Kinnaur
A small district in the foothills of Himalayas has options for campers. One can visit during summer months and enjoy a host of outdoor activities, and also, visit Kaza in Spiti.
23 Chitrauli, Nanital
One can come here to experience wild recreation camps and indulge in activities like hiking, mountaineering or just enjoy the calm environment and escape from the pollution and the routine.
One can camp here in the coffee plantations. In fact, even the resorts here have camping as on option. One can get to see the entire process of coffee making and enjoy the aroma. Prior booking is, however, necessary.
Munnar is one of the most sought after hill stations near Kerela. The temperature remains cool throughout the year. The place is heaven for trekkers and one gets to see exotic spices, tea and coffee in the purest form. Nearby villages strive on these natural products and tourism.
So the wait is over. Pack, choose and plan camping vacations in a more organized way now.