Are we not bored of the same hard back roofs of our houses and the same lightened up ceilings of the hotels? Is that what a short break should be like? I mean why should anyone be interested in stepping out of the house, when you are eventually going to be cooped up in a room? So what is the alternative? What comes to your mind when we talk about adventure, fun, spending the night counting countless stars, bonfires, trekking, bird watching, rafting and much more? CAMPING! Yes, the best you could treat yourself to. Here are ten exhilarating camping locations in India, which are sure to rejuvenate your soul, body and mind. Read below and plan a trip as soon as your city routine gives you a break.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The Gateway to the Himalayas.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. Getting there: One can take a bus or drive down. There are trains available too. Distance from Delhi: 231 km via road from Delhi, basking in the sun from 4 hours and 30 minutes. Best Time: February last week to May first week[/quote_box_right]
When it comes to camping, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, has long been a favourite destination for tourists across India and even the world. From nerve-racking river rafting and kayaking in the picturesque river Ganges, staying in the tents on its bank and various other adventure sports, a two nights three days plan can be perfect for this destination. There are scores of tourism/adventure sports camps that offer you customised camping and rafting packages at the click of your mouse.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh – The Back-Packer’s Haven.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Kullu Airport. Getting there: Fly down or take a train. Driving can be too long. Distance: About 550 km from Delhi. Best Time: April last week to October end. [/quote_box_right]
Enjoy in Kasol, a small Village of Himachal in the Parvati valley in the banks of the Parvati river, which is rather a less frequented but one of the best getaway camping destinations of India – untouched, exhilarating and guarded. Kasol serves as a base camp for multiple trekking routes up to Pinn Parvati Pass, Kheer Ganga, Sar Pass etc. – some of the favorite routes for trekkers.
Solang Valley, Manali – The Lap of the Himalayas.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Kullu airport. Getting there: From Manali it is a beautiful drive of 14 hours. Best Time: Except the monsoon months, anytime of the year is good. [/quote_box_right]
Just 14 km from Manali, Solang is a beautiful village of Himachal. Falling between Rohtang Pass and Manali, it is known for its Summer and Winter sports. The huge slopes of the valley make it ideal for skiing in Winters and zorbing in Summer. My personal favourite is the ‘Paragliding’. So buck up and jump from the mountains and feel for a day what the birds feel up in the sky.
Jim Corbett National Park – The Wild Wild West.
[quote_box_right]Nearest airport: Pantnagar Air Port Uttarakhand. Getting there: By road from Delhi or train till Ramnagar railway station. Best time: Mid November to Mid-June.[/quote_box_right]
Best destination to couple your camping experiences with your wildlife love. Located in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand this is the oldest National Park of India aimed to protect the endangered species of Bengal Tigers. Do not forget to take your camera, it is not every day that you get to see Mother Nature in Her full bloom.
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – In the Sands of Time.
[quote_box_right]Nearest airport: Jodhpur, 300 km away. Getting there: A train runs to Jaisalmer from all major cities including Delhi and Jaipur. Distance from cities like Jodhpur, Bikaner and Ajmer are 275 km, 270 km and 375 km respectively. Best time: November to March[/quote_box_right]
Take your camping experience to a different level in Jaisalmer in the middle of the desert. Experience the desert life with a camel ride through the sand dunes, authentic Rajasthani food, and the vibrant Rajasthani culture. Spend a night close to the heart of the desert to experience its beauty. If you are lucky, you could find a desert caravan – double the fun! The Sam Sun dunes of Jaisalmer, is the quaint little place, you need to be at, to enjoy the famous Desert Safari of this site.
Sarchu – Feels like Ladakh.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Leh and Kullu. Getting there: Via road 222 km from Manali and 113 km from Kulu. Best time: May to October[/quote_box_right]
222 km west of Manali, Sarchu is a beautiful camping destination on the Manali-Leh Highway. There are Indian army camps set up near the Tsarap Chu River. Various trekking routes and the scenic beauty makes it ideal for adventure lovers.
Anjuna Beach, Goa – Paradise on Earth.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport. Getting there: Buses frequently ply from nearby cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and many more. Best time: October to May[/quote_box_right]
Beaches of Anjuna are secluded and serene. Unlike the rest of Goa Anjuna promises peace and tranquility. Camping at Anjuna beach and enjoying the night life here is a must for Goa visitors. A beach famous for its trance parties. So you love the sands, sun and beer. Head for this, in the next long weekend you can manage out of office.
Sonmarg, Jammu & Kashmir – The Meadows of Gold.
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Srinagar airport, 70 km. Getting there: Train, Road, bus to Jammu. Best time: November to March to enjoy Winter and April to October for Summer beauty[/quote_box_right]
Living up to its name meaning “Meadows of Gold”, this camping location is known for its natural beauty. The sight of the great Himalayas from your camp is a pure bliss. Nature can be so breathtakingly beautiful – its a mere peek at Sonmarg. A poet’s paradise and and back packer’s dream destination.
Dubare Camp, Karnataka
[quote_box_right]Nearest airport: Bangalore Airport. Getting there: Via road from Bangalore. Best time: The place can be visited any time of the year. However, the post monsoon months are the best time to visit as the weather is perfect during that time. [/quote_box_right]
Located in Madikeri in Karnataka it is specially known for its Elephant training camps. You get an opportunity to see the elephants from close quarters and almost live with them. And it is not long that you actually fall in love with the place and the wildlife there. So, if you are looking for some plain unadulterated fun with your family, this is the place you should be.
Ramanagara, Karnataka – Live by the Night
[quote_box_right]Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport. Getting there: By road or bus from Bangalore. Best time: Except monsoon any time of the year is good.[/quote_box_right]
Ramnagar is a place in Karnataka which offers you exciting trekking routes and various other adventure sports. Set the camp in the heart of nature and enjoy the activities. The treks are of medium difficulty but can tire you out completely.