Camping is by far one of the most phenomenal experiences that one should go every year if possible. It is a set up not only to enjoy the area, but also the getaway from the hectic daily schedules of life. One of the best things about camping is that it can be anywhere and at anyplace. The beauty of camping comes from the rustic fulfillment and enjoying nature with as bare minimum facilities as possible to break the shackles of everyday’s modern convertible life.
Here are 6 of the most interesting camping places that you might want to consider for your next break.
Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh
Tucked away amidst the more known places like Manali and Leh, Sarchu sits at an altitude of 4,290m. Although Sarchu is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, it lies very close to the border of Ladakh, thus adorning the magnificent landscapes of both the states. Despite being closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall and blocked roads, the place is open from the months of June to September.
Imagine staying under tents on the Himalayas. The campsite of Sarchu provides exactly that. Falling right on the Highway of Manali and Leh, it is one of the most sought out rest areas by the travellers of the region. As it takes two long days to complete the ride on the Leh-Manali Highway, the tourists, generally, take rest in one of the campsites in Sarchu. Located almost at the middle of the highway, it makes a drastic effort in rejuvenating the travellers.
Previously known as the Old Silk Route, Sarchu has quite a few areas to camp like the Golddrop Camp, Himalayan Routes Camp and Dorje Camps to name a few. The tents are offered with electricity facilities and a dining area. Trekkers on the expedition to the Zanskar Trek in Ladakh, usually use Sarchu as their base camp. Sarchu, also referred to as Sir Bhum Chun, can provide you with one of those camping experiences that allow you to unwind amongst the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas in a very unconventional way.
Surrounded by the ocean of sand of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan and only 10kms to the northwest of Ajmer, the experience of camping in the various desert campsites (the popular one include the Pushkar Karni Camp and Desert Camp in Pushkar) takes a different toll on your entire body. One way to reach Pushkar is from the capital city of Jodhpur, the dunes of Pushkar City are only a few hours away.
After entering Pushkar, camel rides are given to your individual campsites. One of the reasons why Pushkar is the most renowned tourist attraction is due to the cultural inheritance the place has acquired. Sprinkled with nearby forts, hawelis and camel fairs dating back years, it is no wonder that the place has made a name for itself in this list as well.
Enclosed by the Aravalli Hills, each year people visit Pushkar for its pilgrimage that is associated with the Brahma Temple. The place is also known for its captivating Pushkar Lake that is like an oasis amidst the vast desert. The other reason why people tend to visit Pushkar is due to the Pushkar Fair that is held annually during the month of November, when the entire Rajasthani culture is celebrated. The barren desert turns into pops of colours and busy with the gathering of camels from every region.
While camping in Pushkar, you can witness the villagers going on about their lives in traditional Rajasthani attire and ornaments. You can avail the various safari facilities provided here, like the jeep safari and Camel safaris, to explore the deep rooted and unhindered culture of the place. The evening there is enjoyed in relishing delicacies of the indegenious cuisines and folk dances that is innate to the state. At night you can either choose to spend the night in the tent or under the mesmerizing night sky filled with sparkling stars.
Seagot, Wayanad, Kerala
In the God’s Own Country, the state of Kerala in India is known for its idyllic yet alluring scenic beauties that feel like a comforting haven. Imagine camping in such a place where the campsites are in the regions on Western Ghats that range between 700m to 2100m. The Seagot camping area is established on the largest earthen dam in India, Banasura Sagar Dam, which is also known to be the second largest dam in Asia.
The Seagot camping site in Wayanad is bordered with tropical rainforests, abundance of flora and fauna, and sparkling waters. The weather is quite pleasant at the peak time of the year. The days are spent walking and cycling in the mountain areas and the evenings are spent in front of bonfires with melodies in the background. The region is inhibited by tribal communities that enrich the entire place with their culture.
Located in such a remote area, the camping place is ideal for both unwinding and adventurous activities. The campsites in the region provide you with rejuvenating facilities like yoga, ayurvedic spa and therapy. The dam in the region offers various river activities like swimming, fishing and boating. You can also opt for adrenaline filled activities like bamboo rafting or even trekking. Providing both exhilarating and calming experiences in the tranquil hills of Banasura, camping in Seagot in the Wayanad district of Kerala is a must.
Nameri Eco Camp, Assam
In the base of Eastern Himalayas of the Sonitpur district in Assam, the Nameri National Park is located encompassing an area of 200kmsq. It is also the second Tiger Reserve of the state. Situated right in the middle of the forest and the edge of the Nameri National Park, this is one of the places in India that prides itself in being completely environment friendly and being the recipient to a profuse flora and fauna. It is one of the lesser known places to be a shelter to White-winged Duck, 30 different species of mammals (like Tiger and Asian Elephant). It also has over 300 various species of birds that range from Blue-naped Pitta to White-cheeked Partridge making it a perfect destination for an avid bird lover. At a walking distance lay the conservation centre to one of the endangered wild pigs on the planet, Pygmy Hog.
Apart from the safaris and bird watching in the area, you can also spend your day by trekking along nature or rafting in the glittering Jia-Bhoroli River (which was once quite renowned for angling during the colonial period). Tourists can take a glimpse of the local life by visiting the nearby villages via cycling around the region. The camping site is administered by the Assam (Bhoroli) Angling and Conservation Association along with the joint efforts of the Government of Assam. They ensure a quaint and idyllic stay surrounded by nature.
West Ladakh Camp, Ladakh
Established on a 20acre area of ranch and along the rim of Indus River, the West Ladakh Camp is located near Uley (also known as Uleytopko), in Ladakh. Just 70kms far from Leh, it lies on the highway of Leh and Srinagar. Apart from the breathtaking picturesque beauty of Ladakh, the entirety of the site is indulged with the Apricot and Willow trees, along with natural rocks surrounding them. The climate and the flora of the place attracts numerous migrating birds to the area, making it a perfect bird watching paradise.
With a backdrop of the Himalayas and enchanting plateaus, this place is ideal for adventurous activities like trekking. You can also try the rafting facilities provided by the campsite. There are two different rafting routes: the Phey-Nyemo route that is for the beginners and the Nyemo-Alchi route is for people having a good experience.
Situated very close to Tibet, the Ladakhi culture with various number of Buddhist Monasteries is truly an experience unlike any other. To name a few around the camping area, the Likir Monastery is only 26kms in distance and Alchi Monastery (the oldest monastery in Ladakh) is only 39kms far away. While you are at it, do not forget about the delicacies of the region, which is a blend of Tibetan and Ladakhi cuisines that have an authentic aura and essence, native only to that place.
Rishikesh Valley, Uttarakhand
The city of Rishikesh got its name from two terms in Sanskrit language, where hrishik means ‘senses’ and esh means ‘lord’. Hence, meaning Lord of the Senses dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The city is regarded as one of the holiest places in India and many devotees visit each year for the pilgrims in the region. Camping experience in the Rishikesh Valley is probably one of the most popular choices by many. They go up and beyond by providing the choice of camping on riverside beach, camping in the jungle and even luxury camping in cottages. The campsites are located in the district of Shivpuri which is about 19kms from the city.
For exhilarating activities to get your adrenaline pumping you can opt for ziplining, cliff jumping, trek along the waterfalls, rappelling and bungee jumping. Thrilling activities in water includes river rafting in the Rishikesh River and body surfing in the river Ganga. On the other hand, in a spiritual place like Rishikesh it would be quite absurd not to include the retreating and serene experiences like yoga, ayurvedic facilities, spa and bonfire to end the night.
The Rishikesh Valley is enclosed with mountains along with banks of rivers gushing its way throughout the region. The entire region is uplifting with all the activities offered and is said to have amazing sunrises and sunsets. The tents are set up in ascetic fashion for you to enjoy your time in solace.