10 Best Camping Sites in India

India is blessed with lots of geographical variations. From the snow-capped mountains to the spectacular beaches, from wild desert to tropical rainforest this country offers a rich variety of places to visit all the year around. Luxury hotels are fine, but the untouched beauty of nature is something else! Below are some camping places in India, you must visit,

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Spiti valley is one of the most desired camping sites with spectacular views and awesome weather. It is a cold desert mountain valley with a high altitude. This place is ideal for summer camping and to enjoy the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear river. In winter, it is covered with snow. The name Spiti means ‘The Middle Land’ which is the land between India and Tibet.

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

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One of the best tourist places in Rajasthan is Pushkar, which means ‘Blue lotus’ in Sanskrit. It is home to many temples among which Brahma temple is considered as most sacred. Apteshwar temple, Man Mahal, Pushkar lake and Pushkar Palace are another attractions. Luxurious tents with air conditioning bedrooms, living rooms, dressing room and balcony can make a remarkable experience for trekkers. Camel cart safari is easily available to enjoy the views.

Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

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Ladakh is located on a high plateau with a breathtaking clear view of mountains, lakes and vast sky. Due to its high altitude, this place is open for visitors for the period of summer only. It can be reached either by road or by air. The view of the gorgeous sunset and migratory birds is compulsory. Paragliding and rafting are some of the experience anyone would rather try to skip. Ladakh is a complete package of adventure.

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Sonmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir

Sonmarg, also known as ‘Meadows of Gold’ is situated on the lap of Himalayan glaciers, 87 km north-east from Srinagar. Snowy mountains along with azure sky make a deadly combination. Lying at an altitude of 2800 m above sea level it experiences heavy snowfall during winter, which makes the place inaccessible during that time. From the month of April, Sonmarg is open for visitors to enjoy the snow furnished like a carpet. Thajiwas glacier is the main attraction there. River rafting tournaments are organized yearly.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Manali, being surrounded by beautiful green valleys and high peaks is a magnet for the adventurers. Adventures like skiing in the Solang valley, trekking in the Parvati valley, paragliding, rafting makes this place so popular. Rohtang pass offers most of the beautiful scenes. There is Kalath hot water spring which is a natural sulfurous water flow offering private facilities for couples and families.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Mussoorie is known as the Gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is one of the best places to set up a camp and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. This place is well-connected by road from Delhi or other places. Every year thousands of adventurers visit this place to fulfill their wanderlust.

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Lonavala, Mumbai

Lonavala is something different despite being a part of the most crowded city of India, Mumbai. It is an ideal place for a short trip to just relax and enjoy the untouched beauty of nature. Besides its beauty, Lonavala also offers adventurous activities such as caving, rafting, rappelling, trekking etc. Pawna lake is the best place for camping. Several facilities like bonfire, barbeque or star gazing are provided, but mosquito repellent is a must.

Coorg, Karnataka

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The admirable and alarming views of Coorg have the potential to amaze anyone. Because of its spectacular beauty, it is the most popular hill station in Karnataka. It is also called ‘The Scottland of India’. Coorg is rich in wildlife and mountains covered with green carpet offers many medicinal usages.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri biosphere, featuring subtropical climate with mild weather throughout the year. It is basically the most popular summer destination. Dodabetta peak, the most popular viewpoint offers a spectacular view except the monsoon. Other attractions such as the Botanical garden, Ooty Lake, Avalanche Lake, tea factory are awesome.

Goecha La, Sikkim

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Goecha La, a tiny place in Sikkim is the perfect place for adventure lovers. The trek to Goecha La starts from Yuksom via Sachen and Bhakim. Yuksom is the starting point for the trek. Kanchanjunga and other peaks of Himalayas are there to amaze you.

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Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays

I decided to travel to Coorg on my Birthday since I didn’t intend to be surrounded by familiar people. As I drove through the mountains and the soaked roads, the scenic view and the alluring wildlife was breath-taking. The view was not only admirable and angelic but eerie, alarming and absolutely horrifying to look at since I was acrophobic. Solo trips are the best because you decide what to do and be doubtlessly spontaneous with your plans. Little did I know that I was about to be stopped by a family as their car had wrecked in the middle of nowhere. No sooner than, the family I had helped were grateful to have been dropped at their hotel.

As I drove in my car to finally decide that I should call it a night, I began searching for rooms. There were beautiful, affordable, freakishly constructed homestays at every nook-and-corner of the place. On one hand, there were too many restaurants, while on the other, there were homestays. Since I was on a tight budget, I settled for an astonishingly, unalterable homestay constructed on the cliff side of the mountain.

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Sometimes, travelling to a place alone, helps you live in that place like a citizen,rather than a tourist. Travelling with families have a different perspective on enjoying a holiday altogether though. But when you travel alone, it’s quiet, serene, emotionally spacious and timely. Coorg might be the “Scotland of India” but there is a whole different Continue reading “Coorg: From Mountains to Commercialized Homestays”

The Inexplicable Delhi

From the colonial-era parliament buildings to the bustling streets of Old Delhi,  India’s capital is a city so full of intrigue, thrill, tranquillity, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for millennia. Delhi is a fascinating mixture of old and new where towering minarets rub shoulders with bustling metropolises.

Long before you set foot in Delhi, you know it like the back of your hand, which more often than not is due to sheer necessity as opposed to mere curiosity. You’ve seen the photographs, devoured the films and have been fed innumerable stories from media channels across the world.

 

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Delhi offers a smorgasbord of treats for travellers from across the world, but even veteran travellers have difficulty in grasping the magnitude of chaos that surrounds this historic city. But don’t be put off.

Underneath the glass and concrete of New Delhi’s urban facade is a pulsating cultural community where its traditional roots, colonial connections and the contributions of its home-grown expertise become entwined. Here you’re just as likely to find yourself mesmerized by one of its many monuments as joining in kite flying or reading the couplets of a local poet to the sounds of a local mosque. Culture could also mean Bollywood music by the musicians or ghazals in a street corner, not to mention the  thousands of shows staged year-round at the city’s many museums and concert halls.

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Eating here can be both a buoyant and tumultuous affair: spoons are abandoned in favor of fingers and food is enjoyed with unparalleled glee. Whether it is eating in a world-class restaurant or pulling up a stool in Karol Bagh, hungry travellers will never be bored by the diversity of Delhi’s cuisines.

Delhi is a city that has been repeatedly demolished and reborn, with memories of past empires in every neighbourhood.

Delhi embraces everyone with iconic landmarks, an unforgettable cuisine and ancient, protected streets where colorful traditions flourish.

 

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

An alluring helmet situated in the city of Himachal Pradesh with Parvati river drenching the green valley Kasol has emerged as the “Tripper’s Paradise”. I was very excited to visit Kasol to seek peace and find loophole from the tiresome schedule. May- June being the ideal time for trekking, I booked my hotel rooms and trek package beforehand.

Kasol is 1580m above the sea level and owing to the location, roads are the only flexible means of transport. The nearest railway station is Pathankot but being no direct trains to Pathankot from my city, I reached Chandigarh, which is approximately 281km from Kasol. By the time I reached Chandigarh, it was around 7.30pm. I had my dinner and by 10 pm I reached sector 43 bus station. I also checked the cab prices but buses turned out to be the most economical option. There are buses from Chandigarh to Bhuntar. The Volvo bus left Chandigarh at 11.15 pm. Being tired from the train journey I dozed off. When I opened my eyes at 4 am I was between beautiful hills and chilling breeze, I was in Bhuntar. After another 4 hours on road between steep roads and staggering view, I finally reached Kasol around 10 am.

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Day 1

After having breakfast, I decided to hover around the city. The chilled breeze and the small lanes in the city are enough to pretermit all your worries. After wandering the city with foreigners being a common site, I headed to the famous Malana village. 21km away from Kasol and after an additional 1-hour trek, I reached the secretive meadow of Malana. The place being famous for its hash, people smoking pots was a common view here. I headed to explore the beauty of the place and the beauty kept me bound. After having my dinner here, I headed back to Kasol where I had hotel pre-booked. Booking hotels pre-hand is always the best way to assure you get the stay at fair prices.

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Day 2

At 9 am I left my hotel and we were off to trek our way Kheerganga which marks the extreme end of the Parvati valley. Walking amidst green slopes and crossing the coniferous trees, the pristine scenic beauty never gets your eyes away. I witnessed the power of nature in form of varied captivating rock formations. Enroute we halted at a few stops including Shiva Temple and Rudra Naag Waterfall. After about 5 hours of trek, we finally made it to the impeccable surroundings of Kheerganga. After spending the evening relishing soft music around a bonfire and having dinner, I went to my tent to rest.

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Day 3

Waking up in laps of nature’s spellbound beauty was one of the most relishing feel ever. After having breakfast, we headed back to Kasol crossing streams and woods. Reaching Kasol around 5 pm and bidding adieu to my camping mates, I had tea and bread at a local tea-shop. Capturing and absorbing all the fun and this mesmerizing beauty, I headed back to catch my train way home to Chandigarh.

 

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