Exploring the hidden regions of India, the famous and the not so famous nooks and crannies of the country is something that campers enjoy doing each year. And why not, India is indeed blessed with a lot of amazing unexplored regions that need exploring. Camping in India is the ideal way of exploring the regional diversity and unity of India. Let us see the top 10 popular destinations for camping in India:
1. Rishikesh – Uttarakhand
Rishikesh is located in the lap of Himalayas. Also a major pilgrimage destination for most Indians, Rishikesh doubles up as one of the very best places to camp out in summers as it provides one of the best camping experiences . One can go rafting and try out other adventure sports; the scenic beauty of Rishikesh too attracts people from all over the world.
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2. Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Spiti valley is in the district Keylong of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most favorite camping spots for trekkers and visitors alike. The place is ideal for camping in summers, to get respite from the hot sun. The most ideal camping time is May – June and make sure to explore the beautiful valley in leisure.
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3. Chandertal Lake – Himachal Pradesh
Chandertal Lake is a beautiful lake, located at a high altitude in Lahaul and Spiti valley. It is situated at about 4300 m above the sea level. The lake is so beautiful that is also alternatively known as the ‘lake of moon’. An ideal camping sight, a weekend in the place is sure to mystify your senses and make you one with the beauty of the nature that god has so delicately made.
4. Manali Solang Valley – Himachal Pradesh
The Solang Nala is a side valley, in the Manali region. The place is ideal for trekking in Himachal as there is rough terrain and thus the adventure enthusiasts can find a lot to explore in the valley. There are beautiful plantations and fields in the valley and thus camping out in the open is a good idea, along with good sheltered camps.
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The gleaming sun, the beautiful cloud formations, the high mountains and the picturesque setting of the slopes make for an ideal image for the human eye and soul. January and February are the popular months for camping in the valley.
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5. Mussoorie – Uttarakhand
Mussoorie is a favorite tourist destination of India. Well connected via Delhi, a lot of campers find an easy escape to Mussoorie during the summers. Famously known as the “Gateway” to Yamunotri and the Gangotri Shrines of Northern India, every year a lot of trekkers and visitors set up camp in the lush Mussoorie and enjoy the abundance of nature. The best time to camp is from March to June.
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6. Jaisalmer – Rajasthan
A trekker’s paradise, Jaisalmer is known fondly as the golden city of Rajasthan. Best camping places in the famous Sam sand dunes is something everyone must indulge in once in life. The feeling of waking up with the sun making a silhouette against the sand dunes is a scene to behold and cherish.
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The place is majorly untouched by modernization and camels are still a major transportation mode. Enjoy abundant camel safaris as well as have fun on the sand dunes. Indulge in trolling off the steep sand dunes and fun and frolic setting camps and lying on the soft sands.
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7. Pushkar – Rajasthan
There are many holy lakes and numerous Ghats and temples in Pushkar; making is a popular pilgrimage destination of India. It also houses the one and only Brahma Temple in the world. Thus, the most sacred of the Hindu towns in India is a hit with campers. The best way to explore Pushkar is through camping in the open rather than staying at a posh hotel. This place has a fascinating cultural heritage that needs to be experienced in its entirety.
8. Kaudiyala – Uttaranchal
Kaudilya is a quaint little place, hidden amidst dense mixed forests in Uttaranchal. The place is also a kind of a stop over en route the kedarnath trek. Thus many pilgrims and visitors camp at Kaudilyala at the lower base of Himalayas. Kaudiyala is located at an altitude of 480 mts, and is based on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
Adventure lovers can spend a few days in the splendid isolation of nature’s best with their friends and families. The place is a hidden treasure trove of all things beautiful and blissful. Camping is the ideal way to stay in Kaudiyala.
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9. Sonamarg – Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Sonamarg, in literal sense means ‘a meadow of gold’. A beautiful place in Srinagar, it has snowy meadows as backdrop as well as offers the campers a nice and breathtaking view of the Himalayas. The look of the great Himalayas against a sapphire sky is a visual one won’t forget in a hurry. The Sindh sagar flows freely and the nature seems to be at its best all the year round.
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When the sun shines, it seems to be shining off the glittering snow and mountain tops. Campers can breathe in the fresh mountain air and feel therapeutically cured of all the grief deep inside the souls. Summers can find a huge number of campers making way to Sonamarg valley. Make sure to take a lot of pony rides that are so easily available in the valley.
10. Anjuna – Goa
Goa is the ultimate destination where every camper of India must have gone at least once. [Goa has some of the most beautiful and popular beaches of India] Anjuna is a nice little place in goa where people tend to camp to enjoy the scenes and lifestyle of the hip and happening goan culture. Chapels, beaches, flea markets, etc can be explored at will while camping on the goan soils. Camp away at goa and you will come to know what beach partying is all about!
[If you have visited most of the places on this list, then perhaps the following list of the 50 most beautiful camps in India will give you some more ideas.]
11. Pangong and Tso Moriri camps, Ladakh
Cozying up in the wild and uninhabited Tsomoriri, camping in here is some experience. Being the highest lake in the world, Tsomoriri is completely frozen during winters. Camping here is an experience of a lifetime.
Situated on the banks of Pangong lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world, this camp overlooks the vast Changchenmo range. Living by the lake and seeing the colors change from blue to black to hues of green is also a spectacular feeling.
This is why camping in permanent camps is a fantastic experience- not only do you get to enjoy camping, you also get to enjoy it in luxury. And while there are many fantastic places where you can camp in Ladakh, none can top the experience of camping beside the glorious Pangong lake. Pangong lake camps allow you to experience the best of this majestic glacial lake with its ever-changing crystal waters and its serene stillness.
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