Experience the grand spectacles of nature by living in a tent, indulge in activities like bird watching, trekking or even exploring nearby surroundings. India, with its beautiful locations, diverse forests, plains and mountains, offers a variety of choices of exciting campgrounds.
Whether it is wildlife camping or normal camping, Indian topography offers everything for the adventure enthusiasts. For a once in a lifetime camping experience visit Sarchu on the boundary between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir). The place offers vast tracts of sky, clear views of the Himalayas and lakes in stark contrast to the desert around you.
Located 222 km from Manali, Sarchu is a favourite stop for overnight stay en-route Manali-Leh highway. It also marks the starting point for a challenging trek into the Zanskar region. Be prepared for gorgeous sunsets, flocks of migratory birds and breathtaking natural beauty. This remote location sees people coming in from all over the world, and offers a range of adventure activities.
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A quaint hill station near Mumbai in the Sahyadri hill range, Bhandardara is a three-hour drive away from the city of Mumbai. At almost 2,500 feet above sea level, the air is clean and clear skies, waterfalls and greenery make this hidden gem wonderful and a beautiful place to camp at. The Wilson Dam and Arthur Lake are great places to camp at.
Stargazing at this place is highly recommended. So, get your telescopes since the sky is pollution and cloud free, making it an ideal place to observe the constellation of stars and planets and experience an out of the world spectacle.
Sandhan valley is located near Bhandardara and is one of the most beautiful trekking spots in India. The valley is surrounded by Madan, Alang and Kulang mountains and is filled with lakes and water bodies.
Torch/flashlight/lantern, sleeping bag, lockable duffel bag (recommended), Therm-a-Rest/air mattress, Swiss Army knife, whistle, first-aid kit and insect repellant, along with some sunscreen and sanitiser.
Why opt for camping?
- To witness sunsets and sunrises
- To reconnect with nature
- For stargazing
- To discover yourself
- To read when it’s just that quietGoAir Connect: GoAir operates direct flights to Mumbai from Ahmedabad,
- Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Port Blair, Patna, etc., and easy connections from Leh, Bagdogra, Jammu, Kolkata, among others.
Known as the Ramgarh of iconic film Sholey, Ramanagara is situated around 50 km from Bengaluru. However, Sholay was not the first film that showcased the earthy appeal of this place. David Lean’s film, A Passage to India put the rough-hewn boulders in the limelight with small door-like grottoes to make them look like caves.
A vital hub for rock climbers and trekkers, Ramanagara is one of the most visited places for camping in the country. The place is surrounded with rocks and boulders, lakes and beautiful landscapes which is the major attraction for visitors.
Bird watching: Ramanagara is a fantastic weekend destination. Yellow-throated bulbuls and long billed vultures call this area home. The hilly outcrops is one of very few destinations in South India where long billed vultures nest. With these birds on the very verge of extinction, the government has declared 346.14 hectares to be Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary in an effort to protect and save the long billed vultures and their natural habitats from complete extinction.
Activities to do: Trekking, rappeling, chimney climbing, jumaring (tree climbing), archery, target shooting and outdoor games.
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Written by Mia Gandhi