When it comes to places that offer spiritual healing, India is usually the first country that comes to mind. But little do people know, India also offers sensational camping destinations for every ardent camper ready to take on new adventures.
With an immensely diverse terrain, India prides itself with a few of the most well-known gems sitting on vast topographical regions. If you’ve ever wondered which places are excellent for camping in India, I’ve summed up the top 7 adventurous places to go on your next camping trip.
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
If you’re into vast sand dunes, Jaisalmer will surely make it worth your while. Dubbed as the “Golden City of India”, this camping destination will give you a perfect natural setting with the famous and boundless Sam Sand Dunes as your backdrop. Prepare to be mesmerized by one of the major attractions near Jaisalmer – the Thar Desert. A popular place for camping is The Serai. It offers more of a glamping experience. Imagine – a large canvas tent which is a thousand square feet in size, with a garden, sunken pool, a spa, and a lounge bar. Absolutely glamping at its best!
- Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
The Chandratal Lake is proclaimed to have been discovered by traveling nomads from Tibet. It also boasts an interesting Hindu mythology where King Yudhishthira was picked up on this lake by Lord Indra during their expedition to the Himalayas. If that doesn’t excite you, the scenic paradise with mountains and rocky terrains that envelope the lake will truly make camping memorable. The lake has an altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level and can have volatile weather conditions. It’s advisable to camp during the summer season where the blue-colored lake is completely sheathed with stunning wildflowers!
- Rishikesh Valley, Rishikesh
If you are looking to integrate a spiritual connection in your camping adventure, this place is a top pick! The Rishikesh Valley offers a camping experience which aims to live side by side with nature. It can be a home away from home for those wanting to up their spiritual connection with nature and their selves. In addition, the campsite also provides other amenities that truly give you a holistic spiritual cleanse and relaxation such as yoga and meditation classes, a health spa, Ayurveda, and organic dishes!
- Sillery Gaon (New Darjeeling), West Bengal
If you want to strip off the luxury in camping, this place will definitely offer you a more roughed up camping experience. Don’t forget to bring the best led flashlights for when you want to spend your camping getaway under the stars in Sillery Gaon. It’s a quaint Himalayan village standing atop an altitude of 6,000 feet and inhabited by only 25 families. A backdrop of the spectacular Mount Kanchenjunga and its changing colors throughout the day will allure the most avid traveler in every nook and cranny of the world.
- Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar entices camping enthusiasts with its scenic desert magnificence. On top of that, travelers all across the world camp here because of the traditional festival and pilgrimage sites. The campsites are located near the fairgrounds of Pushkar or the brim of the Thar Desert. You can feast your eyes on around 400 temples and 52 bathing Ghats which Pushkar is known for. It’s also popular for housing the one and only Brahma temple in the entire universe. But the best part is, camping under the desert starlit skies will surely make for an epic camping experience.
- Sarchu, Ladakh
Also fondly called as “Sir Bhum Chun”, this camping destination provides a tented accommodation on the Leh-Manali Highway, situated between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Travelers and campers alike usually camp here for a couple of nights as an overnight stop when traveling along the Leh-Manali Highway or when preparing for the challenging trek in Zanskar. One famous campsite is Adventure Camp which features a beautiful desert oasis in Sarchu. It has 24 Swiss cottage tents and 15 royal cottages of your choosing. Don’t forget to bring the best flashlights as camping in Sarchu is an off-the-grid experience.
- Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled at 8,500 feet in the Himalayas, Solang Valley is a marvelous camping destination all throughout the year save for the monsoon season as it brings fickle and dangerous weather conditions. A camping ground allows a few pitched tents and campers can delight in a stunning glacial view and snow-capped mountain peaks. Plus, it gives sports enthusiasts great paragliding, rafting, zip lining, parachuting, and horseback riding adventures right in the heart of Solang Valley and the Beas River.
Camping in India can be a whole different ballgame. Its pristine lakes, spectacular mountain ranges, vast deserts, lush greenery, flowing rivers, historic valleys, and enchanting starlight skies will undeniably give you a transcendent camping experience.