Camping in India has already become a trend ever since smartphones and network coverage has become more accessible around the country. This is a list of hand picked places which we at tlow believe are a must experience. If you feel there are other better places that we have missed out on do leave a comment with the names of the places we have missed out on in this blog post.
Hunder Nubra Valley
Camping in the cold desert of Nubra Valley in the town of Hunder in Ladakh is something which everyone should experience. The tents have everything included from a bed and even a toilet. It’s more of glamming and less of camping in this Ladakhi town.
The moon lake in Spiti valley is the most revered place in the valley. Camping is the only option if you plan on spending a night near the lake. But unlike other places in India where you are allowed to camp by the lake, here at Chandartal the campsite is located 2.5km away from the lake. Nevertheless it’s still an experience of a lifetime.
Hiking to a hot spring in Kheerganga is the highlight of your backpacking trip to Parvati Valley. Since Kheerganga is not a village but a base camp for the trek from Parvati valley to Pin Valley in Spiti Valley. The only way to spend a night is by camping. The night sky at Kheerganga is mind blowing with the sky covered by over a thousand stars.
The hike which starts from the village of Dharamkot near the town of Mcleodganj and takes roughly 3-5 hours to climb is an experience. The hike is very easy with a marked trail all along the way. Camping is an option which only 5-10% of the people who make it to the top end up doing. If you’re one of those who end up camping, you’ll be treated to a night sky that you can savour for years to come.
Breathtaking, raw and rugged is the best way to describe the camping at Dawki in Meghalaya. A trip to Dawki is truly incomplete without spending a night camping along the banks of the river Umngot.
Rann of Kutch
The white salt desert in the state of Gujarat has luxury tents which are more on the glamping lines. With nothing but only these campsites as stay options at the little Rann of Kutch. If you’re traveling to the salt desert then a night stay in one of these tents is an absolute must.
The hippie beach town of Gokarna is well known along the backpacker circuit in India and over the last few years tent camping has sprung up at various beaches to accommodate the rising crowd. If you love camping then a night camping by the Arabian Sea is totally worth a shot.
Camping along the Ganges in Rishikesh has been a thing to do even before camping became a mainstream thing in India. Your camping bucket list can’t be complete without a night at Rishikesh.
Camping under the blanket of shooting stars in a night sky that actually will blow your mind away. Bhandardara in Maharashtra has gained its reputation as the state’s premier camping destination so no matter what you do. When you’re in Mumbai or Pune, make sure you go camping by the lake to spot some shooting stars.
A camel ride with the desert nomads all the way into the heart of the desert in Rajasthan till you reach Sam sand dunes where you will be given nothing but some sleeping mattresses and that’s about it. Food is cooked by the nomads and this is how life is spent in the desert of Jaisalmer. The other form of camping is the regular commercial camping with a cultural show. But if you’re looking for something raw and rugged then the first option is the one for you.