It is common knowledge that India is home to many kinds of landscapes that nature has to offer. Right from the tough mountains of the north to the laid-back beaches of the south, India is filled with all kinds of terrains. For a vacation that either involves sightseeing or going on adventures, or even just laying back and unwinding at the arms of nature, you don't need to leave the country because India has it all.
The country is a delight to adventure enthusiasts since places, like Ladakh, Rishikesh, etc., offer a great place for many adventures like trekking, camping, river rafting, etc. However, this article focuses on the best camping destinations that are spread across our beautiful country.
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Since many forts and castles of Jaisalmer were built in yellowish sandstone, the city got the nickname Golden City. The magnificent Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city that is situated in the heart of Thar Desert.
For a beautiful desert camping experience, Jaisalmer is the place to be. The city holds the Desert Festival usually during January or February every year. During this time, you can camp on the Thar Desert and attend the cultural extravaganza that happens during the Desert Festival as well.
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In the middle of Leh-Manali Highway lies Sarchu, an important halt point where camping accommodation is the main reason why people stop by. It is situated in-between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh and is set at an altitude of 14,070 ft.
For all the biking addicts, Sarchu is the perfect place to stop by for a night while on a road trip from Leh to Manali or vice versa. Visit places like Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, etc., in Manali and Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and other such places when in Leh.
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Literally translating to Valley of Milk, Doodhpathri is a scenic and secluded hill station that has recently been recognised as a potential tourist destination. This bowl-shaped valley is sprawling with an endless stretch of lush green meadows that is so vast that it is one of the shepherds' favourite spots to bring their cattle.
This beautiful valley is located in Jammu & Kashmir and makes for a fantastic offbeat campsite. If you love remote sites blessed with pristine natural beauty, then Doodhpathri is the place you need to camp at.
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Bheemeshwari is a popular nature and fishing camp located in Karnataka, at a distance of 105 km from Bangalore. It nestles on the banks of river Kaveri and is completely surrounded by thickets of forest and immaculate nature. Head to Bheemeshwari for a wonderful camping experience in the wild.
Here, Mahaseer fishes are found in abundance which is why fishing is the main attraction of the place. You must also try going on nature walks and explore the wildlife of Bheemeshwari - it is home to animals like deer, wild boar, etc., as well as birds, like green-billed Malkoha, Sirkeer cuckoo, etc.
Chandratal Lake is a high-altitude lake that is located at an elevation of 14,100 ft in the beautiful state Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Spiti, Chandratal Lake is a picturesque place that is surrounded with majestic Himalayan mountains and stunning scenic views.
The lake is every trekker and camper's dream destination due to its natural beauty. It is in fact a sought-after trekking and camping destination, especially since the view of the star-studded sky in the night is an indescribable beauty.
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If beach camping is your cup of tea, then the town of Anjuna in Goa should be your next vacation destination. Camp on the shores of Anjuna and attend the parties of the beach, which is a popular attraction of the beach as well.
Try water sports, like parasailing, kayaking, banana boating, etc., or lay back and enjoy a night camping at Anjuna Beach.
Located amidst the mountains of Himalaya, Spiti Valley is an amazing cold desert mountain valley situated in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti literally translates to the middle land since it falls between Tibet and India.
Some of the places in Spiti that are great to camp at are Chitkul, Sangla and the offbeat town of Sarahan. Trekking up to these places is also a brilliant experience that you must try.
Rishikesh, the town where spirituality meets adventure, is a brilliant place for camping. Here, you can not only go sightseeing to the many tourist attractions of Rishikesh, such as Lakshman Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, etc., but you can also try so many adventure sports.
Try trekking or paragliding at Rishikesh since the location provides a perfect landscape for both. If you're into water sports, don't forget to go for white-water river rafting through the beautiful river Ganga.