Uttarakhand is popular as the quintessential pilgrimage destination in India due to the presence of several ancient Hindu temples which are visited by millions of pilgrims every year. However, it is also acceptable that it is home to some of the best natural places in the country.
Be it regarding hills or valleys, mountains or waterfalls, the state of Uttarakhand is entirely filled with such wonderful gifts of nature. Hence, over a period of time, it has become an idyllic summer destination in the midst of mountains and valleys.
If you are one amongst these tourists looking to escape the heat of the summers, then following are the places where you must camp to feel the crux of nature. Read on to know more about these camping destinations in Uttarakhand.
Dhanaulti is one of the emerging hill stations in Uttarakhand, owing its popularity to its pristine environment and pleasant climate. The presence of sky-high mountains, deep echoing valleys and the rich alpine forests of deodar and oak make this place a perfect stoppage for campers. Wouldn't you love to surrender yourself to the cool breeze flowing through the lanes of nature and literally feel the ecstasy of an unpolluted fresh atmosphere?
Dhanaulti also offers several trekking trails and hiking sites. You can also visit certain other places of interest such as Eco Park, Surkanda Devi Mandir and Himalayan Weavers. Once you have come here, you would certainly hate to leave this scenic beauty; such is the grace of Dhanaulti.
Deoria Tal is a beautiful lake, which is located at an elevation of around 8000 feet in the region of Rudraprayag district. It is surrounded by snow-clad mountains, dense forests and rich vegetation. The lush green surroundings of Deoria Tal are the major reasons campers stay here during long weekends; they wouldn't want to leave this place ever.
Have you ever witnessed the beauty of white mountains reflecting in the sparkling waters of a lake? If not, then Deoria Tal is the place where you should be this season. Camping beside the soothing waters and contemplating the unseen magnificence of Deoria Tal is an experience no traveller can afford to miss.
Kanatal is a popular camping destination in Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of just 80 km from the capital city, Dehradun, Kanatal is a tiny hamlet tucked away in the midst of hypnotising valleys and captivating mountains. So, how about experiencing the rural setting of Uttarakhand and savouring the best of natural beauties simultaneously? Tehri Dam, Chamba and Kodia Jungle are few other places around Kanatal which will certainly interest you.
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Chopta is one of the richest hotspots of Uttarakhand and hence, it is also known as Mini Switzerland. The splendour of snow-covered meadows and evergreen forests is something to look forward to. Being part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, the area in and around Chopta nurtures a large variety of flora and fauna.
Even though it is famous for its trekking trails, it is still a favourite destination for several campers. The thriving plains resembling the beauty of squashy carpets allure each and every traveller to enjoy a little bit of camping in the surroundings of Chopta. There are also several beautiful temples and waterfalls around Chopta.
Prospering in the hilly region of Jaunsar-Bawar in the Dehradun district, Tons Valley is dotted with several mountains and is covered with the alpine forests of deodar. It has a lot of things to offer its tourists, ranging from hiking to trekking and birdwatching to photography.
Due to the presence of Tons river, it looks more charming and photogenic; hence, it attracts several campers too, who come here to enjoy the waters of Tons river and inhale a fresh breath of air in its unspoilt environment.
Another beautiful destination to enjoy camping amid freshness and calmness, Pangot is located in the vicinity of Nainital and is a perfect place to spend your summers. Even though it gets flooded with tourists during the summer season, there are still several places around Pangot which make for ideal camping sites, where you can spend quality time with nature.
Pangot is also popular for its bird population; hence, you can spot hundreds of species of colourful birds here. So, how about a trip to Pangot this season and relaxing in its delightful atmosphere?