Camping is the century-old vogue followed by the fresh air freaks. It is a sort of recreational sport also concerned with adventurous activities. Camping is primarily organized in the lap of nature and devoid of urban settlement or technology. Camping enables you to connect with nature or in some cases; you might also encounter the animal kingdom or tribal community.
Why camping is necessary for our lives?
The primary objective of camping is to inculcate the ethics of self-reliance, teamwork, courage, intellect, tough survival, etc. Even today, wanderers consider camping an opportunity. Making tents and living in it, sleeping under the starry sky, sitting around the bonfire, accumulating foods or accommodations on their own, etc. works as an escapist for the campers.
Tourism in India is quite popular among travelers for its breathtaking flora & fauna!
Even though India is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in the world, this country has a lower rate of campers comparing to the United Kingdom, United States, or Australia. However, in recent years, commercial campsites, as well as solemn camping, can be seen encouraged by several institutions and the hospitality industry.
It is advisable, to set off the journey for the camping in the favorable months of the years to the respective tourist spots. Planning the trek in the initial weeks of summer or winters might result in fruitful. As we know, there are infinite tourist destinations in India. We might also relate some campers’ spots like Rishikesh, Uttarakhand; Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh; TsoMoriri, Ladakh; Mussoorie, Uttarakhand; Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh; etc. However, there are few offbeat tourist destinations in India – unexplored and unexploited.
Here are the 5 offbeat yet beautiful campsites in India.
SONAMARG, JAMMU & KASHMIR
Sonamarg is a mesmerizing tourist spot with the serene beauty of lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers. The name, Sonamarg, ‘the meadow of gold, itself depicts the beauty of the location. Heading towards the Leh up to 81-km from Srinagar, Sonamarg is the last bus terminal that lies in the Kashmir district. Sonamarg stands at an altitude of 2743 m above sea level between the Kashmir and Ladakh border.
The ranges of snow-capped mountains can be seen soon after entering the Sonamarg. To put the cherry on the cake, alpine trees and a varied range of exotic flowers can also be seen in the surrounding of the Sonamarg. The spot can be indeed an adventurer’s paradise for its offerings- trekking, horse riding, angling, sledding, white water rafting, alpine skiing, and also not to be missed the long walks, sightseeing, and photography.
Places to visit in Sonamarg
BALTAL CAMPING BASE: Just one hour far from the Sonamarg, the base stands at a height of 2,743m and is located at the foot of the Zoji La Pass, the extreme border of Kashmir. The Amarnath glacier connects the Indus River near Baltal. The spot act as the base camp for the Amarnath pilgrims, who set up their tents here.
THAJIWAS GLACIERS: A 4 km walk from Sonamarg glacier lays the Thajiwas glaciers that lead towards the Sakhdar hill. Every summer it becomes the favourite tourist hub for the campers. The landforms and snowfields along with the pines and islets create the magic.
ZAGIBAL PASS: The most dangerous pass in the region, also recognized as the gateway to Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir. The pass rises high about 2,000 feet from Gangabal Lake and stands below 16,872-foot of Haramukh mountain.
NILAGRAD RIVER: This watch-worthy scenery is the colony of the Baltics that is just 6 km away from the Sonamarg. At this spot, the small streams connect the Mountain Rivers. The Nilagrad river holds a special status among the natives because they believe its reddish coloured water can cure any diseases.
KRISHNASAR LAKE: The spot is popular among trekkers for trout fishing. This picturesque is a perfect vocational destination that is accessing through the Nichinai Pass that rises at an altitude of 4084 m. You can also visit another beauty named, Bisansar Lake that is not so far from the respective spot.
RANN OF KUTCHH, GUJRAT
The Rann of Kutchh is also known as the land of white sand. It is an extension of the Thar Desert that is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. You can visit the spot from the early to late winter during the RannUtsav every year for camping. You can stay in luxurious tents and enjoy the RannUtsav that is the festival of life, tradition, dance, and music.
ZIRO VALLEY, ARUNACHAL PRADESH
It is one of the happiest campsites in India. You can attend India’s greatest outdoor music festival known as the ‘Woodstock of the East’. This is the platform where global folk singers come to exhibit their talents. The campsite is known as ‘Kite Manja’ and it is surrounded by green lush valleys.
ASTROPORT SARISKA, RAJASTHAN
Astroport Sariska is a highly recommended place to visit if you dream to lie down beneath the starry sky. It is an astronomy resort that is not more than 5 km far from Sariska National Park. The place is known to be the least inhabited area in India. The place is devoid of light, pollution, and human civilization. All you can expect is the clear starry sky at night and sounds of wildlife and of course, the lush green ambiance. You will be provided with telescopes and other equipment to navigate the cosmic bodies.
Mawphlang or the sacred forest of Meghalaya is the tropical rainforest as Meghalaya is the rainiest state of India. It is located at a distance of about 25 km from Shillong. The natives call it sacred due to its mysterious and supernatural consequences. The forest is worshiped as well as feared contemporarily. The natives believe if anyone takes even a piece of stone from the forest that person might fall ill or may even die. The place is open for trekkers throughout the year but is highly recommendable to visit in the autumn and avoid the monsoon.
Weren’t these offbeat campsites enough to lure you? We hope this blog might have galvanized you to set your foot towards exploring these incredibly adventurous tourist spots in India for camping.