Camping has so far been an elusive treat for us. As we longingly browsed through our friends pictures by a remote lakeside, a campfire merrily crackling in the night, tents lined up in a clearing in the woods, I wondered if there was a way that we could enjoy the great outdoors, without necessarily enduring the less enjoyable things in nature like the mosquitoes and bugs.
And then we discovered Glamping!!
Lets admit not all of us are cut out for roughing it in the wild. The lure of a comfy bed and air conditioning is pretty strong! While the mystic sound of rustling rivers and cool misty forest mornings are certainly beckoning too, I’m tempted to indulge in the best of both worlds with glamping. You can marvel at the rugged beauty of nature, sample the local eats while also enjoying comforts like a clean washroom and a cool tent. When travelling with kids, it’s really useful to have access to clean water and certain facilities, which is why I think this is a great way to introduce your kids to nature and the beautiful countryside while staying safe too.
There are plenty of boutique hotels and glamping sites that have popped up in India lately, and I’ve put together my wishlist of experiences I would totally love to explore.
Glamping in India
1. Kohima Camp – Nagaland
The North East of India has always intrigued me.The Naga people are mystical tribes descended from warriors, and their region is as magnificent as their colorful and vibrant traditional costumes. Kohima- Nagaland is a camp nestled amidst the lush rain-forests and the rich tribal heritage of the Angami tribe. Ensconced within a deep forest about 6000 ft above sea level, Kohima offers luxury colonial inspired tents, great food and a guide to help you discover the untold beauty of this region, and they also have wifi!
2. Camp Glamp by Big Red Tent
Big Red Tent manages campsites in quite a few scenic spots near Mumbai like Kolad, Vasind, Camp-Glamp, etc. Wayne and Ritesh, the hosts of Camp -Glamp are avid camping enthusiasts who will inspire you with tales of their travels and their love of the outdoors. While taking in the sounds and sights of the forest you can enjoy some authentic ‘cowboy coffee’, participate in photography workshops, relax on a hammock under the trees and be one with nature.
3. Paros by Amarya
Camping doesn’t have to be only about mountains and forests. There’s nothing like waking up to the sunrise over a white sand beach, with sea breeze fluttering through your tent. Reminiscent of the Portuguese heritage of Goa, this luxury glamping site is at the pristine Morjim beach. You can choose to stay in the beautiful tents or the restored Portuguese villa with antique furniture. Relax and rejuvenate in this paradise where you can wake up and observe baby turtles making their way to the sea. You can never get tired of the breathtaking view of the Arabian sea as you live the “susegaad” life in Goa.
4. Forest Hills Tala
Perched on the edge of a valley near the Tala caves in Maharashtra, Forest Hills is a sanctuary for us urbanites. Quiet and serene with spectacular views, it has unique rooms to suit every taste. The Woodpecker room and the Glass House have partially open air sky lit bathrooms that I definitely want to check out. I love that they are a cosy eco-friendly hotel that is luxurious too. Loaded with plenty of activities like boating, trekking, segways , river rafting, and sightseeing to the nearby Buddhist Kuda caves there is so much to keep the whole family enthralled throughout your getaway. A friend recently stayed there and the pictures were breathtaking! My daughter was jumping with excitement at the sight of the cute bunnies and farm animals there.
I have wanted to go here for a long time but the initial bad food review put me off. However, I’m delighted to hear that the food has now improved, and that makes this boutique hotel my choice for the perfect family weekend getaway. Located at Pawna dam just two hours from Mumbai, this is a great option if you want a weekend of adventure to enjoy the thrill of paragliding, trekking and kayaking. It may not offer tented accommodation, but the rustic villa’s and landscape brings you closer to nature and the beautiful countryside of Maharashtra for a reasonable price.
6. Chamba Camp, Thiksey, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
If you’ve always wanted to witness the stark beauty of Ladakh, why not do it in style. It will cost you a pretty penny, but it is totally worth it! This camp run by ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’ is simply glorious with wooden decks outside your tent to take in the incredible view of those majestic mountains and water bodies. What’s more, you get your very own butler too. There’s plenty to do while you’re on this luxury expedition , as they have a tour manager, handicraft shop, a garden, bakery games and excursions that are organised for you to explore the surroundings.That is, if you can get yourself to leave the comfort of your Luxury Suite or Presidential tent.
So don’t let those pesky bugs in the forest stop you from being one with nature and experiencing the thrill of the great outdoors.. With a dash of luxury of course!
Viva la Glamping!