Graced with an abundance of serenity, India is a country with amazing camping locations that are sure to leave you awestruck. This gorgeous nation has numerous offbeat hidden destinations that will satiate your wanderlust. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the southern states which are an arms' length from the Indian Ocean, every corner of the country is home to absolutely sublime sites.
Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Surrounded by a rocky terrain and mountains, Chandratal will feel like a destination from another world to those visiting here. A challenging trek through the Spiti Valley and the Kunzum La will lead you to the Chandratal Lake. Its crystal clear sparkling waters gleaming with the reflection of the Himalayas is a sight to behold. Take in complete silence and calm all around with a walk on the periphery of the crescent-shaped lake. According to Hindu legends, this is where the eldest Pandava, Yudhistra, was picked up by Lord Indra on his quest around the Himalayas.
Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir
This picturesque hill station in India's northernmost state is located at over 9,000 feet at the foothills of the Himalayas. Offering a view of the glittering snow-capped mountains the valley encapsulating it brims with lush greenery. Treks to Thajwas Lake, Zoji-La Pass and the Ambernath pilgrimage are popular options to venture onto from here. However, I would highly recommend a visit to the free-flowing Sindh River which runs to the region further embellishing the already alluring beauty of the place.
It was here where quite possibly the first blockbuster movie of Bollywood was shot. It was in the hills of Ramanagara, around 60 Kms from Bangalore, where Jai and Veeru fought off Gabbar Singh and his minions. Located on the banks of the Averahalli Lake amidst the verdant forests of the SRS Hills, zip-lining, rappelling, kayaking and archery are some of the adventure activities that one can partake in here.
When you think of places to travel around Meghalaya, Shillong is the first destination that crosses your mind. Well, slightly off the radar of most tourists is the town of Mawphlang. Made for nature lovers, the gleaming green forests of the East Khasi Hills at Mawphlang are a marvel. The dense jungle named Law Kentang is home to medicinal trees that have survived for over ten centuries. Take a trek through the greens and unearth the ancient stories and mysteries regarding the region.
Another destination nestled among the Himalayan mountain range, the exotic sight of the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Trishul peaks all covered in snow is a sheer delight for any visitor. Secured within the heart of the Kedarnath Valley, one can visit here throughout the year. The temperatures in winter drop to nearly 2 degrees. While the brittle cold might seem to be a drawback the layers of snow makes it an experience like no other.