Perfect for those of us who like to stay indoors but also explore new and exciting destinations at the drop of a hat, caravans or camper vans allow travellers to travel but with the safety of home intact. The culture of caravans in India seems to have hit the road in recent times. Quite recently, the government of Karnataka has given the go-ahead for a caravan tourism project where travellers can hire a fully-equipped vehicle with a range of modern furnishings and facilities.
What’s important is the construction of a sufficient number of caravan parks in India which act as parking spaces where the vehicles can stay overnight in a safe area. Renting or investing in a caravan is a different thrill of its own.
It will give you a sense of freedom and independence without compromising on comfort or luxury. The best part is, you’ll be saving quite a bit of money that you would ordinarily spend while booking a hotel or eating at a restaurant. You might not have taken a flight recently what with the pandemic still on, but who can forget those pesky luggage limits? With a caravan you can fit all your clothes and equipment without worrying about any extra charges. You can even take your best friend, your furry buddy along no matter where you go!
Although the phenomenon of caravans began in the west, India too has jumped on the bandwagon (or should we say caravan?) and taken baby steps to ensure that Indian travellers get to experience the joy of caravans as well. And why should they not, for the country is blessed with picturesque landscapes with plenty of wide and non-bumpy roads where one can plan a long road trip.
Explore the scenic valleys of Ladakh, soak in the spiritual tranquility of Rishikesh, lose yourself in the lush tea plantations of Darjeeling, make your way up the serpentine roads of Coorg and float through the golden sands of Jaisalmer while gorging on some lovely local Rajasthani delicacies, the list is endless.
Brands such as Josh Design, Ojes, Feelhome, Motorcaravans and the rest are based in India which means you don’t need to import any from abroad. If possible, you can even convert used cars or mini-buses and make your customised caravan! While there are some hiccups you can face such as the lack of proper infrastructure, good roads, enough service centres and expensive caravans, the pay-off is really great once you have overcome those hurdles and found yourself the perfect caravan and the perfect spot to enjoy it.