Monsoon is here and the itch to travel to the great outdoors is upon every compulsive traveller. But they are so not in a mood to splurge on indoor experiences and risk their safety. They have had enough of staying within the confines of their rooms and some fresh air is all they need right now. Enter glamping, the glamorous version of good old camping, which has emerged as a leading global travel trend this year. .
Glamping has everything that makes for a perfect travel experience. It has luxurious set-ups for those who are missing those opulent hotel rooms, amidst picturesque surroundings and stunning landscapes. There’s a wide array of adventure activities to keep you occupied when you are done with chilling in your camp. And the best part? You don’t need to carry your own tents and could even cook your own food. Sounds perfect in the present times, right?
Here are five of the best options for glamping in India.
Grassroots, Wayanad, Kerala
Nestled in a cosy corner of Wayanad, Grassroots combines camping and comfort really well. On offer here are five Swiss tents located in the middle of a coffee plantation and encompassed by tall trees. The gentle river Kabini flowing by adds to the serenity of the glamping site. Grassroots caters to the evolved and minimalist traveller with basic amenities like hot water, refrigerator, television, and air conditioning. Adorned with elegant furniture which features leather chairs and wrought iron beds, the tents here are as luxurious as they come. The private porch outside every tent makes for a great place to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and soak in the tranquil surroundings. While here, you can visit the nearby areca nut, pepper, coffee, and tea plantations or climb a peak or two if you are in a mood for some adventure. Doing nothing and aimlessly lazying around is highly recommended though.
Location: Koilery Kunnu Via Pinangode Pozhuthana Post, Wayanand Dist, Kalpetta, Kerala
Rooms: 5 luxury tents
Tariff: Rs 5,000 (+breakfast); TE
Facilities: Dining area, meals on order, trekking, plantation visit
Banjara Camp and Retreat, Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
Encompassed by serene apple orchards and lush landscapes, the luxury Swiss tents at Banjara’s campsite in Sangla is everything a nature lover lives for. You could either stay in their tents or choose to stay in the retreat, which serves as a luxury hotel. The river-facing tents here have been tastefully embellished and come with attached bathrooms with running hot water. Set against the Baspa river, the place offers great opportunities for trekking and adventure activities like rock climbing.
The all-inclusive stay offers several trekking packages. The treks vary from easy to medium to difficult. The easiest of them all is the 8km Sangla walk, which takes you from the campsite to Sangla village. Then there’s the Rakcham walk which takes you through varied landscapes including forests, meadows, and gurgling streams. Fitness freaks could also fancy the 12km Sangla meadows trek. If not in the mood for trekking, you could enjoy a half an hour drive to the gorgeous village of Chitkul.
Location: VPO Batseri, Sangla, Dist Kinnaur, HP
Rooms: 14, 2 huts, 10 tents
Tariff: Rs 6,500-11,000 (+2 meals)
Facilities: Dining area, hiking, chess, bonfire, no TV or Internet, an artificial wall where one can climb
Chamba Camp, Thiksey, Ladakh
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Beautifully positioned at the base of the Thiksey monastery, this luxury tent site houses fourteen colonial-style African tents. Every tent is air-conditioned and features four beds, attached bathrooms, study tables and private sit-outs. The huge windows offer spectacular views of the vistas, making your stay absolutely peaceful. Also on offer here are a range of fun activities like trekking, volleyball, and birding. You could also fancy watching a game of polo, the sport of the royal family of Ladakh, or raft down the Indus river, or enjoy a picnic lunch amidst picturesque surroundings. The campsite also features a terrace where you can sun yourself and there’s an on-site restaurant too. You could go for short excursions during your stay here. The Soma Gompa is 14km from the campsite while the Shanti Stupa stands 16km away.
Rooms: 11 tents
Tariff: Rs 50,000-70,000 (+meals); TE
Facilities: Restaurant/dining tent, customised guided tour
Sujan Jawai Leopard Camp, Pali, Rajasthan
The leopard has long been known to be a creature of the night, a solitary wanderer, a deadly killer. But in Pali’s Jawai Bandh, where peaceful coexistence has come to define the relationship between the local Rabaris and the spotted big cat, it is a different story. Spend unforgettable days in the wilderness tracking leopards and other wildlife. This is what makes glamping at Sujan Jawai absolutely thrilling.
A constant favourite with well-heeled visitors, Sujan Jawai offers 10 tents in stark wilderness. Sujan also has a spa and wellness programme and meals cooked out in the open and served around a bonfire. The campsite has been awarded the Outlook Traveller Award for Best Boutique Camp in India. Blending sophistication and ecology, there is no better place to discover one of India’s most enchanting and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
Location: Jawai Bandh, Dist Pali
Rooms: 10 tents
Tariff: Rs 77,000-1,65,000 (with meals and two safaris); TE
Facilities: Dining area, internet, temple trails, wilderness drives, Rabari village walks/trekking
Taj Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
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There couldn’t be a better place to relax after a thrilling day of spotting tigers than the Banjaar Tola. Overlooking Kanha National Park’s core zone, this exotic cottage houses two elegant camps of nine tented suites each. Every tent here comes with a private verandah that offers serene views of the gentle Banjaar river. There’s also a tented guest area with a swimming pool, a library a souvenir shop, and dining decks set against a charming landscape. Also on offer are exclusive massages and spa in your tent. When it comes to food, the cottage serves regional and Indian delicacies prepared from locally sourced ingredients. You can either dine in your tent or by the pool. To make your stay special, the campsite also organises tribal dance performances in the evening and of course, there are indoor games too.
Location: Manjitola, Mukki, Tehsil Baihar, Balaghat
Rooms: 18 tented suites
Tariff: Rs 39,000 onwards
Facilities: Restaurant, swimming pool, indoor/outdoor games, library, bird watching