What could be a better way to rejuvenate yourself than by spending some tranquil moments in the lap of nature or sending your adrenaline pumping with some thrilling adventure activities? These camping sites near Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore offer you just the escape you need!
Best Camping Destinations around Delhi
Camp Kyari, Syat, Near Jim Corbett National Park
Camp Kyari, nestled in the undulating Kotbagh Valley at the periphery of the famous Jim Corbett National Park, is the perfect getaway out in the wild. Freshly ploughed fields, walking trails crisscrossing thickets, and sounds of birds and animals await you here. You can trek into the forests, go mountain biking, spend a quiet morning bird watching, or indulge in sports like paragliding. Wind up the day with some rum by the campfire, and spend the night on a machaan or in your cozy tent.
Distance from Delhi: 264 km
Getting There: A 5-hour drive by own car or taxi
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Jhajhar Khas Desert Camp, Rajasthan
The Jhajhar Khas Desert Camp in Ajitbagh is perfect for a romantic getaway as well as a weekend trip with buddies. The camping site has been tastefully done up to recreate the aristocratic vibe and regal hospitality Rajasthan is known for. Luxurious bonfires, delectable Rajasthani food, folk music and dance performances by local musicians are the highlights of the camping experience here. The destination is a bird watchers’ delight, as you can spot some rare species like Laughing Dove, Yellow-Wattled Lapwing, Grey Francolin as well as musters of peacocks. The camp also organizes day visits to the nearby Shikhawait Village— which is dotted with ancient Havelis adorned by awe-inspiring frescos—apart from jeep and camel cart safari rides for its guests. Do note that the desert camp is open only from October 1 to March 31 every year.
Distance from Delhi: 273 km
Getting There: Your own car or taxi
Best Camping Destinations around Mumbai
Beach Camp, Kashid
The untouched locales of Kashid are free from commercialized touristy trappings, and the destination has an infectious calm vibe about it. LetsCampOut is one of the most popular camping sites in the area, located on a hillock flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side, and the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on the other. You can simply relax on a hammock, laze around by the beach, go fishing in the afternoons, play beach volleyball with your friends, or jazz up your stay with private beach parties and night-time boat rides.
Distance from Mumbai: 168 km
Getting There: A 3-hour drive from Mumbai. You can also take a train up to Panvel and board a bus for Kashid from there.
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The Fireflies Trail of Purushwadi
An obscure camping site on the outskirts of the Purushwadi Village, this place is best known for its night trek to the Fireflies Trail. Walking on a rocky forest trail dotted by millions of fireflies—like stars illuminating your pathway—is sure to blow your mind. The place also hosts an annual Purushwadi Fireflies Festival between May and July, when this tranquil village comes alive with jam sessions and bonfires.
Distance from Mumbai: 190 km
Getting There: Nearly 5-hour drive from Mumbai
Best Camping Destinations around Bangalore
Savandurga is one of the largest monolithic rock formations in all of Asia, located on the outskirts of Bangalore. The rock structure comprising two hillocks—Billigudda and Karigudda—flanked by Akravati River at the bottom makes for a picturesque and serene setting for a trek. While Savandurga is popular as a day-long picnic destination, its potential as a weekend camping getaway hasn’t been tapped to the fullest. Carry your own tent, supplies for a bonfire, adequate food and water, and you are all set! A trek all the way up to the Savandurga peak is totally recommended.
Distance from Bangalore: 69 km
Getting There: Your own vehicle or a cab
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Kalhatty Jungle Camp, Near Ooty
Kalhatty Jungle Camp is a serene camping site near Ooty set up against the backdrop of glistening waterfalls and dense forests. The area is known for its coffee, tea, spices and rosemary cultivation, and the vast expanse of lush green fields en route is a treat to the eyes. The region is also home to some exotic wildlife, and if you are in luck, you may be able to spot some elephants, tigers or bears during your outing. Do try your hand at rock climbing and fishing at the camping site. The camp also organizes treks, campfires and jeep safaris for guests.
Distance from Bangalore: 259 km
Getting There: By road or train up to Birur, the nearest railway station to Kalhatty
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So don’t wait up. Look out for the next long weekend on your calendar and plan a camping trip already!