If you love the outdoors but don’t quite fancy the idea of roughing it out, there’s something you should know about. Glamping (glamorous camping) lets you enjoy the wilderness without sacrificing the basics like a comfortable bed and proper washroom. Here are some destination recommendations when you decide to go glamping on your next holiday.
At the foothills of the Aravalli Hills, life in Ranthambhore revolves around the majestic tiger. Noticeable in every corner of town, drive down the main road and all you’ll see are signboards with skewed hand-painted tigers advertising everything from t-shirt to towels! The Ranthambhore National Park is open from October to June, which is also when tourists arrive in large numbers. There are several glamping options available in Ranthambhore ranging from old-world luxury to earthy rustic across all budgets.
As the aroma of spices and coffee waft in the mountainous air, Wayanad is blanketed in emerald forests. Not as frequented by tourists as other destinations in Kerala, which by no means makes it any less spectacular or serene. With meandering rivers and milky waterfalls speckled through its landscape, you’re equally likely to find ancient caves and wildlife sanctuaries here. Several luxury resorts offer glamping opportunities in the lushness of Wayanad where you can comfortably relax in the lap of nature.
The ‘golden city’ of Jaisalmer is the crowning jewel in the Thar Desert and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dominated by the massive Jaisalmer Fort, the city is deep-rooted in history with several palaces, mansions and temples continuing to reflect its past and present royal connection. Near Jaisalmer, the Sam Sand Dunes are known for camel safaris and spectacular views of the sunset. Operational in cooler temperatures from October to March, glamping in the expansive desert offers a unique experience. Enjoy the luxury of large air-conditioned rooms along with pop-up style restaurants on your outdoor adventure.
Goa needs little introduction. It’s the chosen beach destination amongst tourist from far and near who seek the sun, sand and surf to rejuvenate. Goa has something for everyone. For faster, more electric paced lifestyles, North Goa has quite the reputation with a flood of restaurants, clubs and night markets. With lesser crowds and cleaner sands, South Goa is best for those looking to truly do what you’re meant to on a beach holiday – nothing! Whatever tickles your fancy, glamping sites on the beaches are plenty with some offering all the amenities of star class hotels!
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The state of Himachal Pradesh has long maintained its top ranking for being a favourite for adventure lovers and backpackers. The town of Manali on the Beas River enjoys tourist traffic all through the year. In summer, it’s a cool hill retreat to beat the scorching heat of the plains and in winter, it’s a playground for those who want to frolic in the snow. Amidst the beauty of the Himalayas, glamping sites are a popular option for those who want to experience the outdoors in style. You can get captivating views of magnificent mountains and verdant valleys from the comfort of luxury dwellings in Manali.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.