Glamorous camping, or glamping as it's so-called, is one of the latest travel trends that's really catching on. India has much to offer happy glampers as luxury tented camps are being set up all over the country -- in the desert, in the mountains, on farms, and at the beach! Here are 10 of the best places to go glamping in India to inspire your adventures.
Jaisalmer offers numerous opportunities to go glamping in the desert. The majority of tented camps are located close to the Sam Sand Dunes, where people flock to go on a camel ride into the sunset. However, if you want to indulge yourself, the Serai Desert Camp and Spa is what really makes camping glamorous! It has 21 large canvas tents built on a base of Jaisalmer stone, set away from it all on 30 acres of desert scrub. Each tent is over a thousand square feet in size and has an exterior relaxing area, covered sitting room, a spacious bedroom, and attached bathroom.
Fancy glamping by the beach? If so, Goa's the place! In South Goa, Dwarka Eco Beach Resort has tranquil 10 luxury tents on an exclusive beach. Another secluded option is La Mangrove, with four chic tipis riverside near Galgibag beach in far south Goa (its about 20 minutes from Patnem). In addition, H20 has air-conditioned luxury tents about 100 meters from Agonda beach. In north Goa, Otter Creek Tents near Ashwem beach offers three luxury tents alongside a picturesque creek. Alternatively, if you'd prefer a resort on the beach with tents, try La Cabana or Marbella Beach Resort, both at Ashwem.
High altitude Ladakh is a spectacular glamping destination. Double Humped Camp, in the Nubra Valley around four hours from Leh, is a new alpine desert camp that offers camel safaris. The Ladakh Sarai is something a bit different. Just 10 minutes drive from Leh, it offers a tribe of 14 yurt-style accommodations in a beautiful grove of willow, poplar, apricot and apple trees. If you have the cash to splash, the exclusive Ultimate Traveling Camp has nine luxury tents and four presidential tents (each with private deck), and a magical view of Thiksey Monastery, around 25 minutes from Leh.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Ranthambore National Park offers plenty of outstanding opportunities for glamping. The most opulent of these is The Oberoi Vanyavilas. It's been voted the best hotel in the world and consistently wins awards. There are 25 tents with polished hardwood floors, four-poster beds, and freestanding bathtubs. Khem Villas, Sher Bagh, Aman-I-Khas, Ranthambore Bagh, Jungle Niwas, and Jungle View all provide luxury tented accommodations as well.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Similar to Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh has plenty of resorts with luxury tents that are perfect for glamping. The pick of them, Shergarh Tented Camp has just six luxury tents located adjacent to the Mukki entrance of the park. Banjar Tola Kanha Tented Camp is a Taj safari property with 18 luxury tented suites, all having so-called glass doors that open onto private decks overlooking a river.
Punjab provides an interesting opportunity to get a taste of rural village life by going glamping on a farm. Citrus County and Prakriti Farms are two of the biggest success stories where farm stays in Punjab are concerned. Citrus County, located in the Hoshiarpur district, has four rooms and nine luxury tents. It's been really well developed and includes a swimming pool, cafe, and bar. Prakriti Farms is located around an hour from Chandigarh. It has a much more rustic feel. Two types of tents are offered -- safari tents with common bathrooms or Swiss tents with attached bathrooms. India Untravelled runs trips to Prakriti Farms.
Pali District, Rajasthan
Rajasthan's Pali district, between Jodhpur and Udaipur, has a number of options for rural glamping that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts. Sujan's Jawai property has nine luxury tents including a royal suite. Wilderness safaris to spot leopards, nature trails, cycling, and excursions to villages are all offered. Chhatra Sagar has 11 extraordinary luxury tents overlooking a dam and two (with complete privacy and panoramic views) on the hill. Sundowners are a highlight. Other activities include farm and village visits, and bird watching tours. At Rohet Wilderness Camp there are seven tents positioned on a small sand dune in the middle of nowhere. You can go horse riding and bird watching, go on royal picnics, visit villages, and attend culinary workshops.
One of the best places to stay in Pushkar, Orchard Tents & Tranquility gets its name from the orchards on the property. There are 11 and spacious luxury tents with air-conditioning, separate bedrooms, living and dressing areas, and porches. An organic vegetable garden, hammocks, and a badminton court were recently added. To complete the experience, a free camel cart service will take you into Pushkar! Expect to pay around 7,000 rupees per night for a tent, including tax and breakfast. Rates rise dramatically during the Pushkar Camel Fair. Another option is The Greenhouse Resort, which offers similarly-priced luxury tents around 10 minutes drive from Pushkar. If you're going to be in Pushkar for the fair, it's the perfect opportunity for glamping as many tented camps pop up in the area to accommodate tourists.
For a really intimate glamping getaway amid nature, head to Grassroots in the lush Wayanad district of Kerala. There are only five luxury tents on the property. They're set on a three-acre coffee, areca nut, and pepper plantation, overlooking the area's renowned tea plantations. The surrounding mountains and stream add to the relaxing ambiance. Activities such as hiking, rafting, and Ayurvedic treatments can be arranged. Delicious home cooked food using fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients are served.
If you're a nature lover, and in particular a bird watcher, you'll be delighted by Ummaid Bagh. Located not far from Bundi in Rajasthan, it has 15 air-conditioned luxury tents on a living farm owned by Maharaja Rajendra Singhji of Dugari. Many years ago, the property was used as a royal rest house but is now a tranquil hideaway for tourists visiting the Hadoti belt of Rajasthan. The tents all overlook a lake and are surrounded by landscaped garden and mountains. Rates start from around 3,000 rupees per night.