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. Be prepared to pay 40,000 rupees upwards per night though! Here are some other recommended desert camps in Jaisalmer that aren't as costly.
Fancy glamping by the beach? If so, Goa's the place! In South Goa, secluded La Mangrove has a handful of chic eco-friendly tipis and lounge riverside near Galgibag beach (its about 20 minutes from Patnem). In addition, Cola Beach Resort offers exclusive luxury tents on hidden Cola beach, just north of Agonda beach. You'll find tipis in North Goa as well, at WigWam boutique homestay near Mandrem beach. Also in North Goa, Otter Creek Tents near Ashwem beach provides three idyllic luxury tents alongside a picturesque creek. Alternatively, if you'd prefer a resort on the beach with tents, try Marbella Beach Resort at Ashwem. On Anjuna beach, Five Five has five tents next to the Anjuna flea market.
High altitude Ladakh is a spectacular glamping destination, and the Ultimate Traveling Camp provides the ultimate experience for those who have the cash to splash. It has nine luxury tents and four presidential tents (each with private deck), plus a magical view of Thiksey Monastery around 25 minutes from Leh. The company has another similarly opulent camp in Diskit, in the Nubra Valley. The Ladakh Sarai also has luxury camps in various locations in Ladakh. Numerous luxury tented camps have come up next to Pangong Lake, so there are plenty of options to choose from. Close to Leh, the 42-acre Indus River Camp is reasonably priced and is set alongside the river in a stunning location!
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, and Ranthambore Bagh 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 opening out 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 nine luxury tents on the property. 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.
Pali District, Rajasthan
Rajasthan's Pali district, between Jodhpur and Udaipur, has a couple 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. Raas 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.
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! 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. Karni Camp has a remote luxury tented camp in the desert near Pushkar too. 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.