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!
The Serai, Jaisalmer.
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 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 exterior relaxing area, covered sitting room, a spacious bedroom, and en suite bathroom.
Here are 5 Fabulous Jaisalmer Tent Hotels and Desert Camps to choose from.
Fancy glamping on the beach? If so, Goa's the place! The gorgeous Amarya Shamiyana
, on trendy Ashwem beach, sets the standard. Not far away, Otter Creek Tents
offers three luxury tents along side a picturesque creek near the beach. In south Goa, Cola Beach tented resort
has seven luxury tents on an exclusive beach, decorated inside with Rajasthani handicrafts. In addition, H20
has luxury tents on Agonda beach.
Beach huts provide an alternative to luxury tents in Goa. See 10 of the Best Goa Beach Huts to get some ideas!
3. Ranthambore National Park
4. Kanha National Park
Shergarh Tented Camp
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 wide glass doors that open onto private decks overlooking a river.
For a really intimate glamping getaway amongst 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 is served. Expect to pay around 7,000 rupees per night, including meals.
If you're a nature lover, and in particular a bird watcher, you'll be delighted by Ummaid Bagh. Located a couple of kilometers 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.
One of the best places to stay in Pushkar
, Rajasthan, Orchard Tents & Tranquility gets its name from the orchards on the property. There are 11 new and spacious luxury tents with air conditioning, separate bedrooms, living and dressing areas, and verandahs. 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 start from 7,000 rupees per night for a tent, and rise dramatically during the Pushkar Camel Fair
. The Greenhouse Resort
also offers quality 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.
Pangong Retreat Camp
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. Also a 10 minute drive from Leh, the highly rated Tsermang Eco Camp
has eight luxury tents, each named after a Buddhist monastery from the Indus Valley.
Punjab provides the 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
The Binsar Retreat
If you really want to get away from it all, The Binsar Retreat is located at an altitude of 7,600 feet in the heart of pristine wilderness, in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary near Almora in Uttarakhand. You'd be right in thinking it may be difficult to get to. It's a 10 hour drive from Delhi, or overnight train journey plus a three hour drive. There's no electricity there, apart from solar power. The property has five tents, with attached bathrooms, running cold water, and buckets of hot water available on request. Tent #1 offers the best view of the jungle and Himalayan snow peaks. Expect to pay around 10,000 rupees for a two night package for two, including meals.