Camping is such activity that provides complete relief from the busy city life. Relaxing in the lap of nature amidst the picturesque surroundings is a wonderful experience. Camping is a recreational activity and people of all ages can enjoy it. Camping in India is the perfect way to enjoy the beauties of nature. The Himalayan region is a famous camping site is India, which offers a wide range of camping facilities. The green environs, charming countryside climate and tranquil atmosphere of Himalayan region spellbound every one. In fact Camping on the snow-covered mountains thousands of feet above sea level provide an out of world experience.
Camping in Himachal Pradesh has such famous camping sites as Sarachu, Sangla, Kalpa and Kaza. Camping is Himachal Pradesh doesn't require much equipment as most of them are provided by Himachal Tourism Department. If one is interested in some other activities then he may require some equipment. The camps of Himachal Pradesh provide the accommodation, food, in addition they also provide facilities for other past time activities such as hikes, rafting, angling and nature-tours etc.
Camping in Nainital especially in the hill station of Nainital in Uttarranchal, is famous for wildlife camping. Chitrauli is the most popular wildlife camping sites here, which is considered as a prime trekking paradise in this region. Trekking in Chitrauli provide the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains and the Ratighat Valley. Chitrauli houses beautiful flora and fauna, which attract naturalists, painters, trekkers and bird lovers. The peaceful wild camps in Chitrauli take one far away from the bustling cities. Camping in Rajasthan takes one close to the royal grandeur of the the desert land. The camps in Rajasthan provide accommodation facilities, traditional foods and entertainment.
Camping in other regions beside Himachal Pradesh, Nainital and Rajasthan there are several other regions in India where one can go for camping. The most famous camping regions include Garhwal and Kumaon Hills in Uttaranchal, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Corbett National Park and Kaudiyala in Uttaranchal.
Set up in the year 2003 for the first time, "The Chardham Camps" pioneered the concept of integrated luxury pilgrimage travel in a market yet untouched by any quality service outfitter. The camps provide luxury accommodation in Swiss cottage tents with attached baths and showers for the first time in the history of the Chardham Circuit.
At The Chardham Camps hospitality is not restricted just to sumptuous cuisine, hygienic and comfortable accommodation. It goes beyond this established norm. The guests decide how they want to define their holiday. Guests are offered a glimpse of the local culture & heritage and a variety of activities to choose from.
"The Chardham Camps" can thus be adjudged as the best alternative to luxury hotels in Chardham. Set amidst the serenity of the plush flora, The Chardham Camps promises you the finest accommodation in Chardham. So get set to enjoy your Chardham yatra amidst the folds of snow-covered peaks of the lofty Garhwal Himalayas.
The Chardham Camps ensures optimum comfort for the esteemed pilgrims of the Chardham yatra. These luxurious camps are available for those undertaking a Badrinath tour, Kedarnath tour, Gangotri or Yamnotri tour. In fact, the accommodation facilities provided in these camps is superior to that of any hotel in Chardham.
(Altitude: 2118 mtrs) is located on slightly raised land along the banks of the Yamuna in the area that is known as the Rawain – essentially the valley of the River Yamuna. The most striking aspect of Barkot is its natural setting – a backdrop of the magnificent Banderpunch range and verdant hills and terraced fields in the foreground. Nature was preserved here in its pristine glory as it was only in the 1940s that outsiders in the form of trekkers and adventurers finally managed to make their way to this remote region. The people of Rawain trace their genealogy down from the Pandavs and the Kauravs of the Mahabharat fame. As a result, this is one of the few areas in India where fraternal polyandry, the marriage of multiple brothers to a single woman, is practiced. For most people in Barkot, polyandry is a natural way of life. In the generation before the present one, polyandry was practiced as a matter of fact; and many of the present generation find it natural that they have several fathers and one mother. The practice is now dying out in the more urbanized area such as Barkot but continues to be prevalent in the surrounding villages.
At an altitude of 2745 meters, 20 Kms before Gangotri there is only one word to describe Harsil: stunning! It is situated in a valley on the bank of river Bhagirathi, at the confluence of the Jalandhari Gadh and the Bhagirathi, nestled in the shadow of the huge mountain that lies at the head of the Baspa Valley (Himachal Pradesh). Harsil is connected to the Baspa valley by several passes such as the Lamkhaga Pass. Apart from Matri and Kailash mountains, on the left side there is the Shrikanth peak behind which lies Kedarnath and in the rear there is Banderpunch. This sylvan hamlet is well-known for its natural beauty and delicious apples. The winding shady roads, tall conifers, lofty mountains, the turbulent Bhagirathi, apple orchards, streams, waterfalls and green meadows -- all add to Harsil’s allure.
A narrow lane runs through Harsil and is bordered on both sides by wooden houses in typical Garhwali architectural style. There are little streams, swept by willow trees, with dainty bridges across them and forest trails you can follow to your heart’s content. Harsil lay on the old caravan trail between Tibet and India, when trade and marriages flourished between the two countries. Harsil has a sizeable Bhotia population – many of whom use Harsil as their winter base. The army has a strong presence in this town – and an army camp is based here perhaps because Harsil lies quite close to the China border.
3 Kms from Harsil at an altitude of 2800 meters Dharali, a small, picturesque village, could be called a suburb of Harsil. Its rajma (red kidney beans) and apples are famous in the region, including a variety called Wilson – obviously named after. Frederick E. Wilson, who settled here in the early 19th century and introduced the residents to potato- and apple-growing. The Bhagirathi flows close by and the village is surrounded by pine trees –with a breathtaking view of snow-clad peaks.
Dharali is the last village on this side of the Indo-Tibetan border and has a strong Tibetan influence; there is a permanent settlement of semi-nomadic Jadhs of the Nilang valley here.
Roughly 13 km upstream of Uttarkashi is the village of Maneri. Here, a lake – of an unbelievably beautiful and clear color reflecting the surrounding conifers-- has been formed by damming the Bhagirathi, which is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. The Maneri-Bhali project, which supplies 93 MW of power to Uttarakhand, is located on the left bank of Bhagirathi, close to Uttarkashi.
Located at an altitude of 1319 meter Gupkashi offers a panoramic view of the Mandakini valley below, Chaukhamba, Mandakini Darshan, Badrinath, Neelkanth, Ukhimath and the snow ranges of the Kedarnath atop ahead. It is a major town before Gaurikund – with services and facilities of a post and telegraph office, banks, a hospital, a police station and eateries. The temples in Guptkashi are believed to be as old as time itself. Barely a kilometre or two down from Guptkashi, on the track to Ukhimath, is the Vidyapeeth, the most historic Sanskrit and Ayurved School in the entire state. It is no wonder that Guptkashi has a rich tradition of Ayurved practice and a host of Ayurvedacharya or practitioners of Ayurved.
Located at an altitude of 1875 meters Joshimath is the place where Adi Shankracharya, the 8th century religious reformer, attained enlightenment, and it is here that he set up the first ever Math or centre of learning before establishing the Badrinath shrine and three more Maths in different corners of the country. The town is also the seat of the Badrinath shrine in the winter months, and it is worshipped at the beautiful and ancient Narsingh Temple here. Its proximity to Badrinath, Auli and Niti Valley makes Joshimath an important tourist destination – and the combination of spiritualism and adventure that it offers visitors makes it an exciting place at any time of the year.
Common Camps Facilities in Char Dham Camps
Spacious Weather Proof Luxury-Thatched Roof Cottage Camps | Attached Bathroom and Toilets with Running Hot/Cold Water | Dining Area | Hot Water Bottles | Television with Satellite Channels | Telephone with Direct Dial Facilities | Work Desk | DVD Player on Request.
The pioneer of "Luxury pilgrimage in India, "The Chardham Camps offers exceptional dining facilities for pilgrims undertaking a religious tour to India. The Himalayan camps at Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri incorporate multi-cuisine dining facilities catering to a wide array of tastes.
Special emphasis is placed on the quality of food served at the Camps. The aroma and delectable taste help you relax after a tiring day out. Since most of the tourists undertake the religious tour, or the Char Dham Yatra, Indian and vegetarian cuisine is more on demand.
The Chardham Camps prepares authentic dishes in a traditional way to create the perfect blend of smell and taste. Nestled in the natural settings of the Himalayas, the dining area of the Chardham Camps offers an ideal dramatic setting. So savor the real taste of India to enjoy a plethora of mouth-watering dishes!
Common Recreation Activities
Your Chardham tour goes beyond its surface meaning to signify a richer experience- we make sure our hospitality outdoes the established norm! Besides offering prayers to the holy temple, the guests can also check out a number of cultural activities to entertain themselves. Some of the options available are:-
Evening Aarti by Local Priest | Bhajan & Kirtan | Guided Trek at Harsil | Visit to Chopta & A Trek to Tungnath near Guptakashi | A Traditional Welcome | Culture Programs & Folk Dances of Rawai | Short Walks and Bonfire in Gangotri Valley.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport from Rishikesh is at Jolly Grant, 18 km awayBy Rail: Rishikesh is also connected by train services with Haridwar, the nearest broad-gauge railway station
By Road: Regular bus services also operate to the city from all the important centers in the northern region. Badrinath and Gangotri is connected with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun and Haridwar.
The route to be followed:
Ex HARIDWAR/ [225 kms]
HARIDWAR –  – DEHRADUN –  – MUSSOORIE –  – KEMPTY FALLS –  – NAINBAGH –  – BARKOT –  – SAYANACHATTI –  – PHOOLCHATTI ---- [05 kms TREK] ----- YAMUNOTRI.
HARIDWAR -  – RISHIKESH -  – AGARKHAL -  – NARENDERNAGAR –  –CHAMBA –  – TEHRI –  – DHARASU –  – BARKOT -  – SAYANACHATTI -  – PHOOLCHATTI ----- [05 kms TREK] ------ YAMUNOTRI.
Ex YAMUNOTRI/ [222 kms]
Ex HARSIL/ [175 kms]
YAMNOTRI- [42+05 kms TREK]-BARKOT- -DHARASU- -UTTARKASHI- -HARSIL- -GANGOTRI - (100) – UTTARKASHI.
Ex GANGOTRI/ [332 kms]
Ex HARSIL/ [309 kms]
Ex UTTARKASHI / (240 Kms)
GANGOTRI--HARSIL--UTTARKASHI--DHARASU--TEHRI--SRINAGAR- - RUDRAPRAYAG--GUPTAKASHI-[19+14 kms TREK]-KEDARNATH.
Ex KEDARNATH/ [208 kms]
Ex GUPTAKASHI/[175 kms]
KEDARNATH- [19+14 kms TREK]-GUPTAKASHI--UKHIMATH--CHOPTA--CHAMOLI--JOSHIMATH--GOVINDGHAT--BADRINATH.
Ex BADRINARH/ 300 kms
Ex JOSHIMATH/ 255 kms
BADRINATH -  – GOVINDGHAT --JOSHIMATH--KARANPRAYAG--RUDRAPRAYAG--SRINAGAR--DEVPRAYAG--RISHIKESH--HARIDWAR.