Camping has come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of lugging tents to the perfect spot only to find that the mosquitos share your opinion. Glamourous camping or ‘Glamping’ is a new kind of adventure holiday that brings your camping experience to a whole new level of grandeur.
Glamping sites have come up in many countries and made interaction between man and nature possible without compromising on comfort. More importantly, most of these resorts are giving prime importance to environmental sustainability and taking care not to disturb the surrounding eco-system. Visitors from all over the world are flocking to Asia for these particular vacations.
Still within the seclusion of Mother Nature but without sacrificing on the luxuries of your four or five-star hotel. No more pitching your own tent, or trying to build a campfire and no more unsanitary ‘pop-up’ toilets. The tents at these sites are a revelation; fully insulated, tastefully decorated, hot water baths and very comfortable beds.
Here we list our five favourite (in no particular order) glamping resorts in the Indian sub-continent.
The Serai, Desert Camp and Spa – Jaisalmer, India
This luxury desert camp and spa is located in the Great Thar Desert of India. An oasis of beauty and luxury set on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, the Serai draws inspiration from the royal caravan sites of Rajputana.
There are a total of 21 tents at this location. Fourteen tented suites offer spacious accommodation and cover an area of over a thousand square feet. Six luxury suites have their own private garden and sunken, heated dip pool with Jacuzzi. If that still seems low brow, then the exclusive royal tented suite might tick your box. It has its own spa, outdoor pool, dining and lounge tents, all within a private enclosure.
If you get tired of all the pampering you can take on a number of activities from a camel safari to bush cooking or just head off for a village excursion.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas – Ranthambore, India
Situated ten minutes’ drive from Ranthambore National Park, giving you ample opportunity to see the Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild.
This resort is spread over twenty acres of lush surrounds, rich with indigenous pants and wildlife. In the evening you can view the panoramic views of the bordering jungle from their observation tower.
Their tents are temperature controlled and triple canopied to keep the rooms cool. Furnished with a four-poster bed and standalone bath. But what exemplifies this is the hospitality which will make you fall in love with Ranthambore.
Aman-i-Khas – Ranthambore, India
Another luxurious site in Ranthambore is Aman-i-Khas. This ten-tent safari post is sent within the brushwood forest. The soaring six-meter canopies are divided Mughal style around a communal outdoor fireplace.
The tents themselves are raised on concrete plinths, all air conditioned with cotton drapes separating sleeping, dressing and bathing areas.
At the site you can take in a number of their wellness programs at the Spa to relax after a day of tiger safaris. The camp itself is small enough that you can book the entire site for family or friends celebrating an important milestone.
Leopard Trails – Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Leopard Trails provides a classic mobile camping experience in the remote village of Kochchipathana which is in the buffer zone bordering Yala National Park. Located just 6 kms (about half an hour) from the Katagamuwa entrance to Yala, the camp site is set on a four-acre property which is immersed in nature.
Jawai Leopard Camp – Jawai
Accommodation is in eight spacious tents, six standard and two luxurious tents which were recently added. A separate Lounge Tent houses the dining area, lounge, bar and a small library. The lounge tent is furnished with sofas and lounge chairs and coir carpeting.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp – Ladakh & Nagaland, India
TUTC is an ultra-luxe mobile camp that lets clients enjoy off-the-radar holidays in India in high style. Tents come complete with rain showers and chandeliers and not forgetting the butler service to make you feel really pampered. But the best part is that travelling with TUTC you get to access areas other tourists rarely tread. This is an amalgamation of ancient cultures interwoven with modern comforts.
The Ultimate Travelling Camp – Ladakh
Activities such as rafting down the Indus river, picnic lunches in some truly aweinspiring locations, visiting ancient monuments and experiencing local village life make this an unforgettable holiday.
Unique Rajasthan – Encompassing
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