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A better way to camp?

The camp at Jakuni Bhugial, Saryu Valley, IndiaOver the past few months I’ve heard more and more people mentioning the term ‘glamping’, which - rather obviously - refers to ‘glamorous camping’. Now, I’ve enjoyed camping for years, but for me it’s always meant packing the rucksack and carrying my tent, etc, in search of the perfect place to spend the night. However, I’m always open to persuasion…

Inntravel don’t do camping holidays - but we do include some very special nights under canvas at one or two of our destinations, one of which I experienced on a recent trip to northern India on our Encounters with Secret India holiday.

While we were walking through the Saryu Valley, our guides took us on a rather strenuous walk in order to spend a night camping on a high ridge - with the promise of spectacular views over the Himalayas at sunrise. I was not to be disappointed! And what made it all the more special was that I didn’t have to carry a thing up the hill - everything was in place, ready and waiting, when we got there. I’ll never forget the moment we arrived, as I noted in my diary:

The mighty Himalayas“When we finally emerged from the forest into a lush green meadow, we were greeted by a spectacular panorama of the towering, Indian Himalaya’s jagged peaks, dominated by majestic Nanda Devi. It was truly breathtaking, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would come so close to these magical mountains. I don’t know how long I stood and marvelled at what lay before me - startlingly blue skies, glistening pristine snow and the rich greens of the rolling forest canopy far below. Arriving at the campsite was an overwhelming experience and, I’m not afraid to admit, moved me to tears.”

After a day’s walk it’s often the thought of your evening meal and a comfy bed in some cosy hotel that draws you on. However, once in a while it is quite exciting, not to say romantic, to spend a night camping out beneath stars, and India is not the only place you can do this.

In the dramatic mountains of the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, you can spend a peaceful night in a secluded valley beside a number of pretty lakes. All the equipment is taken up on horseback while you enjoy the walk, and you’ll find everything you‘ll need waiting for you, including food for dinner, breakfast and a picnic the following day. Talk about ‘away from it all’ - you won’t see another soul!

In complete contrast, enjoy the luxury of a night in the sub-Sahara staying in a nomad-style tent beneath the vast desert sky - having arrived by camel (see below)! As the sun sinks towards the horizon, the yellows, oranges and reds of the rocks and sand become deeper and more concentrated, as if someone had pressed the ‘saturate’ button on your imaging software. A fire is lit and a meal is cooked while you simply lie back amid a mountain of richly decorated cushions. If only all camping was like this…

Camels in the Sub-Sahara, Morocco

Posted: 30/07/2010 12:52:40 by | with 1 comments
Filed under: India, Morocco, nature, Spain, walking

Steve Jack, Marketing
Sounds wonderful & reminds me of my most magical view ever... at sunrise from Poon Hill in the Annapurna region of Nepal
18/08/2010 11:10:58

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