Every summer should have a few solid months of football and barbeque, and if that is not enough to pump your testosterone, include camping in your itinerary. Granted that summer is a tiresome season when even a walk outside can drench you from head to toe. But a camping trip can bring purpose to the hottest of days and more often than not teaches you about being a man. And with all the tapered ankle exposing chinos going around, most men these days are in a serious testosterone crisis. Nothing says summer more than sitting around a fire, reading a book and cooking a meal on your own before going back to a bed without a nightstand full of gadgets. Here are few camping trips that might catch you up to the basics of MAN 101.
1. NATIONAL HIMALAYAN TREKKING AND CAMPING EXPEDITION
Reporting at Leh and then follows a fortnight of moving up the altitude of the Himalayas and stalling from peak to peak. This trip is in very much in demand and you need to think early and book yourself a seat. If you are packing some extra pounds consider losing them before you sign up or you might end up gasping throughout the expedition. This certified trip would cost you about seven grand inclusive of food, lodging, entries, insurance and equipments.
2. TSOMORIRI CAMP
Camping here is an experience you would want to tell your grandchildren. A magnificent lake surrounded by the wild injects a sense of mystery to your expedition. The lake being the highest in the world freezes during winter. A visit around May can be enjoyable as catching the glimpse of the sun setting down the lake is a unique sight. Availing hot water is a mess, so carrying an immersion rod might not be the worst idea in the world.
3. SARCHU ADVENTURE CAMPING
Staying at tents in the lap of mountains and a river nearby are the major selling points of this camp site. In the border of the Himalayas and Jammu and Kashmir, Sarchu is mostly used as an overnight halt as the temperature drops around a negative six degrees. The location has well maintained tents overlooking the Manali-Leh highway and amenities enough to keep you cosy for the night.
4. FISHING AND ANGLING TRIP, CORBETT
Fishing is what they teach you in MAN 101 and this one skill can single handedly help you win over your father-in-law or make you the big shot amongst your friends.
This is a well compile trip setting off from your arrival at Delhi, an exceptional drive to Corbett National Park, where you will be at your leisure till the following morning. Next up, six glorious days of angling at Ramganga river where you can bag beasts like Indian trout, giant catfish and Mahseer. A stretch of 24 kilometres is maintained solely for you fishing entertainments at the lower belts of the river as well. The trip includes stay at luxurious hotels and pampering meals, so book up!
5. TROUT FISHING TOUR TO KULLU, MANALI AND GARHWAL HIMALAYAS
Even if you are the absolute fishing noob, keep this in your bucket list till you learn to reel one in. Fewer fishing trips would exist, where you would find better backdrops than you would find while fishing in these locations. Multiple sessions of fishing before and after lunch in the Tibetan waters would host the perfect few days to catch up with your dad after a busy few months of work. Followed by an overnight stay the rest house and a morning drive to Shimla via Jalori pass. Explore Shimla for one whole day, waking your own time and stroll around at Mall road and the local markets and set off for Dehradun the following day. A drive till Hunal Village where camp would already be set for your leisure, load up with carbs with a breakfast of your choice and set off for another round of fishing.
6. LION SAFARI CAMP, GIR
No, you won’t be living with wild cats amidst a jungle but you would be getting a complete wildlife experience starting from living in tents to regular rides through the woods. Managed by the Camps of India, the setup consists of Swiss tents, choice of your food and will be a good value for your money.
7. MANVAR: CAMPING WITH A TOUCH OF HISTORY
Manvar camps of India switches back to times of Jehangir, who was the main reason why living in deserts transformed into a royal deal. Majestic tents, decorated exquisitely with teak woodwork, finest of Indian dishes and perfect jute rugs add the touch of heritage to this fine setup. Folk dances and cultural performances are arranged for the tourists and bring out the aesthetic glamour of the location. Although cottages are available, staying in tents is a must in order to breathe the experience of living by the deserts.
8. BUNDELA SAFARI LODGE
Spread across over eight acres of land, this is a beautiful safari lodge with a majestic Banjaar river flowing right by the resort. Camping at Bundela offers a much closer experience to the jungle where you can catch sight of animals in their natural habitat. A bonus is a visit to the Kanha National Park, with abundance of tigers, buffalos and other wild animals amongst the woods.
9. DUBARE CAMP: ELEPHANTS AHOY!
Known for its elephant training camps, Dubare Camp is seated in a tropical zone of Karnataka and is a perfect location for any tourist to enjoy a direct involvement with the wildlife. The flora surrounding your camp is a plus and you can spend your time exploring the woods during your stay. The camps host the visitors with inimitably designed cottages with flare facilities. Surrounded by deciduous forests and Dubare Camps provide you with a rather adorable experience of giving elephants scrub baths in their natural habitat.
10. WEST LADAKH TRIP: FOR THE FOODIE IN YOU
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and this camping retreat will do all the right things to get to your heart. A 20 acre ranch alongside the West Ladakh Lake, this camp can is centrally located for you to enjoy a trek at Ladakh, with a prime focus on monasteries. Tents are well built and surrounding them are willow trees and some of the finer fauna of the northern India. The camp site is flocked by migratory birds and creates the perfect natural ambience during your stay. In the food font, the camp specialises in authentic Tibetian and Ladakhi food, and is a perfect visit for any season.