The natural rule for human existence is to breathe fresh air, eat fresh food and exert yourself through some outdoor activity everyday to make sure your body functions fine. But the problem with following this simple rule is that we live in 2016. To experience the world in nature's own way can be a little difficult for city dwellers who have varied agendas in life. Travel and exploration are often understood as unnecessary hobbies and at times, even luxuries.
Naturally, that is how tourism developed in India in the past decades. National Parks are basically sites for luxury resorts and glamping opportunities. Trekkers are also often provided with pre-pitched tents on campsites and therefore, the love for pure camping is often not fulfilled for young and curious travellers.
If you wish to make your next trip all about camping, here's a detailed account of my recent trip to Tosh. Feel free to take cues from it.
It's often said that you learn about the outdoors only through experiences and your own mistakes but these pointers, I feel, could help any first-timer take that breakaway camping trip with your friends.
So do not overthink if you wish to go out, pitch the tent over the weekend somewhere and sleep under the stars.
The question of choosing a location
If you don't plan to go completely incognito from the society, I suggest you opt for a familiar turf. A short hike that you believe that you can manage. People from Delhi, choose Triund, Electric Hill Peak, Norhradhar, Churdhar peak or Nag Tibba as doable hikes.
People from Mumbai can explore forts around Pune for their first camping experience. Rajgad, Torna, Malhargad forts and Sandhan Valley offer good camping spots. Purandar is a restricted area under the armed forces and Sinhgad is under the Pune Municipal Corporation, so you can't stay there for the night. Kaas Plateau is a fully restricted area but you can go camping in Bamnoli, a place just 20 km from Kaas.