Best season in India
It’s unadvisable to camp out in the open in bone-chilling cold or enervating heat (unless you’re an extreme adventurer!). That leaves the rest of the year, plenty of time to plan a camping trip. The months of spring and autumn are the ideal, while both early summer and early winter offer delightful conditions for a bit of outdoors relaxation (or adventure!).
Tent, torch/flashlight/lantern, sleeping bag, lockable duffel bag (recommended), Therm-a-Rest/air mattress, Swiss Army knife, stove, whistle, lighter, hammer/mallet (to drive tent stakes into the ground), axe/saw/hatchet (for chopping firewood for campfire), ropes, tarpaulin (to protect against rain), food storage, cooler (to store drinks and fresh produce)
Camping sites in India
Ladakh – Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso
Himachal Pradesh – Chandratal Lake, Kaza (Spiti Valley), Sarchu (Lahaul), Sangla, Kalpa (Kinnaur), Solang Valley (Manali), Dharamsala
Uttarakhand – Chitrauli (Nainital), Chamba (Garhwal), Kumaon, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Chilla, Kaudiyala, Corbett National Park
Jammu and Kashmir – Sonamarg
Rajasthan – Jaisalmer, Pushkar
Goa – Anjuna
Out in the open, you’ll come across denizens of the wilderness who might think you’re trespassing on their territory, so do maintain a respectful distance. Come well prepared (see equipment), and ready for any emergency. Nature, in the form of the animal kingdom and the weather, does tend to spring some nasty surprises, so make sure you have your wits about you. And come equipped with bucketloads of patience!
Bring a first-aid kit and insect repellant, along with some sunscreen and sanitizer. Don’t forget to pack rations you might need in an emergency.
Campers are fortunate to have the sky as a roof, and the earth as a floor – don’t take your environs for granted. Since camping is, by and large, pursued outdoors, it is important to not disturb the inhabitants of the area, and their habitats. When setting up camp, be ecologically sensitive to your immediate surroundings, intruding as little as possible on the flora and fauna of the area. And do not litter – bring trash bags to dispose of all rubbish.