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MC Travel Special | Best campsites in India

The best campsites in India - from the hills to the deserts, from luxury camps to those where you rough it out for the best views and experiences.

June 30, 2022 / 09:10 AM IST
At sunrise, the snow-capped mountains are covered in an alpenglow which makes the peaks look like they are made of molten gold. (Photo: Jack Sloop via Unsplash)

At sunrise, the snow-capped mountains are covered in an alpenglow which makes the peaks look like they are made of molten gold. (Photo: Jack Sloop via Unsplash)

Camping isn’t for everyone. But for those of us who don’t mind roughing it out every so often, there are few things more enticing than the idea of waking up to a sight so heavenly, you don’t want to go back to your mundane city life. We asked Abhirup Paul, founder of Eka Experiences that organises treks in North and Northeast India, and Rakesh Pant, co-founder of Trek the Himalayas, to share their list of favourites.

1. Mulling Campsite on the Pin Bhaba Pass Trail, Himachal Pradesh

The Pin Bhaba trail takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Himachal Pradesh, and the magic begins pretty much on your first day. Some 10 km from the village of Kafnu in Kinnaur district is Mulling where trekkers set up camp for the first night. Hugged by dense greenery, Mulling looks like a fairy tale, especially when it gets misty and foggy in the mornings, Paul says. The great thing about Mulling is that you need not trek too far up the Pin Bhaba trail to get here. You could do a single-day trek or return the next day.

2. Dawar in Gurez Valley, Kashmir