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Family Camping in India can take you high up in the Himalayas (Photo Credit)
By Akansha Negi – Indian Holiday

Family Camping In India Is Unforgettable

Family camping in India is an experience of a lifetime. Imagine getting away from the crowds, basking in the lap of nature, pitching tents in refreshing mountains, on a pristine lakeshore, or even on a gently flowing riverbank. And, at night, imagine laying below a blanket of brilliant shimmering stars. This and more is what you’ll experience if you and your family embark on a family camping adventure in India.

Each site below is unique in its geography and amenities, so you’ll likely want to experience a few of them. However, since all of them have nearby outdoor family adventures and various other things to do, no matter which you choose, when you go family camping in India, you’ll be setting yourself up to have a memorable and well-rounded experience. If you are keen on more than just camping, while even a two-week India itinerary will still leave you with just a small taste of this massive and diverse country, it’ll certainly be a good place to start.

Before you start planning, read through these eight hand-picked campsites. Then, get ready for a unique family adventure. If you have any questions or comments, leave us a message below, and we’ll get right back to you.

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Family Camping In India – Map Of Campsites

The eight family camping sites below include ones up north in the mountains, down south on the coast, and even one in the northwest in the desert of Rajasthan. This map can help you decide where to go family camping in India!

General Tips For Family Camping In India

Having fun while going family camping in India requires a bit of forethought. These tips will help you and your family make the most of your experience.

  1. Camp where others have stayed before. Do not go off on your own.
  2. Leave nothing at the campsite except memories. Bury your human waste deep in the ground. Do not leave any equipment or anything that can harm the environment and animals.
  3. Check weather forecasts before heading out.

Family Camping In India – Rishikesh

These canvas tents will keep you safe and dry!

Fresh Mountain Breezes Welcome You When Camping In Rishikesh

The first choice for family camping in India is Rishikesh. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and beside the Ganges River, the exotic town of Uttarakhand offers a cherished camping experience. The soft sand river banks are ideal campsites. There is also a chance to seek spiritual blessings here, as Rishikesh is the yoga capital of the world.

Best Time For Camping: February-June and October

Ideal Duration: 2-3 days

Family Camping Tip: Choose a camping package that includes meals, accommodations, bonfires, and adventure activities such as rafting and trekking.

Things To Do In Rishikesh

  • Adventure sports such as river-rafting, trekking, cliff jumping, and bungee jumping.
  • Attend a yoga class, meditation, and wellness camps
  • Bask in the serenity of nature

Family Camping In India – Triund 

You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world in Triund.

Gaze At The Snow Covered Himalayas While Family Camping in Triund

Next on the list is Triund – an exotic campsite, enveloped by the Himalayas. This campsite is set in Himachal Pradesh – one of the top holiday destinations in India. The camps here offer a breathtaking view of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, lush green valleys, and clear skies that become all the more beautiful with the moon and stars at night. Mellow out with your family in this picturesque setting. 

Best Time For Camping: May-June and September-October

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days

Family Camping Tip: Night camping is not allowed at Triund Peak. So, stay at the nearby Forest Department guesthouse.

Things To Do In Triund

Family Camping In India – Coorg

Coorg is a classic place for family camping in India. (Photo Credit)

Soak Up The Serenity While Family Camping In Coorg

This campsite brings us to South India, one of the top places to visit in South India. Nestled in the lush lap of the Western Ghats (the Benevolent Mountains), Coorg is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Known as the “Scotland of India,” Coorg’s charm is a nature lover’s delight. The simple tents here offer a truly out-of-this-world family camping experience.

Best Time For Camping: March to June

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days

Family Camping Tip: Southern India can be quite warm, so bring a lightweight sheet to sleep in if your sleeping bag proves too warm.

Things to do in Coorg

Family Camping In India – Solang Valley

Enjoy the Beas River while you are in the Solang Valley. (photo credit)

Let The Beauty Of The Solang Valley Enrich Your Family Camping Experience

Stationed in the heart of the Himalayas, our next place for family camping in India is in the Solang Valley. Lying close to the popular hill station of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Solang Valley is a popular option among campers, who are looking for a rejuvenating experience.

Best Time For Camping: April to June and October

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days

Family Camping Tip: Camping in Solang Valley mostly includes camping overnight with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So, you will only need to bring snacks for yourself and your little ones.

Things to do in Solang Valley 

  • Trekking, paragliding, fishing, ropeway rides
  • Enjoy a Manali tour

Family Camping In India – Jaisalmer

The golden desert of Jaisalmer is mesmerizing. (Photo Credit)

Indulge In Plush Camping In Jaisalmer Amidst Vast Desert

This collection of sites for family camping in India would not be complete without mentioning Jaisalmer. Surrounded by the vast Thar Desert, Jaisalmer’s major appeal is its golden sand dunes. Fortunately, this is also where you will find the most amazing campsites in this region. Camping in and roaming around these thousands of years old dunes will be a memory you and your family will not soon forget!

Best Time For Camping: November to February. Try to come in February, as you’ll be able to experience the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days

Family Camping Tip: Bring a pair of sturdy sandals for exploring the dunes.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Family Camping In India – Ladakh

Enjoy some high-altitude camping in Ladakh.

Delight In A High Altitude Family Camping Experience in Ladakh

If you and your family decide to go camping in Ladakh you’ll be at 3,000 m (9,800 ft). So, you’ll need to be prepared with a few extra warm layers. As you’ll be surrounded by the Karakoram Mountains and the Himalayas, there are plenty of outdoor adventures in this area. Ladakh, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is know as“the Land of High Passes.” In this area, you’ll be able to experience a number of beautiful lakes including Pangong Lake and Tsomoriri Lake. There are also the Hunder Sand dunes, and the banks of the Zanskar River.

Best Time For Camping: June to September

Ideal Duration: 5-10 Days

Family Camping Tip: If you are here in June, don’t miss the Hemis Monastery Festival.

Things to do in Ladakh

  • Ladakh bike tour
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Trekking
  • Visit some monasteries

Family Camping In India – Sonamarg   

Blankets of wildflowers abound in Sonamarg. (Photo Credit)

Enjoy the Lush Meadows Of Sonamarg

Sonamarg, is a destination you will not want to miss when you are family camping in India, as it’s one of the most scenic family camping sites in this collection. The ‘meadow of gold,’ as the name means in the local language, stands true to its name. Visit from April to June, and you’ll be able to see these magnificent blankets of wildflowers for yourself. Set at an altitude of 2,800 m (9,100 ft) Sonamarg promises incredible views of the Himalayas.

Best Time For Camping: Mid-April till October

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days

Family Camping Tip: Choose a camp that overlooks Thajiwas Glacier for spectacular views. 

Things to do in Sonamarg

  • Trekking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Excursions to Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam

Family Camping In India – Goa

Camp right on the coast in Goa. (Photo Credit)

Enjoy Beachside Fun When You Go Camping In Goa

Goa is the most popular of holiday destination in India, as there are many off-beat places in Goa. So, while it’s not off the beaten path, it is indeed a classic. Beachside camping in Goa is a memory that you cherish for a lifetime. Enjoy the beach breeze, hear the waves, and watch the clear skies all from the comfort of your tent.

Best Time For Camping: Mid-April till October. If you are here during Christmas and New Years, the celebrations are unforgettable.

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Days

Family Camping Tip: Kids below the age of 5 years can stay for free in many campsites throughout Goa.

Things to do in Goa

  • Water sports
  • Dolphin watching

Explore Beyond Family Camping In India

If doing some family camping in India has simply opened your eyes to the many fascinating facets of this diverse country, consider making your next family adventure a Sundarbans National Park Tour, and try your hand at spotting some of the last wild Bengal Tigers in the world. If you’re looking for another family adventure in India (but something a bit more tropical), consider traveling to the Andaman Islands with your kids. And, no matter what you do, if you have any questions/comments, feel free to leave them below, and we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can.

About The Author: A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures, and experiences of her travels. As a travel enthusiast, she loves to travel in India as this country is a sumptuous amalgam of traditions, spiritual beliefs, and magnificent landscapes. Read about all her travel experiences on her site Indian Holiday.

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