Live. Laugh. Camp. Lansdowne is a pretty popular destination amidst nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts and needs no real introduction. Nestled in the Pauri Garhwal Himalayas, the quaint hill station is a pleasant escapacade in the lap of mystical nature, charming wildlife and enticing surroundings. It rather appears more exotic than the mainstream hill stations of Uttarakhand like Nainital, Almora, Kausani etc. owing to its inherent charm, salubrious solitude and old-world charisma. Among the myriad leisure and adventure activities available at the spot, camping is the common favourite for all. The timeless beauty and the old world glamour of Lansdowne makes for a perfect weekend getaway for honeymooners, backpackers, adventurists, family and friends alike.
Perched at an elevation of 1706 meters above the sea level, the mystic hilltown is bestowed with rich and abundant flora and fauna. The quietude and ataraxy in the place is beyond compare and the hilly terrain is ideal for various games and activities like rappelling, rafting, mountain climbing, hiking etc. The extensive wildlife and the incapacitating beauty of the place makes up for a world class experience for the travellers exploring the place. While on your camping expedition, be sure to traverse the extensive forest terrain and indulge in some thrilling adventure activities.
Camps in Lansdowne
Among the several campsites present in Lansdowne, we at Holidify bring to you some of the best ones-
1. V Resorts Camp Lansdowne Advait
Situated at a distance of 26 kms from the main town, V Resorts Camp Lansdowne Advait is literally situated just on the banks of river Kho. The camping site offers a panoramic view of the adjacent valley and a peek into the abundantly flourishing wildlife. The camp also have a plethora of calorie-burning adventure activities including rock-climbing, cliff-jumping, Burma bridge, rappelling and the like. The property also has an in-house court and open space where you can challenge your friends to a game of badminton or soccer.
Other than that, they have both an indoor and an outdoor dining area. Besides, you can take it on you to explore the area on your own. For that, you can go trekking to a nearby hill and discover the age old Bhairon Dev Mandir perched at the top of the cliff. The trek is no doubt, a liberating experience. Besides it provides you with gorgeous vistas of the valley below. The campsite has a total of eight tents equipped with beds, mattresses, plug points and other basics. Some of these are on double and triple sharing basis. In addition, they a have a fully functional wifi and also a doctor on call.
The cost of the one person comes out to be INR 3000 (approx.) with bed and breakfast and INR 3500 (approx.) with all meals included.
2. Camping in Lansdowne with Adventures Galore
This exhilarating camp stay is considered one of the best in the area. Tucked away neatly in the vicinity of river Kho, the offbeat location is an added advantage to the already mesmerising locale. The alpine tents are furnished with premium quality beds and mattresses; the rooms have carpeted floors and enticing views of the surrounding ageless natural beauty, from the windows. The in-house dining halls serves delicious meals and local delicacies at regular intervals and the spacious outdoor area is ideal for fun games like cricket, badminton, football etc.
Other than that, the camp has facilities and organizes adventure activities like trekking, Burma bridge, cliff jumping and rock climbing etc. You can also go on a solo or private expedition to the forest surrounding the area, either on foot or on a cycle. The well demarcated cycling trails marked on the paths make it easier to proceed without the fear of getting lost. The camp can also arrange for spa, foot massage, neck massage or yoga on special request. The evenings can be well spent in bonfire parties or just lazing around in hammocks. You can also wander your way to the village nearby and interact with the locals. If this is not enough adventure for you, you can choose to visit the Corbett National Park which is situated just a distance of 30 kms from the campsite.
The total cost of a room for a group of three comes out to be approximately INR 3200 which includes breakfast and lunch (or dinner).
3. Camp Chayan Lansdowne
Camp Chayan is located in the heart of the forest with 360 degree of the adjoining forest and a glimpse of the high cliffs. Located at a distance of 26 kms from Lansdowne, the campsite is the perfect getaway to treat the city blues and recover and rejuvenate in the incapacitating timeless beauty of nature. The camp has a total of nine Safari tents with attached washrooms and basic sanitation facilities. They provide all time running cold water and hot water on demand, in addition to soap, shampoo and basic toiletries. Every room has two beds with an extra mattress to accommodate a third person.
The tents are nestled between tall pine trees and adventure activities are organised in the premises; you need to book in advance for the same. The activities include rock-climbing, rappelling, Burma bridge, Flying Fox, Commando Net, Zig-Zag Bars etc. Since the camp is located at a distance and amidst foresty area, you get an added benefit to play music at any time of the day (Loud music is not allowed in Lansdowne as it is a Cantonment Area). Dining is one of the most popular activities at the camp since the food is served out in the open with sweeping views of the enchanting hills and forests at a distance. The camp has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine that you can choose from.
The cost per person is approximately INR 1800 for a day which includes one breakfast and one lunch (or dinner), one welcome drink and light snacks.
4. Ganga Valley Adventure
Ganga Valley Adventure Camp is also situated on the scenic banks of river Kho and provides super deluxe tents to its guests. At a cheaper budget, you can opt for their Furnished tents. All the tents are equipped with hygienic lavatories and sanitation facilities. They have a 24 hours water and electricity supply in addition to an extensive open area ideal for outdoor games. The camp also provides opportunities for adventure activities like rappelling, mountain climbing, river crossing, rafting, bonfires, rock climbing etc.
5. Lansdowne Camp
Lansdowne Camp is among the most popular camps in Lansdowne. They have various kinds of accommodation and premium facilities suited to your needs and luxury, ranging from 5 star tents near Kho lake to mainstream tents in the heart of the forest. They are all equipped with basic facilities like 24 hours supply of water and electricity, proper arrangement for sanitation and cleanliness, popular delicacies of the area and multi-cuisine dishes, trekking and bird-watching opportunities, bonfire and barbeque facilities etc. The activities and other games are organised under strict supervision and are completely safe.
6. Jungle Resort Retreat Anand
Jungle Resort Retreat Anand is a jungle resort cum camping stay away from the hustle bustle of the city nestled in the dense pine forests circumferencing Lansdowne. The resort cum campsite is connected to the main through a 2 kms long stretch of road and is ideal for honeymooners, romantic couples, backpackers and families alike. The structure and design of the cottages have been deliberately kept simple to give you a taste of rustic living. The in-house kitchen offers meals but you are allowed to cook your own if you are willing.
The leisure resort has cosy cottages with attached washrooms and an adjoining area where you can relax in the evening on in the nights under the stars. The cottages have been divided on the basis of facilities and area- Standard, Deluxe and Family.
Take basic medicines along for fever, allergy, sunburns, crepe bandages, band aids, antiseptic creme, pain relievers etc.
Carry a torch light with extra batteries and a powerbank.
Do not forget the hand sanitizer, moisturizers, sunglasses etc.
Carry proper trekking shoes and some woollens, even if you are visiting in the summers.
Carry a pocket towel, socks and hand gloves for emergencies.
Do not forget to carry your rain gears if you are visiting during the rainy season.
So what are you waiting for, get up and plan an expedition to God's own city - Lansdowne cause the Mountains sure are calling and you must go. Experience nature like never before, live with the wilderness and come back refreshed. And remember, Take nothing but picture, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time.
March to June and September to November are considered the best times to camp in Lansdowne. The weather is pleasant which makes for an exhilarating experience. The rainy season is not considered ideal; the treks get a little risky as the rocks gets slippery due to the rains and also the water activities like rafting are not possible. December to February is not advisable since it might get too cold up there.