10 Awesome (Camping Sites in Himachal Pradesh) You Should Experience Once

Himachal Pradesh is one such tourist destination in India, which has world’s best camping sites where people from India and abroad throng to enjoy its flora and fauna on the majestic hilly trails across its twelve districts. Enjoy in the lap of nature, sun basks or just hobnob all across the lush green forest and mystical meadows.

Here we have listed down 10 best sites in Himachal Pradesh for camping that will offer you some magical moments, keeping you aloof from the hustle bustle of the fast-paced city life and from the hectic day- to- day schedule.

Triund, Dharamshala

Located in the Dhauladhar range is the majestic jewel Triund on the crown of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated near Mcleodganj, in district Kangra and has no motorable road to reach. Trekking is the only way to reach atop Triund Hill, and swiss tents for camping is the only shelter there to spend your night up there. Triund is also known as ’22 curves’ as it takes 22 tiring curves to climb uphill. But the scene that one gets to witness from the top is just breathtaking and worth all pain. The place looks serene and calm with greenery all over, the array of hills, cloud-like fog, appealing sunrise and untouched environment with no habitation, gives you a lifetime experience of camping in Himachal Pradesh.

Best time to visit: April and May, September to Mid November (avoid in rainy seasons)

How to reach there: You can reach Triund after completing the trek of 7 km from Mcleodganj

Price for camping: Rs 1500 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Bhrigu Lake, Manali

Lying on the east of Rohtang Pass, Manali is the surreal location for camping in Himachal Pradesh, Bhrigu Lake. This place is of mythological significance and is named after Bhrigu who penned down Bhrigu Samhita. While trekking to Bhrigu, you will pass through the lush green virgin forests of pine, oak, and cedar and will give you a feeling of a nomadic life that was prevalent many years back. The green meadows down your foot and a clear blue sky above your head with the cool breeze soothe heart from all pain and worries.

Best time to visit: April, May, June, September, October

How to reach there: You can begin 29 km trekking from Gulaba, Manali to reach Bhrigu Lake

Price for camping: Rs 1800 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Naddi, Mcleodganj

Another camping site in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh is Naddi, Mcleodganj. Surrounded by lush green forest and pristine meadows spread across Naddi is among the best sites for camping and trekking. Though Naddi can be reached via motorable road but trekking uphill is best activity for those who are visiting this place in groups. Naddi offers a perfect bird eye view from its camping site and one can see snow capped Dhauladar range engulfed in clouds. The misty mornings and magical sunset are what you can enjoy here along star gazing during the night.

Best time to visit: March, April, May, June, September, October, November

How to reach there: After 4-5 hours trekking from Mcleodganj you can reach Naddi

Price for camping: Rs 1000 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Kheer Ganga, Kullu

Kheer Ganga in Kullu is amongst the top 10 best camping sites in Himachal Pradesh that give a mesmerizing trekking expedition in the Parvati valley. Enjoy the snow clad mountain enveloped by clouds, luscious forest and cascading river Parvati and its therapeutic sound. Enjoy the rustic environment and the calm spread across large meadows away from the crowd of city.

Best time to visit: March to May and October to June

How to reach there: You can trek 26 km from Tosh to reach Kheer Ganga

Price for camping: Rs 1500 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Malana, Kasol

When it comes to Kasol in District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh then how can we forget about trek and camping in Malana. Famous for its hippie culture and good quality of marijuana, Malana is also famous as best camping sites at Himachal Pradesh with picturesque surroundings, natural fauna, and of course tranquility. Malana is said to a little Europe in India that attracts millions of tourists and serious travelers all around the year from far off places. The camping site in Malana is a paradise on earth which is set in a quaint location uphill.

Best time to visit: March to May and October to June

How to reach there: You can reach Malana via motorable road + trekking of 1 km from Kasol

Price for camping: Rs 2000 per head approx (including camping and meals) 1N/2 D

Chandertal, Lahaul-Spiti

At the higher altitude of Himachal Pradesh, is situated district Lahaul- Spiti where the pristine and spell bounding lake is there called Chandertal. The name of Chandertal itself is so intriguing that the people are bound to visit this camping place in Himachal Pradesh once in their lifetime. It is situated 4300 meters above sea level and is called the lake of the moon as the moon during seems so close to the place that it reflects in the water of the lake. Tourists from around the world come to this mystical site every year whenever the roads to Lahaul and Spiti Valley are open and clear from snow.

Best time to visit: May to September

How to reach there: You can reach here by motorable road via Manali or Shimla- Reckongpeo route

Price for camping: Rs 1800 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Kalpa, Kinnaur

Kalpa in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh is the most divine and unblemished camping sites in India that offer a great odyssey to all the tourists and travelers coming from around the world. With minimal habitation, naive natives and old fashioned houses and temples built up in this areas gives you a rustic feel of village life of the mountains where the people have to struggle a lot for their survival and daily needs. Camping in Kalpa will take you in a time zone of early stages where people use stones and agriculture to sustain their lives.

Best time to visit: June to September

How to reach there: You can reach Kalpa via motorable roads from Shimla

Price for camping: Rs 1000 per head approx (including camping and meals) 1N/ 2D

Khajjiar, Dalhousie

Known as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is another best place for camping in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. With a natural lake surrounded by lush forests and green meadows is how you recognize this place with. Other than camping one can enjoy other activities such as horse riding, zorbing, hiking, nature walk, mountain biking and sun basking in the lap of serene nature. Khajjiar is also thronged by many tourists throughout the year for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather.

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November

How to reach there: Khajjiar is well connected by roads with 24 hours bus services

Price for camping: Rs 1500 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Bijli Mahadev, Kullu 

Bijli Mahadev is yet another less explored camping sites of Himachal Pradesh that gives you a wonderful travelling experience. Known after Bijli Mahadev Temple, in one of the villages of Kullu, this one of the mystical campsites on a hill top. Trekking to Bijli Mahadev is very tiresome activity but the scene that you get to enjoy on reaching uphill is truly outstanding and worthwhile.

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November

How to reach there: Trekking of 3-4 hours

Price for camping: Rs 1400 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Hampta Pass, Kullu 

If you are looking for a calm and rustically quaint place as your campsite, them Hampta Pass in Kullu , Himachal Pradesh is the best place for you. It is a green corridor between Kullu and Lahaul with no habitation, no vehicles anywhere nearby only green meadows and gigantic mountains await you. Soak yourself in the lap of nature and enjoy tranquility at its best. Cook for yourself, read books, go for hiking, do photography, bonfire or have drinks, you can just be yourself there away from all social and official responsibilities.

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November

How to reach there: Trekking from Kullu

Price for camping: Rs 1200 per head approx (includes trekking, camping, meals) for 1 N/2 D

Things to remember while camping at these sites in Himachal Pradesh

  • Word of caution, those are prone to get sick at high altitude places or suffer from Hill sickness should avoid going to these camping sites based in Himachal Pradesh or should first consult their physician as you can have health issues while reaching there.
  • It is advisable to carry insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, and moisturizer, ointment or spray for muscle pain and torch along at these camping sites in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Need not panic if your mobile or internet networks fail to work at any of these camping sites as there is hardly any connectivity here.

Hope you all find this blog quite informative enough and will surely love to visit these places in Himachal Pradesh whenever you are planning your next camping with family and friends.

Happy Camping !!! 🙂

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Yamini S. Verma

A dreamer and a go-getter, this is how she defines herself. With seven- plus years of experience in Journalism, Yamini has worked with various publications in print and online. With an inclination towards photography, she dreams to go on around the world tour someday and capture the beauty of nature through her lens. You can write to her at hello@chandigarhmetro.com
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