The Joy of Camping

When was the last time you woke up to clean fresh air, surrounded by trees and lived off the grid for a change? A night under the clear skies faintly lit by stars, endless conversations over a crackling fire, silence of the night, waking up to birds chirping and a hint of early morning sunlight. This is what camping is all about.

Having a failed attempt at camping few years back, I had given up on the idea completely until my brother-in-law showed his interest in camping. It all started with a tent. The first campfire, struggling to pitch the tent and making the perfect cup of tea. It is all about enjoying the simple pursuits in life and going back to basics. Like most people, I have become so attached to my phone and other gadgets that sometimes a camping trip with no internet or network can make you eliminate all distractions. Even if you have cell reception, turn it off for use only in emergencies in order to completely unplug yourself. It is a great way to unwind and connect with your family.

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Once you are out in the open there are so many things you can do to make your camping experience well spent. Stay active by swimming, tubing, going for a hike and in our case looking for waterfalls and sliding on rocks. I admit I chickened out at the top of “Sliding Rock,” it took a great deal of self-motivation and cheering from onlookers who clapped in the end when I finally took the plunge. What I don’t hesitate about is hiking, which in my experience, goes well with camping. When I set off down the trail with my bottle of water and a bag of snacks, walking with nature, I feel an inner boost and a sense of accomplishment. And when you get back to your tent, preparing the simplest of meals can be so gratifying.

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Grotto Falls, Smoky Mountain National Park – Tennessee.
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Sliding Rock in Pisgah Nationl Forest – North Carolina.
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Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee.

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Although tent camping is most common that comes to mind there are so many new forms that have come up. You have got RVs or motor homes, truck campers, roof top tents and glamping. Glamping is glamorous camping that combines the luxury and amenities of a home/hotel while maintaining the wilderness or outdoor quotient. Glamping accommodations can range from tents, tree houses, trailers, barns, yurts and many more. You simply have to show up with your luggage and everything else is taken care of. There is no hassle of setting up the tent or preparing food or keeping the campfire burning.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Glamping in Rishikesh
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White water rafting in Rishikesh

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Whether you are a hardcore backpacking your way to a remote location or a creature of comfort, there is an option for everyone. It does not matter how you do it or where you camp. You create your own style of camping. It is all about creating memories.

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