We all love our cities. As they say, once you’ve had a taste of the city life, it’s very difficult to adjust anywhere else! Bustling schedules, no time to stop and think, a plethora of choices when it comes to shopping and dining…all of that make up the cosmopolitan lifestyle. However, let’s be honest here. How many times do we really wish we could drop everything and run away from the city just for some peace and quiet? Plenty of times, I’m sure!
Moving away from the city does have its own perks. The solitude, for starters, is like a blessing after the constant noise of the cities. There’s less pollution, a lot more natural beauty and a chance to explore and find adventure. When you’re away from the city, you can truly bask in your own free time and the clean air and you can find your true inner self. This feeling can be best explained through the adventure that is camping. Camping can be great fun. Packing up your gear, deciding on a spot, hiking or trekking once you reach there and setting up tents — it all sounds so wonderful, doesn’t it?
We’ve rounded up a list of camping spots near Kolkata that are perfect if you want to just get away for the weekend and do something fun. Or, if you happen to be visiting Kolkata soon, you too can indulge in a bit of camping at any of these 6 great spots. Keep reading for more details.
If you want some peace and quiet, Baranti is an ideal pick. It lies in the beautiful Rahr countryside and offers a stunning view of the reservoir. You can pack up a picnic hamper and set off to Baranti, where you can eat and revel in the gorgeous view and the peaceful atmosphere. There will be no one to disturb you, for sure! Baranti is also dotted with a couple of verdant hills that you can try and scale, provided you have the right equipment for it. There is a road packed with red mud that you can walk on. You could even opt to casually stroll alongside the dense forest at one end. In a nuthsell, there’s a lot you can do if you set up camp at Baranti! Driving down from Kolkata will take you about 5 to 6 hours.
2. Ayodhya Pahar
Located in the popular Purulia district, Ayodhya Pahar or the Ayodhya hills, are also a great spot for camping purposes. It’s a good 700 m above sea level, so you can just imagine how pure and wonderful the air up there will be! There are sparkling fresh water streams and springs here, so you know where to set up your tents when you get there! The best activities to indulge in here are rock climbing and mountaineering. The road that traces up the hill, which you can climb, offers an amazing view, so you’d better have your cameras ready! To get here from Kolkata, you can take the Lalmati Express, Howrah Chakradharpur Express or the Howrah Ranchi Intercity Express. All of these will get you to Barabhum, which will take you to the village of Baghmundi and the Ayodhya Hills.
Susunia is truly natural beauty at its best. It is a hill that is located in the southern part of West Bengal. Susunia boasts of a beautiful holy spring, some rare flowers and a lot of rock faces that are ideal for mountaineering. If you want a nice, solid trek, Susunia is your solution. It also offers up rock climbing opportunities, which you really should not miss. What’s more, this place is also a hotbed of archaeological finds, with carved monoliths and fossil remains aplenty! To get here from Kolkata, roads are the best option. It will take you about 4 hours to drive down to Susunia.
Gajaburu Hills are the next best thing to paradise, for rock climbers. The Gajaburu slopes are hard, rough and tough which will provide a welcome challenge to tourists looking for a spot of thrill and adventure whilst camping. There is also a nature camp organised here, which will show you how beautiful the surrounding areas of Gajaburu really are. It is a wonderful place to set up camp and an ideal pick if you want to be drained by the end of the day, after your trekking exploits! If you plan to drive down from Kolkata, it will take you a good 7 hours, from Durgapur to Raghunathpur road.
No, you didn’t read this wrong. Sikip is an actual place, not to be confused with Sikkim. While it is located in the southern district of Sikkim, it is the perfect spot for camping. Sikip is located right on the banks of the Rangeet River. Needless to say, the view is splendid and makes this a great spot for a lazy picnic lunch. Imagine watching the river tumbling past as you munch on a sandwich. It is also rich in adventure, offering up camping and angling activities. The best and the most popular part about camping at Sikip, is the water sports. Indulge in some thrilling white water rafting here, on the Rangeet River. You won’t regret it! You can finally pitch your tents on the banks of the river and have a wonderful time. Admittedly, it is a little far away from Kolkata, taking about 17 hours if you plan to drive down. But you could also fly down in an hour’s time and land at Bagdogra airport. From there, you can arrange for a private vehicle to take you to Sikip.
6. Rocky Island
This beautiful campsite is located by the Samsing hills. With the Murty river gushing past, the wonderfully coloured and speckled hills bordering the horizon and the lush greenery around, there is no campsite better than Rocky Island! True to its name, there are a lot of rock faces here where you can put your rock climbing skills to the test — Neel Kanta, Bhimsen and Pathar Kailas are just a few of them. There is also an exciting old cave by the riverside that you can explore to your heart’s content, after you’ve practised rock climbing! You can trek to nearby places like Jhandidara, Sherpagaon and more and satisfy your wanderlust. Driving here from Kolkata takes 14 hours, so you can always plan a couple of stops along the way, preferably overnight ones. Alternately, you can even take a train from Howrah to Jalpaiguri and a taxi from Jalpaiguri to Samsing.
7) Sundarban Tiger Camp
Want to enjoy the best that nature has to offer and also spot a couple of royal tigers if you’re lucky? Well, the area around Sundarban Tiger Camp is perfect for all of that and more. You can go to the Bonnie Camp Watch Tower and spend a night there. The view from these tallest watch towers is splendid, to say the least. There is also a pond here, which is frequented by several animals and you can spot them if you’re quiet and hide yourself well. Alternately, you could just check into Sundarban Tiger Camp or Sundarban Jungle Camp, drop your bags there and stroll around the area. Work yourself an appetite by exploring the vast camp grounds and get ready to have a thrilling experience!
We don’t think you need any more reasons to start packing your bags! Instead of a luxury vacation this time, why not go all out and look for some adventure? Choose camping, visit any of these spots and you won’t regret it.
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