This year, Holi celebrations gave us an opportunity to enjoy a long weekend. Some of us packed our bags and went about to roam among mountains, rivers or to be on the beaches. While some of us stayed with family and created memories of extended Holi celebrations. I took this time to travel and be in touch with serenity, and teach my city-born son about the birds and the monkeys who are the real ambassadors of humanity, about the sunrise and moonwalks that are the real treasures of life and about the strong green trees and multitude flowers that stand in the sunlight, rains and storms and are the lessons to values and virtues in life. So, forward move to Rishikesh we went and stayed in a camp for three nights and four days.
In our attempt to be as close to nature, we discovered Camp Nandan Van. Although there are a lot of camps around in Rishikesh and plenty of resorts, there are many reasons why Camp Nandan Van scores higher.
The Camp has been started by an Ex-Army, Sudesh Bhatt who is also a mountaineer and has conquered Mt Everest twice. So, undoubtedly, safety and discipline come naturally to the services exemplified at the Camp. This is one big reason why many ladies, solo travelling and also travelling in small groups, stayed at the Camp.
Three beds are comfortably accommodated in each tent so the more family members or friends can fit in, the merrier. The tent house is really robust, with a bathroom in the backside of the room comfortably placed.
Neat tents and plush grass outside, morning walks watching the rising sun is therapeutic. Also, the camp is located just a few metres away from a quaint river which is shallow and smoothly running, so kids can play in the water anytime during the day.
The place is also in close proximity to where the famous evening prayer happens and if adventure is on your mind then rafting facilities are nearby as well.
In the accommodation charges we pay, food is also included in it. So, no hassle for extra charges on food. The morning tea is served in the morning along with milk for kids and breakfast comes at 9 a.m. The lunch around 1.30 p.m. and snacks starts around 5 or 6 p.m.
The Camp arranges for a bonfire every evening and people can enjoy their snacks chatting away beside the warm fire. The food is simple Pahari and its sumptuous. They serve you good, organic and directly sourced from the farm veggies during lunch and dinners included non-vegetarian dishes as well.
So, here are some points why you can consider this place for your next retreat to nature.
- If you are a lady travelling with kids, this place scores really high on safety and discipline. The bathrooms with easily available warm water are convenient for mothers to bath their kids after the playful hours when they get dirty.
- If you are a small group of ladies travelling together, the Camp staff will arrange everything you need for your adventures and nature walks.
- If you belong to a school or a college and planning for an escapade with your students, these tents are really good with more beds in each tent and more accommodation space.
- If you are looking to cut on the food charges, then this place includes food also in its accommodation charges and its food is really good.
- If you looking to cut on travel hours and be nearby places of interest such as the rafting site, then this Camp is a good choice.
- If you are looking for trekking opportunities, this Camp will give you one.
So, Rishikesh is one paradise that one falls short of words to describe. Considering its proximity with cities like Delhi, it is indeed a convenient place to travel even over the weekend too. The sight of nature there is simply life-changing. You can see the rising sun, the moon, feel the breeze, touch the river bed, immerse yourself in the magnificence of the flowing Ganges. You take to another life in Rishikesh, one that is minimalist, one that’s soul-satisfying, one that doesn’t ask for technology, one that is only quintessentially Nature.