Ultimate Travelling Camp, India
Ultimate Travelling Camp, India

The review:

THE ULTIMATE TRAVELLING CAMP

India’s first true luxury mobile camp

Inspired by the 16th century Mughal emperors’ fondness for travelling in style and comfort, The Ultimate Travelling Camp uses ultra-luxe mobile camps to offer one-of-a-kind access to some of the most remote and spectacular corners of India. Forget camping or even glamping… this is canvas fit for royalty.

The camps are set well off the usual tourist trail and open their doors each year when the best events and festivals are occurring in each region. Two camps are in Ladakh, amid snow-capped peaks and valleys dotted with apple and almond orchards. Another is in Nagaland in north-east India, a region of forested hills and rainforests, pristine mountains and rushing rivers. There is also a lodge in Dudhwa, near the border with Nepal, that offers excellent wildlife viewing.

"Tents come with private butlers, brim with character and are extremely comfortable. The food is excellent and the guides are the best in the business."

THINGS TO DO

A huge amount of care has gone into selecting the activities available from each camp. In Ladakh, start the day with morning prayers at the magical Thiksey Monastery, go white-water rafting down the Zanskar River, shop for souvenirs in Leh’s old bazaar or cycle down the breathtaking Wari-La pass.

In Nagaland you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness the colourful Hornbill Festival, an annual celebration of traditional Naga culture that draws on the tribal heritage of the region’s fierce warriors and head-hunters. Or to travel through the forest reserves of Dudhwa, near the border with Nepal, with a resident naturalist, keeping eyes peeled for tigers and single-horned rhinos.

Sleeping

In each camp, luxurious tents are individually designed and beautifully decorated with four-poster beds, plush bed linens, thick carpets, handcrafted furniture and luxurious en-suite bathrooms. Solid wooden decks provide the perfect place to perch and soak up the landscape, and butlers are on hand to provide for your every whim. Jaagir Lodge in Dudhwa, meanwhile, offers both luxury rooms and suites located in the main lodge and thatch-roof round villas more typical of the region.

Food & Drink

Camps are equipped with dining tents with indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Chefs pride themselves on using fresh, local and organic ingredients to prepare a raft of international, national and regional dishes of the very highest order. There’s even an in-camp bakery and complimentary cooking classes.

What stands out

The opportunities to get fully immersed in rural Indian culture, be it singing and dancing with the tribesmen of Nagaland, elaborately dressed in tiger teeth, bear skins and hornbill feathers, or visiting the gypsy women of Banjara, swathed in heavy facial jewellery and costumes of fiery red.

Best for

Those who want to have their cake and eat it – to immerse themselves in the rich cultures and raw beauty of off-the-beaten-path India without sacrificing the comforts of great service, good food and a superb night’s sleep.

The Verdict

Finally a way to visit remote locations in India where there is little to no luxury accommodation, if any accommodation at all. These mobile camps open only when these regions are at their finest, usually to coincide with exciting festivals and events, and offer everything you’d expect from a high-end lodge or boutique hotel: comfy four-poster beds, private butlers, fabulous food, engaging guides and a host of activities that bring these wild and remote corners of India to life.

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