When the rainy days say good bye to Mumbai and the surrounding regions and the cooler months beckon, it’s time to load those camping gears in the boot of your car and get going.
The city is blessed in terms of connectivity and a number of locations to choose to head out for the weekend, and there is no dearth of ideal camping locations near Mumbai.
Read on to find about some cool places where you can pitch your tent and have an enjoyable night in the outdoors.
What is better than hiking up to the famous citadel of Rajmachi? Perhaps an overnight stay at the plateau after the hike! After the monsoons bid adieu, this popular trekking destination turns into an exciting place to pitch your tents for the night.
- Distance from Mumbai – 96 kms
A popular camping destination for both Mumbai and Pune folks. This beautiful artificial lake is located 10 kilometers away from Mumbai-Pune highway. It is situated in close proximity of historic forts like Lohgad, Visapur, Tikona, Tungi and caves like Karla, Bhaja and Bedse.
- Distance from Mumbai – 117 kms
Camping near the scenic Arthur lake in Bhandardara near Igatpuri on a weekend will soothe your frazzled nerves. The lake came into existence from the Pravara river flowing through the Wilson Dam. Agast Rishi Ashram and Amriteshwar temple are other attractions in the Bhandardara village.
- Distance from Mumbai – 164 kms
A beautiful lake in the heart of Lonavala. Camp here to soak in the serene views of the the secluded lake, surrounded by lush greenery.
- Distance from Mumbai – 92 kms
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The dense jungle of the Karnala Bird sanctuary is an ideal camping location. The campsite is a small hike inside the bird sanctuary. Besides camping, one can witness a variety of birds chirping around in the day and explore nature trails in the forest.
- Distance from Mumbai – 42 kms
Falyan Jungle Camp
Another serene place for camping in the midst of wilderness. The Falyan forest is located in the Raigad district also has a river flowing by, and you can also get options to enjoy some adventurous activities in this Jungle camp.
- Distance from Mumbai – 113 kms
A lush green escape in the concrete jungle of Mumbai! Yeoor hills, located in the Thane district, is a buffer zone of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
An ideal camping spot given its easy connectivity to Mumbai, you might as well hail a cab and reach here with your camping gears! Camp here in the night and open your eyes to see the colour green all around you…the chirping of the birds would definitely be a better sound to wake up to, than the buzz of your alarm.
- Distance from Mumbai – In the heart of sub-urban Mumbai, Thane district.
The pristine water of the Vaitarna river is a sight to behold. Enjoy an evening and spend the night under starry skies by camping near Vaitarna Dam in Nasik region.
- Distance from Mumbai – 105 kms
Let the grainy sand sift through your toes, as you look at the sea stretching far beyond! Camping at the relatively unexplored Revdanda Beach in Alibaug will be a treat for the beach bums out there.
- Distance from Mumbai – 110 kms
Get a break from hectic city life and enjoy the sun and the sand at the Kashid beach. Camp at this less crowded beach and the clear sea water be a balm to your stressed out soul!
- Distance from Mumbai – 125 kms
If driving to the destination by yourself is not possible for you, there are many reputed travel groups in Mumbai that can help you out in making that weekend camping plan a reality! Time spent away from the city in the midst of nature rejuvenates us – physically as well mentally. And camping is an affordable way to do the same.
You can also get the much needed physical activity that people neglect these days by hiking or taking long walks near your campsite. You will also realize that one can enjoy life even with bare minimum things.
Moreover, it is a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends – the crackling campfire is definitely a better place for people to bond with each other than a crowded nightclub. So get off that couch and get going, and have a jolly good time with your loved ones!