Uttrakhand is a popular state which is blessed with the beauty of Himalayan Mountain Ranges, Holy River Ganga & Yamuna, famous Hindu & Sikh pilgrimage Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh & Hemkund Sahib. Uttrakhand also has a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site ‘Valley of Flowers’, Asia’s Largest Dam called Tehri Dam and the famous Jim Corbett National Park. Uttrakhand is culturally divided into two regions i.e Kumaon and Garhwal. Places like Nainital, Almora, Kasauni come under Kumoun region and places Kanatal, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc come under Garhwal region.
This time we wanted a vacation which we thought will be different from all our other trips. So we came across a beautiful hill station Kanatal (Ka-Na-Taal), a small village situated in the Tehri- Garhwal district. It is a very famous site for camping and is considered to be very clean and pollution free. Kanatal is 320kms from Delhi and 70kms from Rishikesh taking the Chamba-Mussoorie hill road which also leads to Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is a stunning village surrounded by mountains and forests with scenic views.
After doing a thorough research on our accommodation, we picked a wonderful campsite, ‘The Kanatal Orchids’. This camp is 10kms from Chamba district near the famous The Terraces Resort.
The Kanatal Orchids, a beautiful camp site is situated on the foothills with a magnificent view of the Himalayan range. There is a short trek which leads you to the camp walking besides the nature. We were welcomed by the owner, Mr Nikhil Dhyani, who grew up in the mountains itself and has a great passion towards conserving the eco-system and running this beautifully built campsite. To reach the campsite you need to take a short trek/walk right past the flora and fauna. Once you reach the campsite, all you can hear is birds chirping, silence and the majestic views. You have options of Swiss tents on double, triple and quad sharing basis with attached western style washrooms. We stayed here for two nights and it felt like another home to us. The food was typical home cooked which was delicious and the peace at the camp was just is a specific time duration for the meals and they are really strict about it, which is great. As everyone knows that water is scarce in the hills, but the camp provides you enough water for your urge and daily needs. There is a specific time duration for the meals and they are really strict about it, which is great. If you want to enjoy some silence and clear your mind, you should definitely come here.
Backpack Tips: What you should not forget:
1. Sports shoes
3. Toiletries( Soap, Brush, Toilet Roll etc)
There is a guest house run by the same people known as ‘Goodluck Homestay’. It is just 10kms before Kanatal Orchids & provides you a cosy stay with a very nominal cost.