A photo guide to an idyllic stay at the Aspen Camps, near Rishikesh, including sightseeing and indulging in adventure activities. Text and photographs by Precious Kamei
Although the camp authorities are mindful of guests' security, it is advisable not to let your guard down, especially when you are resting in the tents.
The campsite has a lovely garden. A badminton court, a gazebo, and a space for outdoor dining and bonfire lie at one end of the garden.
Aspen Camp is a good option for a weekend getaway with the family. The camp is child-friendly, at a safe distance from the river, and also has a number of outdoor games for young guests. The guides who reside in the campsite take pleasure in educating the guests about the local flora and fauna.
All the meals in the camp are served in this area (room service on request). The buffet is prepared with locally grown organic vegetables. There is a small vegetable-garden patch right around the corner where you can even pick vegetables for your meals.
Do go on a nature walk while staying at Aspen Camp. A short hike of 3-4 kilometres in the morning is all you need to rejuvenate yourself. The cool and crisp air is very refreshing and one gets to see small animals (monkeys mostly) in action.Take a guidebook on birds with you along with a binocular. Apparently, you may also see a leopard if you are extremely lucky.
Ganga ghaat aarti is by default one of the activities that any traveller to Rishikesh has done or aims to do. On request, the camp also takes its guests on a day-trip to Rishikesh. That is, if you are not already rafting towards Rishikesh! The camp also arranges adventure activities such as flying fox, rafting, bungee jumping and wildlife safaris.
Aspen Camps in Ghattughat, 40 minutes away from Rishikesh, in Uttarakhand, is a great weekend getaway from Delhi. The campsite has 20 Swiss tents (12x12 feet of living area). With comfortable beds, attached bathroom, 24-hours water, and electricity, the campsite has all required amenities in order.