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I am thinking of visiting India in a month and want to pitch a tent in the mountains or forest about 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors, does anyone know of a good secluded place I might accomplish this? It also would be nice if it was a small town with not many people.
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post I am thinking of visiting India in a month and want to pitch a tent in the mountains or forest about 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors, does anyone know of a good secluded place I might accomplish this? It also would be nice if it was a small town with not many people.
Hello,

I am not sure if these would match your needs. Here they are anyways.
En route to the Har Ki Dun trek in Uttaranchal, there is a camping ground after a 15km walk (approx 5 hrs). Its a fairly new camping ground run by 2 village kids. You can get your own tent or stay in theirs. They offer it for pretty cheap (not more than Rs.100 to 200 per night). The place is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides and a river flowing a few meters below. The only visitors Id come across there were 2 village women who visited their small fields close to this place. The caretakers will cook you basic food and charge about Rs.70 a meal. There is a forest rest house about 100 meters from there and the closest village is about 2 Kms (40 mins walk) from there. But dont expect great variety when it comes to food.
Remember this is mid way to the actual trek destination. If you want a change you can complete the trek to Har Ki Dun (another 12 or 14 kms climb) and camp there too. Often bears are spotted there and there are scattered cattle bones but never come across any story of a man being attacked. Just dont keep food or unwashed utensils in your tent.
Next option is instead of Har Ki Dun, you can go to another trek called Ruinsara which is about the same distance as HKD but a more challenging walk. Bears there too but its landscape is more appealing than HKD (glaciers, lakes).

Lastly, if you are plainly looking for a village homestay, I know one local family who's made a separate room for tourists in his Deodar Wood house. This village is the starting point for the HKD trek. A tiny village with barely a handful people, power shortages and no cell network (but satellite phones available), its offers great views of the valleys below and sunrise/sunset views of the peaks. I dont know whether you can pitch a tent in the village.

If you need any specifics let me know.

P.S. one of my other posts in this section "Off the Beaten Trail in India" has a few pics of the camping ground if first mentioned.

Cheers.
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post I am thinking of visiting India in a month and want to pitch a tent in the mountains or forest about 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors, does anyone know of a good secluded place I might accomplish this? It also would be nice if it was a small town with not many people.
Mid July most of India would be in monsoon season. If you do not know the language, the terrain, and cannot blend in well you are likely to raise suspicion if you pitch a tent in a remote area.

Do read up a bit more about the geography and the weather/climate of India and if you have more questions I am sure the locals would update you on the situation on the ground.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Mid July most of India would be in monsoon season. If you do not know the language, the terrain, and cannot blend in well you are likely to raise suspicion if you pitch a tent in a remote area.
My plan is to pitch a tent in an unseen area so that raising suspicion would be impossible, any place in the mountains or forest thats around 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors.
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post My plan is to pitch a tent in an unseen area so that raising suspicion would be impossible, any place in the mountains or forest thats around 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors.
There are cities near the Mountains. Towns deep in the Mountains and scattered villages and higher altitude summer/autumn grazing camps all over on the bugyals- What part of the Mountains are you interested in?

I often say that i feel invisible at times but that's about not getting hustled - going unseen by shepherds, villagers women out cutting fodder or collecting forest wood, folks rubbing up the local ganja and other activities, means that pitching up unseen may require a Leopard's stealth.. and is it a particularly wise thing to be doing anyways?
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post My plan is to pitch a tent in an unseen area so that raising suspicion would be impossible, any place in the mountains or forest thats around 30 minutes walk from nearby food vendors.
Have you been to India before ? You are indeed being overtly confident. You do not seem to realize that in remote areas there are no "food vendors" An odd hawker here or there. You will find food vendors near tourist spots, bus stands, railway stations etc.



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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post going unseen by shepherds, villagers women out cutting fodder or collecting forest wood, folks rubbing up the local ganja and other activities, means that pitching up unseen may require a Leopard's stealth.. and is it a particularly wise thing to be doing anyways?
Indeed, a non-desi is easily noticed and wandering in remote areas is fraught with peril. Heck, even a desi is spotted easily as a person "not from here"
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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post There are cities near the Mountains. Towns deep in the Mountains and scattered villages and higher altitude summer/autumn grazing camps all over on the bugyals- What part of the Mountains are you interested in?

I often say that i feel invisible at times but that's about not getting hustled - going unseen by shepherds, villagers women out cutting fodder or collecting forest wood, folks rubbing up the local ganja and other activities, means that pitching up unseen may require a Leopard's stealth.. and is it a particularly wise thing to be doing anyways?
Near the himalayas feels right to me, yes, the wisest of "things".
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A desert works just as well, What of Jaisalmer, is there a wide open desert near the food vendors?
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If you are thinking of being here in a month then you might bring yr wet gear - wet suit more like, as it's been pouring for weeks already in June. Traditionally July is the beginning of the monsoon season so we expect to be wet throughout... Uttarkashi area up to Gangotri side is as good an area as any to pitch up and go hiking, day hikes or overnights - plus you'd have a contacct or two locally and it don't get better than current local knowledge.
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post is there a wide open desert near the food vendors?
There are definitely food vendors near wide open desert though!
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post A desert works just as well, What of Jaisalmer, is there a wide open desert near the food vendors?
Agree with Jitu's post. Also, the Thar desert near Jaisalmer is a desert in name only. It is densely populated. On the outskirts of Jaisalmer you will find bumper to bumper camels waiting for tourists. You most certainly would not want to pitch a tent there.
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TYD

Are the camels in Jaisalmer the 1-hump or 2-hump variety?

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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post If you are thinking of being here in a month then you might bring yr wet gear - wet suit more like, as it's been pouring for weeks already in June. Traditionally July is the beginning of the monsoon season so we expect to be wet throughout... Uttarkashi area up to Gangotri side is as good an area as any to pitch up and go hiking, day hikes or overnights - plus you'd have a contacct or two locally and it don't get better than current local knowledge.
Thank you Paleface, I have been living off kashi cereal for the last month so maybe I will live in Uttarkashi a few months. Are there food vendors in the city, and the mountains are they near the town walking distance/
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Originally Posted by IAmNow View Post Thank you Paleface, I have been living off kashi cereal for the last month so maybe I will live in Uttarkashi a few months. Are there food vendors in the city, and the mountains are they near the town walking distance/
Are you funnin' me bub? Or is there really something called Kashi cereal - could do well in Benares!!

Wet season = leeches, like i said several practical/logistical factors in operation. Of course there are food vendors in the city, whaddya think?? There are too many variables to discuss right now but all that you require can be sourced so its now about turning up and getting on with it.. and i don't mean close to the town, too many suitable locations to choose one or two immediately. have a look, time is seldom wasted in reconnaissance!
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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post Are you funnin' me bub? Or is there really something called Kashi cereal - could do well in Benares!!
No not kidding, here in USA there is an organic cereal company called Kashi cereal, and I may wait a few months before I go. To anyone who has been there, are the mountains/plains nearby the city food vendors, and how far is the walk?

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