Travel: 5 awesome outdoor summer camping destinations for kids
Where will you pack off the kids this summer? Into the lap of nature, we suggest
Nature on full display
Kids try their hand at dip-netting, ziplining and rafting at the Young Naturalist Camp organised by The Gerry Martin Project in Hunsur
Where: Hunsur, Karnataka
Get close to nature at the Young Naturalist Camp organised by The Gerry Martin Project. They offer two and four-night stay options. Depending on your pick, there are many hands-on activities that kids can be a part of. The camp will begin with a familiarisation of the site and introduction to the pets and farm animals on camp. This will be followed by a fun session of slack lining and camera trapping useful for wild trails. For avian enthusiasts, they will have a bird-watching session with tips on IDing birds and using the right equipment. There will also be scavenger hunts, aquatic exploration with dip netting, scrapbooking and exhibit making for a fair.
When April age group 8 to 13 years
Duration 3D/2N, 5D/4N
Survive in the outdoors
Where: Kamshet, Maharashtra
If you are looking for a short trip close to the city, the location of Kamshet is apt for a little adventure. This camp will offer a mix of physical exercises and brain teasers too. One can learn kayaking, Burma bridge crossing, ziplining and more. This is a foundation programme, hence the level is easy. Kids will also be taught survival skills such as fire making, safe water gathering, rock climbing, trekking, tent pitching, camp making, team building and cooking. The location is 20 km from Lonavala and offers your kid a lush environ despite being close to the city.
When April and May
Age group 8 to 14 years
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Wild high in a national park
Where: Tadoba, Maharashtra
A tiger camp is a great way to understand the behaviour and habitat of the majestic Bengal Tiger. Hosted in Tadoba, this camp has been designed to make children aware and be one with the forest and explore natural history by using interactive learning methods on field with their guides. The method of teaching is visual and collaborative, which is perfect for a wildlife lesson. Also, since DCP Expeditions specialise in photography, kids will be taught the basics as well as how to utilise it for conservation. All the activities will be organised over three safaris in an open vehicle. There will also be quizzes and storytelling sessions to amp things up.
When May DURATION 3D/2N
Log on to www.dcpexpeditions.com
Big splash in the ganga
Where: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
The pristine waters of the Ganga in Rishikesh beckon your little ones for an adventure of a lifetime. This four-day-three-night trip in Uttarakhand will include white water rafting, kayaking, ziplining, rock climbing, hiking, yoga, mountain biking and nature trails. If you are worried about sending your kids alone on an adrenaline-filled journey, the good bit is that the trip is a mother-child vacation. While it is scheduled for April, they have another roaring adventure ready for March to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The trip will include a safari of the jungle, a guided nature walk, stargazing and a stay at a luxury forest lodge. Daddies are welcome too.
When March and April
Age group 6 onwards
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Call of the Himalayas
Where: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
One of the most popular hill stations in India for summers, Mussoorie is where you can escape the heat of the city. On offer will be valley crossing, rappelling and rope climbing. If you wish to explore the forests, they will organise a trek through pine, oak and deodar forests that lead up to the Surkanda Devi temple. The summit is a treat offering a 360-degree view of snow-clad Himalayas. It will also include a visit to Tehri Dam. For those wishing to try other locations, they have camps for children in Manali, Ooty, Mt Abu and Koyna. They also have camps for younger children at destinations close to the city, including Durshet and Pune.
When April, May and June DURATION 9D/8N
Age group 10 to 14 years
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