Camping at distant lands is like one of the vacation goals for the modern Indian travellers. Whether it is the luxury camping in the dunes of Jaisalmer or high altitude camping in the tourist destinations of Himachal and Uttarakhand, there is one thing that is common for both is that Indians don’t understand the concept of camping and community living.
I had a chance to visit the a music festival in the North East India. The festival takes pride in its high altitude camping at a secluded location creating a tribe like atmosphere. The attitude of Indian tourists was so different than the European ones. This encounter prompted me to write this blog.
Disclaimer: I don’t mean to demean any traveller in any way. I have trekked and travelled with many amazing Indian travellers who have made sure that they leave their campsite in the same way they arrive. But that crowd consists of just one percent of the kind of people I am talking in this blog.
CLEAN YOUR CAMPSITE WHEN YOU LEAVE!!! – So you get a clean campsite with everything given the way you expect them to be, then why do you leave your campsite in a messy way. At the end of the camping period at multiple events, I have seen the European and the American tourists picking their garbage and dumping it properly. The Indian tourists simply leave everything from candy to condoms lying in the proximity of their campsite.
Water is a privilege – Campsite usually come with the concept of shared toilet tents unless you are taking a luxury tent in the dunes of Jaisalmer. Even in Jaisalmer, the water is scarce and it takes a lot of effort to bring water to that place. A intelligent idea of being at a campsite is that you use minimal water for cleaning up and then consider that there are at least 20 people waiting behind you. At a luxury campsite, it becomes even worse because the water consumption is equally distributed in all the tents and it is expected that it will be used wisely.
Campsite manager is not your servant or errand boy – The person who manages the campsite has to go through worst. He has to look after demands of every person at that campsite and makes sure that they go happily without any complains. While he is there at your service, doesn’t make him someone that you get freedom to shout and threaten because your tiny demands are not being met. You are living at a campsite usually away from the main civilization. Doesn’t matter how hard they try to make everything perfect, things will go wrong and they often do. Be a little considerate towards your fellow human being.
A two person tent accommodates two people and a rucksack, nothing more than that – This is very funny and everything I am at a camping event, this gives me a big time OCD. People arrive at the campsite with huge luggage, bags and suitcases. At least I have seen this at music festivals. Then they end up complaining that the tent was too small for their entire luggage. A Quenchua T2 is designed in such a way that it will accommodate two people with two big rucksacks but if you expect that your travel trolly will fit in their too then you are in for some disappointment my friend.
Like water, the ration is also limited – Complaining about how the campsite owner only gave you five chapatis and a little rice? Then, you should stay away from any camping event. I have met people who complain about little food and then tell that they have paid and can pay extra for more food. When you are at a high altitude trek, it takes a lot of effort to prepare the meal and money won’t make things easier or faster.
If you are planning to go on a camping trip in the coming months then be a little open minded and see how things turn out for you. Also, please clean your tent before you leave.