Camping is one of my great pleasures in life. A time when you can leave the comforts of home behind, and get close to nature. It is only you, a tent, a sleeping bag and a few marshmallows to toast over an open fire. I get a lot of pleasure from camping and roughing it for a few days!
It was after I had arrived at Camp Osian in Rajasthan, India, that I discovered my new guilty pleasure – luxury camping.
The Camel Camp Osian, is located approximately 60 kilometres outside Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The camp itself is in the ancient village of Osian and is surrounded by beautiful sand dunes.
Spending the evening at this camp was the highlight of my trip to Rajasthan, India.
The camp is built on three levels, the highest level being where the restaurant and pool is located; it is truly memorising. You can enjoy a drink at the bar, or swim in the pool, whilst enjoying the stunning views of the desert.
As we were shown to our tents, I quickly realised that this wouldn’t be like any other camping trip that I had been on. The tents actually had beds in them, and the floors were covered with comfort carpeting.
I was ready to use the “nature facilities” outside, when I realised that I didn’t have to. I approached the end of this large tent and noticed that it had its own separate bathroom!
It could have easily been in an upscale hotel, as the floors were covered with marble, and there was a lovely “flushable” toilet and a shower and sink made of brick! I went outside the tent and realised the best feature of all – a view of the sand dunes from the tent!
A trip to this camp wouldn’t be complete without a Camel Safari – which I was sure to do. It was surreal going through the ancient gates of Osian onto the dunes of Rajasthan. My camel couldn’t care less that he was carrying me, and started to feed on leaves from a tree, pulling the branch on me! I was quick to forgive him after he took me over the dunes to witness the spectacular sunset.
The day ended at the Camel Camps’ open air restaurant. We were entertained by a traditional Rajasthani folk band, and after a few glasses of mango juice and rum, we spent the night dancing under the stars.
Regular camping has never been the same since!