Who would have thought that the way of Mr Thomas Hiram Holding of having a recreational vacation outside in the woods, would be today’s trending vocational passage?
Yes, I am talking about camping. His very first handbook of camping was released in 1908 where he gave a detailed account of the essentials of camping. That’s why he is still regarded as the father of modern-day recreational camping.
Camping, as normally understood is the night stay where people sleep in a tent. And the destination mostly became the close interactive place to the nature, far from the luxury and your residences, of course.
Camping simply is the best way to escape the busyness of everyday life, to unplug and reconnect with nature. That’s why it was always on my to-do list.
Admittedly, there are more benefits of camping, but you also need to have a proper plan and preparations for it. A small error could just ruin your camping. Thus, be careful while you camp. Choose the best and suitable equipment, if possible hire a professional to set the camp.
Well, let me further tell you this, the destination and season play the most vital role during camping. In Nepal, the time between Dashain and Tihar (Oct-Nov) is considered the best time to do hikes, camping and treks. After all, it is the peak season for travelling. Neither hot nor extreme cold weather just matches up the spirit of the travellers.
However, choosing a camping destination might be a hard job.
We the team of Bhaktapur.com, right after the last hike of ours, were planning to do camping. And, I was way more excited about this camping.
By the way, if you somehow have missed our last travel blog, then you can check that out over here.
As I already mentioned, it takes a lot of preparation to do camping. For us too, it was a new experience. Although we have heard and learn a lot about it before, the real experience is something else. Thus, we started our preparations right two weeks before the day of camping.
The first thing that we had to decide for camping was the destination. By that period, we were thinking about Maley Gaun and Nagarkot. The Trishul Danda was also on the list, yet at last, we choose to go to Ghyampe Danda. Of course, cause it was one of the best-suited places to do camping in Bhaktapur. Especially for the beginners.
You know it. Bhaktapur is surrounded by amazingly beautiful hills. So, it was not difficult to find the destination rather it was quite hard to choose exactly where to go? One more thing, before confirming your destination, don’t forget to inspect the place by yourself. Like the routes, area, and other facilities.
Like, Ghyampe danda, the southern hill station of Bhaktapur which already is one attractive destination. And recently established zipline made it innumerably popular though. However, the destination where we were about to camp was not neat at all. Actually, I was quite disappointed at that time. Thus, you should be careful about such matters too.
People should have considered these things when they go to public places like Ghyampe Danda. It was so unpleasant to see dust all over the ground. First, when we reach there, we kind of like ooh, we didn’t expect this… However, that does not interrupt us from enjoying the sunset.
Right after that, we cleaned some portion of the place and started to make our camps. It was a first-hand experience making a tent like that. Nhuja, one of our co-operators and a scout member taught us to make the camp. Finally, when the camp was set, we started to light the fire. It’s camping. So without a campfire, camping would not be camping anymore. Right!
Nevertheless, you can buy woods from local people out there.
Through the way, we had our front-end developer as a barbeque fixture. He surely is the best in his job. And the rest of it, I assume you can guess.
We learn a lot of things during this camp. Despite the beautiful destination, we surely had a beautiful night. Although there are things that you must consider while camping like what to bring, what to wear and what things do we need to consider during camping.
Besides, the most enjoyable thing about camping was sitting in front of the campfire, of course, then feeling the cold and listening to those out of the topic talks of friends. On top of that, the night view of the city and photography as well simply added new experiences to our lives.
And, trust me, you would find each and every type of personality in camps. Like, the best one who can sing well, then those who laugh without any reason, that one who stays silent, another one taking videos and photos, one group undergoing into the songs and one who runs out from here and there.
Here are some things, that is so unforgettable about this camp, at least for me. The best part of our camping…
The guff of our designer…
Mesmerising sunset and warm sunrise
The night light of the city and shining sky (filled with stars and half-moon)
Milk tea in the early in the morning
The pristine view of the cold mountain range