For many, ‘glamping’ is still unfamiliar territory, being that it is a heady combination of glamour and camping that many have simply not yet experienced. While camping is certainly a popular activity and a hallmark of growing up with ‘outdoorsy’ parent, it does have its own brand of hardships.
Pitching tents in the dark, making fires, fighting off ravenous insects, battling the elements and hoping that when you crawl into your sleeping bag there isn’t something already in there waiting for you. This is camping and it’s great, but maybe not particularly luxurious.
Glamping started as a means to offer the comfort and luxury of a hotel in the rugged and natural environment of camping and found popularity when celebrities started embracing it as an alternative to standard festival accomodation. There are many different levels of glamping. Take my father, for instance, who would consider taking a pillow and duvet into a tent glamping. For a whole other world of glamping, however, The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC) is the very best.
We’re talking about a nomadic glamping adventure and the utmost level of luxury here. Not just comfort, but temperature controlled tents, gourmet food and even a personal butler. TUTC offers the weary traveller the chance to go glamping in some of the prettiest locations across India, having started started out with mobile luxury camps in Ladakh, went on to Nagaland to be part of the Hornbill Festival and then, set up base in a heritage lodge in Dudhwa National Park. Their most popular glamping holidays are in Thiksey and Diskit in Ladakh.
Unique adventures. This is what the traveller of today is looking for. The pressure for businesses in hospitality to offer their guests something unique, something special and something worth mentioning on Instagram is ever-increasing and looks set to continue along the same path. Judging by their popularity and long waiting list for bookings, this Indian-based touring company has hit the nail on the head.
A UNIQUE IDEA
There is something marvellously freeing about the idea of a nomadic camping experience. Waking up every morning, in a new location, with unfamiliar sights to see, new sounds and exciting smells; it encapsulates the real essence of adventure to know that you’re travelling in one direction, without having to worry about returning home. Now that IS adventure.
TUTC is award-winning too, having claimed two gongs at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards 2015. PATA is the leading voice and authority on travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region and beyond the virtues of comfort and beauty, TUTC won under the Heritage & Culture category for their endeavours to preserve legacies of culture, flora & fauna, performing art forms, secret recipes and ancient healing forms, as well as under the Marketing Media category for their Consumer Travel Brochure.
More recently, TUTC made it to the winners list of the most incredible hotel collections at the annual Smith Awards, hosted by Mr and Mrs Smith, London’s leading authority on luxury travel. TUTC Chamba Camp, Thiksey, competed with the world’s best stays and emerged victorious, for its unparalleled amenities and personalised experiences offered to guests.
The property was voted the best in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category, selected by a panel of travel-savvy judges, including designer Jenny Packham and travel writers Johannes Pong and Lucy Williams. The winner of this award is chosen for consistently surpassing expectations (a drink on the house, the best table for your birthday, a snack for the journey home).
Travel writer Johannes Pong, one of the panellists, described TUTC as, “Absolutely magical eco-friendly glamping in palatial tents with panoramic vistas of mountain-top monasteries by the foothills of the Himalayas in Ladakh.”
The panellists heaped praise on TUTC by stating, “The miracles performed by staff at this Himalayan high-ender are all the more impressive considering your surroundings: 3,500 metres up in the Ladakh Valley. From the personalised butler assigned to each ultra-luxe canvas tent to the friendliness of the local dancers who accompany dinner: everything, it seems, has already been thought of. Feeling peckish in the night? Just delve into your well-stocked snack drawer. Edmund Hillary, eat your heart out!”
Commenting on this achievement, Dhun Cordo, Co-founder, TUTC said, “We are extremely elated and honoured to have made it to the best of the best in a very exclusive category. It affirms our commitment in offering outstanding experiences and personalised luxury to our guests who want to explore challenging landscapes of India.”
At 3,500 metres up, TUTC’s exceptional services cater to all the whims and fancies of its esteemed guests. The aesthetically beautiful tents, furnished with wooden chandeliers, four-poster beds and exquisite linens, exude luxury and each one offers an en-suite bathroom. The hits keep on coming with hot showers, in-house signature wash amenities, safety deposit boxes, a laundry service, private decks, unlimited Wi-Fi at the reception tent, 24/7 security and paramedics on site, 24/7 electricity, a boutique, library and personal butler service.
WOULD THIS SUIT YOU?
This is truly a taste of something special. It has everything you could want in an adventure, plus many extra activities to keep you interested. It takes some time to cover everything, so this isn’t a weekend trip and, as always, precautions should be taken if this is the first time you’re inbound to India.
But let’s face facts. TUTC provide the sort of once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you feeling like you’ve achieved something great and, more importantly, captured an experience that belongs to you. Everyone has to go to India at least once in his or her life, so why not do it in the lap of nomadic luxury and surrounded by the very best fineries you’ll ever find in a campsite, or anywhere else for that matter?