For a very long time, I am yearning to take a road trip to a camping site and sleep under the enormous sky in the wilderness, where nature is my only alarm clock. I wish to peep out of my cosy tent and soak in the incredible sunrise amid green hills or simply laze around in a hammock. I am day dreaming of nothing but toasty, chocolate-dipped marshmallows and yummy barbecue dinners accompanied by bonfires and late-night acoustic jam sessions.
And when I happened to plan a three-day glamping trip to Sula Vineyards located near the beautiful Godavari river in Nashik, it was almost like the universe had conspired to grant my travel wishes yet again. In fact, an upgraded version of my wishes this time. If you have never heard of glamping, the definition is: Glamorous Camping. Glamping was first introduced in early 1900s in European and American safaris as the affluent travellers did not want to sacrifice the comforts and luxuries they were accustomed to. And, the glam quotient cannot get any better. Yes, it’s time to indulge in the harvest season at Sula Fest 2016. I am already doing a happy dance around my living room as I can see myself squishing grapes between my toes, downing glasses of delectable wine, treating myself to the lip-smacking gourmet spread and shopping some pretty, delicate knick-knacks at the little fest bazaar.
Time to pack my bags
First things first, I do not understand the concept of travelling light. Though I have often tried to accommodate my stuff in just one little backpack, I have failed to do so on most occasions. Somehow, I end up packing all my fashionable travel essentials including my favourite hat, pair of sunglasses, absolutely-can’t-do-without jackets and tunics and, of course, matching footwear and accessories. To take it positively, this is a slightly better version of me. Now, you certainly wouldn’t find me lugging a suitcase double my size. Yet I seriously need to learn the art of surviving for a week or more in just one pair of denim shorts and a t-shirt or two. I wonder how people do it.
So, I have already made a list of things I need to pack for my camping trip. It includes towels, a range of toiletries, an extra sleeping bag and some snacky tid bits for the journey, obviously apart from everything I mentioned above. I have a pendrive ready with a perfect playlist comprising all the latest Bollywood and English tunes to sway to.
Can’t wait for the road trip to begin
Few things in life are more liberating than a road trip. There is a certain richness to traversing the land an inch at a time that is absent from the experience of climbing into a metal canister and climbing out at your destination. Fortunately, I am never in the driver’s seat and hence I can easily make the four wheeler my home for a few hours. I can take off my shoes, put my feet up and look out of the window to appreciate the beauty of verdant landscapes that pass by. Or even have some quality conversation with my travel partner. This is one of life’s greatest pleasures, isn’t it? The open road holds many keys to discovery. If I spot a romantic, Greek-style cafe off road and feel like taking a quick halt to grab some breakfast, I very well have the freedom to do so. And that’s what I love about road trips. It’s been really long since I have hit the road and I am eagerly looking forward to my road trip to the vineyards this weekend.
Travel with me virtually through my Facebook and Instagram accounts and come back here for some fun stories on my glamping trip to Sula Vineyards!
Want to join me at the glamping site? Here’s the info:
How to get there:
Sula Vineyards in Nashik is 180 km from Mumbai, reachable by car, bus or train and 210 km from Pune, reachable by car or bus. Follow the road for 3 km until Shivaji Nagar.
Camping Tariff + Festival Tariff
1 night camping + 1 Day Festival Pass Rs 5,700 per person.
1 night camping + 2 Day Festival Pass Rs. 6,800 per person
2 nights camping + 2 Day Festival Pass Rs. 9,800 per person
3 Nights camping + 2 Days Festival Pass Rs. 11,800 per person
Glamping for two with two day VIP passes: Rs 60,000
For Further details, visit letscampout.com or contact +91 98198 13493
See you there!