Holidaying in a camping trailer or campervan has become a popular trend among Indian travelers as India’s tourism sector continues to rebuild after the Covid pandemic.
According to tour planners, the segment of people holidaying at campsites is growing fast, and in the past 24 months, its market share has increased considerably.
Once considered a post-retirement venture, camping trailers or campervans are today’s hotels-on-wheels and are trending as one of the safest travel alternatives, as travelers can soak in the great outdoors on their own timetable of check-in and check-out at a safe and sanitized distance.
According to tour operators, a majority of the options for camping are available in the North, followed by the South and the West.
In the North, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are popular states for camping, whereas, in the South, it is Karnataka. In the West, Maharashtra and Gujarat are the most frequently visited states.
“Despite constraints, camping activity is increasing in the North, driven especially by the youth. We foresee a huge opportunity in the near future in this segment. Improved road connectivity and the availability of mobile coverage have helped to drive the shift,” said Gagan Sachdeva, proprietor for IV Holidays.
Youngsters, families, and the millennials today are looking for more personalized and curated holidays that are not confined to the disconnected enclosure of a hotel room or the ‘been there done that’ holiday spots listed on the websites.
They want a one-of-a-kind adventure, a road trip they can enjoy on their terms and time.
“Camping culture is on the rise, which is evident from the demand we are witnessing. While across India, imported caravans and recreation vehicles are available on rent, our camping trailers are the only ones being designed, manufactured, and sold across the world,” said Founder and Owner of Fatehgarh Sahib-based Bullston, Harjit S Rai.
He started manufacturing horse trailers for safe transportation on his return to India. Still, during the Covid, he noticed a trend which is how people were yearning to travel, but at a safe distance, new unexplored locations, and back to nature.
He started designing and developing the bumper-pull camper trailers, among multiple other trailers for utility, farming, transport, and equestrian needs.
These under-700 kg beauties come with a queen-size bed, charging points, solar panels, rooftop tent option, kitchenette, shower area, and an impenetrable steel body with a wooden finish.
This article originally appeared on The Tribune India.