Caravanning in India

When Mahatma Gandhi returned to India after his visit to South Africa, he knew that the best way to get to know the Indian condition would be to travel amongst her villages and see, first hand, the greatness of a nation that is borne from one of the oldest of civilizations. Gandhi did that almost a century ago in 1917. Even today, this is a great idea to do almost the same thing except there is an even better way to go about it. Our motives may be a little different from the Mahatma’s, but the effect is just as spectacular and just as colorful.

The best thing is to use the modern day caravan and tour the country by road exactly the same way Shah Rukh Khan traveled to the village in the film Swadesh. Traveling the roads in a caravan allows you to let India marinate within you as you can trek the country from one latitude to the next. GPS databases even in India these days are surprisingly accurate and getting lost is not really possible anymore – even if you do, well, it’s good to get lost once in a while in a country like India.

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Caravan in India
Caravan in India

A billion people; 30 languages; 2000 dialects, over 3.2 million square kilometres (according to Wikipedia) cannot be rushed through and cannot be placed on a train schedule. A caravan means you get to mingle your way from one state to the next.
Here is the way we suggest you plan it.

Caravan Rental

Start with a caravan rental. You’ll be surprised; you can get caravans in India too. Unlike the UK, where you can get in touch with places like The Caravan Club, to hook you up with choices especially if you need insurance, India has not developed the industry to that point just yet, but you will be surprised as to the extent of what is available.

However in the western world, caravan rental offers you the conveniences of road side assistance in case you need it as well as caravan insurance, travel insurance, and almost every local convenience you can think of. You can also get the truck or SUV’s that pulls the conventional caravans. But those might be a little difficult in India, but you still can get caravans that you can drive similar to the camper trailers. Even motorhomes are available.

Starting Point

It would make sense to begin the trek in Mumbai as some of the better caravan rental places can be found here. From a macro perspective, the journey would begin here and circumnavigate the subcontinent counter clockwise. So, from Mumbai, you would travel south to Pune and continue from there. The trip will take at least 6 months to complete and it will see you arrive back in Mumbai, approaching from the North. While you traverse the length and breadth of this magnificent country by road, you may want to check out, at least one of these, 5 wellness vacation destinations in India.

Trip

The entire trip, only to circumscribe the country will roll 6000 kilometres on the odometer. This doesn’t include all the times you will get lost or when you side track and detour. It doesn’t even include the times you will step into the heartlands. This 6000-kilometre drive only takes you from Mumbai to Pune, down to Goa all the way down to Nagercoil, then back up to Madurai on the Southern side. Driving up further will take you into Tiruchirappali, Pondicherry, Chennai then all the way to through the many beautiful southern cities up to Vijayawada and on to Kolkata. That would trace a path along the outer edges of the country. From there you would cut straight across to New Delhi then to Jaipur, Ahmadabad and finally back to Mumbai.

Traversing the length and breadth of India will subject the ear to sounds of over 30 distinct languages, some based on Sanskrit and others, Dravidian. Flying over India at 30,000 feet does not do her justice. The best way to see the colour, flavour the spices and experience the sounds is to take the many roads that weave through this magnificent tapestry called India.

Caravan Holidays in India

You can even book caravan holidays or caravan tours in India. The most popular ones are the tours of Darjeeling. Again the idea is the same, where you can book a caravan that you can drive yourself or get a driver to do all the hard work.

Although the use of caravans in India unlike the western world is still is in its early stages, its picking up. Due to the increased readiness of the emerging middle classes in India, Indians seems to be taking this route. However, do you lack of infrastructure such as roads and service centers for these vehicles, it just might take a little longer to get that vacation and weekend culture in India.

It will be interesting to see if caravans would take off in India or not.

27 thoughts on “Caravanning in India”

  1. Hi Shalu,

    Interesting indeed 🙂

    I’ve never really heard of caravan rental clubs, though do know many people who have their own caravans and travel around a great deal too. In=fact we traveled with one couple long back when I was little, and it was fun.

    Thanks for sharing this. Have a nice day 🙂

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    • Hi Harleena
      You must have seen the film Swadesh where Shah Rukh Khan drove a caravan. Basically it has everything; bed, toilet and tables perhaps cooking facilities. Its very popular in the west. Its coming long slowly in India too. Nice to know you travelled in it, it certainly is good fun caravanning. Thank you for comment.

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    • If you are looking for Caravans in India let us know, we have 2 berth / 4 berth Caravans for sale with bed / kitchen / Shower / toilet etc.,

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      • Hi

        We are a family of 6 adults and 6 kids(4 below 3 years and 2 below 10 years) planning a trip from gurgaon to manali from 4th to 8th January. We are looking for 6 seats and spacious bed on the floor along with a washroom if possible inside the vehicle. Pls let me know if you have such an option available and the corresponding rent.

        Regards
        Anuradha
        [email protected]

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      • I am interested, can you please provide contact details. I am staying in Mumbai.
        Also please let me know if you are aware of caravan designer or assembler in mumbai.

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  2. Caravanning is hard in my opinion. So many hours of driving, certainly this is a huge effort, exciting view across lanscape of course but with high price.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

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  3. Hi Shalu, very nice of you to share this roadmap. If you ever come to Belgium / Europe make sure you stop by Provdl Caravanes, they have some nice motorhomes you can rent as well.

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  5. Hi, Anuradha

    Read your comment, indeed, you are at the right place. In almost all the foreign countries, people having big families prefer, travelers and RVs, since; these caravans have all the facilities like kitchen, bed, portable toilet, small fridge and even portable cupboards.

    In India, also many people are adopting of hiring or purchasing their own personal traveler, since, they are not much expensive.

    I personally like caravans because while travelling you don’t have to face any of the sanitary issues.

    Hope you get the best carvan soon, according to your needs and requirements.

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  6. hi i am planning a tour starting from gurgaon plz let me know the the process to rent a self driven caravan also do let me know about driven by a chauffeur. i am reachable at 9818489825

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  9. Hello,

    We want to hire a caravan with all facilities for our proposed tour as mentioned in below schedule

    18 Oct 2017 – Pick up at Lucknow till 23 Oct drop at Lucknow… we may extend a day if all destinations are not covered

    18 Oct pick up at Lucknow then move to Ayodhya. Night at Ayodhya
    19 Oct after noon from Ayodhya to Chaapiya
    20 Oct – around 12.00noon start from Chhapiya for Varanasi
    21 Oct – Varanasi, over night journey to Gaya
    22 Oct – Gaya – Over night Journey to Allahabad
    23 Oct – Allahabad – Over night journey to Lucknow
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    We are 9 Adults and 2 kids

    Please select best vehicle accordingly so we all get separate berth

    Looking forward to hear you soon

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  10. Hello Shalu ji…
    Im looking for a Caravan with Beds, Kitchen, Toilet, Shower etc. for 3 or 7 people from Mumbai to Lonavala, and back.

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  12. I want to Hire a Small Caravan/ RV for travelling from South to North India, Duration will be 30-45 days.
    Can anyone help me with a contact or Email id.

    Also if someone can give me idea about the cost of Renting vs. Buying.

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