Exploring New Camping Grounds In Nagpur City

This Sunday, I decided to get up early morning and explore more places in the city for camping. So, I kick started my bike and I drove into the woods once again, this time towards a small village called Chakkikhapa, 12 kms. from the city. The goal? Explore an awesome camping ground along a lake.

Looking For A Camping Ground

Lakes and water bodies have become extinct here, thanks to the industrialization that had long prevailed here; and yet those which were accessible have been rendered less useful for camping due to disposal of industrial waste. I little expected that I will find a place today, somehow, I got lucky though.  

It was a splendid morning today and the night was just awake from a drizzle, clearing the clouds . A gentle breeze brushed across my face as I drove on the NH-69 .A small diversion to the left from the main highway led me towards the Bhonsala Military School, located in the serenity of a village life. The Chakkikhapa village is the end of the road, and leads to a small water reservoir forming a natural lagoon into the forests ahead.

In one view, it was difficult to make out whether there existed any place for camping. I was almost about to go when I witnessed a small entry through the bamboo mangroves. Somewhere from inside, the water seemed to come out of the bushes beyond, and it made me curious to walk further inside.

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A further walk inside and I spotted this lovely nest. In the early morning sunrise, it was simply splendid. Couldn’t help but click one for a memory..I was looking for a flat ground which could overlook the reservoir. This place was full of high grass and the chances of finding a flat ground for setting up the camp seemed meagre.

Found A Spot
Found A Spot

 

And Finally Its Set Up
And Finally Its Set Up

 

Ready!!!
Ready!!!

After a little bit of hunt, I was finally able to narrow down to this point, right under the bamboo bushes. The thin rays of light filtered through the trees above and the morning dew was yet to evaporate from the grass.

A view from the reservoir
A view from the reservoir
Time to test the waters
Time to test the waters

The water from the reservoir gently rolled down the cemented abutment and flew downstream, to water the small farms ahead. In heavy monsoons, the space fills up with rainwater, covering up the complete space in between. it was time to walk down the reservoir. So, I just stepped down the broad cemented patch in front to cross over.

I sat along the edge of the canal, to capture some images of course. My Micromax Canvas Xpress A99 was all set to click the finest HDR pictures. It helps me to click surprisingly finer pictures with a 5 MP camera. The lagoon had its own natural beauty to offer, and the morning break was made it even more ideal for the purpose.

I spent some time sitting across the canal to feel the tranquil of the moment. There was still some noise here, but it was of that of the flowing water and chirping birds. I walked back to the point where I placed my tent and next to it, spotted this flower on a teak wood tree. The Face-detection mode clicked the fine Macro Image of the flower, which was unbelievably sharp and clear, something I could rarely expect from a mobile camera.

Heading Back
Heading Back
Peeking from the Tent
Peeking from the Tent

 

Finally, this is what I could assess about the place for camping.

  1. Ideal for a group of 10-15 people for a night camp. The place is safe enough being close to the village and there are several stretches of camping grounds available, as long as one is not insistent upon a water source.
  2. Great place for nature photography. The area has a wide variety of bird species and will immediately become a place of liking for the photographers and nature explorers.
  3. Ideal break from the city life. The natural support elements, such as bamboo bushes, fire-wood, are easily available for setting up a camp here.
  4. The water reservoir may not be ideal for experimentation. Though the other side of the reservoir wall is shallow to play around.
  5. Ideal Time to Enter: Evening Twilight Time- 1800 hrs to Morning Twilight Time- 0800 hrs.
  6. Must Carry: Camp Tent, Camp stool, barbecue, safety equipment (torch, medi-kit, fire source, jungle knife/ swiss knife) and camera.
  7. Parking Space: 1.5 kms from the spot.
  8. Mobile Connectivity: Clear Signal for communication.