A luxury tent!

What is a luxury tent? We’d spent nights in superb tents in Kenya, with good wifi, four poster beds, and enormous bathtubs. That would qualify as luxury. The tent we found in Vaitarna was not quite the same. It was good enough, big room, comfortable bed, but somehow, it didn’t quite have the same decadent air of luxury. The infinity pool was a nice extra though.

The idea is simple. You build a platform in wood and concrete. Raise a wooden wall on two sides, and pitch a tent over it. It’s probably cheaper than building cabins. There was a line of tents near the infinity pool, and a couple at a lower level. The lower group is what you see in the photo above.

We’d not planned to spend long times in the tent. Our intention was to walk most of the day. But the best laid plans of men and mice (one of which scuttled across the floor) when taken at the flood, lead to misfortune. Mangled metaphors aside, there were storms every day. We walked in spite of them, but after changing out of wet clothes for a meal you don’t feel like walking out into the rain again. We ended up spending half of every day in. Monsoon storms are quite pleasant at the blue hour, especially when seen from inside a cosy room.

Fortunately, there was enough wine to make the long rainy evenings quite pleasant. We pulled up two of the garden chairs next to the window in the tent and spent our evenings going through the day’s photos, or planning the next walk. It was a nice break in the middle of restrictions.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. This is now known as ‘Glamping’: A form of camping that involves accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping. Glamping, as a word, was added to the English Oxford Dictionary in 2016. However, if you consume sufficient wine it won’t really matter what you call it!

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    1. It’s strange but I learnt this word ‘glamping’ just yesterday when we had an elaborate impromptu discussion during our office meeting on glamping vs. camping and what each of us preferred and why. 🙂

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      1. It was put into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016 but I think I first heard the term around 2012/13 when one of my nieces announced that she and her husband were going glamping (glamourous camping).

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  2. I never stayed in a luxury tent, just some basic tarpaulin ones as part of an outdoor training, and loved it thoroughly.
    That place looks beautiful in the rains. I would love to have some hot pakora and tea with some good books and try to weather the storms 🙂 we did the wet and dry spells in Goa monsoon once, and after the dry you definitely don’t feel like going out in the rain again.

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