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Camp Wildex Rishikesh
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

It was 2 night stay at wildex. This was the best experience ever. Good service by manager Dev. Hygienic toilets. Good location. Adventure starts itself on the way reaching to camp. The best thing is the small part of River flowing behind camp. U can just sit there for hours and pass a relaxing time under water. Clear waters. U can see the jungle next to river which too gives the natural peace. The place is so neat and clean. Also the food they serve is amazing. Also DJ and campfire at night. And also they have adventure activities at camp. This is definitely value for money and on my list when I visit rishikesh again.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

So, I am writing this review after almost a month of my visit to camp Wildex and still getting butterflies, such was our camping experience ! I went with a bunch of friends and family. Stayed at the campsites in Kanatal & Rishikesh. Here is my experience in detail –

Kanatal –
Girls, if you are a 'Twilight' fan, then Kanatal will be your dream come true !! It’s like somebody just lifted the sets right off from Hollywood to set up in there. The tall pines, cold breeze, solitude, & the sky view to die for…in short, I fell in love with the place. I must say that the campsite is very ideally located.

Things to do at Kanatal –
1. Wake up to a mesmerizing sunrise.
2. Go for a trek to this unbelievable place a few miles away from the site
3. Enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains, trees and exotic birds of Himalayas
4 Let the peace subside with sunset and get ready to party during bonfire
5. Food – Yummy it was.
And yeah...take some Selfies ! ;)

Rishsikesh –
So we reached camp Wildex, Rishikesh around 8pm and could hear the music from a distance..and boy we were ready to party ! After reaching the site, we placed our stuff in the tent ( which was very clean and safe btw) and rushed to enjoy the bonfire and DJ. Made friends with a lot of people there and enjoyed to the core.

Things to do –
1. Play with their dogs. They are A-DORABLE !
2. Sit by the river side. It was so serene!
3. Enjoy activities and sports at the campsite. My fav. – Rock climbing
4. Trek to this majestic waterfall nearby.

Two things I was impressed by are the structure and hygiene that they are maintaining in the midst of a jungle.
Staff was very helpful and a special mention to the owners as they were personally making sure that we enjoy ourselves.
I would love to visit this place again.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank Bee169
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We reached rishikesh on 23 April 2014. We had made our booking through a travel company "K2K adventure Travel Network", which made our trip very well managed and relaxed. Though there was a initial confusion about the rafting partner, but was cleared with some communication. The camping experience was really good. The food served at all the time was really good and proper. The electricity is confined to open area and not in tents but that's how I suppose the camp should be. They were neat and clean. The staff were helpful and takes care of the guests very well. A little working on the toiletries would give a higher rating to the property. The dogs at the camp are also very helpful and follows you wherever u move to give security. The campfire was very well organised and snacks were a real treat.

Overall the location of the camp is wonderful, food is really good, staff is helpful and the whole place is amazing. Only piece of advice is whatever and whenever there is a confusion about the place or your schedule, please ask and clear things from your own end, that would make your stay and trip more memorable and better. The organizer would definitely help you out. You would love the place..

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Kartikeya19
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We reached Rishikesh on 2nd May 2014. It took efforts to reach Wildex as they don't have clear signboards on various turnings of the road. The camp is situated on the backdrop of a valley where a Tributary flows and joins the main river . the location of the place is wonderful and it definitely gives you a Camp like feel. The very steep and narrow path towards the camp from the main road is dangerous and the camp people can improve upon the safety of this path.
The Tents are neat and clean , the food service is good and offer tasty food to the customers , charging facility available near tents. They have 3 dogs which are the friendliest of creatures and they will stay with you if you are going on a hike nearby to explore and will leave no chance to drive away the Monkeys and other animals that might come in your way. The staff i would say definitely needs improvement especially the caretaker. There is a lot of mismanagement on his part . We were mislead by him on several occasions due to which we wasted a lot of time and energy. He is also the DJ in the night and sticks to only Honey Singh. The Camp staff need to be more transparent in terms of the service they provide at the camp. There is mismanagement from the staff in the Rafting packages and they will try to minimise your experience due to some constraints these people have.Also , there was no camping activities like Night hiking , Rappeling , river crossing etc as mentioned in our package. Please ensure you ask them in advance about the rafting and camping package and have official written communication about your package that will greatly help your cause. Overall ,a decent experience and their staff needs improvement.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

we visited rishikesh onr 29th and 30th march, 2014. We contact person named abhishek and he informed us that we will be getting luxury tent. But quality of tent was horrible. They were not cleaned properly. Initially Abhishek told us that there will be electricity in tent but when we reached camp, electricity is in open area. You have to sit there for charging laptop and mobile.
The way down to camp is very risky with no safety put up by Wildex like ropes, baricades or any supporting rodes.
They told they we will have nonveg snacks in evening but even after paying extra they were reluctant to offer nonveg.

Worst experience was with rafting.. After Checkout they simple say you to go up but when you reach up on the road, there is no one to guide and help you. You stand there like a fool with no clue what to do next. They were supposed to send us to shivpuri from where we were to do 16km of rafting till Ram jhulla in rishikesh, but just because of Wildex mismanagement and no planning we were stranded in shivpuri on road side for 2 hours and were just made to wait and wait after we called them up. I felt as we were not on a trip but were stranded as we have not paid them, the biggest proof of no proper planning from Wildex and how casually they treat tripers as they have already paid full amount.
Finally when we warned them of posting all our bad experience on Trip advisor they contacted some other tour planner in shivpuri and adjusted us on a raft.

I suggest a strict no for camp wildex untill unless you want to spoil your tour.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank kaushalmaurya
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We were a group of cousins travelling to Wildex’ Rishikesh camp on the 12th-13th weekend ... and like I mentioned above – we had the time of our lives here. The occasion was that of a bachelorette party of one of our cousins, and Wildex made it a memorable experience.

The camp is situated in a valley next to a tributary of Ganga, for those of you who are aware of the area; know that it is a little walk away from the main river. We chose it for three reasons:
1. The beach camps situated next to Ganga generally don’t have toilets with flowing water which make them really unhygienic – especially for girls
2. The location of Wildex camp is just opposite to a shallow tributary which is easily accessible – even for small kids since the water flow is not very strong, so it is safe
3. The view of Rajaji national park just opposite the camp is absolutely stunning and a welcome change over the regular beach camps

Now the rafting ... frequent rafters know the situation in Rishikesh – there are just a few rafting companies and several camps with many people staying. This creates a demand supply imbalance and there is monopoly of rafting companies – where they act as per their convenience.

But still for anyone, SAFETY should be the key priority and Wildex focuses on that. Normally I have seen camps arranging any agency with a raft just to keep the customer happy – be it licensed or unlicensed. Please remember that at the end of the day – you should have all the safety measures in place. Wildex has tied up with a very good rafting agency in Rishikesh and they were very particular about safety. Wildex staff were uncompromising on the safety aspect – which I found an ethical thing and I respect that.

So guys, pls. remember that rafting activities are outsourced and are not undertaken by camp people in Rishikesh, but by rafting agencies which are very few, and hence have very high attitude and will not hesitate twice before compromising your security. We trusted Wildex for this and were happy with the rafting. We asked a lot of questions to the guide and he answered them all – which shows good experience!!

Overall stay at the camp was very good and pleasant. The people we met there were generally youngsters – which made it even more fun!! The staff went out of the way to help us ladies to carry the bags, serve food, etc. which I found really impressive. Although on the first day, we were late in reaching, but still the staff prepared and served us food. Overall, it felt like HOME!!
The atmosphere in the evening is of total party – good DJ, good crowd, and good food – what else you need to have a rocking time. The DJ was good and played songs as per the ‘mood’ of the crowd.

The camp has several activities to keep you engaged throughout the day ... cricket, volley, badminton – but our favourite pastime was sitting and chilling on the cool rocks of the tributary flowing near the camp. You can easily spend hours there – carry a good book or Ipod along 
It has been almost a week since I have been back and not a day passes when I don’t think back of the fun we had. I don’t know when I will be back, but whenever I am, I know I’ll stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the court/ground are quieter
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank hiprerna
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

So we were 3 married couples (friends) travelling together for this camping experience.... We drove down to Rishikesh from Delhi... A long and bumpy ride on the awful roads of Uttarakhand... Pls go in an absolutely comfortable car else the journey is weary. And we finally reach our destination, totally surprised and shocked to see that its not on the main river side... It is water facing but away from the main river, so here the water is quite shallow.... Nice to dip in and sit and relax but we were looking forward to something on white sand on the main river where you see the rafts and the rapids...

Anyways, so we moved down the hill to the camp... Quite a decent camp compared to the others I visited before this. Decent tents and good food... They have all the facilities for sports like badminton, volleyball, cricket, hammocks, a small activity area for rock climbing, rappelling, burma bridge etc, an even smaller similar set up for kids too.... Most disappointing are the washrooms and bathing cabins. I would have appreciated if they segregated the ones for women...

They claim that they have hot and cold water facility for bathing at the camp however the truth is that the hot water facility is a tiny small geyser outside the washrooms which gives one bucket of hot water in one hour and you have a queue for it!!!

The evenings are well planned at the camp wherein there is bonfire, good music, laser lights and snacks.... For non-vegetarians like us, having vegetarian snacks was a bit of pain but we carried our own snacks like sausages etc which the camp staff was courteous enough to heat for us...

Now the worst experience.... we booked our rafting expedition through Wildex...we kept enquiring the camp manager- Dev about the time slot for our rafting expedition the following day but were told it'll be known only in morning.... As informed, 12pm was the rafting time booked for us, hence we were to leave the camp by 11am. Till about 12pm we were at the camp itself as the rafting rep didnt reach. Finally he reached and took us to a mid point where the raft and their car was to drive us to Shivpuri. We waited for good 45 mins in the heat with no clue as to what is happening. There was no briefing! nothing, just the heat and us waiting. Eventually, our pick up service arrived while there were another 4-5 groups behind us from our camp waiting for their turn... The rafting expedition was absolutely fantastic and couldn't have been better. Had an experienced and a great guide... Midway maggi point serves you yummy maggi and refreshing hot tea... The guide asked us where to drop us and we were clueless as to what is he referring to. There is Ram Jhula and then the last drop point. We chose the latter as we were not informed by our camp manager where he is sending our car for pick up. We landed just to realise that our driver is kilometers away from us. We again had to wait for about an hour to have our driver pick us. We reached our camp around 4pm for lunch though they still served us hot lunch but was a very bad experience waiting unnecessarily and felt we have wasted the whole day and could have utilized it for other activities like flying fox, trekk to the waterfalls etc.

The service staff was good throughout untill the last night when they were literally pushing people to have dinner fast as they wanted to have dinner after us. We felt very uncomfortable with people clearing the food counters while we were still eating. That's rude!

All in all, the camp is still better off than other camps of equivalent stature but I truly believe they could do so much to improve their service, quality and attitude. For now, I am not sure if I'll ever return to Wildex but I'll for sure visit Rishikesh again for this spectacular rafting expedition....

Room Tip: The tents in front of the dining area are better located.... others are right behind the washrooms...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Camp Wildex Rishikesh

Address: Phoolchatti, Rattapaani | Neelkanth Road, Rishikesh 249201, India
Region: India > Uttarakhand > Dehradun District > Rishikesh
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 214 Speciality Lodging in Rishikesh
Price Range: £62 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Camp Wildex, Rishikesh is a riverside jungle camp far from the highway and away from everyone else. The pleasant sound of the rapids on the river echoes in the valley and camping around such an amazing natural surroundings is a lifetime experience in itself. As the area has Rajaji National park on both sides, a good variety of rare himalayan birds can be seen. Evenings at campsite are romantic, fun-filled and exciting. The starlit sky, silhouette of the mountains, rippling sound of the river and shimmering of bon-fire, this is a great way to explore the outdoors. ... more   less 

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