If you are the one who just loves to pack a bag and leave on a weekend to visit some of the most incredible places, then India is just the right place for you. We have some great destinations for backpacking in India that are worth visiting if you are looking for an awesome vacation.
Kerala – Beaches, Backwaters & all Green.
Varkala: One of the most favorite backpacking beach destinations in Kerala if you have a shoestring budget. It is also known as the hippies haven among the beach goers.
Alleppey: For backwaters go to Alleppey , get a kayak from the local fishermen on rent or take a backwaters day tour on a boat and experience pure bliss.
Munnar: Take a road trip to Munnar, and enjoy a scenic road with waterfalls, green forests , spice plantations and misty valleys. The green carpeted hills with tea estates, exotic flowers and reasonable home-stays and hotels makes Munnar a paradise for backpackers.
Thekaddy: Just at about 80 kilometers from Munnar is Thekkady. Take a boat cruise in Periyar lake for some great wildlife sightings or go on a safari (jeep or elephant) in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Himachal Pradesh – Treks & Stunning Views
Spiti Valley: Spiti and Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh are ideal backpacking destinations for adventure lovers. Hike to the beautiful lakes namely Dhankar Lake and Chandar Tal, visit the monasteries and meditation caves in the region and experience peace.
Parvati Valley: The scenic destinations like Manali, Kasol, Tosh and Malana are some of the most favoured backpacking spots for the young and seasoned backpackers alike from around the globe. Hike to the nearby Jogini waterfall in Vashisht or visit KheerGanga natural hot water spring.
Uttarakhand – Yoga, Peace & Adventure
Valley of Flowers Trek: July and August months are the best time to go trekking at Valley of Flowers. Do not frown if you have a have a limited budget, because you can still plan a trip to this flowery heaven on Earth. Take a bus to Govind Ghat from Haridwar or Rishikesh , the trekking trail begins here. Extend your trek to Hemkund Sahib and visit the beautiful gurudwara over there.
Rishikesh: The Yoga Capital of the World and a preferred backpacking destination. Learning yoga postures and meditation at the peaceful ashrams by the Ganga is a favourite among backpackers. For adventure enjoy river rafting and bungee jumping here.
Goa- Beaches, Water sports & Party
An all time favourite with backpackers from around the world Goa is synonymous to beaches, coastal cuisine, nightlife, water sports and beer. However, that’s not all. Experience the beauty of Dudhsagar Waterfalls by trekking through the forests of Konkan, surf the waves, para-glide, watch dolphins leap out of the water and enjoy the most delicious seafood in the beach side shacks.And everything at an unbelievably reasonable rate.
West Bengal – Wildlife & Toy Train
Sunderbans: Boat trip in Sunderbans is a remarkable experience in itself. Watching tigers swimming is a rarity that can be witnessed only in Sunderbans. The marshes are home to interesting aquatic life too. A pocket friendly trip to this world heritage site of UNESCO is one of the brilliant ideas for backpackers.
Darjeeling: Darjeeling is one of the most charming hill stations of India. Backpackers can enjoy a toy train from Siliguri to Darjeeling. All along the way, see scenic views of lush green surroundings.The view of Kanchenjunga and mesmerizing sunrise or sunset from Tiger Hills is another sight one cannot miss out on.
Gujarat – Exploring Marine life
Narara: Narara Marine National Park of Gujarat is a great getaway for backpackers looking for a memorable adventure. No need to go abroad to have a glimpse of the fascinating marine life. Hold crabs, play with dolphins and other marine life from really close and the entry to this Park is unbelievably cheap.
Rann of Kutch: The most amazing place in Gujarat and a natural wonder, Rann of Kucth is the ultimate backpacking place in Gujarat. Visit in winter months, stay in tents and get bowled over by the barrenness and nothingness of the landscape all around.
Sikkim – Monasteries, Adventure & Solitude
Be it trekking, shopping or solitude, Sikkim has it all. Roaming through M.G. Road of Gangtok, enjoying superb views from Damovar cable car , Rumtek Monastery, Yak ride at Yumthang Valley, trekking from Yuksom or Gorchela and 360 degree views of Kanchenjunga from Pelling are all the major highlights of this small state located in the Himalayas. Backpackers can even enjoy partying in the pocket-friendly pubs and lounges of Gangtok.
Make a plan with your friends now, choose a beautiful location, hit the road and go backpacking no worries about the budget. Of course, there are many backpackers destinations in India. Gokarna Beach, historic site of Hampi and Ajanta Ellora Caves can also be added to the list.