Backpacking is an art which teaches you what not to pack. India with its diverse culture and places has so much to offer to its travelers. It is all-in-one package for the backpackers. So, here are a few backpacking destinations in India that every traveler must visit :
Mcleodganj is a separate town but in fact, it is name given to Upper Dharamshala. Everything about McLeodganj is surreal, the affordable cafes and the beautiful monasteries are all a different kind of experience when you visit this place. The view of the Kangra Valley and the lip smacking Tibetan food is something that is hard to forget even after leaving the place. This place will not seem so much unless you start exploring the places which are not on the map.
If road trip to barren rugged mountains is your thing, then Leh is your place buddy. There is a lot in the bucket for the people who love adventures. It is also known as “The land of the Passes” and has amazing trekking trails which is the major reason why travelers visit this place a lot. Apart for the obvious trekking, you can try your hand at mountain climbing, rafting, biking and safaris.
Spiti will be one of the ideal backpacking destinations for you if you are looking for untouched places. It is another tiny piece of Tibet in India. Trekking here will require a little determination as it might not be easy for some. Photographers are going to love the scenery here and won’t be able to resist click all the time. But the beauty of this place is something that photographs and stories cannot justify.
Rishikesh is a magnet for travelers who seek spiritual solace. Also known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, it has a lot of ashrams where you can join other people in meditation. But that’s not all. Rishikesh is also widely famous for white-water rafting and backpacking. You can also camp in the area if you don’t feel like staying at the hotels. Though a little crowded, but the aura of Rishikesh will surely take you in with its spiritual and adventure vibes.
It is almost always raining in Meghalaya, thats why it is so beautiful. Among the best backpacking destinations, Meghalaya is the wettest place in the world, although winters are comparatively dry. Meghalaya like the rest of the Northeast part of India is a little unexplored and therefore a must visit for travelers seeking off-beaten places. You can try your hand at archery which is a Meghalayan obsession. Khasi culture and celebrations are another reason that lures visitors here.
Munnar is known for its tea estates and exotic scenery. It has really dreamy view-points and is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Kerala. It is situated in between three mountain streams i.e. Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The backpackers love to explore the widespread fauna in the forests. Anamudi which is the highest peak in South India is a great spot for trekking.
If you haven’t already been to Goa, I’m sure its on your immediate list of backpacking destinations. Goa is known for its loud music parties and cheap booze but it has something to offer for everyone. Camping in the sand and beaches can be an amazing experience during night time. There are a lot of peaceful places to that backpackers can explore. It is a place that you must visit once.
“I would gladly live out of a backpack
if it meant I could see the world.”