India is blessed with the diversity that helps most travellers explore a new world in every city within this country. The Himalayas in the North and Eastern parts are the coffers of diverse flora , fauna, wildlife, astonishing cultural practices and ancient tribes whereas the south of India has safely kept its secret untouched beaches. Backpacking destinations here can’t just be listed. However, we have curated some of the best places of India for your next backpacking trip.


Flanked by colourful French Villas and bakeries, serving the most delicious sweets, Pondicherry is a gem located on India’s South Eastern coast. It would surely turn out to be an unwinding experience that includes beach hopping, visiting the Aurobindo Ashram and being flabbergasted by the experiential lives of the citizens of Auroville. You can also enjoy the wonders of serenity by taking a guided tour inside the unique temple of Auroville. This is not it, you can also take a day long workshop in pottery, permaculture, horticulture and can even seek the blessings of nature at Sadhna Forest.


A land of cave gardens and waterfalls, Meghlaya is a nature lover’s ultimate destination. At every corner of this north eastern state of India lays a surprise for an adventure enthusiasts. The recent discovery of underground caves has made the Meghalaya experience all the most thrilling. Cave trekking is now the most popular activity. Trekking to the living root-bridge or hidden waterfalls is another enthralling experience. The untouched water of Dawki and clean lanes of Mawlinong should also not be missed. The sweet and innocent people of Meghalaya are truly welcoming too.


India, a country of Kamasutra, has well intricate its culture into architecture. Khajuraho is one such place that serves a platter of spirituality, architecture, nature and wildlife. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Panna National Park, Khajuraho offers a vast field for wildlife lovers. The temples of Khajuraho with their intricate carvings will definitely leave you awestruck. After a tiring day of exploration around the Eastern and the Western group of temple, you also have a chain of restaurants serving mouthwatering delicacies. At a distance of about 20 km, tucked among the pastel yellow rocks is this wonder of nature called Raneh waterfalls. The cool water of Raneh falls feels utmost refreshing after an adventurous climb to its viewpoint.


Cocooned in the lap of the sprawling Dhauladhar range, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is an ideal backpacking destination. Especially, for the first timers the divine ambiance and assorted variety of treks surrounding the hamlets of Mcleodganj and Dharamkot is a perfect treat for self.  With a facility of an overnight bus service to Dharamshala, it becomes easier to reach the Kangra Valley that has your destination waiting for you. Apart from availing the trekking options to Triund, Indrahaar Pass and Kareri lake, Dharamshala also provides you an experience of Asia’s highest paragliding adventure at Bir, a town in its vicinity.  The silence of forest interrupted by soothing mantras chanted by the monks in colourful Buddhist monasteries is something what you will never get tired of.


Splendid surroundings of the western ghats, garlands of waterfalls splashing down the hills, low-lying clouds, and endless stretches of coffee plantations, Chikmagaluru is famous for such jaw-dropping sceneries. Endless rides on the shadowy roads with gigantic trees is what you must strive for while here. For the people adventure spirit there are treks to the hills of Kudremukh, Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri and for the others, this Coffee town of India has camping grounds and home stays with panoramic view of the green hills. Bird watching, wildlife safaris and photography tours would really tame the curious traveler in you.


A real hippie destination for beach lovers has subsequently become an alternative to Goa. Clean and beautiful beaches of Gokarna beckon the true admirers of nature. Relax by the beach or take a day trip to Murudeshwar to witness the giant Shiva, scenic beauty is ensure anywhere here. Gokarna is also famous for its proximity to the famous Yana rocks.


The pink city of the royal state of Rajasthan has much to offer to every kind of traveler. Moreover, being one of the most instaworthy city, even the photographer in you would rejoice in this city. Learn about the historic facts at Amber fort, feed the pigeons at Albert Hall, try photography at Panna-Meena kund, get devotional at Galtaji temple or take a bike ride to Nahargarh and relish the city skyline. If you are an animal lover, you can spend some time with the elephants at the government elephant camp. Not much far from Jaipur are the Shekhawati villages which are perfect for the day trips.


Which city or state are you choosing for your next backpacking trip?

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