“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Emerson
Have you tried backpacking? Well, those who have done it will definitely tell how much fun it is to just wander wherever you want without any checklist or itinerary to adhere to.
If you are thinking there are not many backpacking destinations in India, then we have a sweet surprise for you. India has many hidden gems in her lap, which still has virgin beauty and local culture intact and fresh that in turn ultimately serve as ideal backpacking locations.
So this summer, ditch luxurious hotels and watertight schedule as we have unearthed some too-good-to-believe backpackers’ paradise for you. So pack your bags and get ready to head for a relaxing, fun and rejuvenating, vacations this year as Ourtitbits is here with an exclusive list of must-visit fascinating backpacking destinations in India :
- Tirthan Valley:
Also known as backpackers’ paradise, Tirthan Valley is fast emerging as most popular backpacking destinations in India. Sprinkled generously with many exciting trekking trails, the valley provides a perfect haven for adventurous souls. Located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, the place provides endless activities apart from trekking- fishing, wildlife watching, camping, discovering hidden waterfalls, exploring hill village life or visiting UNESCO heritage Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)- the list is endless.
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Yes, backpacking in Goa is a different experience altogether. The numerous beaches along its 130km coastline along with colonial structures provide a perfect place for backpackers. If you are not a fan of crowd and noise, then rent a bike and head to South Goa, all the while stopping at the various small beaches on the way.
Do not forget to visit Dudhsagar Falls, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Fort Aguada.
If you are an avid traveler, then you have to visit Shillong, capital of Meghalaya. Also known as Scotland Of The East, the place lies more than 1500 m above sea level offering breathtaking views of lush valleys from Shillong Peak as well as Elephant, Crinoline and Sweet Falls.
You can also plan a trip to Cherrapunjee which is about 50 kms away. Do not forget to capture those tree-bridges in your lens.
If you are stressed out from your work and daily routine, a stay at a sleepy little hamlet like Jibhi is exactly what you need. The road trip from Manali to Jibhi can easily turn out to be one of the most beautiful roads you have ever traveled on. Staying in a Homestay by the stream, gazing at the stars during the night, immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty, trekking, fishing and hiking are some of the things you can look forward to while staying in this unexplored heaven in the Himalayas.
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This place falls in every seasoned backpacker’s list. Filled with forts, havelis and sand dunes, the place has a lot to offer. Owing to the place’s enigma, and charm, solo backpackers often find themselves getting attracted to this place.
Visit Jaisalmer during winters and you will find yourself coming back to the place again and again.
Carved out of stone, this once-a-pride Vijaynagar Empire is a dream destination for backpackers around the world and one of the most popular backpacking destinations in India. Camping by the side of Tungabhadra river in the night and discovering ruins of Hampi during the day, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a place worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
- Dzukou Valley:
Located in Nagaland, Dzukou Valley is a spectacular visual treat of emerald green hills, lush forests, serpentine streams, and myriad colorful blooms that dot the vast caldera of the valley and its meadows. The valley also boasts of by far one of the best trekking routes of North East India.