Are you a traveller by nature? Does the road beckon you every now and then? Then India is the perfect destination as it is home to a number of places that are ideal for backpackers. So, join us in our journey as we take you through some of the most awesome destinations.
Munnar is a picturesque hill station that is located in Idukki district, Kerala. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, majestic mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls. Munnar has a pleasant weather all through the year. In summers the temperature can range between 15°C and 25°C, while in winters it is between 5°C and 25°C. Some places worth visiting in and around Munnar are Subramanya Temple, Eravikulam National Park, Munnar Tea Museum, Carmelagiri Elephant Park, etc.
The Parvati Valley is located in Himachal Pradesh, pretty close to other prominent tourist attractions such as Manali, Kasol, Tosh, and Kheerganga. This is perhaps one major reason why it happens to be such a favourite among backpackers from around the world – young and old included. From here you can also hike to a nearby waterfall named Jogini, is located in Vashisht. The natural hot water spring in Kheerganga is a great place to be as well. The best time to visit Parvati Valley is between March and July.
McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala
Dharamsala and its neighbouring town McLeod Ganj are excellent destinations when it comes to backpacking. These lush green towns are located at the foothills of Himalayas. Dharamsala is the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. The residence of the Dalai Lama is also located in Dharamsala. Both McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala are full of dense forests and you can easily trek through them. There are plenty of waterfalls here as well. The Dhauladhar Mountains are located close by and they happen to be a major attraction as well. The best time to visit these places is between June and September.
Jaisalmer, which is in the heart of Thar Desert, is a World Heritage Site. It has undulating sand dunes that are its chief tourist attraction. This city in Rajasthan, which is famous for its havelis and forts, is a popular attraction among backpackers. Within a radius span of 60 km of the city, the terrain is rocky and stony. The best time to Jaisalmer is during the winter season starting from October and ending in March.
If you are a backpacker who loves to travel solo then this is perhaps the best destination for you. The valley has a really hard terrain that makes it an even better destination for bikers and trekkers who are looking for some adventure. The best time to visit Spiti is between mid May and mid-October. There are plenty of options for accommodation over here.
The backpacker trail in Leh Ladakh is among the highest in the world. This is where you also find the highest motorable road in the world along with other attractions such as the highest food café and the highest ATM in the world. If you wish to travel by road, the best way to go would be from Delhi and then you can come back through Srinagar and Kargil. The best time to visit this place is between June and September.
Following are some other destinations that backpackers in India like really well: