Love Travelling to new Places? Here is a list of Best backpack destinations in India

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India is a country of beautiful cultures and dreamy prospects. It has a history that the world read about and has such a diversity in every part of it. Backpacking in India is a new concept in a way that people earlier did not really prefer that.

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These days backpacking has become so tempting and interesting that everybody has some or the other destination on their backpack list. It is a much more budget-friendly way to travel around. Also, it takes you within the culture and heritage of the place you visit.

So here is a list of best backpack destinations in India which you must not miss to explore :

  1. Goa
  2. Kerala
  3. Northeast India
  4. Dharamshala
  5. Varanasi
  6. Dzukou Valley
  7. Rajasthan


Best Indian backpack destinationsGoa. Image credits:  Wikipedia

Goa is one place that everybody in India wants to travel to. It is on everyone’s bucket list irrespective of ages. Goa is equally popular among foreign tourists also. This place has a fascinating and mixed culture. Goa is also a place of party beaches and all kind of fun that one would wish to have. Whatever be your taste, Goa has something for everybody. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, South Goa is the place to be. It’s a place for having your own time and peace. While if you are planning for full fun party adventure shopping then North Goa is just the place for you. There are many famous beaches and churches which attracts many tourists.

Best Indian backpack destinationsGoa. Image credits: Karma Group

Goa also has as its own food culture. Goan spicy curry and dining in European cuisine is the experience you must have. The best time to visit Goa is between November and March when the weather is quite pleasant with a cool breeze.


Best Indian backpack destinationsKerala. Image credits: Hello Travel

Kerala is the city with a rich culture, language, and tradition.  Kerala is also surrounded by beaches and sea and the greenery is spread all over.  It is a beautiful place to dive into.  Munnar is the most popular hill station in Kerala which is covered with tea plantation all around.  This place has a unique charm of its own that is sure to attract you. There are many amazing waterfalls, lakes, tea museum that you should not miss. While you visit Munnar, Cochin is a nearby place to it you can also plan to visit it.

Best Indian backpack destinationsKerala. Image credits: LiveMint

Wayanad is another beautiful place of Kerela which increases the greenery. It is enriched with a picturesque view and rich culture. There are many beautiful places in Kerala. If you are planning for Kerala you must have a good time to visit around. Also, the south Indian food is a must to try while you are there. The time from September to March is best to tour around Kerala.

Northeast India

Best Indian backpack destinationsNortheast India. Image credits:  Tour My India

Northeast India is one of the most appealing places of India. It is such a heavenly gorgeous part of our country. It has mountain peaks which are close to the highest peaks in the world. If you are a mountain person then  Northeast should be in your bucket list. There are many places to visit in the northeast like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland. Each and every place has its own originality and its own tradition.

Best Indian backpack destinationsNortheast India. Image credits: The National

The capital of Sikkim is Gangtok which is a place you must not miss. It is a place with divinity and has many amazing monasteries to go around. It is a very peaceful place that will keep you laid back and will amuse you by its views. Guwahati, the capital city is equally good. It is the longest city in the northeast. It shows the multi-culture of Assam. Also, Meghalaya is a beautiful part of the northeast. Cherapunji being the part of Meghalaya was also known as the wettest place of the world( Before being replaced by Mawsynram). You will love the view of this place. The northeast is very overwhelming. You can also plan solo trips to this place. The locals are very caring and friendly. You can visit Northeast India in any season. Every season has its own specialty.


Best Indian backpack destinationsDharamshala. Image credits: The National

It is a place which connects you more to the spirituality of Buddhist and Hindus. This place attracts a large number of travelers.  There are many winsome places in Dharamshala to visit.  Macleod ganj being the most popular destination. You can do sightseeing and also you will see a lot of Hindu and Buddhist monasteries and scriptures. Also, there is a place Kangra which was mentioned in Ramayana. Dharamkot is also located in Kangra which is a hill station.

Best Indian backpack destinationsDharamshala. Image credits The Holiday India

There are many guesthouses in which you can stay and enjoy the beauty. Triund Hill is the jewel of Dharamshala. It is situated in the Dhulander mountains which gives a breathtaking view. If planning to visit, do try trekking here as you will not be able to forget the breathtaking view from the mountain top. Also, there are many temples and monasteries to visit. Dharamshala is a place where you can easily plan a budget-friendly trip.


Best backpack destinations in India: Varanasi. Image credits: Lonely Planet

Also, known as the spiritual capital of India; it is one of the holiest places of Hinduism which tells a lot about the Hindus and their history. It is also known as the oldest inhabited city. Kashi, as it is popularly called might become your favorite destination, as it will unfold another level of energy and peace within you. There is also a history behind this place, temple, and monasteries which are connected to spirituality. The most exciting part of this city are its ghats, every ghat has a story and the importance of its own. The best time to visit Varanasi is from November to February.

Dzukou valley

Best backpack destinations in India: Dzukou valley. Image credits: Tripoto

Dzukou valley is situated on the border of Nagaland. This place is a visual treat for nature lovers; if you are one then you must visit this place. One always gets mesmerized by its beauty. It gives you a visual treat by the greenery, crystal clear water, and the amazing culture. This place offers trekking in the hilly ranges.

It is covered with various flowers making it look astonishing. The ideal time to visit this place is the spring season. Winter can also be one of the best seasons to visit. It is a secret kingdom of northeast India. The small bridges to cross the valley and many small experiences will enlight your heart. It is a very positive and very near to nature place.


Best backpack destinations in India: Rajasthan. Image Credits: Travel Triangle

The name itself represents the royalty that this state has. Rajasthan holds the royal, heritage-rich culture of India. Rajasthan is all about color, forts, sand dunes, pride, and honor. Every city in Rajasthan is unique and has its own culture. Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Chittorgarh and many more!  All these cities hold a vast history. You can easily do a 2-3 days tour to each city and explore them.

Best backpack destinations in India: Rajasthan. Image Credits: Visittnt

And of course, being in Rajasthan, a Rajasthani thali is something everyone must try. It is recommended to visit Rajasthan from around October to February. Also, you can plan to stay in a zostel in some cities which will help you to plan a budget-friendly trip.