With such an eclectic landscape and the majestic Himalayas in the north, backpacking in India could be the most enriching experience of your life. If you’re willing to look around, there are many things and places to be explored in India, camping, being one of the most thrilling experiences that you could seek amidst the Himalayas. You can begin to create your backpacker diaries by starting with these must-visit backpacker destinations in India and striking them off your list.
Dharamshala – McLeod Ganj
This is a really good option located in the foothills of Himalayas. You can go trekking through the dense forests and enjoy the view of a number of waterfalls on your way. Being the home of Dalai Lama, this place has few temples and beautiful monasteries that are worth a visit.
A most sought after backpacking destination amongst trekkers, Leh Ladakh is one of the highest locations in the world that you could pin up in your travel diaries. There are a lot of attractions for people who visit ladakh like the highest ATM, the highest food cafe and the steepest motorable road in the world. Leh is best visited in the months from June to September as the temperature is bearable during that time and the passes are open.
Another chunk of Tibet settled in India, Spiti is a truly astonishing place for solo backpackers and the Spiti-Kinnaur loop is considered as one of Asia’s best road journeys. Trekkers and bikers will love the place for its rough terrain and scenically splendid roads. The best time to visit this beautiful land is from Mid May to Mid October.
This place is not only popular with foreign backpackers but also among Indian devotees as it is the religious gateway to the Char Dhaam Yatra. The yoga and meditation centers are often visited by backpacker tourists who come here. You can learn to play tabla in the morning and yoga in the evening by the banks of the river Ganga.
Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh has been visited by young and old backpackers around the world as it spans over stunning landscapic destinations like Kheerganga, Tosh, Kasol and Manali. Tourists can trek all the way up to the mesmerizing Jogini waterfall in Vashisht and the natural hot water spring of Kheerganga.
Often mentioned as the Vegas of India, Goa hardly needs any introduction. A perfect place for party animals, beach retreats as well as those seeking peace for themselves, Goa is a basket full of delights and will entertain you round the year. From luxury beach resorts to affordable stylish hotels and charming shacks, Goa is a paradise for leisure and adventure seekers. October to June are the best months to visit Goa.