21 Best Backpacking Trips In India To Add To Your Bucket List

As a 20 year old, the wanderlust creeps in and it’s a feeling you cannot shake off. If you’re willing to look around there are many things and places to be explored. If you’re the kind that packs a bag with a pair of jeans and a pair of t shirt, this is the bucket list of backpacking trips in India you must take.

1. Take the road less traveled: Manali-Leh road trip

Henrik Johansson As our worlds collide

The ‘Mecca’ of all road trips in India, the Manali-Leh Highway has always been a favourite. Be it for the groups or solo travellers, this route outshines any other backpacking trips in India. All you need to do: get geared up for some adventure, hit the road and reach nowhere. Passing mountains and villages, passing people who are going about their business in a more simple way what will get you appreciate both nature and simplicity.

2. Too much isn’t a bad thing: Dudhsagar Falls Trek

Cajetan Barretto Dudhsagar Waterfalls

When you see the volume of water hurtling down the hill, you will learn that it isn’t really a bad thing to love something a lot. Too much of a good thing won’t spoil you. A trek to the mesmeric Dudhsagar Waterfalls is more than just a trek. Ascending and descending through the rugged terrains, fascinating forests and hilly vicinities can be more appealing when traversed alone!

3. Take some quiet time alone: A peaceful holiday in Gokarna

zippaparazza! Gokarna 4

Nobody is judging you for wanting to get away from the bustling city from time to time. Embrace yourself with the peace and serenity that prevails in the pristine beaches of Gokarna. Let all your thoughts and worries be washed away. Anyone who has gone to Gokarna knows for a fact what it’s like to truly be yourself. No inhibitions, no judgement, no pretences.

4. Indulging in the raw beauty of nature: A boat ride in the Sunderbans

photosinframes Sunrise and boats

If you think that everything has to be manicured and perfected, take a trip through the beautiful Sunderbans. The vastness of the space, the gurgling or the untamed river and naure in its rawest form will change your idea of what really is beautiful.

5. Disconnect from the world: A tour to Ladakh

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In the lofty clouds you can treat your eyes with the best views of the snow-clad peaks and a world never seen before! You won’t need a phone, you won’t want a phone and it is perfectly alright to feel it. Our constant Whatsapp and Facebook update have cluttered our lives a tour of Ladakh gives you a perspective on the important things in life.

Isn’t this what a backpacking trip is about?

6. Experience the sand and sun of the desert: A camel safari in Rajasthan

Glenna Barlow riding out of the sunset

We’ve been told that there’s something wrong with being pampered while others may not have what we have, once in a while, you’ll realise that being treated like royalty isn’t a bad thing after all. While meandering alone through the golden sands of Rajasthan, take a Camel Safari and feel the elegance of the desert on backpacking trips in India.

7. Find a spiritual connect: Trek and monastery tour in Sikkim



Franck Zecchin Koktang, Ratong and Kabru Mts from Kabur pass

Not every 20 year old has the spiritual inclination, but some of us do and it is quite nice. Not every day has to be about loud music and partying.  Quench your yearnings for adventure with a serene blend of peace and tranquillity on a solo trip to Sikkim. Visit the monasteries on your backpacking trips in India and rediscover the inner peace and find reasons to appreciate life.

8. Celebrate madness: Holi celebrations in Vrindavan

Dheeraj Tripathi Holi@Vrindavan

A riot of colours unleash their full glory a chaos that ensues and the beauty that unfolds, the childhood playground of the Lord Krishna, this ancient town witnesses a riot of colours every year during the eve of ‘Holi’. It is in Vrindavan, devotees from all the corners of the country gathers to celebrate this lively event. A definite must-do for any backpacking trips in India.

9. Unleash the child inside: Toy train ride from Siliguri to Darjeeling

Tim Abbott Siliguri train descending towards Mahanadi

There is a child in each of us immaterial of how much responsibility we have, sometimes we have to let the kid out. A slow, yet mesmerising toy train ride from Siliguri, West Bengal will take you through the lush forests, whirly tracks, waterfalls and picturesque tea plantations. A joy ride in this rustic train finally takes you to the misty and enticing valleys of Darjeeling.

10. Experience opposites: Delhi to Rajasthan jeep safari

Saad Akhtar Ranthambore

There isn’t too much in life that’s clear cut, a Jeep Safari from the country’s capital Delhi to the desert capital Rajasthan can be a journey of lifetime. You’ll be unable to decide what you loved most, the great thriving metropolis or the expansive desert.

11. Appreciate how nature works: A visit to Majuli

Sonu Nair Majuli Lake

Majuli is a beautiful river island in Assam, the Majestic River Bhramaputra embracing Majuli is what makes this an amazing experience. Forget all your worries and anxieties, pack your bags and book your tickets to Assam for your backpacking trips in India. It’ll prove to you that life works in mysterious ways.

12. Hop on that bike while you can: Dehradun to Nainital

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There is always time to say ‘I wish’ but you’d rather not. Take a trip to fall in love with the whirly turns and terrains between Dehradun and Nainital. Embark on a solo bike ride from Dehradun and make it to Nainital – one of scenic and picturesque hill stations in India.

 13. Be intimidated: Trip to Kanyakumari

Thejas Panarkandy Kanyakumari Sunrise

When you look at what seems like the end of the world, it’s a mighty experience. The 3 big oceans converge at a point and it could honestly shake you up. Have a tryst with the ocean and witness the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the mighty Bay of Bengal. Located at the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari is also the land’s end point of India.

14. Go back to nature whenever you can: A tour of Kerala’s backwaters

Amit Rawat Alleppey Houseboat in Backwaters

Every opportunity you get, try and get back to nature. Relax in the serenity of the enchanting nature and rejuvenate all your senses with a backwater tour in Kerala. Indulge in the revitalising ayurvedic therapies and find a reason to embrace life once again!

15. Make yourself feel better: A boat ride and tour of the Ghats of Varanasi

ilkerender Varanasi

The ghat tour in Varanasi will make you feel like you’re in touch with a higher self, even one you cannot explain. The chants and hymns of the prayers around the Varanasi Ghats will somehow make you feel better. Take a boat ride in the holy Ganges during the early hours and feel the flamboyance of this pious city.

16. Experience the wrath of nature: Bike rides from Shillong to Cherrapunjee

soumavp Elephant Falls Shillong

When the going gets tough the tough get going. This rain heave will cleanse you. Let yourself free; delve into the enchanting hills and forests of Meghalaya and kick start your motorcycle to one of the wettest places on earth. This whirly motorcycle trip from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is an enthralling experience and takes to several gorgeous hilly settlements.

 17. Appreciate the finer things: Sun rise at Tiger Hills, Darjeeling

Pankaj Kaushal tiger hill sunrise

Everything happens for a reason and often a fairly good one. If you are backpacking in Darjeeling, waste no time and get to the Tiger Hills in the early hours of the day. Witness the atmosphere getting soaked into the different colours of rising sun casting a magical spell over almost the Himalayan Range.

18. Enjoying what nature has: Trek in Dzukou Valley

The_Dzukou_Valley Mongyamba

Wild flowers adorn the Dzukou Valley during spring and the opulent beauty of the North East India with a trek to the valley of flowers in Nagaland. The weird and wild are often not appreciated. A trek to the Dzuko Valley during the spring seasons, when the entire valley wears the lively colours of the rhododendrons, is a treat to the eyes.

19. Be amazed by the things that happen around you: The Loktak Lake

Hemam Bishwajeet Loktak Lake - 2

The world’s only floating lake, secluded from the crowd of the city-life, Loktak Lake is one of the most scenic and fascinating lakes in India. For the backpackers, a visit to this pristine and freshwater lake is all about self discovery, relaxation of mind and finding peace in the lap of nature. You will see nature work her quirky ways and amaze you only of you see.

20. Learn about history: Explore Hampi

Vinoth Chandar Vittala Temple, Hampi

The bygone era tells tales of how we lived, so much to learn and explore from everything our ancestors did. If you are one of the history buffs who get fascinated by the timeless beauty of a bygone era or historical facts, Hampi should be a destination for your backpacking trips in India. This quaint settlement in North Karnataka was once the capital of the great Vijaynagara Empire.

21. Have fun: Partying in Goa

Lore Goa party

There is always responsibility, jobs, family there is always pressure to be better at whatever it is you do, but learn to take things a little lightly. May be even a little causally. Partying in Goa is the epitome of  letting your hair down and not caring about the world.


This article was published at www.thrillophilia.com and is written by  Atish!

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