Backpacking in India is not a common phenomenon. Rarely does one come across travelers who carry their world on their shoulders and proceed on a budget trip across the distant and varied landscape of the country. That said, there are a few adventure seekers who dare to attempt it. If you are a non Indian looking to backpack across India, these are some of the things you should know about before going backpacking in India.
India is not just hot and dusty! Many parts of India have a proper winter with temperature reaching single digits. And these are the plans not even the mountains. It is definitely a good idea to travel in the cooler months preferably November and December when the fierceness of the sun is low and a bitter winter has not set in.
I would say that very few countries in the world could match up to the diverse travel experience that India has to offer. Especially to backpackers. A train journey along the picturesque western coastline is delightful. The backwater experience in God’s own country Kerala which has tonnes of home stay options. The palaces of Rajasthan that are reminiscent of the old world splendour. The snow clad peaks in Leh, the lush green mountains of Himachal or the barren rocky ones at Sikkim, each different, each beautiful in their own right. The forest reserves at Gir for the Lions or Periyar for the elephants or The Sunderbans for The Royal Bengal Tiger. Jungle safaris sure to offer an unforgettable adventure. And of course, no trip to India can be complete without a viewing of the Taj Mahal!
So if you are looking for a travel experience of a lifetime, look up India, plan your route and get your backpack.