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Backpacking adventures in India

These backpacking adventures in India introduce you to the world of travelling to experience a new place, but give you the ease of a guide and instructor so you don’t have to plan it. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful locations in India, enjoy laidback itineraries that give you time to soak in the atmosphere; you’ll dig into flavourful local cuisine, and roam freely through the country. On these backpacking adventures, you won’t find cookie-cutter hotels and packed schedules, but you’ll end up doing and seeing plenty of fun, new stuff.

When you go backpacking in India, you’re travelling light, always ready to head out to the next unusual location you heard of at the last coffee shop. These backpacking adventures take you deep into the most stunning locales and world heritage sites in India. Imagine exploring dreamy riverside towns and ancient temples inhabited by monkeys, or feeling just like Indiana Jones as you walk through red sandstone canyons and caves that stretch for miles, leading you to an underground waterfall. All these backpacking trips in India are yours for the taking.

Beach backpacking trips in India

When you're a hippie at heart, it's either the sea or the mountains that call to you. If you're the type that feels the pull of the ocean, you should consider skipping the crowded beaches of Goa and heading instead to the pristine beauty of Gokarna or Malpe in Karnataka. You’ll spend days with the sea breeze in your hair, exploring deserted islands, trekking across white sand beaches sipping coconut water, and swimming in the clear blue ocean, and you’ll end your evenings with bonfires and spectacular sunsets.

Mountain backpacking trips in India

Regions like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are perfect for backpacking tours in India and are beautiful any time of the year. What better way to spend your day than wandering through verdant green forests, or crossing rickety wooden bridges that go over sparkling streams? Head to the mountains for that pine-scented fresh air. These easy backpacking adventures in India are perfect for beginners who want a taste of mountain life. You’ll trek for a few hours each day, spend cold nights gathered around a crackling bonfire, and retire to your tents at night.

Other backpacking trips in India

With a country as vast as India, there are plenty of places where time slows down too. Take a short break from the world of laptops and deadlines and sign up for one of many laidback backpacking tours in India where you will join other like-minded travellers with wanderlust in their hearts.

Backpacking in Hampi

You’ll love the backpacking adventures in Hampi, one of the hidden gems of Karnataka, and a big draw for wanderers and truth-seekers. Here you’ll find the most fascinating landscape: giant rock formations that lie in the midst of paddy fields alongside a river. You’ll be able to trek to the top of craggy cliffs, cycle through the swaying paddy, and go on a coracle ride in the river. And on top of all that, there are ancient temples to peer into and hippie cafes in which to while away a couple of hours.

Nature backpacking adventures across India

If you’re a nature lover (and who isn’t, really?), you’ll love these backpacking trips in India that take you to some of the most magnificent destinations.

Gandikota and Belum

Visit the Grand Canyon of India, a spectacular red stone gorge in Andhra Pradesh. You'll stand on the edge and peer down into the bowels of the earth, over landscape so rugged and primitive, you can almost imagine dinosaurs ambling about. You’ll also descend 150 feet into the earth to visit the Belum cave formation, where you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites, as well as an underground stream. With dozens of backpacking trips in India to choose from, you could be stuffing your backpack this very weekend, and heading out for a fun, relaxed trip to somewhere interesting.

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Jog Falls Trek (Ex Mumbai)
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Shimoga, Karnataka
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Jog Falls Trek (Ex Mumbai)
Shimoga, Karnataka
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The second highest waterfall in India, Jog Falls in Karnataka is a divine sight during monsoons. The gushing white water cascades down from approximately 800 feet during the rains, sending a spray up in all directions. The trek to Jog falls is a fun, slippery adventure, taking you down 1,388 stairs to the base of the Jog Falls. From here, you'll crane your neck to look up at the frothing splendour of the waterfalls. You'll also attend the famous sound and light show here. This rain-drenched adventure is a spectacular adventure from July to September!
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Mumbai to Mumbai by non-AC sleeper train
  • Local transport at Jog Falls
  • Trek guide and expertise
  • Triple/ quadruple sharing accomodation in homestays
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 2; breakfast and lunch on Day 3
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Meals during transit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, extra snacks, etc
Backpacking trip to Hampi
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Hospet, Karnataka
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Backpacking trip to Hampi
Hospet, Karnataka
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This backpacking trip to Hampi takes you into the craggy, boulder-strewn landscape right out of an Indiana Jones movie as you travel to the towns of Hampi, Badami and Anegundi. You'll explore the dreamy riverside town of Hampi, with its ancient temples inhabited by monkeys. You'll explore the red sandstone canyon and caves of Badami, and wander through the rock-cut temple that stands beside Agastya lake. You'll take a cycle ride through quiet roads and bumpy trails through paddy fields, and take a boat trip in a primitive coracle that drifts slowly through the green river, between the weather-bleached rocks of Anegundi.

On this backpacking trip to Hampi, you'll visit hippie cafes to taste exotic cuisine and stay at homestays to experience local culture. This slow-paced adventure is perfect for those looking for an offbeat holiday, with a heady mix of nature, activity, history, and relaxed outdoorsy fun.

Do book your train tickets in advance so you get a confirmed seat for the overnight journey.
    Inclusions
  • 3 nights accommodation in homestays/hotels on twin or triple sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • All transfers between Hospet to Hospet
  • Cycles/mopeds rental, subject to availability
  • Coracle ride
  • Experienced backpacking expert
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Return transport from Mumbai to Hospet
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Fuel cost for rented moped
  • Local rickshaw cost if cycles or mopeds are not available
  • Entry permits, camera and extra guide fees
  • Personal expenses such as packaged water, phone calls, extra meals, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Gokarna Beach Trek (Ex Mumbai)
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Gokarna Beach Trek (Ex Mumbai)
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This eclectic beach trekking adventure takes you to the secluded beaches of Gokarna for an offbeat experience of a lifetime. You'll board the train in the midst of all the chaos of the city, and disembark at Gokarna, where there's soft sand, coconut trees swaying in the breeze, and a relaxed vibe. You'll trek along the best beaches of Gokarna: Paradise Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Kudle Beach. You'll eat some delicious coastal cuisine, spend evenings in this hippie paradise, catch a perfect beach sunset, and come back with sand in your shoes and the sound of the sea in your ears.
    Inclusions
  • Non-A/C sleeper train tickets Mumbai to Gokarna and back
  • Day 2 breakfast and lunch
  • Transport within Gokarna
  • Trekking expertise charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions or on train journey
  • Any personal expenses like extra snacks, beverages, etc
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Insurance of any kind
Sudhagad Fort Trek
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Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Sudhagad Fort Trek
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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The trek to Sudhagad is one of the most fun treks in Maharashtra. You'll have a good climb, through thickly forested slopes and open stretches with stunning views all around. There are waterfalls thundering down the slopes around, and some tricky ridges to navigate. But it doesn't end here. Sudhagad fort is considered to be one of the best preserved forts in the Sahyadris, and there are stone-cut passages, and secret corridors to explore at the top. If you're lucky, you'll be trekking on a rainy day, when mist swirls around the ruins of the fort at the top, giving the entire place a ghostly feel.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Mumbai to Mumbai by private non ac bus
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening snacks
  • Trek guide and expertise
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, extra snacks, etc
Backpacking trip to Gandikota and Belum Caves
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Backpacking trip to Gandikota and Belum Caves
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This backpacking trip to Gandikota and Belum takes you into the wild and untamed terrain of canyons, subterranean caves, and fierce rivers. The famous canyon in Andhra Pradesh is similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. You'll stand on the edge and peer down into the bowels of the earth, over landscape so rugged and primitive, you can almost imagine dinosaurs ambling about.

On this backpacking trip, you'll marvel at the second-largest cave formation in the Indian subcontinent. Gandikota Fort looks over the gorge and the Pennar River that flows through it. You'll explore this 12th century fort, hike along the rim of the canyon, and the descend 150 feet under the ground to see the spectacular Belum caves.

NOTE: Do book your train tickets in advance so you get a confirmed seat for the overnight journey.
    Inclusions
  • Transportation from Tadpatari to Tadpatari in private A/C vehicle
  • 1 night in Gandikota heritage hotel in air-conditioned rooms on twin sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 2 to evening snacks on Day 3
  • Entry fees
  • Tolls, permits and parking fees
  • Guide and expertise charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Return transport to Mumbai
  • Meals during train journey
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, extra meals, etc.
  • Anything apart from what is mentioned in inclusions
  • Permit fees for camera and photography
  • Insurance
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