Pack your Bags for an Adventurous and Incredible Journey

The daily city life is hassle and we all think of escaping from our stressful routines to breathe a sigh of relief. While some lay low on budget and go backpacking across their own country some others opt for a luxurious getaway. Today, we bring to you destinations across India that are suitable for both the backpackers as well as the glam packers who love to splurge on luxury getaways.

Five Backpacking Destinations To Visit This Year

Gurez Valley

Located in the Northern Kashmir Gurez valley is a beautiful destination with abundant scenic beauty. Besides the silk from Gurez that is famous all over Central Asia, the valley is home to untouched panaromas that will leave one in a state of awe with its mesmerizing beauty. One could also camp at the valley with friends to wake up to mornings that are filled with snow crowned mountains and masala chai. While in Gurez one must also visit the Habba Khatoon peak. Legend has it that Habba Khatoon wandered around the pyramid shaped peak singing songs looking for her beloved Yousuf Shah Chak who was imprisoned by King Akbar and hence the name of the peak.

How to get there?

Take a local transport to Gurez valley from Srinagar which is about 7 hours away. One could also opt for the alternative route which passes through Bandipora which is about 5 hours away.

Accommodation and Cost:

One can stay in J&K Tourism guest houses or JKTDC guest houses which are comfortable.

Best time to visit

One can visit Gurez between the months of May and October.

Bundi, Rajasthan

Once a princely state in Rajasthan, Bundi is known for its forts, palaces and step wells. The royal architecture and monuments shine back to the time of Rajputs.Experience mesmerizing sunsets while exploring the traditional morals of the city.

How to get there?

Trains to Bundi are available from Agra or Kota and on arrival at Bundi source a local transport for sightseeing. Bikes are also available on hire. Buses too are available from Udaipur, Ajmer and Kota.

Accommodation and Cost

The hotels in Bundi provide with wide range of budget stays starting from 600Rs/- onwards

Best time to Visit

While any city of Rajasthan is best explored during the winter months of October to February to avoid the heat, one can also visit during the months of July-August to experience Kajli-teej festival celebrations.

Varkala, Kerala

Best known for its tea estates and spice trails, the God’s Own Country-Kerala is also home to beach town of Varkala that is not yet commercialized like Goa and also apt for the backpackers. Breathe the salty beach air while you lay in your sunbeds and soak in the view of the beaches surrounded by cliffs and lined by palm trees. Apart from Varkala one could also visit Ramakrishna beach in Trivandrum.

How to get there?  

Nearest station to Varkala is Thiruvananthapuram, from there local cabs and buses are available to reach Varkala.

Accommodation and Cost

One can find budget hotels and bamboo house near Varkala and range starts from 700Rs/- on wards depending upon the stay.

Best Time to Visit

One can visit Varkala beach between the months October and February to enjoy the cool climate and sightseeing. ­

Gokarna, Karnataka

A small beach town located at the coast of Karwar, Karnataka is Gokarna. Known for its beautiful beaches with breathtaking views and the hippie culture, Gokarna is a place to be at for the backpackers. While beaches like Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and Paradise Beach are known to everyone we bring to you Ganga Beach that offers complete serenity since its yet not discovered and visited much by the tourists.

How to get there?

Traveling to Gokarna is easy from rail or road route. One can take trains from Kumta, Ankola and Madgaon to get off at Gokarana road. There are several buses too from Bangalore, Panjim, Hubli

Accommodation and Cost

Hotels in Gokarna have an offer ranging from 800Rs/- onwards depending on the rooms one chooses to stay.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Gokarna is between the months of December-February to enjoy the weather.

Miyar Valley (Himachal)

Located in the extreme west of Himachal Pradesh, Miyar valley is home to myriad colorful flowers, breath taking landscapes of the distant mountains and ever changing hues of the sky. One could spend their days gazing at the never ending meadows and camping by the MiyarNala

How to get there?

Local transport from Kullu or Manali is available to Keylong. After which one has to cross Rohtang Pass and next morning one can take a bus to Khanjar and start the trek to Miyar for an overnight camp at the valley.

Accommodation and Cost

While camping is one option, one could also choose to stay at a Home stay which costs around Rs 300- 400 per day. The cost of travelling from Kullu or Manali will be as low as 1500 rs/-

Best time to visit

One can visit Miyar Valley between the months of September to October.

Splurge your way to glory with these Luxurious getaways

Rohat, Rajasthan

A small town in the Pali district of Jodhpur, Rajasthan- Rohat exudes luxury with a rustic aura. The town is home to various luxurious hotels that offer a comfortable stay spoiling one for a choice. Besides one could also pay a visit to Bishnoi village where the local men drink opium every morning from the hands of village chief in a traditional ceremony. One could also go on a safari to spot the famed Black Bucks.

How to get there?

Nearest airport is Jodhpur that is 42km away from Rohat, one can hire local transport or cab to to the location.Trains to are available to Rohat. The cost of traveling may vary according to the travel mode you choose and time of the travel.

Accommodation and Cost

To experience luxury at its best one could opt for heritage hotels such as Mihir Garh and Rohet Garh that lets one experience royalty along with privacy in the private villas and suites that are ergonomically designed with best of amenities such as private plunge pools and tubs to soak away those city blues. One could also opt to stay at fort Chanwa or RavlaBhenswara which to are luxurious. Rooms at these properties are priced from rs 4000/- onwards depending on the type you chose.

Best time to visit

Winter months from October to March are the most suitable to visit Rohat.

Poovar, Kerala

Famous for its lighthouse beaches, Hawwa Beach and the Central Mosque, the coastal town of Poovar leaves no stone unturned to spoil you with luxury with an array of beach resorts to pick from. Unwind on the glistening golden sands as you let your worries lose to the waters of Poovar.

How to get there?

Poovar is 28km away from Thiruvananthpuram International airport. Nearest Railway station isDhanuvachapuram which is 9km away from Poovar.Poovar by boat from Trivandrum is also a wonderful journey to have feel of back waters.

Accommodation and Cost

To spend your ideal luxury vacation, one can choose from the luxury hotels like Poovar Island Resort, The Leela Kovalam, Nirmaaya Retreats, and Vivanta by Taj Green Cove.

Best time to visit

October –February are the best months to visit Poovar.

Srinagar, Kashmir

Aptly known as the heaven on earth, Kashmir is home to the city of Srinagar that enjoys cold and pleasant weather throughout the year. The fascinating landscapes of Gulmarg and Sonmarg along with a shikara ride in the calm waters of Dal lake is all you need to experience the beauty of Kashmir.

How to get there?

Srinagar is an international airport and is 15km away from the centre of the city. If traveling by train, nearest station is Jammu Tawi and from there one can hire private car or local transport to reach the desired place.

Accommodation and Cost

Like they say while in Srinagar, a stay in the luxury houseboat is a must to experience the glory of Kashmir. One could also opt for other hotels such as the Lalit Grand Palace, Vivanta by Taj Sukoon to experience luxury with a dash of Kashmiri hospitality.

Best time to visit

One can visit in the months of April to June to enjoy pleasant weather and also watch the Tulip Festival. Also weather around November to January is good time to enjoy snow and other activities.

M V Mahabaahu, Luxury Cruise, Assam

Experience luxury as you sail through the mighty waters of Brahmaputra in Assam. M V Mahabaahu, a luxury cruise in Assam is all you need for that complete travel package. From spotting wild life in the national parks to exploring temples to visiting the tea gardens and exploring villages, this cruise is to give you a once in lifetime experience.

How to get there?

Nearest airport is Guwahati International airport, and from there one can hire a private car to reach Pandu port to board M V Mahabaahu cruise.If traveling by train nearest railway station is Guwahati Junction.

Accommodation and Cost:

Along with sightseeing activities, the cruise offers luxurious suites and other facilities such as glass of wine which is apt for that long pending romantic date. The cruise has a variety of packages to choose from. From 2N3D to packages that are for 7N8D they have it all.

Best time to visit

November to March is the best time to visit Assam.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is a state of historical significance being home to sites that are of historical importance. Besides which it is also home to various national parks of which Panna National park is one. The National park houses reserves of wildlife animals along with stays that spoil you to eternity with their luxury services. One could also visit the World Heritage Site of Khajurao which is just 45 kms from Panna.

How to get there?

Nearest airport is Khajuraho which is 26kms from Panna. By train nearest station is Satna which is 70kmsfrom Panna.

Accommodation and Cost

Enjoy a luxury stay at Panna Tiger Resort,Pugdundee Safaris, and Bagoha Wilderness Retreats to experience the forest life.

Best time to visit

Panna can be best visited in the months between November-May.

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