Bhaskar Chanda’s Basic Guide for Backpacking Through India
Back in 2008, I was able to visit my country of birth, India, and backpack throughout the country, seeing sights that I have never seen before. I took many pictures, ate great food, and had some of the best experiences of my life in only ten days. I recently read an article in USA today that seemed like a great guide for backpacking through India. I thought I should share a couple of the highlights because I highly recommend the adventure.
The article starts off by stating that backpacking through India gives the traveler an authentic experience of India over the typical packaged guided tours that most tourists go on. USA today says that step one is to plan ahead. India is enormous with varying climates and multiple itineraries to chose from. Activities vary from hiking the vast icy mountains in Ladakhi to sightseeing in Mughal during the stormy monsoon season. There is a certain type of excursion for all sorts of travelers.
The next step is to apply for a visa. Travelers have to apply for a visa before they travel to India because they cannot be obtained in India. Step three is to purchase your tickets. The most affordable flights are typically to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata. After you land in India, the next train of thought is wondering how to get around. India has good transportation weather it is by train, bus, ferry or more local transportation from rickshaws, taxis, and tramways. India’s train stations are known to be chaotic, so proper planning is necessary before being immersed in one of these hectic stations.
The last step is of course the sleeping location. Along India’s backpacking trails, there are plenty of cheap hostels, hotels, and guesthouses. These locations usually have restaurants, laundry, Internet, and other touring information if travelers decide to explore the area a bit more.
These are the basics for when traveling to India. I visited the Meenakshi Amman Temple, saw the Harmandir Sahib, watched a Wagah border ceremony in Amritsar, walked along Goa Beach, took a boat down the Kerala in Alleppey, and of course was inspired by the Taj Mahal.