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#1 Nov 1st, 2017, 14:15
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What parts of India offer easy backpacking avenues? i.e. where is public transport *good* to connect easily and accommodation reasonably priced? It could be cities - say Delhi or Kolkata or a region - Goa, for example.

Where have IMers backpacked successfully? Just throwing it out there to see what others think....
#2 Nov 1st, 2017, 14:37
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Uttarakhand is one place where you get loads of accommodations, bus/share jeep options are good on the main routes. If you were to consider interiors however, then you need to know the timings of the public transport else hire private vehicles. Last week of December could get you nice cold evenings.
Dehradun to Netwar via Purola one way and Chakrata the other could be a decent circuit - exploring the Duryodhana and Karna temples.
Sar Pass Trek , Rohtang, Munnar, Badrinath Kedarnath, Vaishnodevi, Goa
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Not sure if 'Easy' is the right word when it comes to backpacking in India, I see way too many backpackers walking around with too much luggage (huge backpacks and substantial frontpacks), a bit of planning is needed to make sure those packs are only carried to/from hotels/hostels, and make maximum use of station cloak rooms.

If I were to advise anyone wanting to backpack in India, but with little experience and limited time, I'd advise them to go to Delhi/Agra & Rajasthan or Kerala, both are well trodden routes with plenty of other backpackers, and both have excellent travel options, including late availability on trains, both are well used to foreign tourists (and have restaurants aimed at tourists), but at the same time, it's easy to briefly escape the heavy tourist trail and find authentic food and experiences, but as with any place popular with tourists, touts can be a problem.
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Though I have never been a back pack traveler, I think Tamil Nadu ticks most of the requirements / conditions mentioned by Vaibhav.
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Hi Vaibhav,

I hope Himachal Pradesh is suitable for backpackers. I traveled with my wife Kalpa- Sangla-Sarahan from Ambala Cantt as backpackers only by public transport in December 2015 inspired by your Busadventure. Also hills of West Bengal & Sikkim is also friendly for Backpackers.

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Subhajit
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Well VA would be pleased that this thread is of no help in his quest to shortlist the December destination.
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Thanks Snotty.....
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Vaibhav come to Sikkim this time. You won't be disappointed.

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