10 cheapest backpacking destinations in India

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Travel in India can be pretty cheap if you know the right places to go to. If you are someone who likes to pick up a backpack and take off on an expedition without wanting to spend a lot of money, The Royal Escape is here for it. We give you 10 places in India which are light on your pocket and yet amazing enough to provide you with the most memorable travel experiences.

1) Dharamshala:

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Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Apart from the natural beauty and scenic views of the mountains, Dharamsala is also popular with adventure lovers and para-gliders. Our budgeted hotels cost very low.


2) Ladakh:

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Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is barren yet beautiful region located in Jammu and Kashmir state in northern India. Because of its remote location and high altitude, Ladakh is not for those looking for a quick holiday. You need time on your hands and oodles of patience. This makes it ideal for backpackers. With regard to accommodation, Ladakh offers several options from family run establishments, to guest houses to budget hotels to rooms in monasteries. The Royal Escape has our predefined set of accommodation for a Budgeted/Non-Budgeted Backpacker.


3) KheerGanga:


Khirganga is situated in Parvati Valley at a distance of 22 km from Manikaran. For Khirganga, one has to go by motor-able road up to a place called ‘Barshaini’ and from there to Khirganga on foot. The trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views. The vegetation changes dramatically and opens up into a flatland that is graced by the occasional tent, the few guest houses and cafes and the temple premises which also comprises of the hot water spring. After the climb you are rewarded with release from all your pains during the day and get to bathe in the hot spring and rejuvenate yourself.

Approximate Distances from:
Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar: 45 km by road + 11 km trek on foot
Kullu town: 55 km + 11 km trek on foot
Manali town: 95 km + 11 km trek on foot


4) Jaisalmer:

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Jaisalmer, also called the Golden City of India, is a land of fascinating sand dunes, magnificent havelis (huge bungalows), bewitching palaces and stunning Jain temples. It is located in the midst of scenic Thar Desert. You can go for a camel safari through the sand dunes, visit the Gadisar Lake which is a popular hangout for birds and water-lovers alike, check out the Jaisalmer Fort or visit the one of a kind Desert National Park, all at very low costs.


5) Gokarna:



Located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Gokarna is renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and pristine beaches. Framed by the majestic Western Ghats, the beaches are clean and less crowded. One of the beaches is named ‘Om’ named after the Hindu symbol. The Royal Escape Provides rooms with budget, mid-range hotels and beach resorts which provides modern facilities. The Royal Escape provides accommodation in many budgeted Lodges and rooms . The Namaste lodge on the Om beach is quite famous amongst backpackers.


6) Goa:

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Goa is the smallest state in India and yet, arguably, the biggest tourist destination of the country. The beaches, churches, markets, parties and natural beauty of this land full of life on the west coast of India is what mesmerizes many visitors and leaves them asking for more. One of the best parts about travelling to Goa is that it has something for everybody and there are loads to do irrespective of your budget. Budget accommodation is available at shacks on the beaches where you can relax, jog, and go for a swim when you feel like or have a meal at one of the several eateries.


7) Rishikesh:

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Located at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand is Rishikesh, a pilgrimage centre where life revolves around prayers and festivals. People come here for the cleansing of their mind and soul and to spend their time in meditation and offering prayers.  You can also go for the adventurous activities like wild forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. The Royal Escape provides Various types of camps and budget hotels throughout the town.


8) Hampi:

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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ruins of palaces, temples and royal buildings. The Virupaksha temple is the most prominent building in Hampi. Other attractions of Hampi are the Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama temple and Lakshmi Narasimha temple built in Vijayanagar style of architecture. There are many accommodation options in the city. The Royal Escape has many budget, mid-range hotels and cottages with modern amenities


9) Pushkar:


Pushkar has a magnetism all of its own – it’s quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus should visit at least once in their lifetime. The town curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with puja (prayers) generating an episodic soundtrack of chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs.

The result is a muddle of religious and tourist scenes. The main street is one long bazaar, selling anything to tickle a traveller’s fancy, from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos. Despite the commercialism and banana pancakes, the town remains enchantingly small and authentically mystic


10) Munnar


Munnar, meaning three rivers, is situated in the south-western state of Kerala. With a variety of places to visit like the majestic backwaters, picturesque valleys and National parks, Munnar proves to be a small world in its own with an abundance of different locations to explore. Munnar helps you explore the striking natural beauty of India. Places to visit: Mattupetty dam, Marayoor Sandalwood forests, , Attukad waterfalls,Erivikulam National park,


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