“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain.
True indeed! Travelling isn’t just about seeing things and boasting about how much percentage of a country you have covered. It’s about exploring things, talking to new people, eating local cuisine and making a bunch of great memories. ‘Travel’, ‘Getaway’, ‘Expedition’, ‘Tour’, ‘Trip’ or whatever you might name it, it is always an ‘escape’; a way out from all the atrocities of a monotonous living. If travelling is a drug, then why not know about the best chemists in the country!
- Rishikesh- The Happy Meal!
For a first time backpacker, this is it! This place would give you a lot of adventure at a very affordable cost. Plus, Rishikesh is a mere 5-hour journey from Delhi which makes it perfect for first-time travelers and college students. The place offers you a spectacular experience of ‘White Water River Rafting’ combined with local trekking and camping by the riverside. You can also do paragliding and other adventure sports. The camps are extremely good, with nice food and other amenities. A perfect place for friends and couples!
- Kasol and Manali- Para Para Paradise!
Out of all the places I’ve covered, this one is my favorite. Manali is located a little way up in Himachal Pradesh and is a beautiful destination for people of any age group. It takes approximately 13 hours by bus to reach Manali from Delhi. Stay in Manali is extremely pocket-friendly as the hotels are cheap. Make sure you try their local wine. Go for adventure sports in Solang Valley and surely devote one whole day to Rohtang Pass. It will prove as one of the best places you’ll ever visit in your life.
3. Varanasi- The Land of Gods
Many people might not even add Varanasi in such a list by attributing it as ‘just a city’ and ‘too busy’ but I found Varanasi really beautiful for the way it is. A day in Varanasi will be packed with great experiences and finger-licking local street food. And how can we miss its famous ‘Banarasi paan’? Start your day by doing yoga at ‘Assi Ghat’ with few hundred people followed by exploring places like Sarnath and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Head to local places for great breakfast and lunch and end your day with the famous ‘Ganga Aarti’ at the Ghats. I’m sure Varanasi won’t disappoint you.
- Jaipur and Jodhpur – Celebrating the Past
Such a varied country India is, that to leave even one zone untouched is like losing out on a life-changing experience. Same goes for the pink and the blue city of India. These are the places of historical importance as they are jam-packed with old monuments and forts. Plus, if you have a sweet tooth, you must explore all of it. Go for Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and the list goes on.
- Ooty and Mysore – Huge Palm Trees
South India offers you this beautiful place in Tamil Nadu filled with lush green valleys and huge palm trees. It also acquires the highest peak of Nilgiri hills, Doddabetta. Also, Ooty’s homemade chocolate is something to die for, especially the one rich in cocoa. This place has many tourist attractions with my favorite being the ‘Botanical Garden’. Heading to Mysore, it is famous for its Mysore palace and is a must visit.
- Goa – Beach, Beer, Bikini
This place will always top my charts in relaxing destinations. Goa is a place to let everything go and just chill out. Wear bikinis; spend an entire day on the beach drinking the best local beer, this is what Goa is all about. You can visit St. Francis Xavier’s
Church and a few more places. What I’d recommend for anyone visiting Goa is – book an expensive resort and just linger! That’s it!
- Ladakh – Now I’m not a beginner!
All hail the almighty! If after roaming a little you have covered Ladakh (not by airways but by bikes) you are not a beginner now. It is the Mecca for all the travelers. Away from the hustle and bustle of the country, not in contact with people, just riding your heart out with a bunch of friends, camping at stops and then moving ahead, that’s the best experience any travel freak can get!
All the travelers out there who want to plan an ‘escape, suit yourself with these top 7 destinations for a first-time backpacker and getaway! This might be just the break you need from your busy lives and into a more interesting trip/s.
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