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A Trep’s Guide to Backpacking in India

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About India

India! It is the 2nd largest country by population and largest democracy in the world. The first thing I love about India is it’s very cheap you can plan a month backpacking there for max 400 euro. The culture of India is very colourful you can see people here from all around the world. There are so many religions and languages. People in India are really hard working and the life of Indians can be tough – drinking water is not available for everyone, poverty and under-developed health care are some issues India is fighting with. But on the fun side, you are going to eat delicious food in great variety, experience interesting sights to visit, encounter lovely people and find peace.

How to Reach India

There are a lot of flights available for most for big Indian cities, however Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Kolkata are most 4 loved airports for backpackers. Before planning your tour duration, you should read tourist visa policies for India. Normally you can get a 30 day Visa to visit India, but you can extend it to 60 days if you want to stay for longer.

Money in India

The national currency in Indian is the Rupee (INR). It is very cheap compared to Euros – One euro = 80 INR. There are all international ATMs available in metro areas but they will be harder to find if you are in remote areas so always hide some emergency money with you when it’s not possible to withdraw cash.

Getting around in India

It can be really hard to to choose where to go or not go because India is a really vast country and you can’t visit it fully in a small period of 30 days. So chooses places for certain criteria – for example, you can select destinations with fun rides, visit cities full of culture or you can hide somewhere with spiritual peace.

Enjoy Festivals in India

India is a country of festivals. People celebrate each day with different named festivals. Festival celebrations in India are a different kind to what you may have experienced elsewere. People decorate their homes, wear special clothes make some delicious dishes and meet with each other to celebrate festivals. The most popular festivals are Diwali (festival of Light) and Holi (festival of colours). If you there around any festival, go join them. Special outfits for occasions are Lehanga choli and Indian Sarees.


Indian has the largest road and train route in the world, so you can enjoy visiting different areas by whatever mode you prefer. If you are moving from one big city to another big city in India, then trains are the cheapest medium to go by. For suburbs near big cities, you can use buses. But if you want to enjoy every inch of your traveling and are in a group, then go on bikes.


Accommodation in India is cheap and easily available. There are a wide range of affordable, good hotels available in all the cities. If you are want to stay in rural areas, then you can often stay as a guest because Indian are very kind to guests – in their terms, the guest is god. It’s something funny about Indian culture but a lovely thing.

What to wear

India is a very hot country so leave all your warm clothes at home and keep only cool clothes with you. In India you going to find different kinds of dress culture but the most famous and recognisable ones are salwar Kameez and saree for women, and dhoti kurta for men.

Get Spiritual

Indians are true believers in spirituality. People share many faiths and beliefs which is good for peace of mind. You can go on a spiritual tour of the Himalayas (Indian north border) to hear the peace of mountains and Kanyakumari (India south boarder) to get devoted with yourself at peaceful beach of Indian ocean.

If you have visited India before share your experiences in comment, it will help to other readers to know more about India before their visit! Good bye and hve a happy journey.

Daisey Carter
Fashion editor and author at Like A Diva, an Asian Designer Clothing Website in the UK. I love to write about the latest trends in Indie couture. I'm a fashion freak and enjoy writing about the fusion of contemporary and traditional trends, unique wedding tales and street fashion.