• 10 things to know before Backpacking India
    10 things to know before Backpacking India
    Some general things to know before you go on your adventure!
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  • Top 10 Amazing Things to do in Kerala!
    Top 10 Amazing Things to do in Kerala!
    My thoughts on where to go in Kerala, and why it's one of the best spots in India...
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  • Rishikesh:
    Rishikesh:
    If you're into Yoga, you have to visit the place where it all started...
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About Backpack India

Backpacking India Hi there....I'm Samir from Toronto, and I'm on my 6th backpacking trip to India. I love it so much I thought I'd finally start a site to document all of my pictures and stories and insights. 

 Whatever you're looking for, whether it's to explore new cultures, photograph amazing scenes, get your creative side on, or just totally chill out, you can do it all in India...and on a shoestring budget if you like. This site will capture insights on all of these things, and more. Enjoy!

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Makaibari Tea
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A journey to the Darjeeling region is a journey about tea. And not just how it tastes….but also how it looks, how it smells, how its processed, and how the a community thrives around it. Also consider that the history of tea in India is a bit of history into the history of colonial India […]

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Goechala Pass Trek
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Sikkim: it’s quite simply a breathtaking little state, and a mountainous hidden gem of India. Having a population of only 600,000, Sikkim is the least populated state in India and so not surprisingly, one of the more relaxed places in India to visit. Way off the beaten path of the “Golden Triangle”, just getting to […]

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Calcutta Victoria Memorial
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I’ve written a separate article on the Calcutta – The “real” India, so if you want to get a good overview of the city of activities, click through to that article. But if you want to just cut to the chase and get a sense of top things to here, here is a list I’ve […]

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Calcutta Travel
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Note: I’m writing a separate article on the Top 10 Things to do in Calcutta, so if you want to cut to the chase just click through to that article. But this is Calcutta, and so naturally there are quite a few eye-popping attractions to see and experience aside from the “proper” colonial and historical […]

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Palolem Beach
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Has Palolem Beach lost its charm? Tout: Hey bro! You want massage? Me: Nah man, I’m good. Tout: Bro! You want massage from a GIRL? *sketchy wink* Me: Jesus. *shake my head and keep walking* It was at this moment I realized that the Palolem Beach I used to know was gone.   Palolem Beach: the […]

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Backpacking India
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Considering India Travel? 10 things to know   Something to consider for India travel: if you’re looking for a unique travelling experience, backpacking India can offer one like no other. And I mean “experience” in every sense of the word, as India runs on its own system – one that defies logic time and time again. At some […]

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Backpacking India Rishikesh
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There’s just so much to do when Backpacking through Rishikesh….   A cow follows a group of full-on Hare Krishna devotees singing and jumping in unison with tablas and harmoniums in hand, while a man dressed as the monkey-god Hanuman is tugging on your arm for some spare change – the background having towering lush green […]

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Backpacking Haridwar
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After taking a very leisurely stroll up and down the river, I took some time to just chill out, dip my feet, and listen to the distant praying, singing, and ringing bells as the cool fresh air wafted off the Ganges. I loved my day in Haridwar. It’s a one-of-a-kind city in India, full of ancient temples, […]

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Backpacking India
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You can get a full “yoga retreat” experience in Rishikesh without actually going away to a yoga retreat. Because the city is a retreat in itself. Rishikesh: “The Capital of Yoga”. I’ve heard this phrase spoken by a lot of people over the last few days. This isn’t too far from the truth.   The many […]

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Delhi airport to Rishikesh
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Delhi Airport to Rishikesh:  a mini-ADVENTURE So you’re flying into Delhi, and you just want to get to somewhere in Northern India as soon as possible. Same here. So I thought I’d take the liberty to share my travel journey from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh as a solo backpacker to give you some tips on […]

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Around the foothills of Munnar...
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  Kerala: Top 10 Amazing Things to do I usually don’t pick favorites, but Kerala definitely stands out as one of my top choices in travelling India. It’s such a chill and diverse place, and every time I go I just feel at home. Jammed into this tiny state are leafy-green river ways, 2,000 year old Hindu […]

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What are the differences between 1st class and General Class?   My stomach sinks. I knew India was cheap, but 2 dollars for a 7 hour train ride? I glanced at the tickets, which said only “General Class”. I’ve only been standing on the train platform for a couple of minutes, but already I feel […]

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    The sounds of crashing waves, the cool moisture, and the dotted fishing boat lights on the horizon served as a perfect backdrop to another chill evening. I emerged from my thatched-roof beach hut for another rendez-vous with the group at “Janisha”, a beach-side restaurant at Palolem beach. It didnt look like much from the […]

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 Auroville: Meditation Inside the Matrimandir   I am sitting in unison around the silver orb with 25 strangers in complete silence…meditating, reflecting, sharing my spirituality. Not a word uttered in 20 minutes. At the centre of Auroville lies the Matrimandir, a 10-storey high massive golden dome which serves as the city centre focal point both physically and spiritually. I just couldn’t help but […]

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Yoga and Meditation in Auroville Due to the small yoga class sizes in Auroville, our instructor had much time to give personal attention and pushing us to the limit properly within a pose (usually followed by a *crack* or load *groan* putting even the nearby songbirds to silence). This regular personal touch in Auroville massively […]

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Hiking through the foothills of Munnar
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  I woke up the early next morning, and eventually open the curtains to my room. My jaw drops. I showed up to the town totally unprepared, and disoriented from the 6-hour bumpy bus ride from Kochi. It was cold, dark, late, wet  It was my first time in Munnar I arrived solo, and on […]

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    I can’t help but chuckle to myself, since this treat of a meal cost me only $8. Somehow, the next bite tasted even better. I slowly cut into the grilled snapper with my fork and knife, trying to navigate between the skin, meat, and bones. With my first bite, I am wowed. The […]

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Backpacking India
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    Prices (all mid-season): 2 nights for two people: Rs 13,000 (after a little negotiation). This included unlimited food (VERY good food) and chai/coffee. To us, this was a steal. I wake up in Allepey, just an hour south of Kochi and the launching point of hundreds of touring boats into the Kerala Backwaters. […]

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    We glided down narrow waterways in a wicker-wood boat with a thatched roof, ducking and dodging overhanging palm leaves, while coasting past village huts. If there’s any way to soak in the natural jungle beauty of India, this is it. The Kerala backwaters – also referred to as the “Venice of India” – are […]

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Kochi....a nice coastal vibe.
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First stop on my Kerala backpacking adventure: Kochi (Cochin), in the south of India. Kochi is a good entry point into Kerala, with connecting flights to most major spots in India. I had just spent a hectic 10 days working at our office in Bangalore, and naturally couldn’t wait for some R&R. Kochi was pretty good […]

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