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Take That Long Pending Trip! Perfect Destinations For Backpacking In December

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HolidayIQ Travellers share their experiences at these beautiful backpacking destinations in India.

Take That Long Pending Trip! Perfect Destinations For Backpacking In December:

  1. Hampi (Karnataka)
  2. Kerala
  3. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Gokarna (Karnataka)
  5. Rajasthan
  6. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  7. Pondicherry
  8. Goa
  9. Kutch (Gujarat)
  10. Andaman & Nicobar

1. Hampi: Former Monkey Land, Present Day Architectural Marvel

Hampi: Former Monkey Land, Present Day Architectural Marvelsource: golkondanews.com

Hampi will surely change the way you look at India. This place holds a strong mythological background and the architecture will keep you engaged for days together.
Do eat at Mango Tree, try rock climbing, visit Hampi Bazaar, watch the sunset from Matanga Hill and take a ferry ride in River Tungabhadra!

HolidayIQ Traveller Swati Talwar shares her experience, “The stone carved temples with stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, stone pillars capable of producing sounds similar to musical instruments, stone aqueducts for water supply (Rome is not the only place to have it) the first pinhole camera effect, the passive cooling systems in palaces this place has it all. I recommend that you must hire a guide and then take a tour of the place, ancient stories of the great dynasty adds to the whole effect of the place, otherwise it seems like a ruined city.”

2. Kerala - Heaven On Earth

Kerala - Heaven On Earthsource: india.com

Believed to be the land where humans arrived first in India, you shall find rich culture and beautiful landscapes. If you want to disconnect from your present world, go talk to the pujaris from the ‘treta-yuga’ temples and camp in the rolling blue Nilgiris.

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak Garg shares, "As written on title Kerala is such a god's own country, what a lovely place is this. Kerala's greenery and weather attracts all kinds of travellers. Beach, mountains, rainy weather these all specialities keep Kerala differ from other places. Munnar, Kovalam beach, Kochi, tea plant gardens, waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, wildlife ( Thekkady, Periyar ), old Porutgali culture, Alleppey houseboats, so many other places are must visit. Dry fruits, spices, hand made show pieces, natural oils, hand made soaps, fragrances these things are must to shop, sea foods are for non vegetarians. There are so many gardens and lakes in Kerala, if you have much more time you can enjoy a lot. Kerala's places are too far from each other, roads are too congested, it takes too much time to travel from one place to another. So if you would like to plan for Kerala you should have minimum 7 to 10 days. Overall superb experience I had."

3. Kodaikanal - Hill Station Stuck Between Beauty And Divinity

Kodaikanal - Hill Station Stuck Between Beauty And Divinitysource: ihlservices.in

A hill station precisely placed between beauty and divinity, this land is second to only heaven. You’ll spend hours just looking at the beautiful landscapes and contemplating about long pending things in your life.

HolidayIQ Traveller Venkat Saketh shares, "Best of Southern Himalayas-Kodaikanal. Trip was breathtaking and the scenarios are eye popping ones and as you can see the photos you won't be able to describe it. Awesome if it is with friends. Hotels nearby are good. Trekking experience is not that good but it was 4hrs trekking. You will have many view points and photo spots on the way. Important thing is don't forget your DSLR. If you then trip will be wasted."

4. Gokarna - A Cleaner And Calmer Goa

Gokarna - A Cleaner And Calmer Goasource: journeymart.com

Discovered by the hippies and frequently visited by Indian youth, Gokarna is about beaches, parties and having the best time of your life.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Iyer shares, “If you want the feel of Goa without the hustle and bustle, Gokarna is your destination. Its less crowded, has clean blue beaches and foreigners galore! We had a gala time at the beach at night with people from different parts of the world singing songs with a bonfire. People played the guitar, danced and sang all night! The best part was when the party was over. The Indians started scooting away but the foreigners were the ones to start cleaning up the beach right from picking up bottles and buds to plastic bags. Something that inspired everyone to start cleaning up, Magical place! Very peaceful!”


5. Rajasthan - A Colourful Destination

Rajasthan - A Colourful Destinationsource: Wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Sneha Kothari shares, "Rajasthan's heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes, deserts and lush forests -makes it awesome. Ihave been to Ramdevra, Karni Mata Mandir, Kodamdesar Bheru ji ka mandir, Punrasar Balaji. Rajasthan as a whole is a holy place. I found this place very good."

6. Varanasi - The Oldest Inhabited Town In India

Varanasi - The Oldest Inhabited Town In Indiasource: varanasicity.com

HolidayIQ Traveler Meenakshi Shankar from Mumbai says, “The city is poetry in motion. For me, I need the blanket called Varanasi simply because it is the detox that my soul needs. And I have been detoxing for the last decade or so. Benares is that puzzling city; a city of existence and continuity. Like Icarus to the sun, the lure is impossible to ignore. Everytime I go there, I discover a new layer - a layer that makes me pause and drink in the fill to satiate my soul. There is an invisible note that surrounds the city - and you don't have to have an ear - the haunting note slowly threads its magic onto your soul. You are caught in the legends and the lore. Captivated, you are a mere bystander as you watch age old traditions come to life.”

7. Pondicherry - Live Like The French Did In India

Pondicherry - Live Like The French Did In Indiasource: Wikimedia

Displaying the quaint flavour of a French colony, Pondicherry is one of the best leisure holiday retreats in India for solo travellers like you. With a host of tranquil beaches, ancient churches and temples, Pondicherry is also a yoga and meditation hotspot.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vaibhav Gandhavara shares, “The French restaurants and colonies are a must visit. Travelling is pleasure! Just rent a bike and explore the city.”

8. Goa - Party Begins Here

Goa - Party Begins Heresource: ingoanews.com

This union territory in India is a complete party destination during winters. If you ain’t into parties, this former portuguese land is rich in vintage architecture, diverse culture and finger-licking yummy food.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sagar Sontate shares, "Roam around the city with beautiful sceneries to watch. Churches temples and some historical monuments to look around for. And as the day is about to end, in the evening just sit and relax, enjoy the soft sand at the beach. Plus water-sports, music, DJs, shacks, drinks. Its just never ending. Moving around the cities is not that difficult if you have your own ride or hire one! Have fun. Goa means fun."


9. Rann Of Kutch - The Glowing Land Under The Moonlight

Rann Of Kutch - The Glowing Land Under The Moonlightsource: gujarattourism.com

Camping in the middle of the vast shallow wetland of Kutch in Gujarat, which is home to several endangered animal species, is one of the best activities for a backpacker. Kutch also houses several wildlife reserves, historical and religious pilgrimage sites.

HolidayIQ Traveller Saurabh Chauhan recommends Kutch for "travellers who love deserts and loneliness.".

10. Andaman Islands - Deep Dive To Discover The Aquatic Life

Andaman Islands - Deep Dive To Discover The Aquatic Lifesource: luvimages.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Promita Maitra shares, “A place for sea or beach lovers, and even if you do not love them, you will surely start loving them after you spend a week in Andaman Islands. Colour of the sea, texture of the beaches, exquisite sunrise and sunsets, unforgettable journey - all these things sum up in an once in a lifetime trip. Samudrika, Gandhi Park, Cellular Jail, Chatham Saw Mill, Marine Museum, Corbyn's Cove Beach, Ross Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Wandoor Beach, Baratang, Mud Volcano, Limestone Cave are must-visits. In Havelock Island, visit Radhanagar Beach, famous for the sand. Do not miss the sunset here, Kalapathar Beach, Dolphin Resort (Try to stay here). If you are staying for more than a week, consider visiting Maya Bandar and Rangat."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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