Dharamsala

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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. A room in a budget hotel could cost as low as around Rs 200 per day.

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.

Parvati Valley

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Located in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, Parvati Valley is favorite with adventure seekers as it offers a heady mix of scenic landscapes and avenues to experience an adrenaline rush. Parvati Valley is the ideal place for a vacation if you want to chill in the lap of nature. The villages in the open spaces by the banks of the Parvati River are ideal for camping during the summer season. Be it the relaxed, scenic villags of Kasol and Tosh or the spectacular, high-altitude Kheerganga with its hot water springs, Parvati valley has loads to offer. Budget and mid-range hotels abound in Manikaran and there are many stalls and restaurants that serve good North Indian dishes.

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.

Spiti

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Popularly known as Little Tibet, Spiti is a remote valley nestled in the Himalayan Mountain range in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the culture and natural beauty here, Spiti also offers trekking and jeep safaris amidst its scenic mountains, enchanting landscapes, glaciers and pristine environment. For accommodation; government as well as private guest houses, are available at Kaza, Tabo, Losar, Samd, Poh and Sagna in Spiti. Moreover, home stays are also available in several villages which provide good budget accommodation.

Gokarna

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. One can find budget, mid-range hotels and beach resorts which provides modern facilities. Lodges and rooms run by the locals is also a good option to stay. The Namaste lodge on the Om beach is quite famous amongst backpackers.

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