5 Top India Backpacker Tours from G Adventures

India Tours for Young Travelers That Won't Break the Budget

Backpacker in Jaisalmer.
••• Backpacker in Jaisalmer. Giles Caldicott/Getty Images

If you're young and want to travel India on the cheap, G Adventures offers some fabulous backpacker-style trips for "18-to-Thirtysomethings". These tours are aimed at people who want to explore the world in an affordable way with other like-minded travelers. They provide plenty of free time and flexibility, as well as an opportunity to really connect with each destination.

A key feature of the tours is that they're fast-paced and cover a lot of ground. The tours are usually longer than other G Adventures tours, so more can be fitted in. Experiences and social interaction are major focuses. Overnight transport is favored to reduce the cost of accommodations, and there are fewer included meals than normal tours. This enables travelers to spend money when and where they want. As for the accommodations, you'll be staying in hostels and basic budget hotels. (However, India has some fabulous world-class backpacker hostels these days, so you don't have to worry about...MORE them being dirty and dingy).

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    Backpacker at Taj Mahal.
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    This very popular small group tour includes many of India's classic destinations and is an excellent way to experience the best of India without spending much money. You'll be able to wander through Old Delhi, go on a camel safari in Bikaner, explore ancient forts and palaces in Rajasthan, take a boat trip down the Ganges River, and of course visit the Taj Mahal!

    • Duration: 20 days.
    • Cost: From $1,250.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Tordi Sagar, Puskhar, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi.
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    Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi.
    ••• Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi. Tuul & Bruno Morandi/Getty Images

    This tour has the same itinerary as the Uncover India tour from Delhi to Goa, but with the Kerala Beaches and Backwaters tour added as an additional component.

    • Duration: 21 days.
    • Cost: From $2,199.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Tordi Sagar, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Alleppey, Kollam, Varkala.
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    ••• Market at Anjuna beach, Goa. Lonely Planet/Getty Images.

    If you want to see the classic sites of north India but can't bear to miss fun in the sun on the beaches of Goa, then this tour is for you! Highlights include the Taj Mahal, rural village life, taking a camel cart ride into the sunset, having a meal with a local family, getting an insight into royal India in Udaipur, and shopping at Goa's night market.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Cost: From $1,399
    • Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Tordi Sagar, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa.
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    ••• Alleppey backwaters. Image: Kerala Tourism.

    This small group tour provides a great cultural introduction to Kerala. It includes many of Kerala's famed destinations—Fort Kochi, the backwaters, and breathtaking Varkala beach. You'll take a trip along the backwaters in a traditional houseboat, plus spend a night at a homestay. You'll also have the opportunity to get an Ayurvedic massage if you wish, or visit a local temple.

    • Duration: 7 days.
    • Cost: From $699.
    • Destinations: Kochi, Alleppey, Kollam, Varkala.
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    ••• Kathmandu, Nepal. Phil Clarke-Hill/Getty Images

    If you're feeling adventurous, this fast paced small group tour will take you overland to Kathmandu after visiting some of India's top attractions. It's a blend of classics such as the Taj Majal, backpacker favorites such as Pushkar, and fresh mountain air and nature.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Cost: From $1,249.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Kathmandu.