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the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh is Indias most famous tourist attraction and often a starting point for sight seeing tours around the country bathing and burning ghats at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, is a famous pilgrimage town on the Ganges and a popular backpacker destination a decorated car for shivaratri in Gokarn, a pilgrimage town in Karnataka and popular with travellers for its surrounding beaches Tsongo lake in Sikkim, close to the Chinese border, makes a good day trip from Gangtok, Sikkim's capital
Ladakhi houses set on a hill, Tikse gompa, belonging to the Gelukpa order, south of Leh a Karnataka sales woman on the beach, selling jewellery, bracelets and other souvenirs to tourists and backpackers Rajasthan, the Water Palace or Jal Mahal sits in a lake between Jaipur and Amber. Jaipur is a popular destination for the tourist and backpacker family in Dentam, West Sikkim, about 15 km from Pelling, sitting in their kitchen of their Alpine Hut guesthouse
ship breaking yard in Alang in Gujarat. Huge ships are driven onto the beach to be scrapped. It's the biggest ship breaking yard in the world salt flats on the coast of Gujarat near Bhavnagar, and a buffalo with huge curved horns ambling along the road a bicycle in India: with shiva trident, parked on the beach near Alang, Gujarat Om beach at Gokarn in Karnataka has been first popular with the hippies, and now with all kinds of backpackers and travellers
Dal lake in Srinagar in Kashmir, a view through the wood carved railing of a house boat. Kashmir has become again more popular with backpackers and tourists in recent years. a man working on a weaving loom in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; the famous pilgrimage town Shey Palace in Ladakh, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is just south of Leh; the Shey gompa is part of it. Nako village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. Women wearing their best clothes waiting with flowers and scarves for the Dalai Lama
Leh, Ladakh, state Jammu and Kashmir; in the desert mountain area of North India. women in traditional costumes during the Ladakh festival in Leh, which takes place every summer and draws masses of travellers to the town Taglangla Pass at 5328 metre altitude on the road between Manali and Leh, this is the second highest motorable road in the world; Ladakh a labourer working as a ship breaker in Alang, Gujarat Buddhist monks in Leh, Ladakh during the Ladakh festival to which thousands of tourists and backpackers come to this Himalayan high altitude area
girl sitting amidst the cloudy hillside around Tashiding in West Sikkim the boy Letan with his mother in the traditional Ladakhi kitchen in Yantang village, Ladakh Pushkar, Rajasthan. Sunset at a lake on the twisty road between Ajmer and Pushkar. Pushkar is extremely popular with backpackers touring India street sign in Mumbai or Bombay. Mumbai is the financial centre of India and for many tourists the gateway to and from the country

Photo gallery and slide show: The pictures in this gallery come from an earlier South Asia (India and Nepal) backpacking trip in 1996-97. The trip was done partly by bus and train, and partly on an Enfield motorcycle, and covered some of the most popular sights and destinations for budget travellers in India, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, the ghats of Varanasi, trekking in Ladakh, and the beaches of Gokarn and Goa.

One of the great attractions of independent travel lies in the ability to pick and choose your own destinations, and not be tied to a fixed itinerary as would be the case on a three week package holiday tour. The motorcycle part of the trip allowed us to get off the beaten track and visit places where tourism is less developed such as Gujarat, including the port city of Bhavnagar and the shipbreaking yard at Alang, and allowed us greater access to the daily life of the people in the villages we stopped at along the way.

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