Backpacking on a budget

George Koruth, AKA Fotobaba gives us his budget holiday spots to visit in 2017

Published: 02nd January 2017 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd January 2017 08:24 PM   |  A+A-

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George Koruth
George is a voracious traveller who has taken the road less travelled. He studied to be a doctor but life had other plans for him. He ended up following his heart — photography- He has been into photography for ten years now. He is a documentary and travel photographer


If you are into architecture and history, you can’t strike Hampi off your bucket list. It’s a really popular destination for rock climbers and backpackers. Hampi is not just old buildings, once you cross the Tungabhadra river, you will get to see the fun side of this ancient city. Getting an experienced guide is essential to understand the ancient city as no books could guide and explain this majestic city like that of a physical experience. Also rent a moped to explore!



One of the most beautiful beaches to check out in South India, it has everything to offer from a beautiful coastline to an amazing nightlife. Varkala has three beaches, the most popular one is the Papanasam Beach, popularised by Hindu pilgrims for their rituals. These beaches are also a favourite spot for international artists. And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the seafood

Andaman Islands

The Andamans are a jewel in the Indian travel landscape. Turquoise waters, lush green tropical forests and the gut churning history of the British Raj in the region–all these make this destination irresistible to a curious traveller. Port Blair is the capital city and offers several interesting sights including the Cellular Jail sights, Chidiya Tapu, Anthropology Museum, etc. And exploring nearby islands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for an explorer



A Chakhesang tribe village in Phek district, it is approximately a 3.5–hour drive away from Kohima, Nagaland. The village is famous for its melodious songs and traditional dances. While the primarily occupation of the village is agriculture, they opened their doors to tourists only recently. This unexplored land is surrounded by hills and spectacular views which makes it a must see spot in Nagaland. It is also believed that Subhas Chandra Bose had visited this remote village

Tirthan Valley

Even though Himachal is very popular among tourists, there are lots of places which are still untouched. One of them is this amazing valley which could be heaven itself. The valley is mainly popular among rafters and is also quite popular with people interested in fishing. If it still doesn’t appeal to you, go trekking and spend time with the villagers. This magical valley has it’s own charm and you will fall in love with it

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