Admit it ladies! Every once in a while we all crave to shun our daily routines of life and escape (read run) away from people around us to find ourselves amidst the dearest nature. Even after having some of the best people in our life we die to spend some time with ourselves. To let us fall in love with ourselves. For such moods, there is NOTHING better than taking a solo travel trip. No matter which age group you fall in, you are never inappropriate for taking a solo trip. These are just a few places in India meant for the female solo travellers that you might want to discover all by yourself!
1. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Be it for a yoga retreat, or the adventure sports or simply the serenity of Rishikesh, you have got to be at this place at least once as a solo traveller. Rishikesh is super safe for girls, hence making it an ideal destination in India for female travellers. Apart from the much-known beauty of the Ganges and Garhwal Himalayas, you will meet here best kind of people who will give you the best experiences of life. Do not miss out on the ‘ashrams’ here. Try and learn the art of yoga and meditation so that you have something really good to take back home.
2. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Not just Jaipur, you can count Pushkar, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer as the best places to travel solo. If you have got love for culture then Jaipur is probably the best place that you need to explore alone. The beautiful palaces of Jaipur surely need the honest appreciation of the art lover. It is not just the architectural beauty of the pink city that makes it a must-visit place of India. But, the delectable cuisines, the folk culture and the beautiful handicrafts that Jaipur has got, will make any female traveller go gaga over the place.
P.S- Don’t be shy to be part of the folk culture of Jaipur.
The fact that Pondicherry is a land of peaceful bliss, may end up making it your perfect hideout. The French colony of India is a beautiful place adorned with the boulevard of trees and classic French architecture. The beaches, the explored ones and especially the unexplored ones will bring out the inner you. The time that you will invest in introspecting yourself will make you fall in love with yourself all over again. The mouth- water seafood delicacies with the touch of French cuisine will be the cherry on top on your Pondicherry sojourn.
You don’t need a person to party with in Goa, the place will give you tons of options. So just pack your bags and head to the ultimate party destination of India. The bizarre nightlife and alcohol at dirt-cheap rates give you enough reasons to go wild and party hard. Just in case, you are not in a party mood Goa still remains the must-visit places for its off-beat options. You can explore the unexplored beaches, off-beating trekking that Goa offers, water sports to challenge you, the happening flea markets, cruise, and casinos. You just can’t get any enough of this place.
5. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Over the past few year, Kasol has gained much limelight as the popular tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh. It has the unspoilt beauty of nature and it has got the power to bust your stress at its best. Kasol is an ideal holiday destination when you wish to do and simply relax on your vacations. You can enjoy camping on the banks of Kheer Ganga. The beauty of Parvati Valley dotted with the lush greenery holds so much peace in itself. And, do not miss out on the Kheer Ganga trek. An easy trek that can be completed in 9-10 hours wishes you with a hot water spring at the end to put all your pain to ease.
6. Kovalam, Kerala
If you are a beach lover and wish to scout some of the best beaches that India caters, then make your way to Kovalam. Kovalam offers some of the most famous beaches of Kerala. Lighthouse beach, Kovalam beach, and Hawa beaches are amongst the best\ beaches of Kovalam. Kovalam is also known for its exotic and luxurious beach resorts that overlook the infinite Arabian Sea. And, you totally deserve to pamper yourself with all the luxuries of life on your solo trip.
There is no way you can miss out to explore the most beautiful part of our country. The whole of north-east India is breathtakingly beautiful, but, Sikkim, in particular, is a bit notch above them all. You will find the most serene mountains of Mt. Kanchenjunga here covered entirely in the sheet of snow. Tsomgo Lake and Gurudongmar Lake is the unmatched beauty of Sikkim. If you have got an adventure junkie in you, then don’t step back from taking the most scenic treks of Sikkim. Dzongri La Trek, Goecha La Trek and Green Valley Treks are the most famous treks of Sikkim. Apart from being exceptionally beautiful, the warm hospitality tat you receive here from the locals makes it an ideal destination for a female solo traveller.
8. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Why not try an off-beat destination as a solo traveller? Khajjiar is affectionately known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. The clean meadows covered with the carpet of rich green grass with the snow-capped mountains in the background, I can easily can Khajjiar is no less than Switzerland. The place is famous for its horse rides, the peaceful meadows, the Kalitop wildlife sanctuary and Kailash view. You can simply cut yourself out from the outer world when you inside the boundaries of Khajjiar.
9. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
You know they say “Varanasi is not a place, it’s an experience”. They say it right. Varanasi brings to you the culture of India in a plate coupled with the beauty of Ganga and its ghats. The chants of Mantras, the evening prayers, the twinkling of thousands of diyas in Ganga awaits you at Ganga Ghats of Varanasi. For the sake of its festivity, and the way of bringing out the Indian culture to the world, you have got to experience Varanasi yourself. And, probably as a solo traveller.
10. Hampi, Karnataka
Listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, Hampi attracts a large number of foreign tourist every year. And, if you have got the backpacker soul in you, and you must take a trip to Hampi soon. Hampi was the largest and the richest human settlement during its prime time. Sprawled over an area of 25 sq. km., Hampi is loaded with the historic cultures that can be dated back to 1336-1565. For the richness of Indian history, Hampi accounts for a must-visit place of India.
Popularly called as “The Little Tibet”, Leh Ladakh has been attracting tourists for decades with its snow capped mountains and clean azure and has become a favourite among trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts. It has something to offer to every traveller, providing a tranquil and serene atmosphere with the Zanskar river flowing by and the endless beauty of nature in its purest form. The remoteness of this place is sure to weave its magic on you.
Gokarna is one of those destinations which is an eclectic mix of a Hindu pilgrimage town and a haven for beach lovers and hippies. It attracts a huge crowd for its low-key, sandy beaches less commercial than the beaches of Goa. Gokarna can be different things to different people – on one side it is thronged by tourists looking for refuge and salvation and on the other hand are the crowds looking for a relaxing beach vacation. This striking contrast is what really defines the beauty of this one of its kind place.
13. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok is a marvellous and almost magical town that acts as the perfect base to explore the mystical land of Sikkim. It is known for its striking beauty but what defines Gangtok is Mount Kanchenjunga, third highest peak in the world. See nature unfold before your eyes as you take a walk along the winding paths, look down upon the magical sacred river, reaffirm your faith at the serene Buddhist monasteries and enjoy the deliciously hot momos. It truly is one of the most picturesque destinations in India.
14. Shillong, Meghalaya
Famous as the “Scotland of the East”, Shillong gives its visitors a sparkling and spellbinding welcome. The capital city of Meghalaya is the home to numerous waterfalls, cobalt blue skies, plunging mountains and awe inspiring golf courses. The quaint cottages are reminiscent of the erstwhile British era. The beauty of Shillong is sure to leave you awed with its forlorn look making it a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate in the midst of nature in all its bounty.
All you lovely ladies out there, don’t you already feel like packing your bags, leave all the crap behind and travel solo to these amazing destinations in India? Well, I surely do! So, What are you waiting for? Pack your bags, get lost to find yourself.