India has some of the most breathtaking travel locations in the world, and solo trips to any of them are a must. Here are some of the top destinations that people, especially women, can travel to alone.
From the soaring peaks of the Himalayas to the quiet and peaceful backwaters of Kerala, and from the arid desert of the Rann of Kachchh to the rain-lashed hills and valleys of Assam…India is a country with travel destinations galore for even the most discerning of travellers. There is something for everyone, no matter what kind of environment and trip you prefer.
Travelling solo has traditionally not been a prominent activity in India. However, more and more people, especially women, are embracing the freedom and independence of trips made alone. A lot of destinations now also offer accommodation and services customised for the solo traveller. Saluting this growing trend, here is a list of some of the best destinations in India you absolutely must visit if you enjoy travelling alone:
The north-east has the power to blow you away, and even there, Sikkim is the most stunning place you can visit in the region. The state is made up entirely of high mountains and low valleys, and a smattering of Buddhist monasteries in between. It also has a very rich culture of hospitality, which is always a plus when travelling somewhere alone. Some of the places to visit and sights to see include Rumtek Gompa, Guru Padmasambhava Statue on Samdruptse Hill, Norbugang Park, Ganesh Tok, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse, Pelling, Dubdi Gompa, Sakyamuni Complex, Old Rumtek Gompa, Tsomgo Lake, Namchi, Yumthang Valley, Golden Stupa, Yuksom, Ravangla, etc. among many others.
Lahaul & Spiti
Himachal Pradesh is one of the safest places to travel in India. The people are friendly and warm and very welcoming, especially in the several villages that dot the state.While you can do several things in Spiti, adventure sports like trekking, skiing, and hiking, and witnessing the traditional arts and crafts, should be on top of your list. Most of the households make stuff from clay and have the necessary equipment for pottery, a tradition passed on from one generation to another. Ensure you are in good shape before you visit Spiti.
The ultimate holy grail of solo travel, Ladakh is definitely not for first-timers. But it is also a must-visit, if you are used to lugging around your own baggage. The serene calm of the valleys weaves its silent magic on men and women alike, and to experience Ladakh is to truly experience the beauty of the Himalayas itself. If you really want to travel to Ladakh, for starters, it is advisable to have a group of friends with you who can help you out with pointers. Some key places to visit are Leh Palace, Pangong Lake, Lake Tsomoriri, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley, Markha Valley, Lamayuru Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Tso Kar, Alchi Monastery, Shey Monastery, Phuktal Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Hemis National Park, Stok Palace, Wanla Gompa, Likir Monastery, Sham Valley, Thiksey Gompa, Phyang Monastery, Rizong Monastery, Sar-Zung Temple, Khardung La, Namgyal Stupa, etc.
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One of the most picturesque places in India, Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has to be visited once in your lifetimes. A picture-perfect place with lush greenery, careening rice fields and snaking rivulets, and rustic habitats, the valley is nothing short of a dreamland. The local tribes indigenous to this place have their own deep culture and traditions which can be studied easily if you spend some time. Ziro valley is a lesser known place that should definitely be on the bucket list of every solo traveller. Some sights to see are Hong, Hija, Hari, Bamin, Dutta, Ziro Putu, Tarin Fish Farm, Talley Valley, Dolo Mando, Kile Pakho, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Shiva Lingam at Kardo Forest, etc.
Munnar, though famous for its tea plantations, is also a place of breathtaking beauty and amazing landscapes. The green backdrop to every scenery just adds to the overall charm of the place. Located in the state of Kerala, Munnar is considered a very safe place to travel to, owing to the honest and hardworking nature of the people working here. The variety of resorts around this place also offer some very attractive options to people looking to travel solo to the district. Some places to visit are Mattupetty, Pallivasal, and the Tea Museum.
Hampi will change your views about India. This small village destination has so much to impart to its urban counterparts. You are likely to encounter hospitable, friendly, and culturally wealthy people here. Hampi has also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you like backpacking, you will definitely love this place. There’s cheap accommodation, the chance to meet people from different countries, and feel free. Some sights to see are Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Zenana Enclosure, Sule Bazaar, Achyuta Raya Temple, Nandi Statue, etc.
This Union Territory provides what a lot of places in the country sorely lack – a moment of peace. The calm and serene setting looks more like a French city from times gone by than a modern Indian city. It is a great place for shopping, and is full of amiable people happily leading their simple lives. Don’t forget to try the delicious French cuisine. Some places to see are Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry Museum, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Notre Dame des Anges, etc.