Best Destinations In India For Solo Women Travellers
Travelling solo on a leisure trip sounds strange to many, but if you are the kind that loves to explore, experiment and be adventurous……then travelling on your own at least once in your lifetime should definitely be on your ‘to do’ list !
Wandering around alone and taking in the sights and sounds, teaches you to enjoy your own company…..be aware, alert and yet allows you to relax, rejuvenate and dream away.
Here are a list of destinations in India, that are a solo traveller’s delight and more importantly, comparatively safe for women who are venturing out on their own.
1 – Puducherry
This union territory in South India exhibits an old world charm of one of the French cities. Since the place was under French rule for a long time, you can see the influence on food, culture and language of the people here. The residents lead a simple, happy life and are generally very amiable and welcoming, ideal for a solo woman traveller. It is a great place for shopping or trying delicious french cuisine. Well-maintained nicely-cobbled roads, dotted with yellow colonial-style houses and clean environment, this place exudes peace and serenity. Classic French architecture, picturesque green spread and beautiful beaches will charm and pamper you silly.
Tourist Attractions In Puducherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Churches, Puducherry Museum, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Notre Dame des Anges, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Botanical Garden, Sacred Heart Basilica, Goubert Ave/Beach Road. You can also indulge yourself with detox services, varna point massage and skin treatments at Ayurveda Holistic Healing Centre.
How to reach Puducherry : Pondicherry falls on the National Highway 45, which connects it to major cities of South India such as Chennai, which is about 150 kilometres away and Bangalore, which is 320 kilometres away. You can hire a taxi or get on a bus to drive to Pondicherry from these nearby cities. Note that the drive from Chennai to Pondicherry, that is, on the East Coast Road is particularly scenic and offers fantastic views of the Bay of Bengal.
AbhiBus offers bus services to Puducherry from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Trivandrum.
2 – Rishikesh – Uttarakhand
Apart from the now-famous splendour of the Garhwal mountains and Ganges, Rishikesh offers thrilling adventure as well as imparts the knowledge of Yoga and Meditation against its scenic backdrop. One of the best places for river rafting in India, this small town on the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand also offers you a chance to camp along the meandering riverside and a bunch of adventure activities like fox-flying, bungee jumping and cliff jumping which makes the place so exciting.
However, if this is not your idea of fun, you may head to any of the several Yoga centres that Rishikesh is famous for. Ganga aarti in the evening is worth witnessing, when the entire atmosphere starts to get divine and filled with spirituality.
Tourist Attractions In Rishikesh : Swarg Niwas Temple, Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple, Swarg Ashram, Lakshman Jhula, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Asharam, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Neergarh Waterfall.
How to reach Rishikesh : Rishikesh has decent road connectivity with cities such as Delhi (229 Kilometres), Dehradun (45 Kilometres), Mussoorie (72 Kilometres), Haridwar (19 Kilometres), and Mathura (378 Kilometres).
You can book your bus tickets online at abhibus.com as they offer bus services from Delhi to Rishikesh.
3 – Ziro Valley – Arunachal Pradesh
A picture perfect place with lush greenery, zig-zag rice-fields, snaking rivulets and rustic habitats, the Ziro Valley is nothing short of dreamland. The perfect place to connect with nature, revive the body, mind and soul.This picturesque destination is one lesser known place that should be on the bucket list of every solo traveller. The most attractive feature of Ziro Valley other than its natural beauty is learning about the lifestyle of the popular Apatani tribe, whose members are mostly seen with facial tattoos and nose plugs. One can also enjoy the various walking and biking trails. It is advised to take a local guide with you as without them, you might face unwelcoming people. Ziro Valley is altogether an exceptional experience and what better way to get the feel of it than to travel here alone and see it for yourself ! It is incredibly safe to walk around the town or valley or go biking by yourself.
Tourist Attractions In Ziro Valley : Hong, Hija, Hari, Bamin, Dutta, Ziro Putu, Tarin Fish Farm, Talley Valley, Tapyo Salt, Dolo Mando, Kile Pakho, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Shiva Lingam at Kardo Forest.
How to reach Ziro Valley : Ziro is around 115 km from the state capital Itanagar and takes approx 3 and a half hours via the improved Hoj-Potin road along NH229 and 150 km via the Assam route.
4 – Khajjar – Himachal Pradesh
Khajjiar is placed between Dalhousie and Chamba hill station of Himachal Pradesh. It can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in an hour or so. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest and is among the 160 locations in the world that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland. Hence it is also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ or the ‘Switzerland of India’.
Khajjiar is a plateau with a small lake which tends to be a favorite amongst tourists. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape, of clean meadows covered with the carpet of rich green grass and snow-capped mountains in the background, are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist.
Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape. The best entertainment in Khajjiar is to walk around the lake or go for long walks in the thick pine forests. Children enjoy this place because of the freedom of movement and the sloped terrain which permits them to roll down to the lake without getting hurt. Another attraction is horse riding. You can simply cut yourself out from the outer world when you are inside the boundaries of Khajjiar…….so what more could a solo traveller ask for ? This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like zorbing, trekking etc.
Tourist Attractions In Khajjar : Khajjar Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Golden Devi Temple, Tibetan Handicrafts Centre, horse-riding, Paragliding and Zorbing, Trekking.
How to reach Khajjar : Khajjiar is very well connected by road to all the important towns of Himachal Pradesh including Dalhousie, Shimla and Chamba. State-owned and private buses ply on the route. Alternatively, you can drive from these towns to Khajjiar.
AbhiBus offers bus services from Delhi to Dalhousie, Shimla, Chamba, Dharamshala and Jammu as well as from Chandigarh to Shimla, Dharamshala, Chamba and Jammu. Thereafter one can opt for taxis or cars to Khajjar.
5 – Jaipur – Rajasthan
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is also known as the Pink City of India. Jaipur is a popular indian tourist destination and serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur (348 km), Jaisalmer (571 km) Udaipur (421 km) and Mount Abu (520 km). Not just Jaipur, you can count Pushkar, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer as the best places to travel solo too.
The beautiful palaces of Jaipur can truly be admired and appreciated by an art lover. It is not just the architectural beauty of the pink city that makes it so popular in 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. Along with sightseeing, you can enjoy activities such as hot air ballooning, elephant polo, elephant ride, cooking classes and heritage car drive. So don’t hesitate to mingle with the local folk and enjoy the warm hospitality and culture of Jaipur.
Tourist Attractions In Jaipur : Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, City Palace of Jaipur, Heritage Textiles and Handicrafts, Nature and Wildlife Tours.
How to reach Jaipur : One can get to Jaipur directly by air or train or road.
Ahmedabad, Baroda, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Indore and Surat are some places from where AbhiBus offers bus services to Jaipur.
6 – Sikkim
As a solo woman traveller in search of untouched beauty, scenic splendor and serenity, you would not want to miss Sikkim, which is a part of India blessed naturally with all of this. The whole of north east India is breathtakingly beautiful but Sikkim in particular is a notch above them all. The majestic mountains, gorgeous valleys, wild flower-strewn trails, patches of rice terraces and the graceful Buddhist monasteries make up most of Sikkim. Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, is located on Sikkim’s border with Nepal. Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience. Within a matter of an hour one can move from its sub-tropical heat of the lower valleys to the cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach up to the areas of perpetual snow.
The people of Sikkim are warm, simple and friendly with a natural gaiety. The custom and rituals of sikkimese are as diverse as the ethnic groups that inhabit the land. People of Sikkim love to celebrate with a gay abandon, belting out folk songs and dances and their way of life is inextricably bound up with nature. Their warm hospitality and rich tradition cannot be ignored and that’s what makes Sikkim so desirable and safe to the lone woman traveller.
Tourist Attractions in Sikkim : Rumtek Gompa, Samdruptse, Norbugang Park, Ganesh Tok, Khecheopalri Lake, Guru Padmasambhava Statue, Rabdentse, Pelling, Hot Water Springs, Dubdi Gompa, Sakyamuni Complex, Old Rumtek Gompa, Tsomgo Lake, Namchi, Yamthang Valley, Golden Stupa, Yuksom, Ravangla. One can also indulge in trekking, mountaineering, rafting and yak safari.
How to reach Sikkim : One can mostly reach Gangtok by road from nearby places like New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Bhutan, Phuntsholing or if desired fly in by helicopter from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
7 – Hampi – Karnataka
Hampi is a village and temple town, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in northern Karnataka, India. Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Vijayanagar rulers patronised a variety of Hindu cults and also permitted the practice of other religions. Under their enlightened leadership, the city became rich and accommodated a cosmopolitan blend of people with a wide variety of linguistic, ethnic and religious background. Dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire, it also houses the 7th century Hindu Virupaksha Temple, near the revived Hampi Bazaar.
After experiencing the very hospitable, friendly and culturally wealthy people here, Hampi will change all your perspectives about travelling solo in India. It will also change your mind set about India as this small village destination has so much to impart to its urban counterparts and you will be keen on history all over again.
If you are a backpacker type of person, you are surely going to love this place as it offers cheap accommodation, gives you the chance to meet with people from different countries and makes you feel free without the fear of safety. To witness the richness of Indian History, Hampi is definitely one of the choicest places in India.
Tourist Attractions In Hampi : Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Zenana Enclosure, Sule Bazaar and Achyutaraya Temple, Nandi Statue, Elephant Stables, Hemakuta Hill, Underground Shiva Temple, Queen’s Bath and Royal Centre
How to reach Hampi : Hampi is connected with all parts of Karnataka and to Hyderabad by road. Some of the nearby cities are Pattadakal, Aihole, Badami, Bijapur and Bangalore.
You can book bus tickets online to Hampi from Bengaluru at abhibus.com.
PICTURE CREDITS : Featured Image – jcomp / Freepik, Puducherry – Blog :I am in DNA of India, Rishikesh – Haridwar Rishikesh Tourism, Ziro Valley – sevendiary.com, Khajjar – yatra.com, Jaipur – Luxoindia, Sikkim – Sikkim Tourism India, Hampi – MouthShut.com