Solo travel in India is a trend slowly finding its ground in the country. As the salaries and allowances of the youth of our country are steadily increasing, the young people out there have finally decided that spending money on travelling is far much better than doing anything else. So, if you have your plans on and before you globe-trot alone to rediscover yourself, check out the places you can travel alone in ‘Bhaarat Desh’ itself. Popularly known in India as ‘singles vacations’ or ‘holidays for singles’, India has a huge array of safe and surreal places to visit with all kinds of attractions- heritage, mountains, beaches, religious temples on top of mountains- you name it.
Manali is the classic escape in the hills. Settled in the lap of Himalayas on the banks of Beas River in Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the top places for solo trip in India. The hill town enjoys two major seasons of summer and winter, you can take your pick of which season you want to experience Manali. Summer is perfect for exploring, trekking, river rafting and other sports. Winters brings snow and snow sports. The old town, ancient temples, hot springs, monasteries and other places from Hindu legends are open throughout the year.
Lahaul and Spiti are two places perfect for a solo trip. Settled in the remotest corner of Himachal Pradesh, these locations are what we can say are the best destinations for your first solo trip to India. These are one of the most unexplored terrains in the country. Explore rugged mountains, cross high altitude mountain passes, ancient monasteries, glacial lakes, and breath-taking views in the mountain locales. Stay in the monasteries, Ki, Kibber, Tabo, Dhankar or trek to Chandra Taal or stay in the humble villages of the mountain, whatever you do, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Truly meant for soul-searching, Rishikesh is one of the amazing destinations for your first solo trip to India. Settled on the banks of River Ganga on the foothills of Himalayas, the town is a mix of spirituality, bliss and adventure. Rishikesh is just perfect for a solo traveller, you will never need any company as you can easily get the company of many like-minded strangers. Yoga and meditation camps, ashrams and temples provide the perfect opportunity to connect with yourself and cheap accommodation. River-rafting, camping, fox flying, rock climbing, bungee jumping and many more adventures are available.
Another beautiful escape in the mountains, Auli is a fine choice for a first solo trip to India. The popular skiing destination in India is located in Uttarakhand. The pleasing environment of the hill town lures travellers throughout the year. The summer season is ideal for camping and trekking, while the winter is perfect for skiing. The hill town is a good pick for both leisure and adventure. The picturesque beauty is a balm to your soul as you can marvel at the snow-capped peaks of Nanda Devi and other peaks. Trekking, skiing, and gondola ride add thrill to your trip.
Kutch in Gujarat is a geographic phenomenon, which is full of rustic beauty, wildlife reserves, historical sites, and pilgrimage spots. It is surrounded by the seawater and is an ultimate destination for solo backpackers, who can do camping in the middle of this vast wetland and participate in their favourite activities that take place here during the famous “Rann Utsav.” The tourists can have an opportunity to see the local culture of the people of Kutch and check out the ancient temples, attractive architectural palaces & rugged fort, and purchase vibrant costumes.
Whether you want to soak in the hot sun, take a plunge in the sea, groove to trance music numbers, attend rave parties, gulp exotic drinks, or taste continental cuisines…Goa is a perfect place to spend some refreshing hours of your solo journey. The rich and vivacious lifestyle of Goa combines adventure beach activities such as surfing, snorkelling, jet-skiing, scuba diving, water-skiing, and windsurfing and numerous Spa & Ayurvedic resorts to indulge in reviving session provided here. The solo travellers can explore the private beaches and experience deep sea fishing to keep themselves busy.
Leh-Srinagar Highway –
For an adventurous mountain-biking, you can consider going to Leh-Srinagar highway, which is India’s most prominent tourist destination in the present day. It surrounds the most scenic landscapes and gives a thrilling experience to the riders who want to travel to a quiet place and spend some time alone. Leh-Srinagar is a perfect escapade for all the backpackers as it gives them a much needed thrill. All you need for an exciting trip is a backpack, a bike, and a camera and you are set to explore the highway of Leh and Srinagar all on your own.
Shimla is the perfect getaway if you want to spend some time alone in the lap of the Himalayas. It is a highly touristy destination with attractive locations, hotels, and markets that can make your journey delightful and help you celebrate every moment of your journey. So, if you travelling to Shimla all alone, start walking along the Mall road, experience the best dining at any popular restaurant, take some snaps, indulge in shopping, and savor being on your own.
Rajasthan is renowned for its great hospitality and rich cultural heritage, but Lake City Udaipur has something more to woo a traveller. It should definitely top your list, if you are considering traveling alone. There are many beautiful sights in Udaipur that offer picturesque views of India’s royal past like Hawelis, forts, palaces, & temples. You can do a lot of things in Udaipur like capture the beautiful surroundings, sit by the side of the lake, enjoy peaceful cold nights, read a book on the rich culture of Rajasthan, and sip hot tea in the relaxed atmosphere of the city.
How can you skip Mumbai? It is one of the best cities for a first solo trip in India. The lively city is a “the city that never sleeps”. Representing Indian diversity, the city is the home to glamour of Bollywood, several heritage sites, pilgrimage beaches, art galleries, museums and thrilling nightlife. Sometimes crowds are where you actually discover yourself so Mumbai is perfect for the urban travellers seeking new experiences. You can get away from everything and float on the vibes of the mega polis.
You have the list – Get ready!
Now that you have this unbeatable list of offbeat places for solo travellers in India, all that you need to do is get your backpack out, book your tickets and just leave. Make sure you do your homework about these places in advance. For women who plan on going solo, we would suggest you book accommodation and transfers well in advance – and yes do proper research. Travel happy and safe. Plus, don’t forget to share your experiences with us.