If curiosity is the one thing that is invincible in nature, then traveling to magical places is an endeavor that sparks it. To all the females who are looking forward to emancipating themselves from the doldrums of daily life and are eager to discover the charm of fresh places, I invite you to consider a solo trip to some of the best places to travel in India.
Disregarding all the inhibitions of traveling alone as a woman, I embarked upon some finest places in India and explored the most resilient and confident aspect of my personality along with the fun at these holiday destinations. For all the bold and beautiful travel girls, here are some of the solo trip gateways:
- Discover The Grace Of Jaipur
The capital city of Rajasthan is eager to take you into its beauty of art and elegance. Also known as the pink city, Jaipur is known for its handicrafts and aesthetics. Visit the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, city palace, Jantar Mantar and take an adventurous elephant ride. Get involved in the culture and dine in the savory dishes the city has to offer.
Why I recommend Jaipur?
Rajasthan is tourist friendly state so it tanks better on solo woman traveler safety quotient. Jaipur is high on hospitality. You get good places to stay in Jaipur and your trip is kind of sorted – warm bed, good breakfast and friendly staff – If you begin your day on a happy note, chances are that you will enjoy your trip.
Read: Hits & Misses Of Udaipur
Nainital | A Dreamy Mountain Destination
The Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state holds a beautiful hill station with green vistas and mountains. When I reached, it was cool and drizzling, which added to the fascination of this place. My first destination was the Naini lake where I enjoyed silent boating and got enthralled by the scenery around. Other places to visit are Sat Tal, Bhim Tal, Naina Devi temple. I wanted some adventure and so on the last day; I had a delicious Aloo parantha for breakfast and headed straight for Millital for the ropeway excursion.
Why I recommend Nanital?
- When I travel solo, accessibility is an important marker for safe and fun trip in India. So, Nanital ranks high on those parameters. You can reach Nanital easily via any mode of transportation.
- Secondly, pahari people are generally friendly, soft-spoken and helpful in nature. So, you can count on them for some on-road assistance.
- Bollywood has already shown so much of Nanital that you won’t get lost in this small town.
Mysore | A City Of Culture
Situated in the southwestern state of Karnataka is the city of Mysore, a home for sacred sites, museums, nature, and parks. I could connect with the chord of the life lived by Wodeyars, the bygone royal family of Mysore through their palace built in the 14th century (Mysore Park). Such bond with the history can also be felt in Jaganmohan Palace and Lalitha Mahal. Don’t forget to visit the Mysore zoo and Brindavan Gardens for a delightful experience.
Why I recommend Mysore?
Mysore is a planned, structured and a modern city with wi-fi connectivity almost everywhere. Travel guides and routes are easily available. Local transportation scenes are quite sorted in Mysore. Many travel apps readily available and updated about Mysore city to guide you at every step whether you are looking for food, augmented reality for historical places, or just need to know about a local event to participate.
Personally, this kind of handy information gives me a sense of security and control, motivating me to explore without any inhibitions.
Shimla | The Charming Hills
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh with awe-inspiring sights, museums, parks, and is a great place for shopping. I enjoyed trekking and nature walks in the summer hills and got really inspired by the classical architecture of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Trekking was fun at the Jakhoo hills and Shimla State Museum had a wonderful display of handicrafts, paintings, and sculptures.
Why I recommend Shimla?
Shimla is a good choice for first time solo travelers. You can find a hotel that is a little tucked up and away from the hustle of Shimla for it gets really crowded during season.
Shimla is a great snapshot of what hills can offer. Once you are confident in your solo trips then start exploring more into the higher ranges like Chail and beyond. Shimla can definitely be a good starting and learning point.
Varanasi | The Holy City of Benares
The spiritual capital of India with around 2000 temples is a heaven if you want to connect with the spiritual wisdom. The visit to Banaras ghat, Ganges river, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Varanasi Boat ride were very special and imparted an experience of unusual peace in my heart.
Why I recommend Varanasi?
Varanasi is an experience and that is why I recommend it. On a lighter note, if you can navigate through Varanasi then you ready to explore anywhere in the world for it is truly a bit chaotic with lanes and by-lanes.
You will learn about managing local transport, eating street food, shooing away touts who will try to sell you something, and pushing around in crowded spaces.
On the brighter side, when you see the sun over Ganges and chiming of morning bells, you know there is something to explore in Benaras. And, there begins the curiosity to explore this deeply mystical and multi-layered city called Varanasi. This city will prepare you for more solo trip for it will bring forth a new perspective about you, life and travels 🙂
So, take the chance of traveling alone because sometimes things happen only once!