In a country like India, it has long been touted as an unsafe destination for travelers from all over the world- especially in case of Solo Female travelers. A country where most women struggle with safety in their routine lives, travelling solo can be an incredulous idea.
Of course, safety should always be taken seriously but then its stupidity to not travel because of all such rumors and myths of solo female traveling. It is easy to travel solo, though it would be good to follow simple rules and guidelines before you step out to explore the world alone. So girls, it’s time to tie your shoe laces and head to the unknown. We have compiled a list of 10 Destinations in India that are notable for solo female travelers as a safe haven but also known for their undoubted charm.
The charming city of Nainital in Uttarakhand attracts tourists with its sublime natural beauty and it being a quiet little haunt for piece of peace. Situated in the serene valleys of Uttarakhand, Nainital is truly the definition of dreamland on earth. Inhabited by local kumaoni people known for their warm nature and friendly smiles, Nainital is a safe and incredibly fun place to explore for solo female traveler.
Places to Explore: Cable Car for Snow View & Himalaya Darshan, Tiffin Top, Trek to China Peak, Boating at Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, Saattal, Romance at Lover’s Point, Himalaya Darshan, Nanda Devi Temple, Mukteshwar, Jama Masjid at Lake side and Bird Watching at Pangot village.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Hill stations, by the rule of thumb, are generally safest destinations for the simple fact that they are small in size and thus everybody knows EVERYBODY here! One such hill station is Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Blessed with scenic beauty and charm of the valleys, Shimla is perfect for solo female travelers.
Places to Explore: Ride Yak in Kufri, Visit Town Hall, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, Christ Church, State Museum and Kali Bari Temple, take a walk at Mall road and Shop for Local-made Wine.
If you are looking for an adventure trip, Rishikesh is a destination geared towards the more fun and adventure loving solo female travelers. With activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, camping, fox flying and rappelling, Rishikesh is an ultimate adventure destination that can explore alone too out in the backdrop of the scenic beauty of Himalayas.
Places to Explore: Visit Swarg Niwas Temple, Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple, Swarg Ashram, Lakshman Jhula, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram,and Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Photograph at Neergarh Waterfall, Eat at Little Buddha Café and Watch Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh is and will always be the ultimate holy grail of solo traveler. Definitely not for first-timers but also a must visit after you are used to lugging around your own luggage. The serene calm of the valleys weaves its silent magic on both 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.
Places to Explore: Trekking Expeditions, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Visit Leh Palace, Pangong Lake, Lake Tsomoriri, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley, Monasteries, Tso Kar, Hemis National Park, Stok Palace, Wanla Gompa, Sar – Zung Temple, Khardung La, Namgyal Stupa and Magnetic Hill, and more.
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most picturesque places in India and every solo female traveler needs to visit it once in a lifetime. It is a picture perfect dream destination that offers careening rice-fields, lush greenery, rustic habitats and snaking rivulets. The local tribes of Ziro valley are known for their own deep culture and traditions.
Places to Explore: Trek in Talley Valley and Midey, Homestay at one of the Locals’ place, Interact with the people of Apatani Tribe, Visit Hong, Hija, Hari, Bamin, Dutta, Ziro Putu, Tarin Fish Farm and Shiva Lingam at Kardo Forest and Witness Myoko, Murung and Dree festivals.
Udaipur seems like a fairyland and is inhabited by people who are very friendly and helpful in nature. I can bet you will end up giving your heart to this city once you visit here. Udaipur is amongst those destinations in Rajasthan which is considered safe for solo female travelers.
Places to Explore: Visit Lake Palace, City Palace, Ahar Museum, Sajjan Garh/ Monsoon Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Sunset Point & Machla Magra, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyo ki Bari and Jag Mandir, and Shop in Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Rajasthali, Sadhana Emporium.
Puducherry, now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state was the first ever French colonial settlement in India. It is more like a BIG slice of pure serenity, and that’s everyone wants. Nicely-cobbled roads lined with yellow colonial-style houses and clean air does send invitations to the lovely female solo travelers from around the globe. Puducherry is a quiet little place with amiable people and friendly environment, making it ideal for solo women travelers.
Places to Explore: Visit French Quarter, Learn Integral Yoga at Sri Aurobindo Asharam, Eat at Satsanga and Kasha ki Aasha, Get detox services, varna point massage and skin treatments at Ayurveda Holistic Healing Centre and pay a visit to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
Munnar, best known for its vast tea plantations, is also defined for its lush green and breathtaking landscape. Its green backdrop adds to the overall charm of the place. The place gives the notion that you have landed in one of those surreal places in Alice in Wonderland. It is considered as one of the safest destinations for solo female travelers, owing to the honest and hard-working nature of the people working here.
Places to Explore: Visit Tea Museum, Go for Trekking and Cycling, Watch Kathakali at Thirumeny Cultural Centre and visit Mattupetty and Pallivasal.
This small village destination will simply change the mind set about India, as it has so much to impart to its urban counterparts. The people here are friendly, hospitable and culturally wealthy. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its forlorn ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom are actually not a gloomy sight. If you are a backpacker styled traveler, then Hampi is one such place that offers offers cheap accommodation and chance to meet and interact with people from different countries, and this makes one feel free without the fear of safety.
Places to Explore: Have Tea at New Shanthi, try rock climbing, visit Hampi bazaar, Hemakuta Hill, Elephant Stables, Take a Ferry Ride in River Tungabhadra and Watch sunset from Matanga Hill.
Known for its serene beaches, out of the world nightlife, clubbing and partying, Goa does makes it to the lost of being safe destination for solo female travelers. Of course, as mentioned one needs to be careful, follow simple rules and guidelines of traveling solo, be it Goa or any other place. Visit Goa alone, once in a lifetime, rent a scooter and ride along the scenic roads of the India’s beach capital.
Places to Explore: Visit Church of Bom Jesus, Goa State Museum, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Dudhsagar falls, Calangute beach, Panjim, Casinos, Tito’s Pub and much more. Indulge in water sports and treks.
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who travels alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before!!
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