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TOP 10 INDIAN DESTINATIONS SAFE FOR SOLO WOMEN TRAVELLERS

Solo travelling is much more than exploring a destination; it’s about exploring yourself while gazing through beautiful views and taking responsibility for everything that has to be done during the trip, but it’s still definitely an experience that one should just take at least once in a lifetime. Even though India is a beautiful country, it might not always be convenient or safe  to travel solo everywhere. 

Here are a few of our favourite places to travel safely and solo for female travellers: 

1. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is known as the birthplace of yoga & is located at the foothills of the Himalayas along the sacred Ganges river. It is a heaven for travellers looking for spirituality and solitude. It is the seventh most populated city in the state of Uttarakhand. It is known as a pilgrimage town and is regarded as one of the holiest places for Hindus. The destination is abuzz with visitors who come here to learn yoga and meditation. 

Things to do: 

  • Spiritual Elevation at Ashrams
  • Visit the Beatles’ ashram. 
  • Take a holy dip at Triveni Ghat.
  • Visit the Rajaji national park. 
  • Visit Jumping for adventure sports.

How to get there: 

  • By air: The Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is just 35 km away. 
  • By train: Head to Haridwar, which is just 25km away. 

The best time to visit is between October and February. 

2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking centre and a honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in the Parvati Valley. Manali is a beautiful township nestled in the picturesque Beas River valley. It is a rustic enclave known for its cool climate and snow-capped mountains, offering respite to tourists escaping the scorching heat of the plains. It has the highest sky bicycle track in India. It has been constructed at an altitude of 9000 feet at Gulaba.

Things to do: 

  • Head to Rohtang Pass
  • Stroll along Mall Road. 
  • Explore Old Manali. 
  • Skiing In Manali At Solang Valley
  • Visit Manali Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to get there: 

  • By air: Bhuntar airport is located at a distance of 10 km from Manali.
  • By Train: Joginder Nagar railway station is the nearest railhead to Manali.

The best time to visit is throughout the year as all the seasons in Manali are worth exploring, but summer will be one of the best as it’s the perfect place to beat the heat.

3. Sikkim, Northeast

It is one of the smallest states in India. Sikkim is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north and northeast; by Bhutan to the southeast; by the Indian state of West Bengal to the south; and by Nepal to the west. The capital is Gangtok, in the southeastern part of the state. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The beauty of Sikkim is absolutely breathtaking. Snow-capped mountains, picturesque vistas, lakes, waterfalls, and colourful valleys together form the beauty that is Sikkim. 

Things to do: 

  • Take a yak ride at Changu Lake. 
  • Take a helicopter ride through the Gangtok valley. 
  • Take a gondola ride at Gangtok.
  • Do hand gliding at Yumthang.
  • Soak in the views of the Kanchenjunga mountains. 

How to get there: 

  • By air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal.
  • By train: Siliguri or Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. 

The best time to visit is either between March and May, or October and mid-December.

4. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 

Shimla is the capital and the largest city of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India. The town is famous for pleasant walking experiences on hillsides surrounded by pine and oak forests. This capital city of Himachal Pradesh is famous for The Mall, The Ridge, and the Toy Train. With colonial style buildings, the town has relics of the ancient past that lend it a distinct look.

Things to do: 

  • Take A Walk Amidst The Nature at Pine Forests.
  • Walk Through The History of the Military Museum At Annandale.
  • Do river rafting at the Satluj River.
  • Explore open-air ice skating.
  • Explore the best before & ski your heart away. 
  • Take a ride on a toy train. 

How to get there: 

  • By air: Shimla airport. 
  • By Train: Kalka railway station, situated at a distance of around 96 km.

The best time to visit is from May to June and from December to January.

5. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh.

Bir is a rural village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. There is an altitude change of around 800 m and the two places are together called Bir Billing. Bir Billing is the world’s second highest paragliding spot. Bir is famous for paragliding because of its incredible weather conditions throughout the year and the  remarkable landscapes of the valley and the Dhauladhar mountain ranges.

Things to do: 

  • Paragliding
  • trekking. 
  • Camping
  • Visit the Chowgan Tea Garden.
  • Explore the cafes and their stories. 

How to get there: 

  • By air: The closest airport to Bir is the Kangra Airport, which is approximately 68 kilometres away in adjacent Palampur.
  • By train: There is no direct train to Bir. The nearest railway station to Bir is Ahju railway station. It is situated just 4.7 km away from Bir.
  • By bus: The most common and easiest way to get there is by boarding an overnight bus from Delhi.

The best time to visit is throughout the year except in the monsoon season, which is mid-july to mid-September.

6.Goa 

If you’re a beach person, Goa is definitely one of the places you must visit in India. Goa is all about sun, sea, and sand. The state is a blend of ancient Portuguese colonies, sandy shores, forests, monuments and delightful cuisine. It is the ultimate travel destination where you can indulge in a wide range of activities on land as well as in water.

Things to do: 

  • Rent bikes and roam around. 
  • Explore the majestic forts.
  • Go pubbing and clubbing.
  • Gamble the night away at a casino. 
  • Try different water sports.
  • Drink beer by the beach at the shacks.

How to get there: 

  • By air: Dabolim Airport, Goa.
  • By Train: Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama, Goa.

The best time to visit is between mid-November and mid-February.

7. Gokarna, Karnataka

Now if you’re a beach person but you don’t like beaches that are too crowded, Gokarna is your place to visit. Gokarna is a favourite among travellers who seek a peaceful vacation. It is the more laid-back and less commercialised version of Goa.

Gokarna is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of the Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka.

Things to do

  • Stay under the stars at a beach camp.
  • Stay at a treehouse. 
  • Enjoy deep diving while snorkelling.
  • Treat your taste buds to a food tour.
  • Take a spiritual trip to Mahabaleshwar Temple.

How to get there: 

  • By air: Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport, about 1
  • 40 km away.
  • By train: The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna. 

The best time to visit is between October and February.

8. Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry, is called the French capital of India. The city is in the Puducherry district on the southeast coast of India and is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu, with which it shares most of its culture, heritage, and language. The place was a French colony in the earlier days. It is famously known as the “French Riviera of the East” and officially gained independence from the French in 1964. 

Things to do

  • Bird watching at Ousteri Lake 
  • Have a meal with a view at The Lighthouse.
  • Explore the churches.
  • Explore the city on a bike.
  • Relax & feel the French breeze at the old lighthouse.

How to get there

  • By air: Chennai International Airport, the nearest airport, is located 135 km away.
  • By Train: Villupuram, the nearest railway station, is 35 km away.

The best time to visit is between October and March.

9. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range, situated in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is filled with Virgin forests, savannah, rolling hills, scenic valleys, numerous streams, huge splashy waterfalls, sprawling tea plantations, and winding walkways. Twice a year, the Kundala lake is surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom flowers that add to its beauty.

Things to do: 

  • Stay at a Tree House at Plantation Resort.
  • Do camping and trekking at Echo Point.
  • Go mountain biking at Suryanelli.
  • Go shopping at the Munnar markets. 
  • Try different water sports at Mattupetty Dam.
  • Explore the history of tea at the Tea Museum. 

How to get there: 

  • By air: the closest is Cochin International Airport, and then take a cab to Munnar.
  • By Train: Reach Aluva & then take a cab to Munnar. 

The best time to visit is between December and February.

10. Lavasa, Maharashtra. 

If you live in Maharashtra, there is a possibility you must’ve already heard of Lavasa and its beauty. It was the first hill station that was built after independence. Lavasa is filled with the greenery, cool breeze from the waters and the stunning Lavasa skyline will be a real treat for the senses.

Things to do in Lavasa

  • Watersports on Portofino Street. 
  • Visit Temghar Dam.
  • Take a nature trail at Dasave. 
  • Pamper the foodie in you at Lakeside Promenade.
  • Spot beautiful birds at Dasve viewpoint.

How to get to Lavasa:

  • From Air: Take a flight to pune & drive 65 kms towards it. 
  • From train: Take a train to pune & drive 65 kms towards it.

The best time to visit is from October to March. The weather will make you fall in love with the hill station. 

So to all the women out there, i hope i gave the banjara inside you some direction as to how you must kickstart your solo journey, let us know in the comment sections as to what will be your first solo destinations, travel safe!

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