Solo trips are considered to be a very fulfilling and enriching experience in itself. With the concept of solo traveling fast gaining importance, women travellers are making the most of it.
Although safety has always been a concern, certain places in India are fast gaining importance for women willing to explore the world, alone. So, get your bags ready as we look through some of the best places for solo women traveller’s, in India, willing to escape the chaos of everyday life, and discover themselves, anew.
One of the best places for a solo woman traveller, willing to explore peace and tranquility amidst mountains and clouds, would be Sikkim. People at Sikkim are known to be extremely friendly and hospitable, making your stay there all the more memorable. For the adventurous traveller, a trekking trip is a must. Remember to catch the beauty and glory of Mount Kanchenjunga from Pelling and also try to witness the famous Bum Cha festival. If tea is your weakness, then remember to visit some of the biggest tea gardens of the country. As for Sikkimese cuisine, it’s a mixture of Chinese and Tibetian cuisine, so if momos and thukpas are your weakness, then this is the place to be. Some of the must visit places include – Ravangla, Tsomgo Lake, Pelling, Rumtek Gumpa, Namchi, the hot water springs, and some of the oldest monastries of the country.
Puducherry, previously known as Pondicherry, is a very good places to seek some peace and quiet, as well as discover yourself. For the woman traveler, this is one the best places to be in, if you’re willing to escape the everyday humdrum of your busy life and seek some time alone. Known for it’s beautiful beaches and French colonies, a trip to Puducherry is sure to make you aware of yourself in new ways. If you’re willing to know culture, food and language in a new way, then this is the place you’d want to be in. The cuisine of Puducherry is French cuisine inspired and most of the cafes serve delectable French food. Remember to visit the French quarters and try yoga at Auroville and enjoy a meal at Satsang. Some of the must visit places in Puducherry are – Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry Museum, Sacred Heart Basilica, Promenade Beach, Beach Road, Notre Dame des Anges, Serenity Beach and Paradise Beach.
If adventure is what you seek, then Rishikesh is where you should be. Fox-flying, bungee jumping, cliff jumping and river rafting, along with many other adventurous activities await in Rishikesh. Infact, it is known to provide one of the best river rafting experience, in India. However, if adventure is not you’re cup of tea, then you can opt for a yoga session or enjoy camping along the Ganges. If you want to experience spirituality in all its glory, then do witness the Ganga Arati, in the evening. Rishikesh is bound to provide you the hippie experience you’re looking for. Remember to experience a meal at the Little Buddha café or any of the quaint little cafes situated along the way or have a cup of coffee at Devrag Coffee Corner. Some of the must visit places are – Lakshman Jhula, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Neergarh Waterfall and Swarg Niwas Temple. (P.S. – The Beatles had visited Rishikesh to attain Trancendental Medidation, under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and that place is now known as Beatles Ashram. If you’re a Beatles fan, then you shouldn’t miss this place.)
If you wish to connect with your spiritual self, then Varanasi is where you should plan your trip. It would be an experience in itself. Sitting by the ghats of the Ganga, in the company of sadhus as they smoke-up to their hearts content, you’ll discover peace in a different form. Not to forget the Ganga Arati which is not only a divine experience but is also soothing to the soul. Although Varanasi is extremely crowded and you might have your doubts regarding it being a safe place, keeping to yourself helps. Don’t forget to take a boat ride and if possible, enjoy the Ganga arati, while on a boat – the experience is sure to last a lifetime. Remember to have their special malai rabri delicious chaats, potato papads, spicy and tangy achaars as well as pera. Some of the must visit places include – Assi Ghat, Dashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Durga Temple, Ramnagar Fort and Vishwanath Temple.
If you want snow and you want to visit a hill station, then Shimla is what’s going to call you, for a quick visit. The capital of Himachal, Shimla has some beautiful mountain peaks and interesting local spots to explore. Incase you don’t want snow, be rest assured, Shimla is known to have a pleasant weather throughout the year. There are umpteen hotels and eateries around every nook and corner so that isn’t something you need to worry about. Also, Shimla is known to be a tourist destination throughout the year, so chances of the place not being crowded are slim, but that shouldn’t hamper your plans to spend some quality time alone, with yourself. Remember to experience a toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka and enjoy a Yak ride in Kufri. Must visit spots include – Town Hall, Mall Ridge Road, Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple and Kufri.