Do you ever wonder why so many of the men we know are comfortable travelling alone but not women? Hardly heard of solo women travellers in India, right? Reason? They simply don’t feel secure, especially when they are exploring India alone.
Well, if safety is your main concern too, then here is a list of some of the safest locations in India for female travellers travelling alone.
Sikkim: Deep in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is a heavenly place with untouched nature, pleasant summers, snowy winters, fantastic sights, and rich Buddhist culture.
Pondicherry: Pondicherry is known for its peaceful atmosphere, picturesque beaches, and French-inspired culture, notably in its Parisian cafes, colourful houses, and French street names! Pondicherry’s beaches, ashrams, cycling tours, and pubs offer unique experiences for women travellers.
Must-See: Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and Matrimandir, Serenity Beach, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Paradise Beach, White Town, French War Memorial, Rock Beach, Promenade Beach.
Hampi: Hampi, UNESCO-listed for its rock-cut temples, is unusual but intriguing. The remains of the 14th–17th century Vijayanagara Empire are a great window into its glory. This tiny Karnataka town is perfect for city-weary women who want to relax.
Must-see: Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, Queen’s Bath Archaeological Museum, Tungabhadra River ruins, Hippie Island.
Kasol: Most young people today will recommend Kasol for solo travellers. The quaint town in Himachal Pradesh’s Parvati Valley attracts soul searchers, hikers, nature lovers, and chillers. Kasol’s affordable lodgings and healthy food are the best.
Must-See: Kheerganga, Tosh, Sar Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, Manikaran, Tirthan Valley
Shillong: Shillong offers many adventures to women bikers, nature lovers, and heavy metal fans. Besides cool days and nights, Meghalaya’s capital has stunning natural scenery, historical sites, ethnic tribe villages, and delicious food. If none of these appeals to you, grab your backpack and go hiking.
Must-See: Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Elephant Falls, Police Bazaar, Mawsynram, Ward’s Lake, Lady Haydari Park
Ladakh: Due to its peacefulness, breathtaking views, historic sites, and vibrant Buddhist culture, solo women travellers in India love Ladakh. Leh–Manali road trips, especially on bikes, are for adventurers. Visit Leh, Nubra Valley, and Khardung La.
Must-Do: Hiking, mountaineering, biking, monastery visits, Indus River rafting, snow leopard spotting, camping.
Goa: Goa is a must-visit for solo travellers. From lazing on beaches, partying like crazy and indulging in adventure sports, to exploring its architectural wonders and wildlife and eating delicious seafood, Goa has endless things to do for solo female travellers. Since Goa is India’s party capital, consider a more extended vacation.
Must-see: Baga Beach, Aguada Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls, Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Se Cathedral, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Sinquerim Beach.
Udaipur: Udaipur is one of Rajasthan’s crown jewels. The capital of the former Mewar kingdom, Jaipur’s locals and imperial buildings sing the Sisodia Rajputs’ tales of courage. History-loving women should visit Udaipur.
Must-See: Lake Palace, City Palace, Jagmandir, Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Vintage Car Museum, Fateh Sagar Lake, Ahar Cenotaphs, Jagdish Temple, Haldighati.
So where are you planning to go alone next? If you are planning to go to some international destination, then remember to buy international travel insurance. Check online insurance plans and understand what is covered in travel insurance in different policies.*
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