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Rich culture, vibrant history, and diverse landscapes are some of the things that will leave you spellbound, that is India for me. Even as a local, who has lived here for 22 years of my life, the country never fails to surprise me with its beauty and the experiences it has to offer. The country is a marvel to behold. With a kaleidoscopic history that will leave you amazed and mesmerizing beauty that will leave you awestruck. India truly is incredible!
It is fast becoming a haven for solo travelers who are looking for unforgettable experiences to enrich their souls and bodies. India offers exhilarating adventures to people who want to travel alone and rediscover themselves.
But traveling alone can be a scary prospect. Countless questions invade your mind when you’re deciding to take on a solo trip. Is solo travel safe? Is traveling alone boring? What are some budget destinations for traveling solo? All these doubts grip your mind and prevent you from experiencing the joys of traveling solo. Traveling alone helps you peel your layers and forces you to sit with nothing but your thoughts. A dangerous prospect for some, yet invigorating to others.
Here are a few tricks that solo travelers should remember to ward off travel boredom or loneliness:
- Turn strangers into friends. Make sure to interact with other travelers that you encounter and the local people of your destination. A solo traveling experience is all about memories that you create not just with yourself but also with strangers.
- Plan your itinerary. Another important thing to keep in mind while traveling alone is to plan your days so that you can use each day effectively and have a fully immersive travel experience.
- Vlog your adventures. An interesting way of combating solo travel boredom is to vlog or record your adventures every day. It helps you feel less alone and keeps you entertained.
If you’re still making up your mind about traveling alone to India, let me help sway you in the right direction. Here is a list of 5 destinations in India that you will love if you’re traveling alone.
Rugged mountains, peaceful Gompas, arid rivers, and picturesque scenic beauty adorns our first destination, Ladakh. Still unadulterated by modernity, this city is breathtaking, quite literally. Situated at a high altitude of 25,400 ft. The city is an example of diverse landscapes existing in one place. From cold deserts to blue-green-hued lakes and snow-clad mountains, this Buddhist kingdom is the crown jewel of The Himalayas. When it comes to offering a variety of experiences to solo travelers, the city hits the ball out of the park. Whether it is the spiritual Shanti Stupa, the many peaceful monasteries, the pristine Pangong Lake, or The beautiful Nubra valley, Leh Ladakh will not disappoint you. If you’re someone who loves the journey more than the destination, Leh Ladakh is the place for you.
PRO TIP: Due to its elevation, many travelers have breathing problems when they first visit Leh Ladakh. Travelers take acclimatization medicines before traveling to Leh Ladakh to counter this discomfort.
The next destination on our list brings a stark change in weather but is equally beautiful nevertheless. Udaipur, also known as the city of lakes is a flamboyant city located in the desert state of Rajasthan. With a rich royal heritage and serene lakes, this city is a mirage of the brightest colors on the spectrum and offers an even dazzling experience to solo travelers. The city has magnificent marble palaces, rugged Havelis, and spectacular lakes. The hustling city will never let you feel alone. This is not a peaceful destination but one that will keep you on your toes. However, it does have some moments of tranquility. You can catch the stunning sunset at Lake Pichola, visit the luxurious City Palace or trek to the Sajjangarh Fort located on the Aravalli hilltop. You can also enjoy the traditional handlooms of Rajasthan such as the Bandhani dupatta, miniature paintings, and many more antiquities at local markets such as Chetak circle and Hathi Pol Bazar. Relish the authentic Rajasthani cuisine and make sure to catch the evening dance and puppet show at Bagore Ki Haveli Museum. Udaipur proves to be a favorite spot for female solo travelers.
PRO TIP: Udaipur is a small city and most of the sites are within a walking distance, hence local transport like rickshaws are much more enjoyable than taxis.
The Yoga capital of the country, Rishikesh is by far the most popular solo travel destination in India. Situated on the banks of the mighty Ganges, Rishikesh is the perfect fusion of an idyllic yet thrilling destination. It caters to travelers of all spheres. Can’t decide if you want to visit someplace spiritual? Or surrounded by nature? Or someplace exciting? Rishikesh is the answer to all your travel woes. The rugged mountains, serene greenery, and perfect weather bring about a relaxing aura for nature lovers. The destination has many gems, one of them being the variety of adventure sports it has to offer. River rafting is a popular activity, but not the only one. The city also offers rock climbing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, trekking, and many more. You can visit The Beetles Ashram, take part in Yoga camps, visit the riverside for a relaxing picnic by yourself or go café hopping to the variety of scenic cafes nestled in the heart of the city. You can also visit the many temples and attend the Ganga Aarti for a truly divine experience.
PRO TIP: Solo travelers must prepare for no network areas and low cellular connectivity. Make sure to carry a map of the city when you step out to explore this fascinating destination.
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Pondicherry, The French Riviera of India is a change of vibe and aesthetic. Traces of its French and Portuguese heritage is evident in the French-style villas and cafes that celebrate the history of the town. The vibrant city is one of the safest destinations for women travelers. The city offers pebbled beaches, a variety of water sports such as scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, etc., and many beautiful churches. You can cycle around the ‘white town’ and have a peek into the city’s French past. It is an ideal destination for solo travelers who wish to enjoy peace coupled with spectacular beauty. You can get in touch with your spiritual side by visiting the Auroville Ashram or exploring the Arikamedu ruins symbolic of Pondicherry’s Roman links. With mesmerizing views, Instagram-worthy streets, and authentic French cuisine, Pondicherry is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for solivagants.
PRO TIP: Explore the city on foot and interact with locals to have an immersive travel experience.
A tranquil haven for backpackers, Shillong is one of the most impressive destinations on our list. Adorned with lush green hills and enthralling waterfalls, the destination leaves you awestruck. A perfect sanctum for solo travelers, Shillong challenges you in more than one way. Beautiful blue skies, crystal clear lagoons, natural root bridges, mysterious caves, and pristine rivers are some of the gems Shillong has to offer. The mystic charm of the city is sure to leave you entranced. The destination has a lot to offer for people traveling alone. You can trek to the living root bridges, take a dip in the stunning emerald-hued lakes or explore the sacred groves. The destination offers pleasing adventures that will rejuvenate both body and soul.
PRO TIP: If you’re someone who loves to travel in the rain, the monsoon season in Meghalaya will enrapture all your senses.