Safest Tourist Destinations for solo women in India

| April 02, 2019 |

Once in a while, every woman gets this feeling of travelling alone in their lifetime, exploring the unknown, embarking on a journey full of twists and turns all by themselves. Some women are lucky enough to live their dreams, but for some- especially for women in India, this might never come true. Despite the fact that India is a very beautiful country, with an immemorial number of temples, places with great mythological and archeological values, the beautiful biomass it houses, and not to forget the rich flora and fauna of the place; India is regarded as one of the most unsafe places for a solo women to travel. This might be true, and agreeable up to some point, but that shouldn’t let us women, to give up on our dreams to travel alone and be an explorer. All that is needed, is a bit of research done- to be on the safe side, find out the safest places to go, without compromising on the scenic beauty to digest, pack your bags, and TADAA..! You are all ready to go!

In this blog post, we are going to help you narrow down your search, and save your time by providing you with the best-curated list of places that any solo women would love to travel to.

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Notably known for the ‘Naini Jheel’, which has a mythological background of being one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Goddess Sati. Similar to Shimla, the architecture and the design of the buildings and houses are inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian era. The climate of Nainital is also very soothing as it experiences the sub-tropical climate of the highlands. Some of the best places for you to visit in Nainital are the Nainital Lake, Tiffin top, Snow View Point, Naini Peak, Mall Road, St. John’s Church, etc.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh experiences a continental climate, and the best months to visit it will be from September till May. It is most notably known for being a spiritual centre, and an International Yoga festival is organized every year during the month of February which lasts for almost one week. Rishikesh is a very beautiful place to visit, as it lies surrounded by majestic hills from all sides, while the river Ganges, flows from within the internals of the place. Various Rafting camps are organized in the banks of the river, where you can experience that adrenaline rush you have been waiting for so long.

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol

Situated on the banks of the Parvati river, Kasol is a tiny hamlet of a town, which has become a hotspot for solo women travellers. Kasol is also known as the ‘Mini Israel of India’, due to the existence of several Jewish heritage and a strong history of the Jews reflected in the place. It houses several Israeli cuisine inspired cafes and restaurants, where you can relax and explore a new delicacy. The place is always overcrowded with hippies, but the people around are very helpful and kind. Some of the places to visit in Kasol will be the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Grahan Village, Tosh, Pulga, Chalal, Jari, Malana, Kheerganga Trek, and much more.

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Leh Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Leh is known for once being the capital of the kingdom of Ladakh district, as it houses the Leh Palace. The Leh Palace used to be the official residence of the Dalai Lama during his stay in India till the period of the 14th Dalai Lama I 1959. The place reflects a mixture and a brilliant blend of Islamic and Tibetan architecture. The culture followed by the people around here is the Buddhist culture, hence it can be regarded as one of the safest places for solo women to travel, as Leh Ladakh has never had a history of violence or conflict. People around the place are courteous and kind. The notable places to visit are the Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Cho Khang Gompa, Jama Masjid, War Museum, etc.

Read Our Leh Ladakh Guide

Goa

Goa is known for being a major hub for all those party lovers, but the fact remains to party in Goa, you do not need to have a companion along with you always. Goa is a place where you can meet and become accustomed to new people and have an experience of your lifetime. The various beaches, shops, nightclubs, cafes, casinos, cruise and much more, makes this place one of the most visited tourist spots all over India. There are various activities to undertake in Goa, and one can never miss the multitude of adventurous water sports available for the thrill seekers in the beaches of Goa. Apart from beaches and parties, the place is also known for its rich wildlife, museums, heritage homes, forts and churches.

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Udaipur, Rajasthan

The city of Udaipur is overwhelmed with its rich culture, which can be seen in every street you step into. The shops, stalls and markets are displayed with handcrafted products that will make a perfect gift for your family back home. The people of Udaipur are very friendly and welcoming towards tourists, so a solo woman, travelling to Udaipur will never find any difficulty in terms of lodging, food or even safety. Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is a must-visit destination for people wanting to surround themselves in the midst of the blue serenity.

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Pondicherry

Pondicherry is situated on the eastern bank of India and is an interesting town where time truly enjoys a reprieve. Pondicherry was at first a French settlement in India and still has the memory of the French creations in the town. Pondicherry is a peaceful spot with interesting colonial structures, tree-lined roads, interminable blue sea close to the virgin shorelines and backwaters alongside spiritual landscapes. Likewise, the bistros and eateries of the spot are basically out of the world. You can wait around the sea shorelines, stroll down the curious streets in the day with or without someone to accompany you. You can easily lease a bike or a scooter and travel around the town at your own pace.

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Gangtok, Sikkim

Sikkim is a standout amongst the best solo travel goals in India. It's where Buddhism blends with Hinduism in the astounding community of the Nepalis. It can be difficult not to be pulled to it, particularly when you can see the astounding snow-shrouded pinnacles of the Himalayas. It is very surprising from whatever you have encountered in India before with its innate vibe, lovely elevated timberlands and wonderful mountains all around. Experience the Buddhist life by going to religious functions, contemplating in antiquated gompas and completely inundating yourself in the everyday existence of the Buddhists. What's more, if your spirit is as yet anxious in the wake of endeavouring, to discover such internal harmony, you should realize that Gangtok likewise has a wonderful nightlife that you shouldn't miss on.

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Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna is a spot in the Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka that is a holiday focus and a place of interest in view of its wonderful beaches. The Mahabaleshwara Shiva Temple in Gokarna makes this spot a blessed place for Hindus, particularly the Shaivites, from everywhere throughout the nation. Gokarna is quickly turning into a favoured vacationer goal and it has a few great beaches that could equal the shorelines of Goa. The Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, Gokarna Beach, Om Beach and Paradise Beach are the five main coastline attractions here. The wonderful temples and the appealing beaches make Gokarna an unmistakable traveller goal.

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong is the capital of the province of Meghalaya and furthermore, the locale headquarter of East Khasi Hill District. The spot has turned into a visitor magnet, to such an extent that it has been cast a ballot as India's Favorite Hill Station in 2016 by a main worldwide travel site. The general population are enchanting and inviting and the climate is cool all the time making it a powerful travel destination. One of the fundamental attractions in Shillong is the centrally found vast Ward's lake. Practically all visitors rush to this lovely lake and many participate in sailing. Shillong Peak is another most loved fascination here to get an all-encompassing perspective on the slopes and the town from its most astounding point.

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Anisha Sharma