Here is a brief list of the best places for solo travel that will engage, excite and rejuvenate you, making it seem that all your worries took place in a distant day dream.
Why do people travel solo?
Well, as a solo-traveler, not only will you gradually become self-independent and self-reliant, but you will also be able to do what pleases you and at your own pace. Moreover, you will notice more things around you, be open to approaching localites and engage in meaningful conversations with them, making new friends, learning about the different cultures and customs, exploring as much as you want – taking your own sweet time in doing so – and basically, doing whatever you want to!!! There are no ties, it’s just you and there is nothing there to hide. By the same token, you will return home a different person after all the soul-searching you will go through.
Kashmir, the Switzerland of India, is a place every Indian has either visited or plans to visit. Skiing in the winters or camping, hiking and golfing in the summers, Gulmarg is a magnet for several backpackers from around the world. Ladakh, nestled at the northern most tip of India, is considered by many as number 1 on the list of best solo travel destinations. The beauty of Ladakh, with its splendid snowy mountains, thrilling mountain passes and blissful lakes is so awe-inspiring that it will make you wonder about the mysteries of the universe and the presence of God. If you are interested in mountain biking, trekking etc. the ideal location for you is Leh… but if you are seeking divine intervention, go to Viashno devi – on a helicopter or a pony!
Kerala is God’s own country and is named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler. It is adorned with beautiful tea plantations and is very rich in biodiversity. Kerala is most famous for its sublime backwaters that you can enjoy on a Kettuvallam (houseboat) and is also decorated with picturesque canals, beaches and lagoons. A solo traveler must go to Munnar and Alleppey.
Maharashtra has it all – hill stations, beaches, caves, temples, forts, sanctuaries, national parks, etc. Whatever may be your mood, so be your destination. Mumbai, the financial capital of India and the capital of Maharashtra, is one city that won’t fail to amaze you every minute. The hustle and bustle of the city 24/7 is why it is called as the city that never sleeps. Other cool places to visit here are Sandhan valley (camping, trekking, rappelling, etc), Aamby Valley city in Lonavala, etc.
Karnataka has amplitude of temples, parks and palaces. Its hill stations provide incredible views where you can lose yourself and forget about everything! Some places you absolutely cannot miss as a solo traveller are: Hampi, a beautiful village having many monuments of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire, the Jog Falls (second highest waterfall in India), the beautiful & serene Coorg and Gokarna – a Hindu pilgrimage sight with pristine beaches.
The vibrant culture, vivid colours, opulent history, panoramic views and mouth-watering cuisine is the beauty of Rajasthan. Get mesmerized in the palaces, forts, houses and havelis of the kings. Pushkar even without its famous mela can entertain a person as you mingle with other travelers, soaking in the liveliness of this place and witnessing its famed sunsets. In Jaisalmer, get a chance to explore the fort ruins, sleep under the stars and go for the camel safari. Udaipur, nestled between mountains, is a picturesque town that exudes regality from its palaces & havelis, peace from its lakes and charm from the streets. Hours will tick by in minutes here.
6. HIMACHAL PRADESH
Manali is a famous destination for backpackers & singles as it gives an ideal retreat from the hectic routine of our lives. Manali gives you some spectacular views of the Kullu valley and Pir Panjal range and also great adventure activities. While Triund is very famous for lone trekking, Khajjiar and Kasol are destinations you cannot miss to just explore and relax without a worry in the world. Finally, Sangla of Kinnaur district is where tranquility is found amidst the high mountains and forests – a place where you can meet yourself, with a little help from the distinct culture of the Kinnauri people.
The Land of the Gods also invites you to participate in activities such as white water river rafting, cliff diving, bungee jumping, kayaking, rappelling, skiing, camping, hiking, trekking, etc. The most engaging places in Uttarakhand for solo travelers where you can do such activities are Rishikesh and Auli in the Garhwal Himalayan region. Another great destination for solo travelers is Gomukh, where you will get tongue tied trying to describe its serene sights.
Pondicherry can give you the taste of France-it is the Paris of the East! Cobbled streets with mustard yellow houses, beautiful churches & temples, tranquil beaches and a plethora of cafés, boulangeries and restaurants, this is one of the best holiday destinations for singles. Whether explored by foot or on a bicycle/motorcycle, this place will get to you.
9. ARUNACHAL PRADESH
One of the seven sister states, Arunachal Pradesh, calls on you to rediscover yourself while resting within God’s spell bounding creation. Amongst the best places for such introspection and inner peace is the Tawang Monastery in Tawang. Tawang also offers trekking and camping opportunities on its snow capped mountains as well as enjoying its lakes and streams. Some of its famous attractions are the Sela Pass & Lake. Another great place to visit here is the Ziro Valley.
Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital, is a very popular hill station and is also a great travel destination for singles from around the world. Gangtok’s prominent attractions include the Changu Lake and Nathu La as well as various Buddhist monasteries. It also has amazing trekking opportunities. Another must visit place is Rumtek, and preferably during the week long pooja that is conducted in a monastery each month.
I hope you like our list of top 10 travel destinations in India for singles. Do you have some more? Let us know in the comments!