There are times when we don’t know which direction our life is heading towards. There are times when we need to find ourselves – what do we do then? Take a solo-trip!
Solo-travel is all about exploring alone – inside and outside. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you have to worry about your safety and think about sacrificing your travel plans and return home carrying a bit of insecurity.
Not every place in India might be safe for a solo woman traveller. However, the five that are listed below are comparatively safer:
1. Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok is known to a magical land with the lowest crime rate in India. Famous for being the land of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Gangtok is a paradise for solo women travellers. Imagine yourself in the snow, exploring the amazing Gangtok. The people of this place are known to have great hospitality. While we are talking about the North East, Meghalaya too is a good option for solo women travellers.
2. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is an extremely popular tourist destination in West Bengal, considered to be very safe for women. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, the Peace Pagoda, the Bhutia Monastery and travel in the toy train! You could also visit Mirik and the Tiger Hill.
3. Leh, Jammu And Kashmir
Leh-Ladakh has been extremely popular and when you are solo-travelling. The people there are known to have a very warm attitude and they are helpful. There are also a few schools in Ladakh where you could volunteer for a few days for an experience that will enrich your soul. Try it! Don’t forget to visit the usual, Pangong lakes, Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley and the beautiful monasteries.
Pondicherry is often is called as the ‘Little France’ of India – it is a beautiful place to find bliss. Relax on a beach or explore the heritage of the place, there are a lot of things for people to do. Just make sure you don’t venture out very late night as most of the places in Pondicherry shut by 11 in the night. If you are looking for a nightlife – check our the next place on this list.
This place needs to introduction. Thronged by foreigners from across the globe during all times of the year, Goa is where you should be if you want a perfect mix of party and serenity. There are two ways of seeing Goa – one the parties, nightlife, bars and casino way and another is beaches, treks, forts and churches way. You could do both if you want to! Hire a scooter and zoom your way through the susegad life.
6. Hampi, Karnataka
A UNESCO, World Heritage Site, Hampi is very popular for solo women travellers. There is a lot to explore here but make sure you don’t wander to places that are extremely lonely. There are a lot of temples and other ruins to explore in Hampi and it is very safe and full of people to meet around the year.
7. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Get lost in the mountains and find yourself in the beautiful Himalayas. Sit beside river Parvati and ponder over your life. Or simply wander! Kasol is safe, comparatively untouched and really beautiful. Find a good place to stay and you are sorted!
Remember: If you are a woman travelling alone, make sure you are responsible, confident and alert at all times. You are not a prey. Don’t act like one.
There is just one drawback of solo-travel – you have to ask strangers to click your photos. But then, there is a selfie stick! Bon Voyage!
P.S: Update your whereabouts on the social media after you are done visiting that place, for your own safety.