Last Updated: August 23, 2019 Pawan Kotiyal
Foggy hill stations, captivating beaches, historical monuments, golden desert, pilgrimage sites, and rich wildlife…a lot of things make India a destination absolutely worth seeking. Travelers all across the world love visiting India with friends, family, colleagues, or that special someone, but solo travelling is something that must be experienced at least once in life as it has its own beauty. You get to meet new people, explore new places, discover yourself, overcome your fears, and enjoy the freedom. So, take off on a journey alone, have no fear!
Here are the 12 Indian destinations that you can visit alone to spend some quiet time with yourself:
Rajasthan is renowned for its great hospitality and rich cultural heritage, but Lake City Udaipur has something more to woo a traveler. It should definitely top your list, if you are considering traveling alone. There are many beautiful places in Udaipur that offer picturesque views of India’s royal past like Hawelis, forts, palaces, & temples. You can do a lot of things in Udaipur like capture the beautiful surroundings, sit by the side of the lake, enjoy peaceful cold nights, read a book on the rich culture of Rajasthan, and sip hot tea in the relaxed atmosphere of the city.
Shimla is the perfect getaway if you want to spend some time alone in the lap of the Himalayas. It is a highly touristy destination with attractive locations, hotels, and markets that can make your journey delightful and help you celebrate every moment of your journey. So, if you travelling to Shimla all alone, start walking along the Mall road, experience the best dining at any popular restaurant, take some snaps, indulge in shopping, and savor being on your own.
You can have your own eat, pray, and love journey in Manali, which is a retreat for a solo traveler. This mighty hill station is surrounded by towering peaks and lush green mountains and offers spectacular views of the nature. It has many adventure sports to indulge travelers in absolute bliss. The solo travelers can trek through the snowy terrains of Manali, try snow sports like skiing, para-gliding, biking, etc., and enjoy peaceful moments at the slopes of the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. For an avid photographer, this place is no less than a wonder.
4. Leh-Srinagar Highway
For an adventure mountain biking, you can consider going to Leh-Srinagar highway, which is India’s most prominent tourist destinations in the present day. It surrounds the most scenic landscapes and gives a thrilling experience to the riders who want to travel to a quiet place and spend some time alone. Leh-Srinagar is a perfect escapade for all the backpackers as it gives them a much needed thrill. All you need for an exciting trip is a backpack, a bike, and a camera and you are set to explore the highway of Leh and Srinagar all on your own.
Rishikesh is one of the most popular destinations in India, which first catapulted to fame when the popular band Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram. It is the best getaway for solo travelers who are interested in adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, cliff diving, bungee jumping, kayaking, & rock climbing, etc. Rishikesh is also considered as best place to practice meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic Spa, and other aspects of Hinduism. This holy place is located on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan region and it is best known for white water river rafting in the Ganges and so is a hub for solo travelers.
6. Tawang Monastery
The beautiful Tawang Monastery is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and tranquil streams and lakes in the North-Eastern Himalayan region in Arunachal Pradesh. It is known to be the largest monastery in India that attracts backpackers and solo travelers from all over the world and offers several trekking and camping opportunities. One can find inner peace and get a chance to rediscover themselves at this serene destination, which offers distinct culture of the Monpa people.
The temple of Khajuraho is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and is known to be a great place to connect with our history and culture. The temple of Khajuraho reflects the rich culture of Chandella rule through its beautiful sculptures and architectural splendor and displays the creative achievements of the period. The serene temples of Khajuraho and its sculptural grace are something you should see at least once in your lifetime. Being here, you can find inner peace in the quietness of the temple and appreciate the great work of art by our forefathers.
Whether you want to soak in the hot sun, take a plunge in the sea, groove to trance music numbers, attend rave parties, gulp exotic drinks, or taste continental cuisines… Goa is a perfect place to spend some refreshing hours of your solo journey. The rich and vivacious lifestyle of Goa combines adventurous beach activities such as surfing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, scuba diving, water-skiing, and windsurfing and numerous Spa & Ayurvedic resorts to indulge in reviving session provided here. The solo travelers can explore the private beaches and experience deep sea fishing to keep themselves busy.
Mumbai- “The city that never sleeps” has many attractions in and around. It has big fashion houses, Bollywood, theatres, nightclubs, stock exchange, pilgrimage spots, beaches, heritage sites, etc. to entertain tourists and give them the most amazing experience of their life. You can never ever feel lonely or bored in this city as there are many classy restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and art galleries too to make your individual journey memorable.
Alleppey reminds us of beautiful backwaters, picturesque canals, exotic beaches, and stunning lagoons. It is one of India’s most romantic places, visited by thousands of honeymoon couples every year, but this doesn’t make it less attractive for solo travelers. The backwater cruise in the Kettuvallam (houseboat), dance shows, music festivals, food, and resorts offering varieties of Spa and Ayurvedic treatments, make Alleppey one of the most sought after holiday destinations for solo travelers.
Kutch in Gujarat is a geographic phenomenon, which is full of rustic beauty, wildlife reserves, historical sites, and pilgrimage spots. It is surrounded by the seawater and is an ultimate destination for solo backpackers, who can do camping in the middle of this vast wetland and participate in their favorite activities that take place here during the famous “Rann Utsav”. The tourists can have an opportunity to see the local culture of the people of Kutch and check out the ancient temples, attractive architecture palaces & rugged fort, and purchase vibrant costumes.
Fondly called the “queen of the hills”- Darjeeling is a beautiful city surrounded by rolling mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, refreshing tea gardens, lakes, and Kanchenjunga peak range. It produces the most popular tea in the world and hosts some of India’s most popular resorts. For a solo traveler, this place is no less than a heaven. Simply, take out your camera, start walking through the roads of this mighty hill station, which is located at an altitude of 2134 meters above sea level, and capture some of the spectacular sights of Darjeeling. The sunset and sunrise of this picturesque town is simply mind blowing.
With so many amazing sights in India that offers a friendly atmosphere, great hospitality, and comfortable accommodation options, the travelers are happy to explore this incredible land all on their own. So, pack your bag, take a train or a flight, experience the adrenaline rush, and do something exciting. After all, it’s your solo journey and you are free to do whatever you want.
Published: 18 Feb, 2015