Solo travel has now become a regular thing for Indian travelers, and it is taken up by more and more people every year. If you have also fallen in love with solo traveling or are planning your first solo trip, and you don’t want to take a trip abroad, here is a list for Indian destinations you can travel to. Your first solo trip doesn’t have to be necessarily foreign, and you can enjoy various Indian destinations too.
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Solo Travel Destinations In India
The city of lakes is an absolute pleasure to travel to. Whether it is roaming through the streets of Old Udaipur, or it is enjoying a dinner on the banks of Lake Pichola, there is a lot you can do to make the most of your trip. The fascinating history that the city has, is one of the reasons people travel to Udaipur. Even today, a wing of the royal palace is resided in by the royals and the rest of the palace makes for an interesting visit. There are various museums related to the history of the Rajputs and the Kingdom of Mewar. It is often good to rent an audio tour or get a guide when traveling to the Palaces, as you’re sure to learn some of the most amazing incidents that took place. Boating in the Lake Pichola is open to the public, and if you don’t want to dine in a luxurious restaurant, it’s okay as there are many budget lakeside dining.
This French colony has a lot of French elements in its architecture, and anyone who visits feels as if they have transported to the European streets. And not only this, but it also makes for a wonderful spiritual treat. The Site Aurobindo Ashram is a famous yoga center which was opened in 1926 and continues to attract travelers to this day. Along with these, you get to explore the various beaches of Puducherry, which include the famous Promenade and the Rock beaches. You can also explore the various Hindu temples and the Basilica of the Secret Heart of Jesus.
3. Sandhan Valley
It is the Grand Canyon of Maharashtra carved due to the water flow. It is a very frequented site for trekkers and anyone who wants to camp in the middle of this valley. Around it is the mountain ranges of Ratnagad and Ajoba. A trip to the Sandhan means you have to stay in tents and cook your own food in the campfire. The valley trek takes about five hours and people usually camp here for a day or two. It is easily accessible from Mumbai by train.
Dharamshala is most probably known for housing the monastery of the Dalai Lama, and also has been home to various international cricket matches. Once there, you can travel to the upper side- McLeodganj and climb hundreds of steps to the Bhagsunag Waterfall in the early hours of the morning as it is the least crowded at that time. There are also various Tibetan temples that you can go to and explore. You could take a day trip to Bir Billing and go paragliding at one of the best paragliding sites in the world. Also, you can make a trip to Dalhousie. All in all, this trip will be fun to make a solo, as you can enjoy the adventure, the spiritual getaway and of course the Tibetan cultures and the rains in McLeodganj, which is interested of the wettest places of India.
Goa is one of the most popular solo travel destinations if you want to experience the sun and the beaches. The Colva Beach is a wild sand beach in Goa which extends for more than two kilometers. There are other beaches as well, each of which has its own specialty. You can go surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, jet-skiing, and on many more adventures solo. Not only this, Goa is the place to loosen up a little and party, and also try various different continental cuisines. You can also go on private beaches alone and get on some deep fishing.
Go to this place in Gujarat if you’re looking for rustic beauty, wildlife resorts, historical landmarks, and Pilgrimage spots. The famous ‘Rann Utsav’ that is held here makes sure you can immerse yourself in the culture and also check it the temples, architecture, fort and of course the local costumes. You can also go solo-camping in the middle of this wetland which is surrounded by seawater.
The tea capital and one of the most serene places to go to, Darjeeling makes it to the list of our best destinations due to the spectacular landscapes it is surrounded by. Located at 2134 meters above the sea level, Darjeeling is a lovely place to roam the roads and capture the breathtakingly amazing sunrises and sunsets. If you want to have a luxurious holiday, you can book a room at one of the best resorts in India. Wherever you stay, you should go for tours for tea plantation, and do some tea-tasting. Some handmade teas are the better option!
The natural wonders of this region are intact due to the annual heavy rainfall. Cherrapunjee and Mawsybram have almost continuous rain all the time from June to September. The water has also carved out some of the longest in Asia. The living root bridge in Cherrapunjee is not to be missed as is enjoying the lovely places. One can get to Guwahati and then go out and explore Meghalaya.
9. Hampi, Karnataka
The backdrop of beautiful hills, more than five hundred monuments of art and history make the region of Hampi a UNESCO World Heritage Site and traveling around it is no disappointment. The residence of the monarchs of the Vijaynagara Empire, and the waters of Tungabhadra, the temples and the quarters of Muslim officers are must-visits. The closest airport is Hubli, which is 160 kilometers away and buses are available. And, it’s often recommended to make this trip to Hampi in the winters as the temperature is much better.
10. Bodh Gaya
Bodh Gaya is another place for the Buddhist culture to flourish in India. It makes for a great trip as it is so beautiful. It is a prime center for meditation and study, for travelers who have come on a spiritual retreat. It is said that Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree. It is very easily accessible from all road, air, and rail.
Located on the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh is an ideal place for a solo spiritual journey. It provides an ideal place for yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic spa and is also famous for its temples. If you are up for an adventure, you can go trekking, bungee jumping, cliff diving, hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. And if you are a nature enthusiast, you shouldn’t miss the Rajaji National Park, which also offers cottages to visitors. The iconic Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh has been temporarily closed, but if you want to experience, you can go to the Ram Jhula instead.
One of the most popular destinations of this year, Lahaul-Spiti offers experiences which are must for every traveler once in a lifetime. It is one of the few Indian places whose natural landscapes remain untouched. It is often recommended to travel to Lahaul-Spiti by road as the journey is a crucial part of the experience. In the Spiti valley, you can visit the Tabo and Key monasteries along with enjoying the spectacular views on the Chandra Tal lake.
Traveling solo is an amazing experience. If you are looking for a destination for a solo trip, our list will be helpful for sure.