Monday, 14 October 2013

5 Best ‘Solo Travel’ Destinations In India

When I talked about Why I Like Traveling Solo in my earlier post, I also thought about some ‘solo travel’ friendly destinations in India.  Before I begin, I want to be clear that I don’t intend to mention ‘safe’ destinations for women who wish to travel alone. There is nothing like safe or unsafe. Although there are some cities relatively safer, the possibility of crime is everywhere. So, as a thumb rule, it's better to be careful in any and every city that we visit.

As far as traveling alone is concerned, it is more related to loneliness or boredom. Many people may have the desire to travel alone, but reservations about certain things like how to eat alone, how to have fun alone or how to shop alone keep them from pursuing their desire. There could be various things besides the safety aspect. I think the safety thing should be thrown out of the window, because every single person is vulnerable. We don’t have bodyguards around us when we are in our native city, do we? So what’s the fuss about safety in an unfamiliar city? Your holiday destination is someone else’s native city and vice versa.

To travel solo, you need to make sure that your destination is people friendly, easily commutable and has lots of entertainment options. I have listed down 5 ‘fun’ destinations that I find perfect for a solo trip.

Here you go –

Udaipur


I had to mention Udaipur! If you are considering traveling alone, Udaipur should definitely top your list. It has lots to offer – friendly atmosphere, helpful people, great hospitality, comfortable accommodation options and lots of interesting things to see and do!

Well, of course, the entire Rajasthan is renowned for its hospitality, but Udaipur has something more to woo a traveler. 

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Shimla



Shimla is a highly touristy destination. It is visited by all kinds of people – families, couples, friends and lots of foreigners. The place is abuzz with something or the other. There is never a dull moment in Shimla. I don’t have to mention that there is no dearth of good budget hotels, dining and shopping choices. So, if you are alone, simply embrace the spirit of Shimla – the noise, the bustle of tourists, the locals and savor being on your own!  

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Mussoorie



Mussoorie is also a sister to Shimla. I mean, both the hill stations are quite alike in terms of ambiance. If you love lots of buzz around you, Mussoorie is sure going to elevate your spirits. It has got many touristy restaurants and cafes. You will not feel lonely even for a second! It is so full of people! But, it has some secluded places, too, in case you’d like to spend some quiet time with yourself. You can choose to stay at a guest house and spend some mountain gazing and coffee sipping time alone.  

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Mumbai



How can I not mention Mumbai?! As we all know that it’s the liveliest and the craziest of all the cities. So if you are planning to travel solo, Mumbai is going to befriend you like a long-lost comrade. Just succumb to its allure and be a feisty explorer. The city has many options for you – theatre, events, festivities on the road, music, food, beaches and lots that you will discover spontaneously. The bottom-line is that you will never feel lonely or bored in this city!  

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Delhi



Shocked? How can Delhi be good for a solo trip, especially if a woman wants to travel alone? Trust me it can be a great destination for a solo traveler. With metro and DTC buses, it is pretty easy to commute in Delhi. Yes, even a girl can holiday alone in an alleged crime capital like Delhi without any protection from a male companion. As long as you are cautious and smart, things will roll pretty smoothly for you even in Delhi. The city has many classy restaurants and cafes, shopping options, museums, art galleries, theatres and quite a few legendary world heritage sites.

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The idea of traveling solo is beyond safety issues. For some people, it is more about loneliness. I can confidently say that these five cities are good starters for an individual who’s planning to take a solo trip.

Well, I am sure there must be many other destinations, ideal for solo trips. I have mentioned only the ones that I have visited. So now it’s your turn!

Tell me in the comments section – what is that one destination, which you think, other than the mentioned five, is perfect for a solo traveler?

87 comments:

  1. You missed Hampi...That should top your list...

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    1. Thanks Sugan :) I haven't been to Hampi yet. Would you share more about it?

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  2. What some lovely suggestions Renuka. I'd love to get to Shimla and the hill stations one day. I've been to Delhi and Udaipur very many years ago, and as you say Rajasthan is fabulous wherever you go :)

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    1. Thanks Johanna :) Yeah, Rajasthan is fabulous for a solo trip! I aimed at highlighting destinations ideal for first time solo trippers.

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    2. As I'm from Rajasthan.. And already been to most of d places here.. Would like to know sm awesome places for solo travelling in first week of October; other than my state, goa, mumbai and kashmir.. And no south india.

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    3. Go to Sikkim, Darjeeling (Kurseong, Dilaram village, tea estates). Also, Gujarat would be great during October.

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  3. Very nice post. kolkata would have been a good choice too.. :)

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    1. Thanks Arpan :) Yeah, Kolkata sounds like a busy, bustling city perfect for solo travelers.

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  4. Solo to Mumbai and Delhi?
    I am not ready yet!

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    1. I can understand your apprehension, Indrani, but they are perfect for solo travelers! It's okay....everybody has their own convictions. :) Do you have a suggestion for a solo trip destination?

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    2. Veena Rajendran5 March 2014 at 06:36

      I am yet to visit Delhi. But I can vouch for Mumbai any time. Be a little smart and cautious, and you will never get tired of this city. It has a lot of activities happening round the year to suit the tastes of anyone visiting.

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    3. True, Veena :) Mumbai has lots of options for an inquisitive traveler. Even Delhi is good, if explored cautiously and in a planned manner.

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  5. These being big cities/popular tourist places, I guess, should be good for solo travel. But I have my apprehensions about Delhi. Anyways, I don't intend to travel solo unless for work. :)

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    1. I can understand your apprehensions about Delhi - solo travel is all about common sense and following your instinct. Thanks for visiting my blog, Bindhu :)

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  6. This post actually clears all the apprehensions about travelling alone. It seems exciting to travel alone :)

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    1. Thanks Reenu :) Yeah, traveling solo is more about freedom to do what you wish to do!

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  7. Wonderful destinations you share here, Renuka! Indeed, specially i love the hill stations specially "Shimla".
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us..

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    1. Thanks Ercotravels! Shimla can be an excellent choice for a solo trip.

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  8. As long as you take the required precautions, any place is great for solo travel.

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    1. Yeah that's true! Common sense is important. Any destination is good for solo travel.

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  9. You have provided really useful information with us. Top 5 Solo travel places in India - I love to go for travel to Goa, Shimla. Superb information dear. Thanks for sharing !
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    1. Thanks Aditi :) Solo travel is slowly becoming a norm in India too!

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  10. You have done great work. This is really essential info for those who want to choose best destination for travel. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Timeshare Hotels in India :) I'm glad to know that!

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  11. Thank You Renuka for sharing. Really solo travel is like a great adventure especially for women, but everyone has a desire to travel alone.

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    1. Thanks Anny for stopping by :) Solo travel is a different experience for anyone who's willing to travel alone - it's a growth process, too! So everyone should travel alone at least once in a lifetime.

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  12. nice one !! kerela is again a place where one can travel alone is what i feel :) Even if you don't know the local people language there people will still make you feel like home.

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    1. Thanks Anjum :) I agree, Kerala too, can be a great destination for solo travel.

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  13. Thanks to share, I am local of Shimla and I find Shimla safe for girls rather from these places. That is what I like about Shimla.

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    1. Thanks Ishita :) Yeah, I agree Shimla is a safe destination.

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  14. Hampi, Manali, Auroville, Leh, yeh sab bhi ghoomo jaldi se aur list badhao :)

    Great post!!

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    1. Thanks Empty Rucksack. :) Yeah, I'll cover all the destinations (slowly slowly). :)

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  15. Good work... Thank you for the valuable information..

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  16. Ahhh...
    there is still lots of places :):):) I think you havent visited chikkamaglore,Coorg and mysore:):):)give it a try...and appreciated your work...๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Švisit the places I mentioned once pls...you like them

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    1. Thanks Kiran for stopping by :) I know there are lots of places to visit! I have been to Mysore, but didn't find it very inspiring.

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  17. Hi renuka, very beautiful pictures i kike your blog..

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    1. Thanks Ajay :) Welcome to my blog!

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  18. very motivating articles, i have taken pledge to travel solo to one destination a year - this was encouraging

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  19. Great post and i really love this post. simply superb. thanks for sharing this one...

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    1. Welcome Srinivasa! Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Hey Renuka, Could you suggest some place quiet and scenic to travel to (Except Kerala coz I hail from Kerala and i've pretty much been to many places here), for a few days alone? On the way back, could definitely use one among the few places you suggested.

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    1. Thanks Aswin for stopping by. :) You could visit Sikkim. It's beautiful and interesting for a solo travel. I'd also suggest Sattal in Uttarakhand or Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh.

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  21. India is really a magical country. I want to visit India; please help me to find India Tour Packages and offers.

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  22. Renuka, thanks for this. For someone working up the courage to travel solo in India, this is very encouraging. You say that you recommend these places from personal experience and that if a woman takes sufficient precautions she should be safe. Could you list some precautions you take when travelling? Thank you.

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    1. I'd appreciate if you use your real identity to drop a comment. Anyway, thanks for stopping by! The only precaution I take is that I use common sense while traveling solo. I am mostly around people who are like me. If I suspect something wrong, I get away from that place asap.

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  23. I haven't been to India yet and this article inspired me to put India on my list for my future solo trips. Mussoorie really impressed me, followed by Delhi and Mumbai. I think I would add Kerala to this list, as I keep hearing so much positive about this destination. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Welcome Michela :) I'm glad you found this post valuable. Yup, even Kerala is a great option for solo travel.

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  24. Good suggestions Renuka, I have traveled solo to North East, especially Shillong and Guwahati are nice places for solo travelers too. Even Ahemdabad is a great option in Gujarat.

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    1. Thanks Ankur. :) I like your suggestions too! Yup, North East is on my radar.

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  25. Thanks to shared "5 Best ‘Solo Travel’ Destinations In India ", You have mentioned best information related to travel in India.

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  26. Superb information dear. I love to read it. Please sharing more information about Indian Travel.

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  27. Good Work friend. Your article is very good and your photos are awesome. I am a tourist and like to see the beauty of God. India has a various places to see the beauty of God. Udaipur is the most famous city in India. I am tourist and visited in different countries for my travel interest. I gust come back on my cherry blossom tours with my family. It is a best tour in my life.

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  28. Great post, all these five destination is the most popular tourist destinations in India.

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  29. Thank you so much for discussing you awesome journey encounter in Indian. I would really like to journey there myself, but after listening to so many bad factors it’s difficult not to be scared to go there on your own. It’s excellent that you have given many females the assurance to re-consider travelling to Indian solo. I also have a lot of loved ones who experience the same as I do, and I will definitely be discussing about your article on my social network.

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  30. Thanks to all of you to providing me a bundle of information about the different attractions around the world. Well I'm a tourist and use to visit number of countries around the world. I always prefer solo travel because it is a great way to enjoy each and every thing personally. In self travel you can enjoy lots of things freely that you don’t have with Travel Company.

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  31. Great list of solo travel destination to visit in India, as travel agents in chennai i'm very happy to see your post. thanks for your astounding information.

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  32. You shared nice collection of solo traveling destinations and its looking so cool. thanks for it.
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  33. hi renuka , nice suggestions of the destinations. but can u throw some light on first solo travelling.... I mean i am new to this concept...& want to travel solo. so if cud help me with these... it would be nice :) thank u

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    1. Hi Hetal, nice to hear from you. :) I'd suggest if you click on the 'solo travel' tag on the right-hand side of the blog, there's plenty of information on the topic. I have written posts on how to choose a solo travel destination and also how to prepare for it. Also, if you click the bold text in the beginning of this post 'Why I like traveling solo', it will give you a clear picture of the concept of traveling solo. :)

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  34. Your information about tour is really interesting. Also I want you to share some updated news about the tourist places. Can you update in your website? Thanks for sharing this informative article.


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    1. Hi Deepika! :) I'm so sorry! But I just focused on destinations that are popular and easy to travel to for a first-time solo traveler. Maybe I will write a second part of this post and include destinations from the southern part of India. By the way, you can post your suggestions in your comment.

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  36. Nice information for solo travellers. Nice pics.
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  37. hi renuka. plz suggest a place to visit solo during december last wk. A place where... the journey as well is equally memorable!!

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    1. Well, you can visit any place in Rajasthan! You also have Goa, Kerala, or any place in Karnataka (Coorg, Hampi or Dandeli).

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  38. I too like solo traveling.. Thanks for sharing about this perfect topic

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    1. You're welcome, Vinayk! :-) Solo travel is the best way to travel.

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  39. Wonderful post! good information sharing about travel. I am really enjoyed read your article. You are suggesting such great destinations of India. I am going to visit all these places.

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  40. Good ideas and I agree you can travel in large Indian cities alone as long as you are careful just like any other major city worldwide.
    As for more suggestions, I would suggest (based on my personal experience), anywhere in Goa, perhaps not the most inspiring Indian state, however definitely fun and easy to travel solo. As for inspiration, Kanyakumari, Hampi, Hospet, Ooty and Coonoor would be my suggestions.

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    1. Those are valuable suggestions, Melanie! Yes, you are right when you say that it's easy to travel alone in a metropolitan city.

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    2. Hey Renuka. Thanks for sharing this

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  41. Actually I am planning for my first solo trip to Shimla or musoorie on 3rd 4th and 5th april. Confused in shimla or musoorie??? ANy suggestion? Please guide as in budget hotel, aprrox expenses(no major shopping).
    Can you point out some must do things if you are a solo traveller?? And I love photography as well.
    I am in Delhi right now.

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    1. If you are in Delhi, you can go either of these places with ease - Shimla or Mussoorie. There is kalka shatabdi for Shimla and Dehradun shatabdi for Mussoorie. Please feel free to explore this blog to read more about these destinations.

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  42. I had a great time reading around your post as I read it extensively. Excellent writing! I am looking forward to hearing more from you.
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  43. Thanks for writing. Simply a nice post to read and know about India. You could also write about other destinations like Italy as I had seen in an Italy Travel Video about its beauty and cuisine.

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  44. how about Ooty for a first time solo travel destination?

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    1. Though I haven't experienced Ooty alone, I believe it's quite good. Focus on planning properly and booking your hotel in advance.

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  46. Wonderful destinations you have included in solo travel destinations. And I've traveled all the destinations. See top things to do in India

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  47. Great list. Tamilnadu is also one of the best place to visit solo and it has so many tourist places to visit. Thank you. Do you want to enjoy your travel also and searching for bus? visit Bus ticket Booking online

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  48. Heya, thanks for the list! I am planning a trip for new year from Hyderabad, wanted a travel buddy, do let me know if anyone is interested @ bmieraj@yahoo.com

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  49. I am thoroughly agreed with her; crime is ubiquitous & omnipresent, we have to be careful ourselves. I always desire to travel with my friends because, in my opinion, we can't enjoy more and extra alone. Well, we are planning to visit Shimla, because my Facebook friend lives there. She told me that shimla is one of India's most famous hill resorts, sounding with a light flow of Indian vacationers. I have contacted to eta india for visa, visa is coming within 3 days after applying. Thanks for the valuable blog.

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