15 SOLO TRIP DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

Travelling alone has gained a lot of momentum lately and is very popular amongst the young generation. Travelling with friends and family is enjoyable but travelling alone has it’s own set of perks. It aids one in delving deep into psychoanalysis of one’s own existence and being. It is a medium of becoming more aware of one’s own self and one’s surroundings. It provides you the much time that you need for self-love, self-journey and self-awareness. So here, we list down the top 15 solo trip destinations in India that are sure to being=g out the best in you!

1) HAMPI- THE PRIDE OF VIJAYNAGAR EMPIRE– A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi, also known as the City of Archaeological Sites, is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, a historic marvel of India’s solo journey. Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, a lively street market and beautiful temples. Famous for places such as Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vittala and Temple Lotus Palace. 

2) RISHIKESH- THE YOGA CAPITAL OF INDIA – Located at the foot of the Himalayas at the confluence of the Ganges and Chandrabaga rivers, Rishikesh is a small town in the Dehradun district near Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples and popular cafes. It is also known as the “Capital of Yoga in the World” in various types of yoga and meditation classes. As a gateway to the Garwar Himalayas, Rishikesh is also a pilgrimage city and is considered a sacred place for Hindus. After the Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (now known as the Beatles Ashram), it became world-famous in the 1960s and fascinated solo travellers around the world. Quiet towns have long been a spiritual centre, but are now equally popular for torrents, bungee jumping, mountain biking and camping. 

3) KASOL- AMSTERDAM OF THE EAST – Its that one isolated village in Himachal which is known for itscrazy psychedelic trance parties and adrenaline-reinforcing activities including trekking and water sports. Places like Kheerganga, Malana and Tosh village in Kasol are famous for trekking. This place is also a hub for back packers and international tourists who are very warm and welcoming. Kasol is an ideal place for all peace seekers but one should always remember that wandering alone in the streets at night here isn’t quite safe.

4) UDAIPUR- VENICE OF THE EAST– The city of lakes, Udaipur is surrounded by Aravalli Hills. It is known for it’s mesmerizing architectural heritage, beautiful palaces, rippling waters and royal food. Although the city is a little on the higher side when it comes to expenses, cheaper and affordable options are also available. Udaipur is the crown jewel of Rajasthan and is very famous for it’s boat ride at Lake Pichola. Several other water sports are also available. The place is best enjoyed during winters, just walking through vibrant markets and sipping hot tea at the riverside. 

5) JAIPUR – THE SHELL PINK GLOW – The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is very beautiful. It is known for it’s intricately designed monuments, the prominent among them are – Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. Even in terms of food and security Jaipur is nationally acclaimed. Moreover, it is quite affordable as well. 

6) DELHI – THE CAPITAL CITY – Delhi is best for all those solo travellers who aim to understand the intricacies of human life. Here you can find the most expensive cafes and markets of India to the cheapest shops, food and travel spots in probably the entire country. The sunset at the Lodhi Garden, the lightshow at Safdarjung Tomb, the Maggi Points at Lajpat, the colourful shades at Sarojini Market, the historicity of Old Delhi, the nationalism instilling agents of India Gate and the Sufi Nights at Nizamuddin all make Delhi a super affordable and comfortable destination for solo trip lovers. But keep in mind the place is not very safe, so taking care of your luggage, money and your own selfmust be a priority when in Delhi.

7) AGRA – THE CITY OF TAJ – Well, walking through the streets of Agra is nothing short of experiencing the amalgamation of the past and the present. The way the city is planned is stimulating especially for all the history enthusiasts. Each and every local area in Agra holds a long story of beauty, battles and victories. Be it the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, Sikandra, Itmad-ud-Daulah or the nearby Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is best when explored alone. Even in terms of food and accommodation it is quite affordable. Just don’t forget to keep your facts straight and beware of the one’s selling you old rotten myths in name of Mughal History at various historical monuments.

SOLO TRIP TO AGRA

8) JAISALMER – GOLDEN DUSK – Jaisalmer is a beautiful city in Rajasthan known for its Sonakira Fort. Jaisalmer Fort is also known as Sonakira (Golden Fort) because it rises from the desert itself and appears to be one with the golden colour of the sand. The setting sun adds its own magic and covers the fortress with mysticism. The fort was built by local artisans in the classic royal style. This fortress is a World Heritage Site and is the main plot point  of Satyajit Ray’s famous Felder story and the related movie Sonar Kella. VisitingRajasthan is about visiting the Fort and then exploring the places closely emerging out of its transcendent glory.

9) JODHPUR – HOLY BLUE -Located close to Thar Desert, Jodhpur is undeniably the pride of the north-western state of Rajasthan. It is known as the blue city because of it’s blue coloured houses. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city and is worth visiting. Moreover, the pyaaz kachoris and the laal maas here are worth relishing.

10) SHILLONG – SCOTLAND OF THE EAST – Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a picturesque city surrounded by pine trees and named after an icon, Lei Shillong. This hill station is renowned as the “Scotland of the East” because of its magnificent environment resembling the highlands and its relaxing climate, making it an ideal year-round destination. Shillong is regarded as one of the top solo vacation places in India due to its stunning mountain peaks, countless waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and breathtakingly beautiful golf courses. It is also known as the ‘music capital’ of India because various musician hail from here and various music festivals are also organized here on timely basis.

11) PUSHKAR – SPIRITUALITY AT IT’S PEAK– Pushkar is a tiny religious town in Rajasthan located around 15 kilometres from Ajmer. Pushkar Mela, one of the world’s largest camel fairs, takes place every November. Millions of single travellers from all over the world visit. The entire town is illuminated with folk performances, rides, kiosks, and even magic acts. Every house is filled with music, and everyone is in a joyous mood. Pushkar is also notable for housing the world’s only dedicated Brahma temple, making it a major Hindu pilgrimage site. Evenings spent lounging on the ghats sipping chai or strolling through the town’s tiny alleys listening to temple chants are what make this area special.

12) VARKALA – NORTH CLIFF -This is a coastal area in Kerela known for it’s ‘North Cliff’. The place is very famous for it’s cliff shacks which serve best seafood and music. It is known for its laid-back culture. It’s also known for being the  samadhi of Kerala’s saint Sree Narayana Guru. It has some of the most  pristine beaches, lush hills, beautiful lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries and springs—all of this together makes this town ideal for solo travelling in India. You can also go to beaches and forts that make this place a worth spot for solo travellers.

13) MUMBAI – CITY OF DREAMS– It is the largest and the busiest city of India. At first it might appear intimidating but this city of dreams is metaphorically and physically dreamy. It is house to three world UNESCO sites – Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai, the grand Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, and the Elephanta Caves, on one of the islands in Mumbai Harbour. The city is famous for it’s street food and gold market. It is also ideal for relaxation therapiesat Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt and Oberoi.

14) GANGTOK – PLAYGROUND FOR THE ADVENTOROUS – For all those Sagittarius spirited out there this Sikkim Himalayan region is known for it’s adventure activities and eye-catching vistas. Trekking, mountain biking, paragliding and rafting on the Teesta River and  momos at the nearest local market are pure delights. If that’s not enough, plan a yak safari along its rugged terrain. Everything in Gangtok is relatively affordable from staying in hilltop hotels to exploring marketplaces. So, a heist is not necessary when travelling alone to Gnagtok!

15) PONDICHERRY – FRENCH VISTA-– Formerlyknown as Puducherry, this is the French Capital of India where you have a lot to do and explore. From it’s picturesque beaches to unset spots, Pondicherry is ideal for solo trips. The city’s cobbled streets are dotted with monuments of French style and is sure to leave one in awe of it. Moreover, the food available here is a pure amalgamation of French toasts and Dosa Sambhar.

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