India has long been touted as an unsafe destination for travellers from all over the world. More so in case of the female travellers coming to India. While safety should always be taken seriously it is easy to follow some simple rules and guidelines to keep yourself out of trouble’s way. So, ladies, it’s your time to tie your shoes and explore the country like never before!
We have compiled a list of 15 destinations in India which are notable for their undoubted charm but are also safe for the solo women traveller who likes to travel solo. A lot of these Indian destinations are definitely going to be on everyone’s bucket list after you have gone through them.
Here are some of the best destinations for solo women travellers in India:
Situated in the serene valleys of Uttarakhand, Nainital is truly the definition of dreamland on earth. Inhabited by local kumaoni people known for their warm nature and friendly smiles, the small town of Nainital is both an incredibly safe and incredibly fun place to explore all by yourself.
Flights: Travel to Pantnagar nearest airport to Nainital from New Delhi just at INR 3,700.
Things to do: 5 Best Things to do in Nainital
Places to visit: 20 Best places to visit around Nainital
Places to stay: 16 Best resorts in Nainital
The cultural hub of Karnataka is also one of the safest places in the state for a woman to travel alone too. The streets are populated till the sun goes down and while it is advised to not loiter around at night, the city still feels safe at night due to it being a popular tourist destination and people travelling at night. Mysore is a must visit for and a lady who has a taste for Indian culture and history.
Flights: Reach Mysore by catching a flight to the nearest Bangalore airport at price low as from New Delhi at just INR 2,636.
Things to do: 34 Best Things to do in Mysore
Places to visit: 10 Best places to visit in Mysore
Places to stay: 11 Best resorts in Mysore
Hill stations, by the rule of thumb, are generally safer due to the number of people present at any given time. However, when it comes to hill stations, few can match the beauty and charm of the valleys of Shimla. The hilltop town is again absolute delight and the crown jewel among Indian destinations. Shimla also offers lots of attractive and safe lodging options which makes it a very viable destination for a female traveller.
Flights: Reach Shimla by catching a flight to the nearest airport at Chandigarh. Low fares from New Delhi to Chandigarh starting at just INR 1,637.
Things to do: 12 Best Things to do in Shimla
Places to visit: 20 Best places to visit in Shimla
Places to stay: 14 Best resorts in Shimla
Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the temples of Khajuraho are truly a sight to behold. There can be slight reservations about Khajuraho due to the amount of heckling that goes on here but once you learn how to deal with the guides and vendors Khajuraho becomes one of the safest spots in the country to spend a quiet weekend.
Things to do: Lakshmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Old Village, Lakshmi Temple, Matangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Parshwanath Temple, Lord Mahavira Temple and Adinath Temple
Flights: Fly from Mumbai to Khajuraho at fares starting at just INR 6,141!
Rajasthan, in general, is inhabited by people who are very friendly and helpful in nature, and no city exemplifies this more than the city of Udaipur. The rich culture running through the cities veins is easily seen in every street you set your foot in. The only issue you may face is that Udaipur is generally a couples destination and so travelling alone can sometimes be frustrating, but if your sense of adventure can overcome that instinct you are in for a treat of your life.
Flights: Cheap flight booking at just INR 1,424 from New Delhi to Udaipur.
Things to do: 25 Best Things to do in Udaipur
Places to visit: 35 Best places to visit in Udaipur
Places to stay: 32 Best resorts in Udaipur
Nothing says that a national park should be out of limits for a female traveller, Right? With its abundant population of the one-horned rhino, Kaziranga sure makes a great Indian attraction see the wildlife up close and personal when travelling alone. The government run park provides private jeep safari and Elephant tours to help the tourists explore the park and we find the tour highly recommendable!
Things to do: One-horned Rhino, Leopard, Fishing Cat, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Sambar, Barking deer, Hog deer, Gaur, Hog Badger, Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Assamese Macaque and Rhesus Macaque
Flights: Book cheap flight from Kolkata to Jorhat and then travel to Kaziranga just at INR 4,017.
The holy city of Varanasi is the religious hub of the northern region of India. The city of temples is known for its large number of ghats built next to the holy Ganges river. The people in Varanasi are very friendly and helpful in nature and will often at times go out of their way to help out a stranger in need. The city thrives on its tourism and as such is considered a very safe spot for travellers to soak in the Hindu culture.
Flights: Travel to Varanasi from New Delhi at low fare INR 1,578. Book now!
Things to do: 8 Best Things to do in Varanasi
This union territory provides what a lot of places in the country are sorely lacking, a moment of peace. The calm and serene setting look more like a French city of the time gone by than a modern Indian destination. It is a great place for shopping or trying the delicious french cuisine and is certainly full of amiable people who are happy leading their simple lives.
Things to do: 20 Best Things to do in Pondicherry
Places to visit: 12 Best places to visit in Pondicherry
Places to stay: 20 Best resorts in Pondicherry
Northeast has the power to blow you away and even particularly in northeast Sikkim is the most stunning place you will ever visit in the region. Sikkim is made up entirely of high mountains. low valleys and a smattering of Buddhist monasteries in between. It also has a very rich culture of hospitality which is always a plus when travelling somewhere alone.
Things to do: 13 Best Things to do in Sikkim
Places to visit: Best places to visit in Sikkim
Places to stay: Best places to stay in Sikkim
Flights: Travel, super cheap from Kolkata to Bagdogra at just INR 1,179.
Ladakh is the ultimate holy grail of solo travel. Definitely not for first-timers but also a must visit after you are used to lugging around your own luggage. The serene calm of the valleys weaves its silent magic on men and women alike, and to experience Ladakh is to truly experience the beauty of the Himalayas itself. If you really want to travel to Ladakh for starters it is advisable to have a group of friends with you who can help you out with pointers.
Things to do: 15 Best Things to do in Ladakh
Places to visit: 54 Best places to visit in Ladakh
Places to stay: Best places to stay in Ladakh
Flights: Travel to Leh from New Delhi at super cheap just at INR 5,481.
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As mentioned earlier, the people in Rajasthan are probably the most friendly faces around in the country.Thus, it is very viable to travel to a small city like Churu and get to know the real culture of the Rajasthani people inside out. Keep in mind however that this should be a strictly day trip as there is not much to do apart from spending time with the locals. Once you are done soaking up the culture make a short trip to any of the famous cities around to move further in your journey.
Things to do: Mingle with locals,culture,Learn cooking Rajasthani food and pottery
Flights: Travel to Jaipur from New Delhi at low fare INR 924 from there travel to Churu.
Munnar, though famous for its tea plantations, is also a place of breathtaking beauty and amazing landscapes.The green backdrop to every scenery just adds to the overall charm of the place. Located in the state of Kerala, Munnar is considered a very safe place to travel to, owing to the honest and hard-working nature of the people working here. The variety of resorts around this place also offer some very attractive options to the people who are looking to travel solo to the district.
Things to do: 8 Best Things to do in Munnar
Places to visit: Best places to visit in Munnar
Places to stay: Best places to stay in Munnar
Hampi will simply change your mindset about India, as this small village destination has so much to impart to its urban counterparts! Hospitable, friendly and culturally wealthy people are what you are likely to encounter here. Hampi is yet another place that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are a backpacker type of person, you are surely going to love this place as it offers cheap accommodation, gives you the chance to meet with people from different countries and makes you feel free.
Things to do: 8 Best Things to do in Hampi
Places to visit: 15 Best places to visit in Hampi
Places to stay: Best places to stay in Hampi
Rishikesh is a destination geared towards the more fun and adventure loving amongst us. With activities like white water rafting, rappelling, and fox flying, Rishikesh is an ultimate adventure package which can be enjoyed alone or with a group of your own friends. If adventure is not your cup of tea they also have some nice yoga classes you can try out in the backdrop of the scenic beauty of Himalayas.
Things to do: 11 Best Things to do in Rishikesh
Places to visit: 29 Best places to visit in Rishikesh
Places to stay: Best places to stay in Rishikesh
Flights: Book cheap tickets from New Delhi to Dehradun at INR 1,327.
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Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
One of the most picturesque places in India, Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has to be visited once in a lifetime. A picture perfect place with lush greenery, careening rice-fields and snaking rivulets and rustic habitats, the valley is nothing short of a dreamland. The local tribes indigenous to this place have their own deep culture and traditions which can be studied easily if you spend some time, Ziro valley is one lesser known place that should be on the bucket list of every solo traveller.
Things to do: Hong, Hija, Hari, Bamin, Dutta, Ziro Putu, Tarin Fish Farm, Talley Valley, Tapyo Salt, Dolo Mando, Kile Pakho, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Shiva Lingam at Kardo Forest
Flights: Book cheap tickets to Lilabari nearby airport to Ziro from Kolkata just at INR 5,617.
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