Hello Ladies! Have you ever thought of traveling solo? Of course, safety is the primary concern for women in India. However, if you think that there are no safe places for female solo travellers, you are wrong. Of course, not all places are safe for women to travel alone, but there are certain places that are very secure, with warm-hearted and welcoming souls. So, if you are willing to go on a safe solo trip and explore new places, we are here to help you out by listing out the safest places in India.
India is full of beautiful and scenic locations, diverse cultures and traditions. You can experience a wide climatic diversity in India. You can experience the chilly and snowy Himalayan mountains to the hot and sunny deserts of Rajasthan. If you want to wander around India, there are a lot of crazy things you can do. You can visit scenic, spiritual as well as adventurous locations. Here are our top ten exciting Indian places for female solo travellers.
Udaipur, the city of lakes, is known for being the most romantic city in Rajasthan. It is famous for its history, culture and scenic beauty, and hence, is often called the 'Venice of the East'. You will love the exotic architecture and hospitality in this region. And, therefore, it is a very safe place for women to travel in India.
Tourist spots: Udaipur is well-known for its magnificent palaces like Lake Palace, City Palace, and Monsoon Palace. Take a sunset boat cruise at the freshwater Lake Pichola, which has four islands - Jag Mandir, Jag Niwas, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas. Fateh Sagar Lake is also the best scenic place at sunset. If you are someone who loves cars, you must not miss the Vintage Car Museum. Hathi Pol Bazaar is the best place for traditional Rajasthani Shopping. If you are looking for something adventurous, then go horse riding in the Aravallis, ride the ropeway, trek to the Tiger Lake, and wander into the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nainital is a charming city in Uttarakhand that attracts tourists with its natural beauty. The warm smiles and helpful nature of the Kumaoni people make this destination a safe place for women to travel in India. Like all other hill stations, it is also a popular tourist spot in India.
Tourist spots: Nainital, also known as the 'city of lakes,' has beautiful lakes like Naini, Sattal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal. There are quite a few viewpoints, such as Tiffin Top, where you can view the quaint hill town. You can opt for a package that offers a lot of adventure sports like night forest camping, trek to China Peak/Naini Peak, hiking, paragliding, rafting, flying fox, Tarzan swing, Zipline, commando crawl, etc. The Mall Road is the best shopping center at Nainital, with a wide range of restaurants to try out the delectable North-Indian cuisine.
Shimla is also one of the most popular tourist spots blessed with mesmerising scenic beauty. The summers are soothing whereas winters are beautiful with snowfall; but the temperature would be around -2 to -12 degrees.
Tourist spots: You might end up spending a complete day if you visit Kufri, one of the highest amusement parks in the world with a lot of fun-filled and adventure activities such as paragliding, mountain biking, ice skating, river rafting, skiing, rock climbing, etc. If you go for a trek to Jakhoo Temple, you will be mesmerized by the views of the hill-town and the frosty Himalayan Mountains. The hot sulphur springs at Tattapani are the crowd pullers. You can take a leisurely walk through the pine forest at Naldehra to experience fresh and cool breeze. Shop to your heart’s content at the Mall road and Lakkar Bazar. You can also visit Shimla State Museum and Johnnie’s Wax Museum.
Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka, is well-noted for its historic places. Famous attractions of this destination are Mysore pak (sweet dish), Mysore masala dosa, Mysore paintings, Mysore silk (silk sarees), Mysore ink, and Mysore Dasara (festival of Dussehra).
Tourist spots: Mysore is often referred to as the 'City of Palaces,' and the city lives up to this name. Mysore Maharaja Palace, Jagmohan Palace and the Lalita Mahal flaunt their marvellous architecture. Mysore Palace being one of the largest palaces, and it attracts thousands of visitors every day. Serene temples like Chamundeshwari Temple and Sri Nandi Temple are located near Mysore at Chamundi Hills. If nature is more of your type, then visit the Brindavan Gardens. St. Philomena Church is one among the largest cathedral in South Asia. If you are travelling in the Dessehra season, don't miss the Mysore Dussehra Celebrations. This city is famous for good food, so you can savour the local delicacies.
Coorg is enriched with stunning greenery. Undiluted landscapes, coffee plantations and lovely waterfalls distinguish it from the other areas. Also, the wildlife sanctuaries in this place are fascinating.
Tourist spots: Enjoy the gushing beauty of Kaveri River that cascades down the rocks turning into the Abbey waterfalls. Visit Dubare Elephant Camp and get a chance to bathe an elephant! Spend the day walking around Chikli Hole. Go for a Jeep Safari to the off-beat trails of Nagarhole National Park. Treks to Brahmagiri Peak and Mandalpatti Viewpoint can be fun. Do not miss the ethereal sunset at Raja's Seat. Experience boating and fishing at Honnamana Kere Lake. You can also enjoy the beauty of Iruppu falls. In case you are looking for an adventurous trip, better book a package that includes camping under the starlit sky, river rafting, kayaking and canoeing, microlight flight, etc.
If you like to go on an adventurous trip, Kaziranga National Park could be a great idea. This sanctuary hosts the world’s two-third population of one-horned rhinos. The best way to explore is by taking elephant rides, although jeep safari is also not a bad idea. Spotting wildlife keeps you engaged for hours in the national park.
Tourist spots: At Kaziranga, you can see a wide range of wildlife such as one-horned rhinos, fishing cats, Indian civets, leopards, sambar deers, gaurs, barking deer, hog deer, hog badgers, hoolock gibbons, capped langurs, sloth bears, Assamese macaque, Gangetic dolphins, otters, and rhesus macaque. Go for an elephant safari, and stay at the government maintained resort amidst the wilderness.
If you are looking out for a spiritual as well as an adventurous trip, Rishikesh serves your purpose. Its tranquilizing beauty, grand temples, mesmerizing architectures, and a never-ending list of adventure sports cannot fail to amaze you. It is a platterful of two opposite worlds and also a safe place for female solo travellers.
Tourist spots: Experience the religious Ganga aarti in the evening at Parmarth Niketan and Triveni Ghat. Listen to the tale of two Jhulas - Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. As Rishikesh is quite famous for its temples, visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Vashishta Gufa, Kunjapuri Temple, etc. A hike to Neer Garh Waterfalls offers you the real peacefulness. Also, visit the peaceful Swarg Ashram and the holy hot water springs of Rishi Kund. Bungee jumping, cliff jumping, fox-flying at Jumping Heights, white water rafting, and camping by the River at Shivpuri and Kaudiyala are some adventures that you must not miss.
Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kasi, is a sacred city on the banks of river Ganga. The Ganga Aarti at evenings will reconnect you with your spiritual self. It is a major center of arts and designs. This place is famous for gorgeous Banarasi silk sarees.
Tourist spots: The reverberating chants and the flickering lamps of the evening Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat can give you real peace. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the sacred temples and jyotirlinga, is something you must not miss. A boat ride on the Ganges can make you feel relaxed as you can see the sacred beauty of the city. Bath in the Ganges at Assi Ghat, visit the holy Manikarnika Ghat, and hop around the little temples by the river. Go for a sightseeing tour to Sarnath. The holy Gyan Vapi well, Ramnagar Fort & Museum, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Chunar Fort, Alamgir Mosque, etc. are a few more places to visit.
Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees; and true to its name, the place offers an endless sight of coconut trees. There are a lot of beach resorts around Kovalam. Also, if you want an adventurous trip, this place serves your purpose.
Tourist spots: The beauty of Kovalam lies in its long list of beaches, such as Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Samudra Beach. Boating at the picturesque Karamana River during sunset makes you feel relaxed. Infused with exotic flora and fauna, Vellayani Lake is a must-see tourist spot. Do not miss the magnificent 2000-year-old Hindu shrines- Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple, and Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple. Experience Kerala's relaxing Ayurvedic massages. Visit the Gramam village fair, Halcyon Castle, Art Gallery, Neyyar and Aruvikkara Dam for sight-seeing. If you want adventure sports, then book activities such as swimming, surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, paragliding, catamaran ride, etc.
Kutch is one of the most beautiful places in Gujarat. It is virtually an island that resembles a tortoise. It is full of rustic beauty, wildlife reserves, historical sites, and pilgrimage spots. This place is surrounded by seawater and is the ultimate place for female solo travellers. The area comes to life during December-February, when the Rann Festival is held. There are huge camps with cultural programs and adventure activities.
Tourist spots: Aim for a good adventurous trip if you are visiting Kutch. Trek to Kalo Dungar Hillock, try out activities like paramotoring, ATV, rifle shooting, and star gazing. You must not miss a visit to the Great Rann of Kutch. If you are a bird watcher, then spend the early hours of a day at Topansar lake where you can see migratory birds. Visit the magical ghost town, Dholavira, that mirrors a civilization that thrived long ago. Siyot Caves, Bhadreshwar Jain Temple, and Aina Mahal are a few places worth visiting.
These are the best destinations for solo women travelers. As you got to know the best places to visit, don't hold back yourself. Come out of your cocoon and see the world with the eyes of freedom. Have a great holiday!