Solo travel is all about filling your life with experiences, while you travel along the compass, not clock. It is the best therapy to escape from the stressful life and explore yourself, as you explore the world. Solo travelling is a challenge to try something different by moving out of your comfort zone and an opportunity to reflect on your dreams and thoughts in your own way.
Travelling in India is like delving into diverse forms of cultures and traditions. Thousand travelers means thousand different stories to experience. It gives a sense of freedom to be your own way by recounting the beauty and individuality of every other stop without following or waiting for other’s choices. Below are some of the evergreen solo travel destinations for every nomad who loves to explore.
- Udaipur – The City of Lakes
Those who wish to have an insight into India’s rich cultural heritage and cherish the beauty of royal architecture, Udaipur is just the right destination for you. It is the crown jewel of Rajasthan that encaptures the charm of boat ride in serene waters of Lake Pichola and horse riding through the Aravalli Hills. Enjoy cultural performances in the cold nights while sipping hot tea. Explore the beauty of colorful ancient markets, forts and temples. If you are a nature lover, don’t miss out on its picturesque sunset and sunrise.
- Hampi – The City of Ruins
For a peaceful authentic feel, Hampi is one of the best heritage sites, located in Karnataka. In 1500 AD it was the capital of Vijayanagar Empire and was the second largest city in the world. Now Hampi is like an open museum surrounded by large mountains, fascinating temples, street markets and remains of Vijayanagar Empire. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. If adventure activities fascinate you, visit the Sanapur Lake for coracle ride, swimming, cliff climbing etc.
- Pondicherry – Live the French style
Pondicherry or Puducherry is one of the best solo travel destinations that lets you have a flair of the French authentic architectures. If you are a beach person, then Pondy (Pondicherry) is your next travel place. The streets of the French quarter are dotted with beautiful mustard-yellow colonial architectures along with authentic French bakeries to satisfy that sweet tooth. The roads are cobble-stoned for a leisurely bicycle ride or a walk. Karaikal and Paradise beaches are popular spots for jet-skiing, backwater sailing, kayaking and canoeing.
- Rishikesh – World’s Yoga Capital
It is a popular getaway into the world of spirituality and adventure. A small town in Dehradun district, Rishikesh is also known as the ‘Yoga capital of the world.’ It is one of the sacred places for Hindus, where people can take bath in the holy river Ganga to shed their sins and attend the evening aarti held on its bank. It welcomes the yoga enthusiasts with an International Yoga Festival held in the first week of March. This tranquil town is equally popular for its adventure sports like water rafting, camping, bungee jumping, mountain biking etc.
- Shillong – Scotland of the East
The capital of Meghalaya and an abode to many waterfalls, Shillong holds the mesmerizing beauty of pine trees, lakes, smooth valleys and its traditions. The cool winds here are a perfect getaway from the scorching heat. Having been a home to many prominent musicians, it is also known as the music capital of India. One cannot get away with the jovial nature of its people and their culture. If you love to explore, do visit the beautiful golf courses, zoo, mountain peaks, museums and lakes.
Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Benaras is one of the holy cities, surrounded by ghats bordering river Ganga, temples and other spiritual attractions on every turn. Visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple there is almost like a tradition for every tourist if you are in Varanasi. If you want to spend your vacation with peace and spirituality, then Varanasi is the best pick. Ganga aarti, souvenir hunting and delicious chaat and cool lassi are some of its major attractions. This city also holds a place in the heart of Buddhist followers, as Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon in Benaras.
- Gokarna – The hidden land for Beach lovers
It is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka for people who want to take refuge from their busy life and relax in peace. Its beaches are surrounded by long palm trees and famous for watersports, picnics and post sunset bonfire parties. Mornings are best to visit the temples. Gokarna is less known among people, therefore one can easily find lone spots to spend time by yourself. Coconuts, palm trees, ocean and clean sand makes Gokarna a ‘one of a kind’ place for solo travels.