Indian Destinations Safe for Solo Women

Have you noticed how every other guy we know is going on solo trips but how many women around us are doing that? Not many. Reason? They just don’t feel safe, especially wandering alone in India. While most of their fears are justified, a little exaggeration also works a long way. There’s too much beauty in our wonderful country to be missed by anyone. This is why, this Women’s Day, we bring to you the list of some of the safest places in India for solo women travellers.

1. Sikkim

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Buried deep in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is like the ‘abode of God’ itself with untouched surroundings, pleasant summers, snowy winters, incredible places to visit and rich Buddhist culture. To visit the northern parts of the state, you will need a government permit but all of the formalities won’t seem like a hassle when you explore the paradise that is Sikkim.

  • Must-See: Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Tsongmo Lake, Yuksom, Nathu La, Gangtok, Pelling, Singalila National Park, Goecha La, Khangchendzonga National Park, Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May (varies with destination)

2. Pondicherry


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Pondicherry is famous for not only its peaceful ambience and picturesque beaches but also its French-inspired culture, most notable in its Parisian cafes, colourful houses and names of several streets, which are in French! Relaxing on its shores, visiting ashrams, cycling tour and pub hopping are some incredible experiences awaiting women travellers in Pondicherry.

  • Must-See: Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Rock Beach, Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and Matrimandir, Serenity Beach, White Town, French War Memorial, Botanical Gardens, Promenade Beach
  • Best Time to Visit: Year-round

3. Hampi


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A little off-beat but quite intriguing, the UNESCO-listed Hampi is renowned for its incredible rock-cut temples. Though most parts of it are in ruins now, the remains are a great window into the glorious Vijayanagara Empire that existed between the 14th and 17th centuries. Any woman who wants to get away from the city for a while and simply be in the realm of peace should definitely visit this tiny place in Karnataka.

  • Must-See: Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, Archaeological Museum, ruins along the Tungabhadra River, Hippie Island, Queen’s Bath
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

4. Munnar

Munnar | #4 to 20 Best Solo Trips for Women in India

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A surreal hill town in the Western Ghats, Munnar will surely take all your troubles away. Tea gardens stretching to as far as the eye can see, shimmering lakes that would make you want to take a dip, hiking experiences, pleasant weather and endemic wildlife are only few of the many reasons that make this place a must-visit for anyone and everyone.

  • Must-See: Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty Dam, Top Station, Tata Tea Museum, Indo-Swiss Dairy Farm, Anamudi
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

5. Kasol


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Ask any young man or even woman, nowadays, of a good place for solo travellers, and most will mention Kasol. Located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, the quaint little town is popular among soul searchers, hikers, nature lovers and those who like to chill (you might know what it means… Wink! Wink!). The best thing about Kasol is its rather cheap lodgings and delicious and wholesome food.

  • Must-See: Kheerganga, Tosh, Malana (not for the obvious stuff), Pin Parvati Pass, Sar Pass, Manikaran, Tirthan Valley
  • Best Time to Visit: February to March and October to November

6. Shillong


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Popular among women bikers, nature lovers and heavy metal enthusiasts, Shillong is a place full of many experiences. Apart from cool days and cooler nights, the capital of Meghalaya boasts amazing natural vistas, many historical sites, quaint villages inhabited by ethnic tribes and mouth-watering food. If you fancy none of these, then just get your backpack and head out into the wilderness for a memorable hike.

  • Must-See: Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Police Bazaar, Mawsynram, Don Bosco Museum, Ward’s Lake, Lady Haydari Park
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

7. Nainital


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Be it summers or winters, Nainital is a destination for every season. Ask anyone why it is one of the best hill stations in India, and you’ll hear endlessly of its scenic realms, cool weather, the beautiful lake (of course) and many other things to do. Plus, reaching here is quiet easy as numerous buses and trains connect Kathgodam (36 km from the hill town) to Delhi.

  • Must-See: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View, China Peak, Naina Devi Temple, GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, Tibetan Market, Mall Road, Bada Bazaar, Eco Cave Garden
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

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