10 Best Places for Solo Traveling in India
There are places in India which you cannot escape from; they are so lovely and vibrant in their own ways that you just cannot miss out on appreciating the beauty that lies in these places. While, some places are best explored when you have a big group of friends or your family to ensure that you have a lovely time with them.
But how often have you thought about traveling alone and still making the best out of the time and place when you are there. There is always a purpose behind traveling solo, not only do you get all the freedom to go where you want to, you are not bound by anyone or anything and the time lies in your hand. But, apart from that you get to know yourself, you discover not one but many things about you, get to know about your fears, your strengths and more importantly you are able to introspect much more than you would have done with your group of friends.
India, is a place which is meant for all kinds of travelers and if you are planning to travel solo then there are some literally amazing places where you can re-discover yourself. Here is a list of places you can explore to the fullest on your solo trip:
One of the prime ideas behind travelling solo is to dwell into the rich culture that lies in India and what better than beginning your journey of self-discovery solo trip from the land which boasts culture and heritage in its very soil. Rajasthan, has for time immemorial been the lap of lovely and rich culture which has held India together. Kumbhalgarh is one such region in Rajasthan which is just too vibrant in its culture and heritage.
This magnificent place is situated in the Western Aravali hills in Rajasthan near Udaipur. This Mewar fortress in the western range of Aravalli Hills is a world heritage site and is also included in the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Here, you can literally hop from one fort to another and explore the beauty that lies in each of them.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Badal Mahal, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple are some of the must-visits here. Also, do not miss out on the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to many endangered species and attracts a number of tourists round the year.
From time to time there are many kinds of events and local festivals that take part in this fort which you can also be a part of. The best time to visit Kumbhalgarh is from October to February.
How to Reach: You can reach Kumbhalgarh via roadways as there are plenty of state transport buses that are going to take you there. Udaipur is just 100 kms away from Kumbhalgarh and if you are travelling by air then you can always get down at Udaipur Airport.
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Suggested Tour : 17 Days – Rajasthan Cultural and Wildlife Tour
Has the rich history of India ever made you go awe-struck? If the answer is yes, then you surely need to head down to Khajuraho because the ancient history of the place is going to make you question many other things about the lovely country which has been a host to so many things from time immemorial. Khajuraho speaks about all the ancient times which India has been part of. If you are travelling to Khajuraho, you are surely going to feel lost looking at the vibe and the richness that place beholds.
The ornate temples of Khajuraho are going to make you admire you with their art work and lovely creativity that surrounds the place all over. It is indeed the place which you might have been dreaming of for your spiritual holiday. Do not miss out on the Khajuraho temples, Kandariya Mahadev Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Varaha Temple and the archaeological museum.
How to Reach: Khajuraho has got its own domestic airport which is very well connected to Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Bhopal. More often than not, tourists get down at Jhansi Railway Station and then take a taxi to Khajuraho.
Suggested Tour : 8 Nights – Golden Triangle with Khajuraho Tour
3. Sandhan Valley
Sandhan Valley which is also known as the Valley of Shadows is a perfect amalgamation of a place which suits someone who is looking ahead for some adventure apart from spending time for himself in Kasara town of Maharashtra. The nature here is just too beautiful to mesmerize you and make you fall in love with it. In such amazing places, you do not need anyone beside you except your company. Part of the Sahyadri Mountain Range, this valley more often than not provides as a very challenging trek to the people who want to be one with adventure.
The valley is 200 feet deep and while it might seem breath-taking it is also a lovely doze of adrenaline for the people who come here. There are parts of the valley wherein the width of the rocks is very less and the obstruction of sun rays makes it a somewhat dark place and the casting shadow just adds beauty to it. It is indeed one of the most amazing places if you are planning to do camping here. Since you would be solo, you can always find company in the large group of people who often come to this place. The valley casting its shadow is something which you would never like to miss out on.
How to Reach: To reach Sandhan Valley you can always take a train from Mumbai Central and get down at Kasara. It takes around 2 hours to reach by train. It is also 100 kms away from Nasik. If you are planning to go by road then it is very well connected to Mumbai and Pune and the roads are even awesome for a road trip.
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Suggested Tour : 4 Days – Mumbai Sightseeing Tour
4. Wilson Hills
Wilson Hills is a hill station in Gujarat and a densely forested region which is nothing but spectacular. It is one of the most popular hill-station in Gujarat and a top-notch place for the nature enthusiasts. The locals here seek relief by visiting the lovely hills and spending their weekends and vacations here. Wilson Hills is very much close to the Pangarbari Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the key feature about this hill station and why it is famous is because of the fact that it overlooks the sea.
A key part of the Western Ghats, if you are a photographer or a writer then the mere tranquillity and the vibe of the place is enough to make you write lovely poems or capture some stunning images. With an average elevation of 2500 feat, the weather here is much cooler and less humid than other surrounding areas. The journey to Wilson Hills is even more interesting as you are going to come across some curvy roads, hills which are covered with greenery, little villages and farms.
How to Reach: Wilson Hills are 130 kms away from Surat and 60 kms from Valsad. It is connected by a tar road to Dharampur which is just 18 miles away from the base of the hills.
Suggsted Tour : 12 Days – Gujarat Wildlife Tour
5. Udayagiri And Khandagiri Caves
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are located in Orissa and are definitely an archaeological wonder you cannot remove your eyes from. They are the caves with one of the most ancient culture and history which also gives this place a religious importance and that is one of the key reasons why people love to visit these caves.
These beautifully carved caves are half natural and half artificial. A place perfect for solo travelling if you have all the time in your hand and if you love to dig deep into the culture and history of India. This place has a lot in store for you. If you want to properly explore these caves then it might take one entire day to see them. Both these caves are situated in two adjacent hills and date back to 2nd century BC. The meaning of Udayagiri is Sunrise Hills which has 18 caves while Khandagiri has 15 caves.
There is also a double storyed monastery here. Apart from this, you can also visit the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, Dhauli Giri Hills, Ram Mandir, Odisha State and handicrafts museum.
How to Reach: Udayagiri and Khandagiri Hills is one and a half hour away from Puri and is connected brilliantly via road. You can also hop onto one of the tourist buses and you are going to reach your destination.
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6. Majali Beach Karwar
Taking the level of sea and fun to a different level, you have to visit Majali Beach in Karwar which lies in Karnataka and is one of the most amazing places for a quick and relaxing solo trip. The beach here has a stunning view and if you are someone who loves to read then you can sit all day under the shady palms and make the most of the place by being under it, with a lovely view in front of your eyes. This beach is located in a picturesque village of Karwar and provides endless opportunities right from historical, cultural and artistically heritage.
There is not a single chance that travelling solo here would make you feel lonely as you can always book your stay in one of the nearby homestays and villas and then wake up to chirping of birds and the sound of music of the lovely sea waves which are just pleasant sounds to say the least. Being a wonderland of natural delights, this place is surely going to live up to your expectations. Kurumgad Island, Sadashvigad Fort, Galgibaga Beach and Maruti Temple are some of the local attractions which you are going to find here.
How to Reach : You can always take a bus or train to Devbagh from whichever place you are travelling and then there are plenty of local options which you are going to find there which is going to take you to the beach.
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Suggested Tour : 15 Days – Karnataka Tour with Goa & Mumbai
7. Sandakphu Trek
Sandhakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal and is nothing but one extra-ordinary place for people who love to seek adventure and get their dose of adrenaline rush. During the months of September to January this place gives you the surreal views of the world’s tallest peaks and would in return leave you with amusement and wonder which you might have never sensed before. Travelling solo, do not forget to carry your camera as the sunrise and sunset views from this place are just too beautiful to be let out in words and is surely going to be the high point of your solo trip.
If you are planning to take this trek during winters then you would even come across some fresh snow. No matter what but you are going to feel really content once you reach this place. Considered nothing less than a paradise for everyone, you surely are going to make your story once you are here. You are also going to come across one or two eco-villages while you trek up, make sure that you interact with locals and have a good conversation with them.
How to Reach: It is four hours away from Darjeeling and 26 kms away from Manebhanjan. You can easily reach Darjeeling by train or by road from Kolkata.
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8. Kalpeni Island
If you have a non-commercialized place in your mind for your solo travel then you definitely need to head down to Kalpeni Island. Kalpeni Island lies in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and is one of the greatest places to enjoy and bask into the sun, sand and the sea. A perfect, rather more than a perfect break from all the hustle and bustle of city life, this isolated island is nothing but wonder.
The picturesque view of the island is best enjoyed in between September- March and the lovely sunrise and sunset that you are going to experience here are completely out of the world thing and unique in its own lovely way. The lighthouse that is located here is also one of the most exquisite thing you can find here. Kalpeni Beach and Juma Mosque are a few other attractions where you can spend your time at.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station from Kalpeni is Kochi Railway Station. From Kochi you can take passenger ships which are going to take you to the islands.
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Suggested Tour : 6 Days – Tour Itinerary Lakshadweep
In life more often than not, all you need to give yourself is a religious break to set everything back on track. If you are in search of the same, then make your way to Sarnath and reboot and refresh your life. Over the years, Sarnath has evolved as a very popular solo destination for the travellers. Famous as a pilgrimage destination and lying in close proximity to the religious place, Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the most important places on the religious map of India.
When you are in Sarnath then Chaukhandi Stupa, Japanese Temple and Monastery, Thai Temple and Monastery are a must visit. The Deer Park and archaeological museum located in Sarnath is of rich importance and you as a solo traveler are going to learn a lot out of this place.
How to Reach Sarnath: You can easily reach Sarnath by bus or train from Varanasi as it takes only 1 hour to reach Sarnath from Varanasi by train. If you are travelling by air then you can get down at Varanasi airport.
Suggested Tour : 3 Days – Varanasi Tour including Sarnath
10. Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park is a tiger reserve which is situated in the north western side of the Nilgiri Hills. This beautiful sanctuary is divided into five parts like Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Karugdi, and Nellakotta. This extensive national park is also home to a large number of endangered species and being a solo traveler it even helps you to explore more and get deep into the national park. There are around 266 species of birds here and if you love nature then it is truly going to attract you the most.
The peace that exists here is just too vibrant to make sure that you have an amazing time in the lush green area that is present almost everywhere. Pykara Lake, Pykara Falls, Shooting Point is some of the nearby places which you can explore.
How to Reach: You can reach Mudumalai National Park via rail through Ooty and it is considered to be an exciting 64 km journey which is full of nature trials. You can also do a road trip from Ooty and the experience would be amazing.
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These are some of the popular solo travel destination which is surely going to mesmerize you and take you back home with a purpose. These destinations are truly some of those destinations which will make your trip even better.
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