Traveling to remote places, villages or small towns and cities is much safer than the unruly crowds of big cities. So leave your inhibitions and be inspired by these best places to travel solo.
Catch the bus alone, enjoy meals at cafes with a book, and find friends in strangers…
Traveling alone is exhilarating and liberating at the same time.
Traveling solo is not about safety, for either of the sexes. To travel solo, all you need is a destination, which is tourist friendly, easily commutable and has lots of things to do around.
If you are reluctant about traveling alone, we hope this post inspires you to take the plunge!
Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner…choose any destination in this colourful state, and you will not be disappointed. Apart from exploring these fort cities, you can also spend a serene evening watching sunset by a lake, or go camping and camel safari midst the effervescent beauty of sand dunes. Rajasthan is flocked by a number of tourists from abroad, because the state is very hospitable, very tourist friendly, and gives you hell lot of things to explore!
Even the inter-state and intra-state transportation system of this desert land is quite convenient. Just pick up a map guide of the state, and you are good to go.
If safety is your primary issue, Hampi will be your perfect introduction to solo travel. This vast land of rocks and ruins, a UNESCO world heritage site, is safe and very convenient for tourists. Everywhere you look around in Hampi, you will find incredible rock formations and majestic fort structures, which once had been a glorious civilization. The roads and monuments in this town are very neatly marked. Bikes and scooters are easily available for reasonable rates, even though you can cover the town walking. But do hire a bike, just for the experience. There are no restrictions, or bouncers waiting to shove you off here.
Enter anywhere you want, spend hours on a rock soaking in the sun, and no one will question you. Isn’t that an ideal destination for solo traveler?
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
This land of Kamasutra is one place you must experience as a solo traveler, for the sheer philosophical tone of this destination. Wander off alone and lose yourself in the monuments or sit and gaze at the sunsets. A lot of tourists visit this historical marvel, so you will never feel alone. If you still do, say hello to your neighbor! Some temples located in Khajuraho are a bit off the tourist circuit, but nevertheless safe. If you want a quiet moment, the ruins of Khajuraho will keep you company. When in Khajuraho, also visit the Panna National Park, located about 60 kms away. The park shelters some of the best wildlife species in India and is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves in the country.
It has well established staying options and helpful rangers. Things are well organized at this place, so you wouldn’t really have a problem, unless you land in front of a hungry tiger!
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
If no one is accompanying you, you might as well pack your bags and leave, because this place is not to be missed at any cost. Go by air, or on a solo bike ride, landscapes of Ladakh will embrace you wholeheartedly. People in this region are very simple and extremely hospitable. They will shelter you at their own home, and even sell you things for free if you say you are broke. Ladakh has significant presence of army, so the places are very neat and organized. If you have your own cab or bike, traveling in Ladakh is a breeze. Do visit the Leh city to capture the local essence, and don’t miss Pangong lake, which is about 6 hours away from Leh. Even though the places around Leh are often deserted, with not a single soul in sight, traveling to this destination is absolutely safe.
No matter where you go, ‘safe’ city or not, traveling has its golden rules – Pack well, mingle with the locals, be one with the locals, do not venture out if its pitch dark, and always keep your sixth sense active.
So, if you have a solo trip pending, take this as an encouragement. Pack, pick and move.