Is it safe to travel in India as a female solo traveler? The answer is yes! Of course, it is always important to respect some guidelines, but single female travelers will be pleased to know that India has many safe destinations for them. To help you build your perfect itinerary in India. Here are 15 destinations in India that should be on your bucket list.
Best 15 destinations in India:
If you are looking for a nature destination in India, Nainital should be on your list. Located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas, you will have magnificent views over the mountains. The landscapes will for sure charm you. Also known as one of the best hill stations in Uttarakhand, this small valley has a peaceful lake in the center where you can relax over a boat ride. It is a great destination to take some time to connect with your inner self. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Tibetan market. Since you are not too far from there, you might also want to go to Jim Corbett National Park, well known for tiger spotting in India.
Considered as one of the safest destination for the female solo traveler in India, Mysore will impress you with its stunning architecture. The numerous monuments and building will surely be a delight for your eyes. Most travelers visit this city of South India for this reason. The Mysore palace should be on your bucket list. If you want to relax, take some time to do some yoga. Mysore is indeed well known for being one of the best places for yoga in India. You might also want to do some shopping, as it is a good place to buy silk, and also a great spot to buy incense and sandalwood.
Khajuraho has some of the most beautiful temples in the world because of their impressive carvings. Actually, they are listed as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. You don’t want to miss it! The best part is that you will feel safe while discovering one of the best destinations of India. Don’t forget to go to Lakshmana Temple which took 20 years to build. It will for sure charm you.
Udaipur will probably be your favourite destination in Rajasthan and maybe of all India. Also called as The Venice of the East, Udaipur will amaze you with its beautiful lakes, its stunning palaces and forts and the amazing vibe. Take some time to walk around the old town, go to the Dharohar folk dance show at night, discover the city palace and shop around the numerous handicraft shops. Known as being one of the most romantic cities in India, it is also a great place to enjoy the best Rajasthan cuisine.
5. Karizanga National Park
There are many national parks in India where you can enjoy some wildlife-watching. However, if you want to feel safe a female traveler, you may want to choose to go to Karizanga National Park which is located in Assam. With some chance, you might spot some rhinoceroses. Actually, it is the best place in India to spot wild rhinoceroses. You might also see different kind of birds and some elephants. You are thinking of doing a safari? Then Karizanga National Park should definitly be on your itinerary.
You may have heard of Pondicherry or Auroville as being the Paris of the East. Indeed, because of its French roots, this territory is unique. You can feel the French heritage through the people, the cuisine, the architecture… and the language! Be prepared to be amazed by its tranquility and serenity. As a solo traveller, you might also be thinking of doing some volunteering work. If so, note that Pondicherry is one of the best places to volunteer in India. It is a great way to give back to the community.
Be ready to explore the most sacred city of India located right beside the holiest river in the world, the Ganga. Varanasi will be one of a kind experience for you. It is like nothing else you have seen so far during your trip in India. People come here to cremate family members and loved ones and also to wash their sins away beside the Ganga. A walk beside the ghats, along the river, will immerse you in the most spiritual place you will probably ever visit. The energies you will feel can’t be denied. It is well crowded, but if you respect some guidelines, you will feel safe. Be aware of touts as they can be very persistent. Along the ghats, someone will most likely ask you to follow them in order to have a better view over the ceremonies. Kindly say no and walk away.
You might have thought about visiting the Northeast of India, and you definitly should. As a woman traveling solo, the best place to go is the small state of Sikkim, located between Nepal, China and Bhutan. The must-see sights in Sikkim are endless. The mountains and valleys will amaze you; the Buddhist monasteries will impress you; the culture will charm you. Get off the beaten track and enjoy your journey to this safe, fun and picturesque state of India.
Ladakh is one of the region of the impressive state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is one of the best destination for enjoying the Himalayas. Of course, the stunning landscapes are going to amaze you. Also, you will be charmed by the hospitality of the people, mostly Buddhist, who are also very friendly. For this reason, it is a safe place to visit in India. Don’t forget to make a stop to Leh, one of the most beautiful cities of Ladakh.
10. Palolem, Goa
What about a paradisiac destination, right beside the Arabian Sea with white sand beaches, colourful sunsets and hippie vibe? Goa is what you are looking for, particularly the small city of Palolem. As a woman, safety in India can be a preoccupation. Well, in Palolem, you will be happy to know that you can enjoy all of the beauty that Goa has to offer while feeling safe. The only thing that might happen is that you will want to stay longer than you thought. Step back from the busy India, relax on the beach, sleep in a hut and take yoga classes. Palolem is also a great spot for kayaking and for taking cooking classes. If you feel like it, you can also rent a scooter. This destination will for sure remain one of your favourite places of your whole trip in India.
Located in the amazing state of Kerala, Munnar should be on every female solo traveler’s bucket list. The tea plantations create some of the most beautiful landscapes of India. By the way, did you know that India was the second world tea producing nation of the world? So take some time to relax in Munnar and taste some of the best tea you will find in the country. Don’t forget to book a guide to enjoy the numerous tea plantations treks. This is going to be one of the highlights of your stay. Note that it is forbidden to trek around the plantations without a licensed guide. For your safety, you may want to book a guesthouse in old Munnar.
One of the safest place to go as a female solo traveler is definitely Hampi. The relaxing vibe around this small village will make you want to stay weeks. This backpackers favourite spot is also one of the best places to meet travellers in India. Discover the numerous ruins by foot, rent a bicycle, practise some yoga, enjoy some bouldering or simply relax over the amazing view. Also, did you know it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO? You definitely don’t want to miss it! If you want to be around the ruins, book a guesthouse on the South side of Hampi. If you are looking for the hippie vibe, stay on the North side. Note that you can cross one side of the river to the other with the taxi boat but be aware of the timing schedule.
Looking for the best destination for yoga in India? Feeling like you could enjoy some meditation or maybe stay in an ashram for a couple of days? Rishikesh is the place for you. Also known as the capital of yoga, it is also one of the favourite spot for backpackers and solo female travellers. Step back from the busy life and enjoy the hippie vibe all around the city. Make a stop to the Beatles ashram where the well known music group stayed in the 60s, visit the famous Trayambakeshwar temple and take some of the best yoga classes of India. You want to be adventurous? Go for river rafting in the Ganga, the holiest river in the world.
Did you dream about seeing the imposing Himalayas during your trip in India? As a solo female traveler, your best choice is to make a stop to Dharamasala located in the incredible state of Himachal Pradesh. Another great spot to feel the hippie vibe, to meet other solo travelers and most of all, to immerse yourself in the tibetan culture. It is known to be the home of the Dalaï Lama. If you are thinking about volunteering in India, Dharamasala should be your destination. Indeed, there are many options for volunteering with tibetan refugees. You may also want to take yoga classes.
15. Andaman Islands
Ready for another beach destination? The Andaman Islands are going to please you. Situated in the middle of nowhere, this archipelago of 300 islands is accessible by air, mostly from Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata, but you can also go by boat. When you will reach Port Blair, you should take another ferry to Havelock island, the best destination for beaches and diving. All you have left to do is enjoy the stunning beaches, relax and have fun with other solo travellers. As a female traveller, safety won’t be an issue during your stay in the Andaman Islands. Always remember though to respect some guidelines.