Through the ages, the rich diversity, natural beauty, culture, art and cuisine of India has enticed travellers from across the globe. However, often female travellers indulging in solo trips shun the thought of visiting several parts of India due to safety issues. Though few cities and parts of India are considered to be a bit daunting for solo female globetrotters, there are innumerable places that are not just safe but also invigorating to be in. Here is a compilation of 5 destinations in India which are noted for their charm and also reputed to be female- friendly.
A quaint town in the state of Karnataka, Hampi is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site for its archaeological splendour and natural beauty. The ancient ruins of Vijaynagar expose countless narratives that are best explored in tranquillity. The best way to reach Hampi is either by road or rail. Take assistance of National Train Enquiry System (NTES) to check the train running status and live station updates. Some of the notable places to visit in Hampi include Nandi Statue, Queen’s Bath and Hemakuta Hill. Apart from the serenity and remarkable attractions, Hampi is also home to amicable and hospitable people who would readily help you in every possible way. Being a solo backpacker, the cheap accommodations of the town will also excite you.
Rajasthan, as a whole, is known for its vibrant culture, rich heritage, opulent palaces, massive forts and friendly people who religiously follow the commandment of “Atithi Devo Bhava”. Dotted with palaces and havelis, Udaipur’s major attractions include the Lake Palace, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple and Monsoon Palace. Boat rides across Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake will expose you to a panoramic view of the surrounding forts, hills and palaces. The architectural grandeur of palaces, delectable cuisines, folk culture and handicrafts of Udaipur makes it a popular destination for domestic and international travellers alike. Don’t forget to go on a shopping spree at the local markets for bangles, mojris and Bandhani dress materials and sample elaborate traditional Rajasthani thalis.
While the entire northeast is a treasure house of unblemished beauty and tranquillity, Guwahati can be safely the gateway to solo backpacking trips for female trippers. Featuring as a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sisters States, Guwahati will leave you amazed with its lush natural beauty, cultural heritage, diverse collection of flora and fauna and tantalizing cuisines. Nestled on the bank of River Brahmaputra, Guwahati is famous for its temples and amicable people. If you are a nature enthusiasts and feel excited at the thought of travelling alone amidst dense jungles, then the Kaziranga National Park, known for its one-horned rhino, about 214km from Guwahati, must be included in your itinerary. Home to the silk cottage industry, Guwahati is a hub of silk sarees, mekhela chadar and cane handicrafts. Don’t stop from pampering yourself with an exquisite piece of silk from Guwahati.
Rishikesh is definitely the Holy Grail for solo travellers in India. While the charming valleys and lush greenery weaves magic for the wandering soul in you, Rishikesh is also popular as the ‘Adventure Capital’ and ‘Yoga Capital’ of India. A female friendly destination in Uttarakhand, solo travellers must indulge in adventure activities like white-water rafting, rappelling fox flying and camping. Even if you come alone, you will leave Rishikesh with lots of memories for lifetime of friends that you make during your trip. Solo travellers can also join some yoga and meditation sessions that the ashrams impart amidst the scenic backdrop of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is easily accessible by road and trains from all major cities. If you have already booked your tickets and want to check the train status you may do so through NTES site.
Saving the best for last! Contrary to the common notion that Goa is not safe for women, reports show that Goa is the safest destination for solo female travellers. Famous for its soft sandy beaches, palm-fringed shoreline, cosmopolitan culture, enthralling nightlife and scrumptious seafood, Goa is one place where you don’t need company to party. Soak in the sun, chill at the shacks with your favourite drink and munchies, take a stroll in the evening across the shoreline or indulge in water sport activities. From the secluded beaches of Mandrem to busy beaches of Baga, hippie-market of Anjuna or scenic Palolem, Goa is a favourite destination for all kinds of travellers. A paradise for solo female travellers, Goa lets them indulge in uninterrupted sessions of shopping, relishing electrifying music and satiating their gastronomic cravings.
Ladies! Engage in soul-searching, enjoy your independence and feel empowered as your embark on your solo trip. It’s your time to don your travelling shoes and explore the country all by yourself! Happy and safe travels!