While most of the travelers I have met so far are thrilled at the mention of a trip, yet, safety remains a big issue for beginners and women travelers. This article is especially dedicated to the female clan; girls time to bring out the madness in you! And, we have got a list of the safest places for women travelling alone, so that all you can look forward to is three things: fun, fun and absolute fun!
While entire Rajasthan is known as being inhabited by friendly and hospitable folks, yet, Udaipur is specifically known for its rich display of culture and monuments. As soon as you set foot in this city, you feel mesmerized by the lavish exhibition of culture and colors that flows through every street of the city. Udaipur is more popular as a honeymoon destination and therefore, you will surely get to see love birds making memories in the city of lakes.
Attractions: Lake Palace, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Ahar Museum, Sajjan Garh/ Monsoon Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, Sunset Point & Machla Magra, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyo ki Bari and Jag Mandir
Acticities to do: Horse riding, Shop, Go for a Heritage Walk
Delicacies: Laal Maas (red meat curry) at Jagat Niwas, Rajasthani Thali at Natraj Dining Hall
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Known as the cultural hub of Karnataka, Mysore is not only one of the safest cities to explore, it is also a popular tourist destination. With tranquil air and calm surroundings, you can find peace even in the busiest of streets in Mysore. Such is the magic in the serene air.
Attractions: Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal, Jaganmohan Palace, Jailakshmi Vilas Mansion, Brindavan Garden, Happy Man Park, Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, Folk lore Museum etc.
Activities to do: Visit Devraj Market, Take Yoga Sessions, Enjoy the Ayurvedic Spa, Shop for Silk, Sandalwood and Incense
Delicacies: South Indian food
Hill stations in India are the most popular as holiday destinations and they are also known to be inhabited by simple and friendly people. Shimla is one such charming place to visit as it offers exquisite scenery and spellbinding monuments. A solo trip to Shimla will not make you feel lonely as it remains crowded with tourists throughout the year. With all the facilities including accommodation, eateries and transport, this city is perfect for a solo women traveler.
Attractions: Viceregal Lodge, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, State Museum, Himalayan Bird Park and Kufri, Town Hall, Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple
Activities to do: Ride Yak in Kufri, Take a Toy Train Ride between Kalka and Shimla
Delicacies: street food, Chinese food
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The town of lush green hills covered with tea plantations, Munnar is pristine and peaceful. The rustic charm of Munnar gives you a fine break from the noisy, polluted and populated city life. You can also enjoy activities like trekking, hiking and cycling.
Attractions: Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Tea Museum
Activities to do: Watch kathakali at the Thirumeny cultural centre, Trekking and Cycling
Delicacies: South Indian Food
Situated near Hospet in Karnataka, Hampi is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is indeed one of the safest places to visit. The rustic charm of this village is embellished with the forlorn ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom and the temples offer a divine delight. Inhabited by friendly and hospitable residents, Hampi offers cheap accommodation, transport and breathtaking views of sunset from the Matanga Hill.
Attractions: Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Zenana Enclosure, Sule Bazaar and Achyutaraya Temple, Nandi Statue, Elephant Stables, Hemakuta Hill, Underground Shiva Temple, Queen’s Bath and Royal Centre
Activities to do: Ferry Ride in River Tungabhadra, Watch sunset from Matanga Hill, Rock Climbing
Delicacies: Typical South Indian food
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With its sublime natural beauty and magnificent lake, Nainital attracts tourists flock in round the year. This popular tourist destination in India is inhabited by friendly folks and smiling faces. It is in fact, an excellent getaway for people who wish to spend some time alone in sheer tranquility in the lap of mother nature.
The picturesque hilly town is also known as the lake city and it offers lip-smacking traditional food which will give your taste buds a treat.
Attractions: Snow View, Tiffin Top, China Peak, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal, Saattal, Lover’s Point, Himalaya Darshan, Ropeway (Cable Car), Nanda Devi Temple, Jama Masjid, Pangot, Corbett National Park, Cave Garden, Boat House Club
Activities to do: Trekking, boating, Horse Riding, Cable Car Ride to Snow View, shop at Tibetan Market
Delicacies: Momos are a specialty along with bal mithai.
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For women travelling alone, Shillong will come as a respite from uncalled stress and anxiety. Hailed as the Scotland of India due to its resemblance with Scottish terrains, the city flaunts magnificent landscape, majestic waterfalls, thrilling roads and pristine lakes. This sparsely populated hill station is safe for women and offers a number of intriguing sites to visit.
Attractions: Elephant Falls, Wards Lake, Shillong Peak, Golf Course
Activities to do: Biking, boating
Delicacies: Jadoh (a mixture of rice and pork), Dohneiiong (pork mix with local spices), Tungtab (fermented dry fish) and Tarumbai (fermented beans), momos.
So, that was the list of safest destinations for solo women travelers in India, tell us about your favorite city and share your experience below.