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25 February 2020 | 4 min read

5 Destinations For The Solo Woman Traveller

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To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Andersen

Indeed it is! Or else, why would people embark on adventures and trips alone? If you also have went on trips alone or are accumulating enough courage to make this thought a reality someday, there are some destinations that you need to put on your bucket list now.

Not only these places are brimming with beautiful vistas, amicable locals but they are also safe. The latter criteria is of utmost importance for all the solo woman traveller. And if you are one, pick a destination from the list and start planning for your next trip today.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

 

North East India is akin to Europe in terms of backpacking culture. And for the obvious reason that it is safe, for both men and women. If you have been eyeing this particular region of India as your travel destination for a long time, start with Darjeeling. Red pandas, toy train rides, lush green tea plantations and view of the Kanchenga! These are only some of the most amazing things you will find in Darjeeling.

Visit the place during winters and you will find yourself amidst some of the most breathtaking views in the country. Plus, it is uber safe for women and you will be happy with the warm hospitality with which everyone welcomes tourists.

Best time to visit – October to March
Tip – Use code HEGUPI and get flat 12 per cent discount on flight bookings – more details here

McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

A personal favourite {because almost all solo travellers have visited McLeodganj at least once} and an extremely safe place in Himachal Pradesh, McLeodganj has slowly immortalized itself as a go-to destination, especially in North India. Whether you are headed there with your friends or solo, there are plenty of things you can do here.

Start with walking around the town and talking to the locals. Striking up conversations in cafes and restaurants is the best way to know people around here. Or you can simply curl up with a good book in Illiterati, a famous book cafe!

However, if you are more of an adventurous soul, trek to Triund top and camp there for a night. If you want a more offbeat trekking trail, go for the Kareri Lake trek which starts from Dharamshala. Sign up with good trekking and tour guides when travelling solo. You will not only be on track but also make some friends as well.

Where to stay – There is a good mix of budget and luxury stays that you can find all over the town.
Best time to visit – October to February

Coorg, Karnataka

How far would you travel for a good cup of coffee? Well, if you just make the trip to Coorg, you won’t have to go that far. Renowned for its vast coffee and spice plantations, this hill station in South India is ideal for all the solo travellers, especially women. Lush green forests, rolling hills and locals that are always ready to help {with a smile on their face}, you are sure to extend your stay here.

Apart from sipping on your freshly brewed cuppa of coffee, you can go on hikes and end up witnessing some of the most beautiful waterfalls of your life. Case in point – Abbey Iruppu Falls. If you are more of a wildlife person, we recommend you visit the Dubare Elephant Camp as well.

Best time to visit – October to March
Where to stay – Check out homestays or hotels like Ginger Hotels that offers luxurious stays at amazing costs.

Imphal, Manipur

Home to the boxing legend Mary Kom, Imphal is not only a beautiful {and underrated} destination but also boasts of markets that are run by women. This is by far the only place where such a sight is even possible. Right from grocery items to delicate handicrafts, everything is sold by women. If this is not enough motivation for you to travel to this place alone, then the tourist attractions and scenic vistas will definitely get you hooked.

Best time to visit – All through the year

Bundi, Rajasthan

Located just 35 km from Kota, Bundi is a lesser-known destination that will take you back in time. If you are a history buff, Bundi is the safest place to start your exploration of the days of yore.

There is the Ummed Mahal, a palace on a hilltop which showcases how the art of miniature painting has evolved over the years. Chandrashila is another place in Bundi renowned for showcasing turquoise and gold murals. Very Insta-worthy! And if you miss out on photographing these places, fret not as the market of this beautiful town are colourful and teeming with weavers and artisans. Buy some kota daria textile or get lac bangles customized. There is a lot to do in Bundi and you don’t need company for it.

Best time to visit – October to March

While these are only some of the most beautiful and safe destinations for women travellers who want to go on solo trips, there are many more places around the country just waiting to be explored. So tell us where you are going next?

Featured Image – Pixabay

by Priya Chaudhary
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