Solo travel is a self-discovery journey; it lets you explore your likes and dislikes, your limits and comforts. Solo travel is something that everyone should experience atleast once in their lifetime. Unfortunately, when it comes to India, because of safety concerns, women are typically anxious about travelling solo. Even those who themselves wouldn't mind putting a brave front often face regulations and restrictions from family members. This article puts together a list of beautiful and safe tourist destinations for women travelling solo.
This mesmerizing hub of Karnataka is a very popular tourist destination.Mysorewelcomes thousands of tourists every year and because of its friendly locals, well-lit roads and well-connected transport system, this place is very safe for women tourists. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Government House, Rangacharlu, Jubilee Clock, Sri Chamundeswari Temple and Rail Museum are some of the popular places. Every area of Mysore is vibrant, so even a casual stroll through the local marketplace will be an experience worth cherishing.
Located in Kerala, Munnar is a paradise of greenery and serenity. Mostly known for tea plantations, Munnar can also cater to your daring side, as various camping, climbing and other adventure activities happen in places around Munnar. The locals here are friendly and honest and we bet that you would cherish each and every moment of your stay in Munnar.
Rugged terrain, captivating vistas, unperturbed locals, adventurous rides and most importantly, Pangong Lake, make Ladakh an absolute favorite for tourists. Here women can travel and explore as freely as men, for locals do not bother the tourists at all. Even the main road does not have shopkeepers ready to dupe people who are not from the hills. Some of the most popular places to visit in Ladakh are Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Nubra Valley.
India’s favorite holiday destination is also very safe for women. Though Goa did see a few notorious cases in the past, if one follows the basic rule of remaining alert, informed and responsible, then there is no way Goa can harm you. The locals are quite friendly and one should try and get accommodation near Baga orCalangutebeach because most of the tourists stay around these places making it crowded and safer.
Simla being the former summer capital of the British Empire, has somehow always been organized, well equipped with facilities and, hence, extremely safe for women. The popular spots in Simla are crowded throughout the year, so locals are used to seeing many tourists. The town has a number of safe lodging facilities, especially for women. Viceregal Lodge, Town Hall, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, Christ Church, State Museum, Kali Bari Temple, Himalayan Bird Park and Kufri are some of the must visit places.
How can a sacred place like Varanasi not be safe for female solo travelers? The city of temples is known for its large number of ghats built next to the holy Ganges River. Varanasi a truly friendly place where people are helpful and will oftentimes go out of their way to help out a stranger in need. The city thrives on its tourism, and as such, is considered a very safe spot for travelers to soak in the Hindu culture.
Khajuraho is the land of temples. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Khajuraho is a riveting union of worship, art, aesthetics and culture. Very safe for women; the only aspect that solo women travelers should be cautious about is that they should not let the guides cheat them with their prices.
Coffee and spice plantations, luxury views and extremely hospitable locals make Coorg a great destination for female solo travelers. Check out our 4 Coorg Activities Beyond Coffee post for more information about this wonderful part of the country!