Foggy hill stations, captivating beaches, historical monuments, golden desert, pilgrimage sites, and rich wildlife…a lot of thigs ake Idia a destination absolutely worth seeking. Travellers all across the world love visiting India with friends, family, colleagues, or that special someone, but solo travelling is something that must be experienced at least once in life as it has its own beauty. You get to meet new people, explore new places, discover yourself, overcome your fears, and enjoy the freedom. So, take off on a journey alone, have no fear! Here are the 5 Indian destinations that you can visit alone to spend some quiet time with yourself
Rajasthan is renowned for its great hospitality and rich cultural heritage, but Lake City Udaipur has something more to woo a traveller. It should definitely top your list if you are considering traveling alone. Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add the human counterpoint to the citys natural charms. For the visitor, there’s the tranquillity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle and colour of ancient bazaars, a lively arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its better hotels, endless tempting shops, and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback. There are many beautiful sights in Udaipur that offer picturesque views of Indias royal past. You can do a lot of things in Udaipur like capture the beautiful surroundings, sit by the side of the lake, enjoy peaceful cold nights, read a book on the rich culture of Rajasthan, and sip hot tea in the relaxed atmosphere of the city
TOP DESTINATIONS IN UDAIPUR
1. CITY PALACE -Surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas towering over the lake, the imposing City Palace is Rajasthans largest palace, with a facade 244m long and 30.4m high
2. LAKE PICHOLA-, Lake Pichola reflects the grey-blue mountains on its mirror-like surface ,lake is now 4km long and 3km wide, but remains shallow and dries up completely during severe droughts.
3. JAGMANDIR ISLAND-The palace on Jagmandir Island, about 800m south of Jagniwas, was built by Maharana Karan Singh II in 1620, added to by his successor Maharana Jagat Singh, and then changed very little until the last few years when it was partly converted into another (smaller) hotel. When lit up at night it has a more romantic sparkle to it than the Lake Palace. As well as the seven hotel rooms, the island has a restaurant, bar, and spa, which are open to visitors.
FOOD YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
1. Bhole Mishthan: Jalebi
2. Egg Curry Stand: Egg bhurji
3. Sukhadia Circle: Pizza
4. Vinod Coffee House: Kulhad coffee
5. Hotel Natraj: Dal baati churma
6. Apani Dhani: Rajasthani thali
Shimla is the perfect getaway Strung out along a 12km ridge, with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite-whetter for the awe-inspiring mountain tracts of the state’s interior. Shimla is one of India’s most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of relics of its previous life as the summer capital of British India. Traffic is banned from the central part of town, so walking is pleasant – even when huffing and puffing uphill. The long, winding main street, the Mall, runs east and west just below the spine of the hill. South of it, the maze-like alleys of the bustling bazaar cascade steeply down to traffic-infested Cart Rd.if you want to spend some time alone in the lap of the Himalayas. It is a highly touristy destination with attractive locations, hotels, and markets that can make your journey delightful and help you celebrate every moment of your journey. So, if you travelling to Shimla all alone, start walking along the Mall road, experience the best dining at any popular restaurant, take some snaps, indulge in shopping, and enjoy being on your own one interesting way to create a memory forever is to go to mall road church and get yourself dressed as the locals of Shimla and get beautiful snaps of yourself. To enjoy the natural beauty of Shimla one must prefer journey by train.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN SHIMLA
The Mall-Traffic-free for a good part of its winding 7km length, the Mall is the heartbeat of Shimla life, strung with hotels, shops, eateries, colonial-era buildings in assorted states of repair, and people everywhere. It runs up from Chotta Shimla, southeast of the centre, to Scandal Point, the junction that is the official centre of town, then continues west to the Viceregal Lodge.The top landmarks
you’ll pass in an east–west walk along the Mall include the handsome half-timbered Clarkes Hotel, dating from the 1890s; the Gaiety Theatre, opened in 1877 and still going strong; and the Town Hall, almost beside Scandal Point, dating from 1910 and oddly reminiscent of the mansion in Hammer Horror films.
FOOD YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
1. cecil Restaurant(multicuisine)
2. Wake & Bake (multicuisine)
4. Indian coffee house(café)
5. Guptajees (indian)
A mighty gash in the earth fringed by hulking mountains, Tawang Valley works a special magic on the minds of travellers. The valley is a gorgeous patchwork of mountain ridges, vast fields and clusters of Buddhist monasteries and Monpa villages. Autumn is a particularly beautiful season for travelling this route when waterfalls are in spate and cosmos shrubs lining the tarmac come alive in riotous reds and pinks. The setting is more beautiful than the town itself, but murals of auspicious Buddhist emblems and colourful prayer wheels add interest to the central Old Market area. The prayer wheels are turned by a stream of Monpa pilgrims, many of whom wear traditional black yak-wool gurdam
The beautiful Tawang Monastery is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and tranquil streams and lakes in the North-Eastern Himalayan region in Arunachal Pradesh. It is known to be the largest monastery in India that attracts backpackers and solo travellers from all over the world and offers several trekking and camping opportunities. One can find inner peace and get a chance to rediscover themselves at this serene destination, which offers the distinct culture of the Monpa people.
Activities-Several enchanting gompas and ani gompas (nunneries) offer great day hikes, ranging from one to three hours, from Tawang. Ask your hotel reception or locals along the way for directions.
Most centred destination here is tawang monastery
Food You should not miss
Usual food of the city is the true beauty but you should be careful about time as Restaurants in Tawang down their shutters by 8pm. Hotel restaurants generally take dinner orders by 6pm and shut by 10 pm
Alleppey reminds us of beautiful backwaters, picturesque canals, exotic beaches, and stunning lagoons. It is one of Indias most romantic places, visited by thousands of honeymoon couples every year, but this doesnt make it less attractive for solo travellers. The backwater cruise in the Kettuvallam (houseboat), dance shows, music festivals, food, and resorts offering varieties of Spa and Ayurvedic treatments, make Alleppey one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for solo travellers home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Wandering around the small but chaotic city centre and bus-stand area, with its modest grid of canals, you’d be hard-pressed to agree with the ‘Venice of the East’ tag. But head west to the beach or in practically any other direction towards the backwaters and Alleppey becomes graceful and greenery-fringed, disappearing into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Keralas most mesmerizingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN ALLEPEY
1. Marari beach- Marari beach will give you a totally different experience of roaming around the beautiful and magnificent seashore with its pristine shores and coconut palms swaying by the sea breeze. There are some wonderful resorts and hotels around the Marari Beach which offer the best hospitality to the tourists.
2. Pathiramanal- Pathiramanal is an island situated in the Vembanad Kayal. The Pathiramanal Island is located between Thannermukkam and Kumarakom and comes under the Muhamma panchayat. This is basically a well protected and perfectly managed Sanctuary for migratory and rare birds. Pathiramanal island is no less than a paradise for those who have a special love for bird watching. In the local language of Kerala, Pathiramanal means sands of the night. This is indeed a place where even the sand creates a visual treat for the tourists.
3. Krishnapuram Palace- This is located in Kayamkulam. This could not be found out that when exactly this palace was built but now it comes under the category of protected monuments
according to the Archeology Department. This palace is an archeological museum whose best attraction is a 49 square meter single mural painting which is titled as Gajendra Moksham which means the salvation of elephant king. Apart from these paintings, there is a beautifully landscaped garden situated in the palace compound which should also be visited.
4. Allepey Beach- How can someone miss the very own beach of Alleppey to be included in the 10 best places to visit in Alleppey. Alleppey beach is among the most popular beaches in Kerala When you gaze towards the vast sight of water you can witness the 137 years old pier stretched out on the beach. The perfect visual of dense palm groves and old lighthouse gives you the sight of south Indian movies.
Food You Should Not Miss
1. Chakra restaurant(multicuisine)
2. Mushroom (Arabian-Indian)
3. Dreamers (multicuisine)
4. Thaff (Indian)
Kutch in Gujarat is a geographic phenomenon, which is full of rustic beauty, wildlife reserves, historical sites, and pilgrimage spots. It is surrounded by the seawater and is an ultimate destination for solo backpackers, who can go camping in the middle of this vast wetland and participate in their favourite activities that take place here during the famous Rann Utsav. Kutch, Indias wild west, is a geographic phenomenon. The flat, tortoise-shaped land, edged by the Gulf of Kutch and Great and Little Ranns, is a seasonal island. During the dry season, the Ranns are vast expanses of dried mud and blinding-white salt. Come to the monsoon, theyre flooded first by seawater, then by fresh river water. The salt in the soil makes the low-lying marsh area almost completely barren. Only on scattered islands above the salt level is there coarse grass, which provides fodder for the regions wildlife. The tourists can have an opportunity to see the local culture of the people of Kutch and
check out the ancient temples, attractive architectural palaces & rugged fort, and purchase vibrant costumes.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN KUTCH
Living & Learning Design Centre (LLDC) Crafts Museum
Fifteen kilometers east of Bhuj, this superb NGO-run museum is an absolute must for anyone interested in the centuries-old crafts practiced by Kachchh artisans.
Traditional Rogan Art
The village of Nirona, 40km northwest of Bhuj, features several distinctive crafts (laquerwork, bellmaking), but none more so than the award-winning ancient art of rogan painting, brought over from Iran 300 years ago.
Wild Ass Sanctuary
This 4953-sq-km sanctuary covers a chunk of the parched land of the Little Rann and is the home of the only remaining population of the chestnut-coloured Indian wild ass (khur), as well as bluebulls, blackbuck
West of Khavda and north of Hodka, the white desert is the one accessible corner of the Great Rann of Kachchh – the 30,000-sq-km desert between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan
Opposite Hamirsar Tank, Gujarats oldest museum has eclectic and worthwhile displays spanning textiles, weapons, silverware, sculpture, wildlife, geography and dioramas of Kutch tribal costumes and artefacts.
Food You Should Not Miss
If you want to gain the real experience of traveling to kutch then please decide to stay in a camp near the white desert and enjoy the local food ,if you are lucky you may get a chance of having a traditional meal with one of the tribes other than that you can get the taste of your choice in the hotels present in bhuj
Rising from the plains, 46km northeast of Bhopal, is a rounded hill topped with some of Indias oldest Buddhist structures. Known as the Buddhist hub, Sanchi in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh is a must-see. The city is famed for the Ashoka-built Sanchi Stupa. Sanchi boasts about the rich history of the region as this city witnessed different ruling dynasties. Sanchi was the hotspot for merchants and traders when it was called Vidishagiri. Todays Sanchi is a paradoxical land with remnants collection from different empires and offers excellent destination for spiritual tourism in Madhya Pradesh. It offers the calmness to those who search for pace beauty to the eyes of spectators and relaxation to each and everyone who visits.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN SANCHI
Emperor Ashoka’s 3rd-century BC Great Stupa, and many other stupas, temples, pillars, gateways, and monasteries built in succeeding centuries, stand at the top of Monuments Rd,
The back-to-back lions on the pillars of the monuments compound’s Southern Gateway (the oldest) were a favourite Ashokan motif and now form the state emblem of India, which can be seen on every banknote.
The breathtakingly carved figure of a yakshi, hanging from an architrave on the Eastern Gateway, is one of Sanchis best-known images. The middle architrave depicts the Great Departure, when the Buddha (shown four times as a riderless horse) renounced the sensual life and set out to find enlightenment. On the bottom architrave is Ashoka’s visit to the bodhi tree: the emperor is seen dismounting from an elephant then approaching the tree with clasped hands.
Pot-bellied dwarves support the architraves of the Western Gateway, which has some of the sites most interesting scenes.
Beautifully proportioned, the Great Stupa is the centrepiece of the monumental area, directly ahead as you enter the complex from the north. Originally constructed by Ashoka, it was enlarged a century late
The Northern Gateway, topped by a broken wheel of law, is the best preserved of the toranas. Elephants support the architraves above the columns, while delicately carved yakshis (mythical fairylike beings) hang
This fine museum has a small collection of sculptures from the site. The centerpiece is the 3rdcentury-BC lions-on-lotus capital from the Ashoka-era Pillar 10.
Food you should not miss
After gaining the ultimate peace at the beautiful and serene destination of Sanchi anyone might get hungry for some quality food thus you can get proper multicuisine food in several restaurants present in the radius of 2-5km of the monument that offers quality food.
Pachmarhi is a popular travel destination in Madhya Pradesh. In order to get relief from the scorching summer heat many seek shelter in Pachmarhi. Madhya Pradeshs only hill station is surrounded by waterfalls, canyons, natural pools, cave temples and the forested ranges of the Satpura Tiger Reserve, and offers a refreshing escape from steamy central India. It’s popular with Indians but few foreign travellers get here. This beautiful hill station is famous for cave paintings in the forest, viewpoints, waterfalls and a lake. The beauty of Pachmarhi has also been shown in Bollywood flicks like Asoka and Chakrvyuh. It is a touristy place, so one can see the availability of all those things that are necessary for the tourists and it is also now a biosphere reserve which describes its botanical and natural importance.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN PACHMARHI
An almost mandatory final stop on jeep tours, Dhoopgarh looks west over endless valleys, hills and forests and has a broad stepped terrace for everyone to do their sunset selfies on. Dhoopgarh mountain, just behind is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh (1352m).
A pool underneath a small waterfall, above a canyon southeast of town, this is the best of Pachmarhis natural pools for swimming. It’s a drive of about 1.5km past Pandav Caves, followed by a walk of about 700m.
Ten kilometres south of the Jai Stambh by paved road, a path leading 30m into the damp gloom reveals a lingam with attendant priest. This is the beginning of the pilgrim path to Chauragarh
These five ancient rock dwellings are believed to have been carved by Buddhists as early as the 4th century. The foundations of a brick Buddhist stupa have been excavated on top of them.
Also known as Suicide Point, Handi Khoh is a viewpoint on the lip of 100m-deep, densely forested canyon, with Chauragarh visible in the distance.
This cave temple is in a beautiful gorge 1km along a road thats signed just north of the town limits. The small Shiva shrine is hidden under a huge overhanging rock.
The pretty waterfall and pools at Bee Falls can almost be reached by bike (you have to walk the last quarter-kilometre or so).
Food you should not miss
After gaining the peace and admiring the natural beauty of the eternal destination of pachmarhi anyone might get hungry for some quality food thus you can get proper multicuisine food in several restaurants present in the radius of 2-5km of the monument that offer quality food.
There are very few places in the Himalayas which can compare with the beauty of Kausani. As the entire Kumaon Hills have been known for their idyllic beauty with the huge mountains silhouetted against the sky. Kausani was originally called Valna. Perched high on a forest-covered ridge, this tiny village has lovely panoramic views of distant snowcapped peaks, fresh air and a relaxed atmosphere. Mahatma Gandhi found Kausani an inspirational place to write his Bhagavad Gita treatise Anasakti Yogain 1929, and there is still an ashram devoted to him here. Baijnath village, 19km north, has an intriguing complex of 12th-century sikhara-style temples in a lovely location shaded by trees, with other shrines in the nearby old village. Kausani offers the magic of the deep pine forests and the
majestic mountains. Kausani the birthplace of the famed poet Sumitra Nandan Pant is often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of India. Situated among mountains and trees, the peaks Trishul and Nanda Devi are clearly visible from here. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent 12 days here and brought his thoughts out in his book called Anasakti Yoga. The place where he stayed is called the Anasakti Ashram. This Ashram was earlier the guest house in a tea estate. Kausani is ideal to visit with the family. Because of its beauty, tourists come here all through the year. From morning to evening, from valleys to peaks, thousands of different colours can be seen here.
TOP DESTINATIONS IN KAUSANI
Kausani Tea Estate
At Kausani Tea Estate – a tea plantation that involves private enterprise, the government and local farmers – you can look around and sample and buy products that are exported around the world.
About 1km uphill from the bus stand, Anasakti Ashram is where Mahatma Gandhi spent two weeks pondering and writing Anasakti Yoga. It has a small museum that tells the story of Gandhis life through photographs
Food you should not miss
In front of Hotel Uttarkhand and enjoying fine Himalayan views, this bamboo and thatch-roofed restaurant is Kausanis coolest. The food comprises first-class dishes from Swiss rösti to chicken tikka and imported pastas.