Travelling in India can be a bit overwhelming but one shouldn’t forget the rich culture and heritage that this place has in store for its visitors. Be it an adventure seeker or a foodie, couples or a female solo traveler, you will find India in every traveler’s bucket list. India can be a tough place to travel but there are places that are safe for female solo travellers. Actually, India is a lovely place to travel solo. We present you with 10 safest destinations for solo female travelers in India:
1. Munnar, Kerala
Located in the state of Kerala, this place is known for its breathtaking beauty and surreal landscapes along with Tea Plantations. The lush green landscape becomes even more surreal and majestic during the monsoon season. Owing to the honest and hard-working nature of the people there, Munnar is considered a very safe place for solo female travelers. An array of resorts around this place offer amazing options to people looking to travel solo to this place.
2. McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
Get down from the bus and you will realize you have entered a completely different realm. With Tibetan flags adorning the streets, it’s a place to fall in love with! McLeodganj is the residence in-exile of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Enjoy the Tibetan cuisine and shop like there is no tomorrow. Get adventurous and trek the four hours up to the mighty Triund. Most of the cafes and hotels can only be accessed by foot. Because of its small size and popularity with tourists, McLeod Ganj is a safe place for women to head alone. There is a strong community feel there, especially when you hang out at the cafés, bars or partake in one of the volunteering opportunities.
Mcleodganj is one of the recommended safe destinations for girls travelling solo in India
Sitting on the banks of Parvati river, this small town is a backpacker’s paradise as a lot of treks like Kheerganga, Sar Pass and Malana start from here. Also known as the ‘Mini Israel of India’, Kasol is dotted with n number of Italian and Israeli cafes where one can find authentic Italian and Israeli food respectively. Take a walk along the banks of River Parvati and the picturesque landscape will leave you in awe. Kasol is increasingly becoming popular with solo female travelers due to honest and generous nature of the locals. Wear whatever you want, do whatever you want to do – you won’t be getting those “creepy” looks!
Kasol is a regular destination among solo travel india female packages organized by Wander Womaniya
4. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Known as the yoga capital of the world, this place is super safe for solo travelling women! Be it a yoga retreat or adventure activities like white river rafting and bungee jumping, you can have it all here. Rishikesh is home to world-renowned ashrams and meditation centers. Let the spiritual vibes help you awaken your inner conscience. The fact that Rishikesh is relatively untouched makes it to the bucket list of every solo female traveler.
Being close to Delhi makes Rishikesh an ideal weekend getaway not just for travelling solo as a woman but everybody
5. Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Identified with the peace-loving father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the nation), Ahmedabad is undoubtedly the safest city in India. Ahmedabad is famous for the Sabarmati Ashram. Sitting on the banks of River Sabarmati, the ashram stands as a witness to the struggles which contributed to India’s independence from the British rule. The locals are extremely warm and their honesty is unmatched. One will certainly not hear cases of tourists getting scammed or the girls travelling solo to be bothered in Ahmedabad!
Check with Wander Womaniya for a compelling itinerary to include Ahmedabad in your first solo trip to India, why keep yourself limited to Jaipur & Agra?
6. Hampi, Karnataka
A certified UNESCO World Heritage Site, this small town is famous for its rich and colossal ruins. Hospitable, friendly, and culturally wealthy people are what you are likely to encounter here. This place is quite popular with backpackers from all around the world, which gives you a chance to meet new people from different countries and be friends for life. Hampi offers cheap accommodation and is very tourist-friendly. Explore the fascinating archaeological ruins and let your heart skip a beat – because, it is worth it!
Hampi gives you the feeling of ancient Greek times and yes this place exists in India. It is recommended destination for solo female travel in India. P.S. It is close to the capital of KArnataka i.e Bengaluru
The “Chota Packet, Bada Dhamaka” (Small packet, Big Surprise) phrase fits just right in the description of this state. Where half of the country is struggling with the patriarchal norms of the society, Sikkim is leading the way by maintaining its matriarchal norms. Visit Sikkim to not only see, but also experience the real meaning of women empowerment. It is here where one will find a splendid blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. With pristine alpine forests and lofty mountains all around, Sikkim is home to one of the scenic treks in India. Also, the nightlife of Gangtok is quite happening. Wink, Wink!
The organic food and tribal vibes will detoxify you and the sheer warmth of the locals will make you feel at home.
Sikkim shares border with Tibet & Bhutan, also is very close to Nepal. Not just International borders but sikkim shares the same culture and scenic beauty as the costly Bhutan. Contact Wander Womaniya for a ladies only trip to Sikkim (The cheapest Bhutan travel alternative)
8. Gokarna, Karnataka
If Kasol is the Hippie capital of North India then Gokarna is the hippie capital of South India. Take a long stroll and you will find typical Brahmins reading English Newspapers in their medieval huts. English Newspapers? Yes, you heard it right! A secluded town, Gokarna has managed to retain its distinct earthy vibes in this age of industrialization. The place is a beautiful amalgamation of traditions and advancement. It is here that you will truly find the best of both worlds. If you are a beach person and Goa isn’t the place for you, then no fikar (no worries) because Gokarna is here!
Alternative to Goa, the beaches & the crowd both are clean. An overnight bus journey away from the capital of Karnataka, this relatively lesser known sibling of Goa is an all time recommended solo travel destination for girls travelling solo in India.
9. Darjeeling, West Bengal
While the rest of Bengal can be quite notorious, this place is an absolute heaven for female solo travelers. Sitting on the foothills of the eastern part of Himalayas, Darjeeling is an ideal destination if you want to explore the North-East – alone! The town can be easily explored on foot and locals are generally helpful and kind. Stay in home-stays to experience the unforgettable hospitality of the locals. Do I need to say anything about the cool and misty climate of Darjeeling?
Darjeeling with its British old world Charm and sweet people is a must do for girls travelling solo and ladies only group tours
10. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Imagine girls wearing shorts, sitting along the coastline, and chatting, that too - at 2 am! It might be a next to impossible scenario for girls living in Delhi but my fellow women, this is a regular sight in Mumbai, and, it is completely normal! We can certainly imagine Delhi Aunties getting shocked but this just shows how safe Mumbai is for girls. You will get a variety of mouth-watering food that will leave you asking for more. Visit the famous Siddhivinayak Temple at 5 am in the morning and just experience how the positive vibes help you attain inner peace. Owe it to the Maharashtrian culture or not, but you won’t hear cases of molestation or even eve-teasing out here. The locals are very warm, kind, honest and generous. Believe me when I say this, these words are just not enough to describe them!
If you're traveling solo as a woman to India, Wander Womaniya recommends to keep your base as Mumbai instead of Delhi. It is a much safer alternative for girls travelling solo as compared to Delhi. Yes it is somewhat far from Jaipur & Agra but there are cheap internal flights which helps you to travel India and still avoid the uncomfortable stares from Delhi men.
So c’mon Ladies! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags, include these places in your itinerary, and get the best of both worlds!
If you think we have missed your favorite destination and you can advocate it is indeed safe, we would happy to include in this list; let us know in comments!
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