As writer Kevin Kelly once said, “Traveling is the most intense mode of learning”. And, every time we watch the Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen, or any other wanderlust-inducing film, Kevin Kelly’s words get backed by scenic visuals. Growing up, many of us added a solo trip to our travel wish list—often aiming to travel the picturesque vistas of Europe. However, India is not only a historic gem, it is also a land of peace and spirituality, a natural paradise, and the heart of performing arts.
That being said, here is a list of the best solo trip destinations in India that you must plan to visit once in your life.
1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
No one needs to sugarcoat the views and beauty of Himachal Pradesh’s Manali with words. This tourist place is already quite popular among travellers. The calm nature and hospitality of Manali’s locals make it one of the best places in India for a solo trip. The resort town of Himachal Pradesh has something to offer to its every guest, as it boasts numerous waterfalls, temples, adventurous sports, eatery spaces, and much more.
Best time to visit: October to February is the best time to take a thrilling trip to Manali.
How to reach: The closest airport is in Bhuntar, which is about 50 kilometres from Manali. Bhuntar has domestic flights to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali from the airport.
Exciting activities in Manali: Bungee jumping, paragliding, horse riding, and mountain biking
2. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
The next best place for a solo trip in Himachal Pradesh is Kasol aka mini-Israel. Its scenic valley, untouched mountains, and great climate throughout the year make it an ideal place for a solo trip in India. Kasol offers a break from monotonous city life to its guests in the lap of nature. The place has pleasant weather throughout the year, the winter months can get terribly cold.
Best time to visit: From March to May
How to reach: Buses and trains are well connected to this region
Exciting activities in Kasol: Trekking and camping
Goa, a place featuring a beautiful mix of Indian and European cultures with Portuguese flair, is the perfect place to take a solo trip. Goa is undoubtedly one of the safest places for travellers, especially those who going it alone. From offering cheap accommodation to luxury stays that offer an experience of a lifetime, there is something magical about this popular tourist spot that effortlessly attracts wanderers.
Best time to visit: Mid-November to Mid-February is the ideal time to plan a trip to Goa.
How to get there: The nearest airport to Goa is Dabolim International Airport which is 4kms from Vasco Da Gama City.
Exciting activities in Goa: Parasailing, bumper rides, jet ski, boat rides, banana rides
4. Srinagar to Leh road trip
If road trips are something that excite you, the journey from Srinagar to Leh might tempt you to pack your bags and get on the road. The road trip captures many scenic landscapes. From the lush green valleys of Kashmir to the cold desert of Ladakh—this trip is truly a treat to sore eyes.
Best time to visit: Early July, the entire month of September, and early October are the best time to plan a bike ride from Srinagar to Leh.
Rishikesh is a complete package—from offering the most divine experiences to your inner monk to giving you an adrenaline rush with water sports. The yoga capital is a safe place to travel, and an ideal one for women solo travellers.
Best time to visit: Anytime between March to June would be best to travel to Rishikesh.
How to get there: The nearest airport to Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun which is approximately 35 kilometres away.
Exciting activities in Rishikesh: River rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and yoga retreats.