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Solo Trip in India: Reasons, Tips and Destinations to Visit

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Solo Female Travel
Trust Yourself

Solo trip is still a hard question in India. Though growing and developing India is proving it right with fun and amazing answers of experiences. I have enough of my share of stories of potholes and fun on solo trips. To make it possible was a tough journey but a great destination of experience. After all, experiences are what counts for a lifelong. Are solo trips your choice also? Do they become your dream to fulfill? Does solo trip sound a question to you as ‘how’? Where to travel solo? – If these are your questions then find out answers to it with our Solo Trip Guide.

Reasons: Why you should travel solo once?

Waterfalls in Mirzapur
Solo Sighting
  1. Gross plenty of self-confidence: When you travel alone, you have to look after yourself. You overcome every situation on yourself without anyone’s back, you come up with much greater confidence in self. It makes you self-dependent.
  2. You become responsible: Plannings, responsibilities and decision making are greater on solo trips. This attitude helps you later in life also. You act much wiser and responsible in every situation.
  3. To get some time for yourself: This is the perfect time to know more about yourself. Also, you get answers to many questions of your life. Solo trips give you perfect time for yourself and to think about your life.
  4. You become pro in problem-solving: Traveling alone teaches you to come out of problems on your own and this makes you a great problem solver. And then this again helps you lifelong. You look smart among your group in handling difficult situations.
  5. It gives you freedom: Solo traveling gives you all freedom. You make your itinerary, your plans and your choices all the time. Get a chance to travel according to the choice of your traveling activity. When traveling in a group, you have to do things according to the group mutuality and plans. But on solo trips, you are your only Boss!
  6. Know the world closer: Being alone, you get in close contact with society and the world. Making new friends become easier. This makes you in greater contact with locals. Also, it increases your proximity to nature and the world.
  7. Learn to be great with your company: You learn not to depend on others for the happiness of your life. This makes you self-dependent both in your good and bad times. And I guess this is the best thing to achieve in life.

Tips Required For First Solo Trip

Trip Planning
Trip Planning
  1. Keep an outline of your plan: Always go out with some plan. Book your travel and accommodations beforehand. Hostels and homestays are the best options for solo travelers. Uncertainty, in any case, is natural but always have some backup ideas and sources with you.
  2. Pack Lightly: While you are traveling alone try to have light and easy to carry goods. You are alone to take care of you and luggage so be prepared accordingly. Carry only as much you can easily carry. This will make your trip easy and safe.
  3. Connect: Make new friends, communicate with co-travelers, connect with locals and the surroundings. Open up for wider experience. Also as they are the only help in a new place, if in need.
  4. Essentials to Carry: Local maps of the place traveling, list of emergency contacts, travel insurance are some important things to carry. These might look of no need but it is always good to be prepared beforehand than to be sorry later. Mobile phones have become a new need as it might help you out in many cases.
  5. Stay Super and Pro-Active: Be aware of all the circumstances and the place you are traveling. Stay sober and attentive. Trust your instincts. Protect your belongings and take care of yourself. When in a new place, trust everyone but no one.
  6. Let someone know about your plan: Always leave your rough itinerary or plan with your friends or family. Keep updating someone with your plans. Do this as a favor to yourself and to your loved ones.
  7. Stay Confident and Smile: Pretty smile and confidence will come out as your positive attitude at a new place. Don’t be afraid of asking and confirming when in doubt. Stay bold and optimistic all the time. Self-confidence will also keep you safe.

Also, We have some Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip to make your happy travelling memories.

Solo Trip Destinations in India

Now, this can be something being judgemental. No place is ever known to be under the category of solo traveling. The world is vast and you can travel anywhere on your own. Only if you trust the idea of being in the company of yourself. We can help you with the list of places, you can travel for your initial solo trips. Here they are:

1: Mcleodganj

This tiny hill station will give you a sudden vibe of positivity just as you reach. A peaceful location and the home to The Great Dalai Lama can be your perfect solo trip decision. Also, an easy, neighbor trek to Triund will give you the chance of camping in the lap of mountains with some fit-bit tour.

Triund Trek
Triund Trek

2: Hampi

Hampi History

If you love being lost in history, then this should be your destination. No one will disturb you with your loneliness here amidst the ruined building of ancient temples. Take out some time at River Tungabhadra and experience a unique fun of coracle ride to cheer your soul.

3: Ziro

Ziro Music Festival
Charm of Music Festival

Another lone, silent place which will listen to all your talks. Ziro Music Festival is the biggest event and the best time to visit the place. Although a perfect go-to destination whenever you are in need of some solo time. Homestays will be a great suggestion when you reach this pretty place to experience it the best. Involve in activities with the locals and you will surely fall in love with the place.

4: Pondicherry

This city already has a great companion for you. ‘The sea-side evenings’- lay back with all your conversations and end up sharing it with the waves coming to you. Take up a cycle and ride all through the French-Colonial buildings. ‘Auroville’ is a must visit for some spiritualism within you.

Pondicherry
Cycle Tour in Pondicherry

5: Rishikesh

Bunjee Jumping in Rishikesh

Rishikesh has a lot many things to do already that you won’t ever miss a company. Yoga, camping and all sort of adventure. Throw out all your fears in one go, try out everything. Jump and shout back to all your problems, zip line to every negativities and raft the best days of your life with river camping nights. Later attain the peaceful mornings with sunrise yoga sessions.

6: Jaisalmer

This city in Rajasthan can be a fun, royal date to yourself. Ahh..!! the list is full of activities when you are here. Have a bumpy camel ride, dance and learn the local culture with the ‘Kathputli Shows’. Stay at royal forts being the king of your life. Explore the old buildings of ‘hawelis‘ and dive in the largest sand dunes of India. And forget not to binge eat all the Rajasthani cuisines.

Jaisalmer
Camel Ride on Sand Dunes

7: Mumbai

Gateway of India
Gateway to the serenity

If you have never been to a metropolitan city, then Mumbai should top your solo trip list. This city will teach you to be yourself. It is the city which never sleeps and never judges. Hop out all the places and get lost in this city of glamour. Dance your heart out as no one is watching you at the nightclubs to find back yourself. Take your best moments at Marine Drive and Band Stand with your sea friend. This city will give you all the reasons to end up saying ‘Mumbai-Meri Jaan’.

Head up and shout out to your solo trip destination and do let us know your post solo trip story of experiences. Happy Traveling!!

20 most popular places to visit in India during Monsoon

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Monsoon is a great time to pack up your bags and do the outbound to observe nature at its raw best. Touring in a country like India, which is rich in its natural heritage. Here is the list of places you can visit to look for the pleasure of monsoon in India. These places are best to visit in India during July-September.

List of 20 most popular places one can visit during monsoon.

Saputara

Falls amidst greenery

Gujarat’s solitary hill station is a popular tourist spot as soon as the rains begin. With the tourism department organizing the monsoon festival every year. It is a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Relax at the lakeside with corn on the cob. Paddle boat with friends in the lake. Witness the magnanimity of Gira Waterfalls. Get awed by the variety of flora at Waghai Botanical gardens and get familiar with the Warli paintings and art, as you breathe in a bit of Gujarat.

Lonavala

Photo of Lonavala, Maharashtra

This one needs no introduction, as it stands out to be every Mumbaikar’s and Punekar’s favourite weekend destination. Located exactly at the midpoint of two cities, the journey is as pleasant as the destination. Mumbai-Pune express highway offers a completely different sight in the monsoons, with waterfalls mushrooming all along the road. Enjoy the long drives with near and dear ones while having a bite at the famous Chikki and jelly chocolates.

Matheran

Ways in Matheran. Clicked by Krutarth Vashi

India’s smallest hill station offers you the biggest of surprises in the monsoons. As the entire area gets covered with a blanket of greens, the viewpoints present a soothing view to sore eyes. The entire hill station is a no-vehicle zone. The only way to explore is by foot or horseback, which is an excitement in itself. Witness the sunrise and sunset behind the hills in the company of macaques while sipping a cup of tea among the clouds.  

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Lavasa

A planned city in Maharashtra

For those looking for a peaceful weekend, India’s first planned hill station is where you need to head to. On the banks of an artificial lake, stands a peaceful town, away from the hustle and monotony, with lovely views all around. There are lots of waterfalls on the way to the city and the valleys offer breathtaking views. In short, an ideal place to visit for spending a lazy weekend. Counting in the list of places to visit near Mumbai and Pune during monsoon.

Goa

For all those who think Goa is a beach destination, they must visit Goa during monsoon to see its other side. Charao Island, a little-known place just 30 mins from Panaji is the place to be in Goa when it rains. For hikers and nature lovers, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is equivalent to a utopian society. But the cherry on the cake is the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls which offers a completely mesmerizing view of the monsoon. Explore an unknown side of Goa at a dirt cheap rate while devouring the Goan Fish Curry and nip of Fenny.

Agumbe

Forests in Agumbe

An absolute gem of a place in the heart of the Western Ghats. The serpentine roads lead you up to the peak which offers a breathtaking view of the forests. The ruins of Kaveladurg fort are perfect for a day out. Trek across the paddy fields enjoying the nature at its very best and hike all the way to the endpoint to witness a spectacular sight on three sides.  

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Kudremukh

Trek routes

A trekker’s paradise and a bike rider’s holy grail, Kudremukh National Park is yet another hidden gem of Karnataka. It springs to life during monsoon. If green pastures, misty backdrops & cool breeze are your things, Kudremukh should be on your bucket list. These places are best to visit in August in India. 

Gokarna

Beachside in Gokarna.

For those who feel that Goa is too mainstream, Gokarna is where you must head to. A few hours ride from Goa, Gokarna is an amalgamation of beaches and mountains. It has the lesser hustle and is more peaceful than any of the beaches in Goa. The beaches are secluded, peaceful and offer a beautiful view of the sun setting into the Arabian Sea. Relax on the shacks of the beachside cafes with chilled beer and Chicken Ghee Roast. Its the speciality of the region, while enjoying the stunning view around.

Munnar

Serene tea plantations

The gorgeous tea estates will escort you all through curvy roads of this tiny hill station hidden in the Western Ghats. More reasons to visit Munnar in August of 2018 is the blooming of  Neelakurunji, a rare blue flower that blooms once in 12 years, covering the region in a blanket of blue. Witness the raw beauty of nature at Eravikulam National Park. The enigma of nature in Neelakurunji Flowers, freshness of the tea gardens and the aura of the indigenous Nilgiri Tahr at Munnar this August.  

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Alleppey

Sailing houseboat.

Pristine and surreal backwaters surrounded by the beautiful paddy fields and coconut plantations on either side await you as you set your foot aboard the houseboats and sail lazily into them. August marks the harvesting festival, Onam, in Kerala and is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The snake boat races are the main attraction of Onam and it is one experience to witness them. 100-120 men row the boats in an absolute synchronization while singing “Kuttanadan Punjayile” in the spirits as high as the coconut trees surrounding the area. Such places are must visit in August in India with family.

Wayanad

Surreal steps in nature

Adorning the northern hills of Kerala is the beautiful district of Wayanad. This area is famous for its large amount of camping and trekking trails, breathtaking waterfalls, caves, bird watching sites, flora, fauna and an overall plethora of magnificent sights. At Neelimala’s summit, you can get a view of the Meenmutty Falls, the largest of its kind in Wayanad. Get delighted by the range of exotic products including spices, coffee, tea, bamboo products, honey and herbal plants available here. Release your tensions with the Ayurvedic massage and get refreshed by the aura of the place.

Andaman Islands

View from the Island. Clicked by Krutarth Vashi.

Far off the mainland, there are a group of 400 little islands collectively known as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The volcanic islands are home to the best beaches in India. A rich underwater diversity makes it a top spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. Relive the moments of Indian Freedom Struggle at Cellular Jail. Witness the architectural genius at Ross Island. Get awed by the beauty of Radhanagar beach. Swim with fishes at North Bay Island and get lost in the mystical Chidiya Tapu beach while witnessing the unaltered beauty of nature.  

Meghalaya

Live root bridges.

‘It always rains in Meghalaya! That’s why it’s so beautiful!’ Meghalaya is gaining a reputation as a natural adventure playground, a prime destination for trekking, caving and canyoning and tribal encounters. Clouds and forests all around, Meghalaya has the best of the natural heritage in India. Be it the natural root bridges at Khasi hills or the clandestine caves at Jaintia. The magnanimous Nohkalikai waterfalls, these all are unique in their own ways. Experience the spectacle of rains and virgin beauty of the wettest place on earth like never before.

Valley of Flowers

Blooming flowers at the Valley

Perched at an altitude of 14000 feet above sea level, with the verdant beauty of the snow-capped Himalayas in the backdrop, the green meadows and cotton-like clouds blend in to make a dreamlike valley of flowers trek. Known as the most beautiful trek in the world with the blue Primula, Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand is a must do the trek for nature lovers. Blessed with exotic flowers, faunas and magnificent views this trek will take you to the world of snow clad mountains and high cliffs.  Listen to the sound of birds chirping and the musical sound of the stream during the trek. The soothing breeze and the enchanting beauty lure away nature and the photography lovers.

Rishikesh

It is every adventure enthusiast’s dream destination, Rishikesh offers you a plethora of options to try to satiate the adrenaline appetite. The gushing waters of Alaknanda create roaring rapids as you paddle your raft through them without ending up in the water. Rishikesh also hosts India’s highest bungee jump platform, paragliding, hang-gliding, kayaking and bridge slithering among various activities one can choose from. Camp by the riverside with barbeque and music for a perfect ending to a wonderful adventure. Also, soothe with some peace through yogic training.

Riverview in Rishikesh

What is your travelling activity

Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek

Five days of Hampta Pass & Chandratal Lake trekking will enable you to spend ample time amidst the flabbergasting serenity mixed with fun and excitement. The Chandratal Lake Trek is a treasure trove for the ardent as well as amateur trekkers and holds the charm and allurement like any other treks in the Himalayas. The scenic landscape exposes trails that meander through alpine forests, huge rock formations, and remarkably rich vegetation. Chandratal Lake trekking experience introduces you to the captivating beauty of the Himalayan meadows, flora and fauna of the Lahaul and Spiti valley. It also gets you close to the life and spirit amidst the lofty peaks. With easy gradients, climbs and descends, this trek will definitely satiate all your quench for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. It is the best place to visit in August in Himachal.

Trek Route at Hampta Pass

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Forts of Maharashtra

The forts have been strongholds of the Maratha rulers since the reigns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Tactically built over hilltop overseeing the valleys, these forts provide a gem of a sight after the rains turn everything green. Lohgadh, Raigadh & Sinhagadh forts are the most famous of the forts, offering a stunning view alongside a brilliant architecture. Visapur fort, Harihar fort and Torna fort are a few other in this long list of breathtaking beauty and architectural marvel. Be amazed by the rich history and the magnificent view of the Maratha bastions this monsoon in Maharashtra.

Pondicherry

Magnificent view at Pondicherry

Bonjour’ is what you’ll say as you step foot on the erstwhile French Colony in India. The hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a seductive vision of the French-subcontinental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types and Indian artists and designers. The internationally famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its offshoot just north of town, Auroville, draw large numbers of spiritually minded visitors. Pondicherry’s vibe: less faded colonial-era villa, more bohemian-chic, New Age–meets–Old World hang-out on the international travel trail. The beaches are just as peaceful as the city, making it a must visit place for seeking inner peace.  

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Udaipur

Lakeside palaces

Rajasthan’s best-kept secret, shining on the shores of the shimmering Lake Pichola and surrounded by the brilliant Aravali ranges, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in all India. The grandiloquent palaces, havelis & the narrow streets add a human touch to the city’s natural charms. For a tourist, the tranquillity of boat ride on the lake, colourful bazaars, lively arts and the tempting shops along the lovely countryside that can be explored and enjoyed to the fullest. Make it more enriching while feasting on some of the most delicious street food the city has to offer.

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Kausani

Panoramic view of hills

Situated on a ridge, above a dense alpine forest, a small village in the Uttarakhand offers lovely panoramic views of the snow clad mountain peaks, fresh air & relaxed atmosphere. Kausani is a backpacker’s happy place and an author’s dreamland, offering exquisite views of the massive Nanda Devi and Panchachuli Peaks. The glory of the views reaches its pinnacle at dawn and dusk. Sun-rays turn the peaks into golden during sunrise and crimson at sunset, making a spectacle to observe and relieved in the memory box.

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There you have the best 20 places to visit this monsoon, so pack up your bags, pick up a place or two and blend in the surroundings of the mesmerizing places of our Incredible India. India is happening during New Year’s too. So also have a look at New Year celebrating destinations of India.

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