Have you noticed how every other guy we know is going on solo trips but how many women around us are doing that? Not many. Reason? They just don’t feel safe, especially wandering alone in India. While most of their fears are justified, a little exaggeration also works a long way. There’s too much beauty in our wonderful country to be missed by anyone. This is why we bring to you the list of some of the safest places in India for solo women travellers.

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1. Sikkim

Buried deep in the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is like the ‘abode of God’ itself with untouched surroundings, pleasant summers, snowy winters, incredible places to visit and rich Buddhist culture. To visit the northern parts of the state, you will need a government permit but all of the formalities won’t seem like a hassle when you explore the paradise that is Sikkim.

  • Must-See: Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Tsongmo Lake, Yuksom, Nathu La, Gangtok, Pelling, Singalila National Park, Goecha La, Khangchendzonga National Park, Rumtek Monastery, Do Drul Chorten
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May (varies with destination)

2. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is famous for not only its peaceful ambience and picturesque beaches but also its French-inspired culture, most notable in its Parisian cafes, colourful houses and names of several streets, which are in French! Relaxing on its shores, visiting ashrams, cycling tour and pub hopping are some incredible experiences awaiting women travellers in Pondicherry.

  • Must-See: Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Rock Beach, Paradise Beach, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and Matrimandir, Serenity Beach, White Town, French War Memorial, Botanical Gardens, Promenade Beach
  • Best Time to Visit: Year-round

3. Hampi

A little off-beat but quite intriguing, the UNESCO-listed Hampi is renowned for its incredible rock-cut temples. Though most parts of it are in ruins now, the remains are a great window into the glorious Vijayanagara Empire that existed between the 14th and 17th centuries. Any woman who wants to get away from the city for a while and simply be in the realm of peace should definitely visit this tiny place in Karnataka.

  • Must-See: Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, Archaeological Museum, ruins along the Tungabhadra River, Hippie Island, Queen’s Bath
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

4. Munnar

Tea Gardens of Munnar, India

A surreal hill town in the Western Ghats, Munnar will surely take all your troubles away. Tea gardens stretching to as far as the eye can see, shimmering lakes that would make you want to take a dip, hiking experiences, pleasant weather and endemic wildlife are only few of the many reasons that make this place a must-visit for anyone and everyone.

  • Must-See: Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty Dam, Top Station, Tata Tea Museum, Indo-Swiss Dairy Farm, Anamudi
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May\

5. Mysore

Once home to the mighty Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali, Mysore is unanimously hailed as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Just attend the unique Mysore Dasara once, and you will understand why. Apart from the rich culture and loads of places to visit, women travelling to the city have another thing to look forward to — the best selection of Mysore silk sarees.

  • Must-See: Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Chamunda Hill, Chamundeshwari Temple, Jayalakshmi Vilas, Philomena’s Cathedral, Rail Museum, Srirangapatna, Chennakeshava Temple (Somnathpur), Melody Wax Museum, Karanji Lake, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Brindavan Gardens
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

6. Varanasi

One of the holiest places in India, Varanasi is hugely popular with spiritual persons and also those who just want a glimpse into the rich Indian culture. At any time in the city, you will find loads of Indian as well as foreign women paying homage at temples, practising yoga or attending satsang at an ashram. Whatever you do, do not miss the famous Ganga aarti and the flavourful Banarasi paan.

  • Must-See: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Assi Ghat, Gyanvapi Mosque, Bharat Mata Mandir, Ramnagar Fort, Jantar Mantar
  • Best Time to Visit: February to March and October to November

7. Kasol

Ask any young man or even woman, nowadays, of a good place for solo travellers, and most will mention Kasol. Located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, the quaint little town is popular among soul searchers, hikers, nature lovers and those who like to chill (you might know what it means… Wink! Wink!). The best thing about Kasol is its rather cheap lodgings and delicious and wholesome food.

  • Must-See: Kheerganga, Tosh, Malana (not for the obvious stuff), Pin Parvati Pass, Sar Pass, Manikaran, Tirthan Valley
  • Best Time to Visit: February to March and October to November

8. Shillong

Popular among women bikers, nature lovers and heavy metal enthusiasts, Shillong is a place full of many experiences. Apart from cool days and cooler nights, the capital of Meghalaya boasts amazing natural vistas, many historical sites, quaint villages inhabited by ethnic tribes and mouth-watering food. If you fancy none of these, then just get your backpack and head out into the wilderness for a memorable hike.

  • Must-See: Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Police Bazaar, Mawsynram, Don Bosco Museum, Ward’s Lake, Lady Haydari Park
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

9. Nainital

Be it summers or winters, Nainital is a destination for every season. Ask anyone why it is one of the best hill stations in India, and you’ll hear endlessly of its scenic realms, cool weather, the beautiful lake (of course) and many other things to do. Plus, reaching here is quiet easy as numerous buses and trains connect Kathgodam (36 km from the hill town) to Delhi.

  • Must-See: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View, China Peak, Naina Devi Temple, GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, Tibetan Market, Mall Road, Bada Bazaar, Eco Cave Garden
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

10. Ladakh

Ladakh has become quite popular with solo women travellers in India because of its calming silence, unimaginable vistas, historical places and colourful Buddhist culture. If you get high on adventure, then you really must go on a Leh–Manali road trip, preferably on a bike. Some of the recommended places to visit in the region are Leh, Nubra Valley and Khardung La.

  • Must-Do: Hiking, mountaineering, bike tours, monastery visits, rafting on the Indus, snow leopard spotting, camping
  • Best Time to Visit: June to September

11. Goa

When talking of solo trips, Goa is one place that cannot be ignored. From lazing on beaches, indulging in adventure sports and partying like crazy to exploring its architectural wonders and wildlife and stuffing your mouth with amazing seafood, things to do in Goa for women travelling alone are endless. You might want to plan a longer holiday than a quick getaway, because, after all, it’s Goa – the party capital of India!

  • Must-See: Baga Beach, Aguada Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls, Anjuna Beach, Calangute Beach, Se Cathedral, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Sinquerim Beach
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

Note: A simple paragraph never does justice to this incredible place, which is why you must check out our Goa tour guide.

12. Kovalam

All those who want to have fun at the sea but without the hustle-bustle of Goa can head to Kovalam. A serene beach town in Kerala, it is known for its scenic ocean, delicious seafood, lots of historical sites and luxurious resorts. And, when it is Kerala, you might not want to leave without a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.

  • Must-See: Lighthouse Beach, Halcyon Castle, Hawa Beach, Samudra Beach, Vellayani Lake, Neyyar Dam, Vizhinjam Village
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

13. Spiti Valley 

Spiti Valley is a lot similar to Ladakh, so if the latter is too far for you, give the former a try. This high-altitude valley in Himachal Pradesh boasts many Buddhist monasteries and stupas, snow-covered peaks, crystal-clear rivers and all the adventures you’d expect in Ladakh. The only difference is that it is a little off-beat compared to the other; hence, a lot quieter.

  • Must-Do: Mountaineering, hiking, monastery visits, bike tours, rafting, camping
  • Best Time to Visit: April to October

14. Udaipur

A truly royal place, Udaipur is one of the brightest gems in the treasure chest of Rajasthan. Being the capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, tales of valour of the Sisodia Rajputs are hummed by its every nook and corner, be it by the local folk’s attire or the many imperial structures. A trip to Udaipur is perfect for any woman who has a bent towards history.

  • Must-See: Lake Palace, City Palace, Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jagmandir, Vintage Car Museum, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple, Ahar Cenotaphs, Haldighati
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

15. Rishikesh and Haridwar

Just like Varanasi, the twin cities of Rishikesh-Haridwar are perfect for solo women seeking a spiritual escape. With ashrams and temples dotting these cities, you’re sure to connect with your inner self. Plus, Rishikesh is known as the Yoga Capital of the World and the Adventure Capital of India so you can imagine the contrasting experiences you can have here.

  • Must-Do: Temple and ashram visits, trip to Har Ki Pauri, rafting on the Ganges River, bungee jumping, trekking, yoga
  • Best Time to Visit: February to March and October to November

16. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is another place in Rajasthan that never fails to enthral female travellers. Its many shades of the desert, turbans of villagers, monuments that display intricate craftsmanship and lip-smacking meat dishes bring loads of people to this border city during winters. While here, riding a camel, staying in a camp on the sand and touring a local village are among the recommended activities.

  • Must-See: Jaisalmer Fort, Thar Desert, Bara Bagh cenotaphs, Patwon Ki Haveli, Kuldhara, Gadisar Lake, Desert National Park, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, Jain temples
  • Best Time to Visit: November to March

17. Manali

The list of places in Himachal popular among solo travellers seems to be never ending, with Manali being another name on it. Located in the Beas Valley, this hill town offers a perfect getaway for women from the chaos. Enjoy rafting on the river, explore the older part of the town, go on treks, visit its many temples and relax in the Vashisht hot springs.

  • Must-See: Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manali Sanctuary, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Kullu, Pandoh Dam
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

18. Shimla

Among the best winter destinations in India, Shimla will surely steal your heart away. Snowy weather, snow games, vibrant culture, colonial architecture and easy access from cities like Delhi and Chandigarh are just some of its highlights that draw solo women travellers by the hordes. For an ultimate experience, don’t miss a ride on the UNESCO-listed Kalka–Shimla toy train. If you like skiing, then Kufri is just a short drive away.

  • Must-See: Ridge, Mall Road, Christ Church, Bantony Castle, Jakhoo Hill and Temple, Naldehra, Viceregal Lodge, Annandale, Summer Hill, Shimla State Museum, Lakkar Bazaar, Gaiety Theatre
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

19. Ziro Valley

Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is a place unheard of by most but adored by those who’ve been here. High mountains nesting verdant green farms dotted with traditional huts among them makes a scene that you certainly don’t want to miss. Spending a day with the Apatani ethnic people, learning about their life and culture, would really give you a new perspective on life.

  • Must-See: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Hija, Hong, Tarin Fish Farm, Kardo Forest
  • Best Time to Visit: February to March and October to November

20. Kaziranga

Perhaps the most unique of all the places listed in the blog, Kaziranga is a great destination for women who want some ‘me’ time. Located in Assam, this national park is one of the last remaining strongholds of the endemic one-horned rhinoceros as well as the huge wild water buffaloes. The tall grasslands give these mammoths enough to eat and also offer the perfect cover for tigers so you never know what all you can spot while wandering inside it.

  • Must-Do: Jeep safari, elephant rides, morning walks, photography, birdwatching
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

Now that you know about the safest places in India for women travellers, get ready to go on your first solo trip. Be brave, be adventurous, have fun and, most importantly, stay SAFE.