Solo travelling has not yet become a popular option in our country and yet we know how much we would love to pack our bags and storm off that door leaving all our worries, hassles, dependencies and responsibilities behind! Just once in a while it is a good idea for women to leave their nest and go out and explore the world irrespective of their age, profession, financial stature or marital status.
A few important things to keep in mind while travelling alone are- safety, proper communication with the locals, smooth commute and last but not the least, the courage to face any situation. There are many places in the country which welcome solo women travellers. Here is a list of them:
- Kerala- This is perhaps the best state to visit for any solo woman traveller. One can visit the famous Kovalam beach, Varkala beach, Munnar–a hill station or just sail through the calm serene backwaters at Allepey. Kerala also offers an array of ayurvedic spas where girls can pamper themselves and their cuisine is something to die for! The Kerala cotton sarees and their traditional Kanjeevaram sarees are an absolute delight to wear. This place should be on the check list of every female solo traveler!
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- Rajasthan- This desert state of India is known for their hospitality and chivalry. Tourists receive a warm welcome here and the people are very friendly. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Mt Abu are a few places worth visiting. There is scope for some exploration in the age-old forts, sight-seeing in the museums or some calm time in the lake city Udaipur. Women love shopping and Rajasthan is a shopper’s delight since there are many artefacts to be found in this city. Handicrafts, dress materials, quirky antiques- there is just no end to the list!
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- Sikkim- A hill station quietly nestled in the laps of the Eastern side of the Himalayas offers tranquility like no other place. It is the perfect getaway for a weekend and one can either opt for some adventure activities or plain relaxing! The mountain range offers to calm one’s nerves and take away the stress of the city life. Gangtok, Peling, Nathula and other such places can be visited in Sikkim. These places are situated at high altitude and it includes a lot of travelling by road. One should carry suitable clothes and dry foods. The local people in the mountains are friendly and will make any female traveller feel homely.
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• Tamil Nadu- Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram, Madurai, and Rameshwaram are a few temple cities of Tamil Nadu. This state is teeming with pilgrims from all over the world. These places are great for exploration and offer a variety of things to see. If one is not that interested in temple hopping there is the option of going straight to Ooty! Situated in the middle of the “Nilgiri” mountain range, Ooty is often referred to as the “Queen of hill stations”. With its picturesque lakes and picnic spots Ooty can be the ideal destination to unwind and relax.
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The concept of solo female travelling is catching up with every passing day. Solo travelling clubs and groups are emerging in every city and there are huge numbers of enthusiasts in the above-mentioned places to support it! In a few years’ time, perhaps this idea will gain more acceptance and popularity!