Top 5 Destinations for Your First Solo Trip to India

Traveling to India for the first time, that too, alone? There’s nothing to worry as India is a wonderful place for solo travelers. If you are confused about the places to cover on your tour, check out these top destinations for your first solo trip to India.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala, a hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is a beautiful place to explore on your first solo trip to India. The place is home to India’s largest Tibetan community and the resident of (exiled) Dalai Lama. You can explore the magnificent Tibetan monasteries, meet the community. They are very friendly and warm – they will make you feel at home. If you are someone who loves adventure, this is the place. You can indulge in paragliding, camping and trekking in Dharamshala. The Triund Trek attracts adventure travelers from all across the world.

What to do: Explore the Tibetan monasteries, go for trekking, spend a few days with the Tibetans and enjoy paragliding.

How to reach: The direst route is a flight to Dharamshala, from any of the major cities of India. Take a bus from the airport to the hill town.

Best time to visit: October-June

Gulmarg

Want to have a vacation away from the bustling cities? Well, India is replete with serene places for travelers seeking peace and one of such places is Gulmarg in Kashmir. Engulfed in the mountains, Gulmarg can be visited throughout the year and we bet you will have an amazing time. You can enjoy skiing in winters and other adventurous activities such as trekking, camping, golfing, etc. Do not miss the Gondola ride when in Gulmarg. Also allure the awe-striking views from the Aparwahat Mountain.

What to do: Trekking, golfing, camping, gondola rides, and exploring the scenic beauty of Kashmir.

How to reach: The closest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar. From Srinagar Airport, it will take a 2hours drive to reach Gulmarg.

Best time to visit: October-June

Varanasi

If it is your first time solo travel in India, No place could be better than starting your India tour than Varanasi. Being one among the oldest Indian cities, Varanasi preserves the roots of ancient traditions and culture. You will only know the beauty of this place, once you visit it. Sitting at the banks of the calm and serene Ganges, you can find your inner peace. Oh, that feeling is so soul-satisfying! Visit the sacred Kashi Vishwanath Temple and do not miss taking a holy dip in Ganga.

What to do: Visit Kashi Vishwanath and other sacred temples, attend the spiritual Ganga aarti at the ghats, eat delicious street food and lassi, go for a boat ride and see the sunrise.

How to reach: You can fly to lal Bahadur Shashtri Airport in Varanasi and take a cab to the city from the airport. Varanasi is also well-connected to major Indian cities through rail. The nearest railway station is Varanasi Junction.

Best time to visit: October-February

Puducherry

Puducherry is a destination perfect for solo backpacking trips in India. It is one of the best places for people who want to connect with their inner self. Settled on the Bay of Bengal shores, Puducherry or Pondicherry is a union territory boasting colonial architecture and French-style buildings. You can relax by the beaches and spend some peaceful moments gazing at the setting sun in the evening. Make sure to visit the Auroville Ashram, a place to connect with spirituality. Food in Puducherry is delicious and beer is inexpensive, sorted for a vacation!

What to do: Explore the French colonies, walk or cycle around the city, enjoy delicious French cuisine in the peaceful beach shacks.

How to reach: The closest airport to Puducherry is Chennai. You can take a drive from Chennai to Pondicherry.

Best time to visit: October-February

Lahual-Spiti

Wanted to go on a solo bike trip? Well, come to India! Lahaul and Spiti are among the destinations for best bike trips in India. Located in the remote areas of Himachal, these destinations are unexplored beauties of the country, one must visit. You will get to see the rugged mountains, ancient monasteries, pass the high altitude mountain passes, glacial lakes and enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the mountains. You can stay in the monasteries like Kibber, Dhankar, Ki, Tabo or just go trekking to Chandra Taal. You can also stay in the villages among the locals. No matter, how you plan this trip, it is going to be fantastic for sure.

What to do: Trek to Chandra Taal, visit the monasteries and village stays.

How to reach: You can drive to Lahaul-Spiti from Manali. It is only connected by road. You will cross the highest motorable routes in the world on your way to Lahaul and Spiti.

Best time to Visit: May-October

Are you planning for solo trip to India? If so, these places are awesome for solo travelers. The coming months would be ideal time to visit these places. Make a plan before a month and try to book cheap flights, hotels in advance.

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