11 Best Places for Solo Travel in India in 2017

There are so many of us who have to been different places with our friends and family, exploring all of them together and having lots of fun while doing so. But let’s be honest, during these trips did you get a chance to sit back and give yourself some time? 
 
This is where the need for a solo trip comes in. 
 
While it might seem all too scary at first, it truly isn’t. In fact, it is a lot easier than having to coordinate with an entire group of people! But what’s best is that it gives you time for some self-reflection and digging deeper into the culture of the place you’re visiting. 
 
If you have been skeptical too about travelling solo this year, it’s time to rethink your plans for 2017. And to make things easier, we’re listing down 11 places for solo travel in India where you could head to without a single worry! 

1. Kumbalgarh 

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The idea of a solo trip is to be able to seep in the rich cultures of a place at your own pace and which place could be better than Rajasthan to start with? Kumbhalgarh is situated in the western Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, near Udaipur. You could literally pack a small bag and move from fort to fort here capturing their royal beauty. The Kumbhalgarh Fort, Badal Mahal, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple and Mahadev Temple are definitely must visits. If you have some time on hand, head over to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to a lot of endangered species. 
 
Best time to visit would be in the winter months (October to November) or in February and March. The temperatures during these months remain comfortable for sightseeing.
 
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2. Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe - your pick for a solo trip 

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Bylakuppe is a small place established by Logsum Samdupling and Disckyi Larsoe near Coorg, in Karnataka. It is home to several Tibetan settlements and is popular for being one of the quiet getaways that travellers seek to. The place has a different feel to itself right from the time you step into it. The monasteries, art forms, architecture and more in the town will make you think like you have travelled to another country altogether. 
 
Some of the places in Bylakuppe that you must see are the Namdroling Monastery, Serpom Monastic University, Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbi Falls and the Zangdokpalri Temple. Also, while you’re around don’t forget to binge on the Malaya Restaurant momos!
 
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3. Mudumalai National Park

  
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Declared as a tiger reserve, the Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills. The sanctuary is divided into five ranges, namely, Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota. The place is home to a number of endangered species like the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard and the Indian elephant. There are also approximately 266 species of birds in the sanctuary that will leave you awestruck. Be sure to get your own wallpaper like pictures on the Indian white-rumped vulture and the long-billed vulture. 
 
If you’re a nature lover, then this destination is for you. After all, finding your own calling and peace does take getting close to nature. A few places around the park that you must make a trip to include the Pykara lake, Pykara falls, Shooting Point, Maravakandy Dam and Needle Rock View Point.
 
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4. Khajuraho

Khajuraho - ideal for a solo trip in India  
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Does the rich history of India appeal to you? Has it ever left you wondering what more there is back in time that has actually given shape to our present? Then make sure you get all those answers during your solo trip by visiting Khajuraho. The place is known for its ornate temples that are created to leave you admiring what human imagination and creativity can bring to life. It is the spiritual holiday that you have been dreaming of. 
 
If you do make a trip to Khajuraho, make sure you keep your camera handy and visit the Khajuraho temples, Kandariya Mahadev temple, Lakshmana temple, Panna National Park, Devi Jagdamba temple, Chaturbhuj temple, Dulhadev temple, Varaha temple, Vishwanath temple and the archaeological museum.
 
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5. Sandhan Valley

Also known as the valley of shadows, the Sandhan Valley is for all those who are seeking adventure while spending time with themselves. A part of the Sahyadri mountain range, this valley is water carved up to 200 feet deep and has a challenging trek to offer to its visitors. There are parts of the valley where the width between the rocks is less than three feet, obstructing the rays of the sun and casting a shadow that makes it almost impossible to click a well-lit picture. 
 
Since there are limited options when it comes to hotel accommodations, you could actually consider camping here! It is truly an experience in its own - the trek, the camping and of course seeing how the valley casts its shadow.
 
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6. Wilson Hills 

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Wilson Hills is a popular hill station and amongst the best places to visit in Gujarat, that many locals seek out to for relief from the usual heat. The place is surrounded by a densely forested region which is close to the Pangarbari Wildlife Sanctuary. But what’s best known about this destination is that it is one of the few hill stations in the entire world that give a glimpse of the sea! 
 
If you’re planning to take a solo trip during the summers, then this is the perfect destination for you. Being so close to nature will definitely leave you spellbound and not wanting to come back. Even though there are not many attractions here to visit, the Barumal temple, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Lady Wilson museum, Bilpudi twin waterfalls and the Ozone valley should definitely make it to your itinerary.
 
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7. Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

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Located in Odisha, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are an archaeological wonder and the most historical caves In India with a rich history and religious importance to share. The caves are part natural and part artificial, and have a number of beautifully carved caves. 
 
If you are someone who loves exploring what history has in store for us till date, then this destination is definitely for you. While the caves might take up an entire day, there are a few places near them that you should definitely visit. The Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, Dhauli Giri Hills, Ram Mandir, Odisha State Museum, Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa and the Handicrafts museum are some of the places we think you shouldn’t miss.
 
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8. Majali Beach Karwar

Majali Beach - best place for solo travel in India  
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Taking the fun of the sun, sea and sands to another level, the Majali Beach in Karwar, Karnataka is the ideal place for a quick and relaxing solo trip. Just like all those Instagram pictures you have been stalking, the beach has a stunning view to offer and palms under which you could relax all day with a good read in hand. 
 
There are a number of resorts here that you could check into for a 100% relaxed experience. A few places near the beach that you should visit include the Kurumgad island, Sadashivgad fort, Galgibaga beach, Anashi waterfall, Karwar Aquarium and the Maruti temple.
 
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9. Sarnath

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Sometimes all you need is a religious break to give a quick reboot to your life and go back refreshed. Sarnath is that one place that has become a popular destination for solo travellers. It is a city located 13 kilometers from Varanasi and is known as a pilgrimage destination. 
 
Book yourself at a good hotel here and then take your time to explore the many pilgrimage sites in the city. Chaukhandi Stupa, Japanese Temple and Monastery, Thai Temple and Monastery, Chinese Temple and Monastery and, the Burmese Temple and Monastery are a must experience. If you have some more time on hand, visit the Deer Park and the archaeological museum here too!
 
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10. Sandakphu Trek

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Another place for all those seeking adventure, Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal. During the months of October and November, the place gives you a crystal clear view of the world’s tallest peaks that will leave you filled with amazement. The sunrise viewed from here will definitely become the high point of your solo trip so don’t forget to bring it home in your camera. 
 
If you take the Sandakphu trek during the winters, you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh snow too! Yes, a solo trip where you don’t need to think about what others perceive of you and can make snow angels to your heart’s content. Since the trek is a little challenging, we advice you go with a registered group who can guide you well.
 
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11. Kalpeni Island

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If you are looking for a non commercialised place to take a break, then head over to the Kalpeni Island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. It is the best place to enjoy the sun, sea and the sands at a pace that gives you a break from all the hustle you have been at in the cities. 
 
The picturesque view and the island are best enjoyed from October to April. Although there isn’t much to see here, some of the places we recommend you head to are the Lighthouse, the Kalpeni Beach and the Juma Mosque. Remember to capture the sunsets and the sunrises if you can, they are known to look the most peaceful in this location! 
 
Still skeptical and not sure if you’re ready to go solo? Well, it’s time to get down to some little research to make yourself comfortable and chalk out plans that suit your needs the best.  
 
After all, it is only ‘you’ you need to focus on this time!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
VANHISHIKHA BHARGAVA VANHISHIKHA BHARGAVA

A content marketer for startups who has adopted the remote life for the sake of travel. And of course, some sleep. Can usually be found on Twitter ranting or discussing cultures.

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