“Travel far enough and you’ll meet yourself.” – David Mitchell
Travelling solo is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating life experiences you can ever have. Unlike travelling with friends or family, going solo leaves you with a huge degree of freedom when it comes to deciding what you want to do with your time. Consequently, it also leaves you more vulnerable in case you need help, but that uncertainty is just part of the appeal. So if you have decided to step out of your comfort zone and attempt something as adventurous and enthralling as a solo trip, here are the 5 best places for solo travel in India.
Gokarna is what Goa used to be in the 1970s; a laid-back and relaxed coastal town where all the youngsters and hippies came to escape from their hectic city lives. With pristine beaches and lack of commercial tourism, Gokarna is the best place to visit if you don’t want to deal with the crowds and high prices in Goa. This, along with its atmosphere of being a place disconnected from the modern world, is why it’s such a brilliant place for solo travellers.
This holy city, which lies on the banks of the river Ganges, is one of the most popular travellers’ destinations for both Indians and foreigners alike. Ever since it skyrocketed to international fame after the Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in the ‘60s, Rishikesh has become a haven for spiritual seekers and thrill seekers alike. There are numerous ashrams with yoga and meditation camps which led to it being dubbed the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It also offers adventure sports like white water rafting and bungee jumping as well as treks into the Himalayas for those who are less spiritually inclined. As a solo traveller in Rishikesh, you’ll never run out of interesting things to do or interesting people to meet.
Tosh, Himachal Pradesh
A quaint village town situated high in the mountains of the magnificent Parvati Valley. Accessible only through a trek of moderate difficulty, the sight of the Himalayas that greets you in Tosh is simply breathtaking. And since there are no modern amenities to speak of, you’ll end spending your time exploring the various trekking routes around the village and basking in the tranquillity of the place. If you want to truly experience the life of a traveller, which includes staying in bare minimum rooms without even heaters to save you from the freezing temperatures, then Tosh is the best place for you to go. And while it may seem scary going to such a place, alone, it really is a life-changing experience that teaches you things about yourself you never knew.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh, the land of cold deserts, rugged mountains and colossal lakes. The beauty of this isolated land has been captured in millions of photos but still manages to leave the beholder breathless when they see it with their own eyes. Home to the world’s highest motorable road, India’s most beautiful lakes and also the country’s northernmost village, Ladakh is one place which is on every traveller’s bucket list. Take a road trip to Ladakh on a bike and you’ll manage to have two amazing experiences rolled into one. And when it comes to meeting bikers on the way, you really can’t ask for better company.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang has the unofficial nickname of ‘The Hidden Paradise’ and it just couldn’t be more fitting. One visit to this town and you’ll find the beauty and grandeur of Canada or Switzerland in your own backyard and you’ll wonder how on earth you hadn’t heard of it before. Located high in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is completely untouched by modern commercialization and tourism. Instead, you find a peaceful town rife with Buddhist culture, snow-capped mountain peaks and Indian Army camps, all of which will eliminate the boredom and negativity from your life in an instant.
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