15 Amazing Destinations for Your First Solo Trip to India

If you are planning your first solo trip to India, then you need not overthink. India is one place where every visitor can have a myriad of experiences. There are so many destinations for first solo trip to India, that you are spoilt with options. Solo travel is a quest to discover oneself along with spiritual rejuvenation and adventures. If you are seeking to travel to escape crowds or to try new things, solo traveling is a remedy for your body, mind and soul.

India offers a host of amazing destinations for your first solo trip. The top options for travelers, bit by travel bug, are not confined to one particular place in India.

Here are 15 Amazing Destinations for your first solo trip to India:

Goa

Goa

Goa is perfect for a solo traveler, in fact, it is one of the best destinations for your first solo trip to India. The land of sun, sea and shores offers the idyllic opportunity to do soul searching. Marvel at glorious sunrises and sunsets. Stay in beach camps with many hippie at hearts. Go beach hopping, there are more than 50. Enjoy swimming and activities like jet-ski, snorkeling, scuba diving, boat rides, etc. Trek to the Dudhsagar waterfalls, take a backwater cruise or go exploring the wildlife sanctuaries. Nightlife, festivals, dining, sightseeing add to your incredible vacation.

Things to do

Spend days, weeks or months, you will never have enough of the scenic beauty, the simple lifestyle or the experiences of Goa. Hire a motorbike or a scooty and off you go exploring. Laze on the beach, go sightseeing or try the adventure sports.

Getting There

The closest railway station is Margao and the closest airport is Dabolim. You can get around in cabs or even hire scooters to see the place yourself.

Best time for a solo trip

November to February, when a lot of people rush in for the New Year.

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Manali

Manali

Manali is the classic escape in the hills. Settled in the lap of Himalayas on the banks of Beas River in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the top places for solo trip in India. The hill town enjoys two major seasons of summer and winter, you can take your pick of which season you want to experience Manali. Summer is perfect for exploring, trekking, river rafting and other sports. Winters brings snow and snow sports. The old town, ancient temples, hot springs, monasteries and other places from Hindu legends are open throughout the year.

Things to do

Spend days exploring the hills. Go trekking or camping in the mountains. Explore the tourist sights, hot-springs, monasteries, temples, apple orchards, etc. Get to Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley, where you can enjoy adventure sports.

Getting there

You can either fly to Bhuntar which is 10 km from Manali or take an overnight bus from Delhi or go on a bike ride if you want a longer, more scenic path.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Lahaul-Spiti

Trekking in Lahaul Spiti

Lahaul and Spiti are two places perfect for a solo trip. Settled in the remotest corner of Himachal Pradesh, these locations are what we can say are the best destinations for your first solo trip to India. These are one of the most unexplored terrains in the country. Explore rugged mountains, cross high altitude mountain passes, ancient monasteries, glacial lakes, and breathtaking views in the mountain locales. Stay in the monasteries, Ki, Kibber, Tabo, Dhankar or trek to Chandra Taal or stay in the humble villages of the mountain, whatever you do, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Things to do

Trekking, camping at Chandra Taal, explore ancient monasteries, bike tour, village stays, etc.

Getting there

One of the remotest locations in India, you can visit from Manali. This trip is strictly to be taken by road to actually experience what it is all about. Some of the highest motorable roads in the world exist here.

Best time for a solo trip

May to October.

Puducherry

Puducherry

Fun, history and a feel of France, Puducherry is one of the best places for your first solo trio to India. The little union territory snuggled on the shores of Bay of Bengal is a perfect escape for a vacation with yourself. Hire a cycle and go exploring the beautiful colonial architecture French in style. Get to the beach for some serene moments. Auroville Ashram is the place to go if you want to connect with your spiritual side. The food are French delights and beer is cheap, so quite a happy vacation for all.

 

Things to do

Explore the French pleasures, go cycling or walking around the city, taste the delicacies in the quaint shacks, restaurants and eateries, etc.

Getting there

The closest airport and railway station is in Chennai. A scenic drive from Chennai is one of the best ways to get to the town. Hire a bike or cycle or walk around the town.

Best time for a solo trip

October to February.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

When life becomes wild, it is best to escape to wilderness and Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best destinations for a solo trip to India. Set amid Satpura and Vidhyan area, the National Park is best known to be the home of Tigers. The former hunting ground of the Rewa Maharaja is blessed with biodiversity. The park is home to around 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies, reptiles and many more. Spend the days on wildlife safari or make plans for other places in Madhya Pradesh, as here is where you discover the soul of India.

Things to do

Wildlife safari, photography, excursions to Pench, Tadoba and other Tiger Sanctuaries. You can also plan an extensive itinerary in Madhya Pradesh with a long break in Bandhavgarh National Park.

Getting There

Nearest airport is in Khajuraho and the nearest railway station is Umaria after Katani Railway Station.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Varanasi

Varanasi

One of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi is a place one must experience. After you have been to Varanasi, you will know why the city is named among the amazing destinations for your first solo trip in India. Settled on the banks of the holy Ganga River, spiritual to the core, the city creates a unique connection with the divine. Do take baths in the river, a sure way for salvation from the circle of life. The temples, river ghats and the Ganga aarti will touch you spiritually. Discover yourself, amid crowds from different walks of life.

Things to do

Visit ancient temples including the Vishwanath Temple, go for a boat ride on the River Ganga and to see the sun rise and spread its glory on the city. Spend time walking on the river ghats. Attend the Ganga aarti in the evening a truly memorable experience.

Getting there

Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Varanasi is the closest airport. Varanasi Railway station is the nearest rail connection.

Best time for a solo trip

October to February.

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Gulmarg

Gulmarg

Providing a respite from cities, Kashmir’s beauty Gulmarg is one of the best places for a solo trip in India. Snuggled in the lap of mountains, the hill town is one place which you can visit any time of the year and have a great time. Winters bring snow and the season for skiing. Summers are perfect for camping, trekking, golfing and other activities. Gulmarg Gondola ride will be one of the fun experiences. Go to the top of the Aparwahat mountain, the views are picturesque. Spend days exploring, the fresh mountain air revitalizes your senses.

Things to do

Golfing, trekking, camping, gondola rides, etc. Create an itinerary making stop at other beautiful places of Kashmir,

Getting there

Gulmarg is just 2 hours from Srinagar. The closest airport is in Srinagar. The nearest railway station is in Jammu.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, the heart of the Thar Desert is an exotic destination and one of the truly amazing destinations for a first solo trip in India. The desert town has a perfect combination of history, you can spend days exploring the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples, Gadsisar lake, markets and other sights. Adventures await in the Sam Sand Dunes, 44 km from Jaisalmer. Go desert camping, camel safari and on village visits. In the stark beauty of the desert, have a wonderful vacation with yourself. Enjoy the life of royals with a stay in one of the heritage hotels.

Things to do

Explore the historical sites, go desert camping, camel safari, village visit, etc.

Getting there

The nearest domestic airport is Jodhpur Airport and the nearest is Jaisalmer railway station. Well-maintained network of roads connect Jaisalmer.

Best time for a solo trip

October to March

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Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram

An excerpt from history, Mahabalipuram is small temple-town on the Coromandel shores along the Bay of Bengal. Once a major sea-port of the Pallava Kingdom, the ruins of Mahabalipuram are now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture of the rock-cut temples is beautiful and you need to see it to believe it. Marvel at the marvelous creations of single rock, the Shore temple, Arjun’s Penance, and the Panch Pandava Rathas are the most impressive beauties. First-time solo travelers in Mahabalipuram can enjoy a peaceful vacation on the shores surrounded by history.

Things to do

Explore the UNESCO historical sites, sightseeing, spend time on the beach, village visit, etc.

Getting there

Chennai is the closets city to the coastal town, around 65 km. The closest airport and railway station are in Chennai city.

Best time for a solo trip

October to March.

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Dharamshala

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is one of the best places for solo vacations in India. The hill town in Himachal Pradesh is home to the largest Tibetan community in India, and the abode of the exiled Dalai Lama. Travelers enjoy the Tibetan monasteries, if you are lucky you can get an audience with the Holy Highness. The Tibetan community makes you feel right at home. Adventure is another calling for travelers in Dharamshala as trekking, camping and paragliding are available in abundance. The Triund trek brings visitors throughout the year. You may come here alone but you always return with wonderful memories.

Things to do

Visit Tibetan monasteries, go trekking, enjoy paragliding, spend days with the Tibetan community.

Getting there

Easiest to reach by a flight to Dharamshala. Take a bus to the hill town as it gives you the feel of your trip.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Truly meant for soul-searching, Rishikesh is one of the amazing destinations for your first solo trip to India. Settled on the banks of River Ganga on the foothills of Himalayas, the town is a mix of spirituality, bliss and adventure. Rishikesh is just perfect for a solo traveler, you will never need any company as you can easily get the company of many like-minded strangers. Yoga and meditation camps, ashrams and temples provide the perfect opportunity to connect with yourself and cheap accommodation. River-rafting, camping, fox flying, rock climbing, bungee jumping and many more adventures are available.

Things to do

Visit temples, river rafting, go trekking, camping enjoy paragliding, spend days with the Tibetan community.

Getting there

Haridwar is the nearest railway station and the Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest air connection. There are also frequent buses available from Delhi.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Auli

 

Auli

Another beautiful escape in the mountains, Auli is a fine choice for a first solo trip to India. The popular skiing destination in India is located in Uttarakhand. The pleasing environment of the hill town lures travelers throughout the year. The summer season is ideal for camping and trekking, while the winter is perfect for skiing. The hill town is a good pick for both leisure and adventure. The picturesque beauty is a balm to your soul as you can marvel at the snowcapped peaks of Nanda Devi and other peaks. Trekking, skiing, and gondola ride add thrill to your trip.

Things to do

Trekking, camping, skiing, gondola rides.

Getting there

The best way to get to Auli is by road. Only 16 km drive from Joshimath, State transport and Union buses play regularly. The nearest railway station is Haridwar and the closest airport is in Dehradun.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Gangtok

Gangtok

Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok is a popular hill station in India that attracts large number of solo travelers from all over the world. Known for hosting several Buddhist monasteries, do visit the Rumtek Monastery. The hill town has a lot of multi-cuisine restaurants, bars and lounges, creating the perfect opportunity to befriend strangers. Trekking opportunities like the Green Lake trek and Goecha La Trek excite the solo travelers. You can also visit Nathu La Pass, Tsomgo Lake and other places nearby. River rafting in river Teetsa, walking through the town, festivals and other experiences make your solo vacation all the more wonderful.

Things to do

Visit monasteries, sightseeing, trekking, river rafting, explore the hill town, etc.

Getting there

Cabs frequently arrived to the hill town. Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport and New Jalpaiguri railway station is the nearest railway station.

Best time for a solo trip

October to June.

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Mumbai

Mumbai

How can you skip Mumbai? It is one of the best cities for a first solo trip in India. The lively city is a “the city that never sleeps”. Representing Indian diversity, the city is the home to glamour of Bollywood, several heritage sites, pilgrimage, beaches, art galleries, museums and thrilling nightlife. Sometimes crowds are where you actually discover yourself so Mumbai is perfect for the urban travelers seeking new experiences. You can get away from everything and float on the vibes of the megapolis.

Things to do

ride the local trains, have a taste of the street food, sit on the beaches, walk on Marine drive, check out the historical sites, go club hopping, etc.

Getting there

Mumbai has its own airport and railway station, you can get to the megapolis easily.

Best time for a solo trip

Throughout the year.

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Ooty

Ooty

Hills are the best getaways for solo trip in India. The Queen of Hills, Ooty is snuggled in the lap of verdant Western Ghats. Set in the lap of the Nilgiris, the town is a beauty. As far as you see you find lush tea plantations. There are remnants of British colonial era. Beautiful mountain trails to trek are only few miles away. The salubrious climate, the indulgence of chocolates, the fun ride on the toy Train or just some days getting away from the city, Ooty is perfect for a visit throughout the year.

Things to do

Ride the toy train, gorge on chocolates, go trekking, boating, cycling, etc.

Getting there

The Nilgiri Mountain railways is the best and easy way to get to reach the hill town. Roads are also well connected to the hill town. The nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport.

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Best time for a solo trip

October to May.

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12 thoughts on “15 Amazing Destinations for Your First Solo Trip to India”

    1. Hey Nisha,

      Thank you for your kind words.We are glad to help you with planning your first solo trip to India. For more such informative posts on India travel & tourism, keep following our blog.

  1. Kashmir is a dream place to travel, that’s why it is called heaven on Earth. I would love to go there once in a lifetime to get the experience of snow, greenery and the beauty of nature.

  2. Really Kashmir is the heaven on Earth. It is so beautiful place to visit. You must go there at least once in your life. 🙂

    1. Hey Srini,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Hindi is not absolutely necessary for your travel to these places. You can easily manage with English or better you can avail the services of a multi-language speaking guide. About the budget of each destination, it totally depends on the duration, category of hotels, etc. For expert guidance contact us at https://www.tourism-of-india.com/inquiry.html
      Till then, keep following our blog for more interesting posts on India travel & tourism.

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