For a long time now, India has been acclaimed to be one of the most unsafe countries in the world. Especially for women, the utmost worry when it comes to them travelling alone is their safety and security from the heinous crimes against them. While safety is the prime priority, there are some places in India where women can safely travel and have the time of their life. Looking for safe destinations?
We have enlisted 8 such destinations popular for their charm as well as secure for women to travel solo or with their girl gang. It’s time that women let loose and travel fearlessly without carrying the baggage of guilt and judgements.
Known as the dreamland on earth, Nainital is one picturesque valley in Uttarakhand, captivated by the Kumaoni tribe. So, if you want to spend time alone in the arms of nature, or shop from the Tibetan Market, Nainital is one such destination. The helpful, kind and friendly people in Nainital make it safe for women to travel alone. Some places to stay in Nainital include The Naini Retreat, Treebo Lakeside Inn, Shervani Hilltop, and Season Resort.
Things to Do: Trekking, Camping, Shopping, Boating, Horse Riding, Food-hopping, Cable Car Ride
Tourist Spots: Tiffin Top, Ropeway, Nanda Devi Temple, Snow View, Lover’s Point, Boat House Club, Tibetan Market
Udaipur, the city of lakes is known for its splendorous forts and palaces, and is inhabited by local Rajputs who go out of their way to help visitors. The majestic architecture and vibrant culture make it a great place for women to travel here. Even if you are approached by tour guides at the scenic places, you can easily refuse to them without any fear. Plus, you will never feel like you are being stalked by men. Some of the hotels to opt here are JuSTa Sajjangarh Resort & Spa, TatSaraasa Resort & Spa, Raj Kuber, and for a more lavish stay, choose The Ananta Udaipur.
Things to Do: Shopping, Ropeway Riding, Horse Riding, Solar Observatory Visit, Heritage Walk
Tourist Spots: Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Fatehsagar Lake, Sajjangarh Fort, Sunset Point, City Palace, Saheliyo ki Bari, and Jag Mandir
A national park has no limits to a female traveler’s safety. Kaziranga National Park in Assam is a great place to visit in India. Since there are no travel rules in national parks and forests, it is a safe place for women to travel alone. The abundance of the one-horned rhino here makes it a great tourist attraction. The best way to enjoy wildlife is travelling alone, and there is no bar for ladies here.
Resort Borgos, Sarmah Lodge, and Kaziranga Golf Resort are some options to stay in this area.
Things to Do: Sighting One-horned Rhinos, Elephant Safari, Camping
Tourist Spots: One-horned Rhino, Leopard, Fishing Cat, Barking Deer, Rhesus Macaque
Resembling the French colonies in every way, Puducherry former Pondicherry, is a mesmerizing city of South India with lovely roads, colonial-style houses, and fresh air. A lot of influence is from the French people in terms of food, language, and culture. It is a tranquil place with a friendly and calm environment, and hence equally safe for single women as groups or men. Shopping, gorging on delicious French food, strolling around the beaches, and a visit to the world-famous Auroville is what one can look forward to in Puducherry.
Some safe options to stay here are hotels like Le Royal Park, Grand Serenna Hotels & Resorts, Anandha Inn, and The Dune Eco Beach Hotel.
Things to Do: French Quarter Visit, Yoga at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple Visit, Spas, Shopping, Beach Walking, Food Binging
Tourist Spots: Churches, Puducherry Museum, Notra Dame des Anges, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Botanical Garden, Sakred Heart Basilica
Hampi, a small village in Karnataka is sure to change your outlook about India and has a lot to boast to the urban destinations. Warm, hospitable, and cultural wealthy freaks are what you can expect here and for women travelling solo, this is a great destination in India, especially if you are a backpacker and enjoy meeting new people. The majestic scenic and architectural beauty leaves one spell-bound and those who love History or loved at a subject once are sure to fall in love with Hampi.
You can stay at Royal Orchid Central Kireeti, Hotel, Hampi International, Heritage Resort, Hyatt Place, and Hotel Rock Regency.
Things to Do: Tea at New Shanthi, A Meal at Mango Tree, Rock Climbing, Hambi Bazaar Visit, Ferry Ride in River Tungabhadra, and Sunset Gazing from Matanga Hill
Tourist Spots: Vittala Temple, Elephant Stables, Zenana Enclosure, Nandi Statue, Hemakuta Hill, Queen’s Bath, Royal Centre, and Shiva Temple Underground
You will fall in love with the North East once you visit Sikkim, the part of India blessed with rich natural beauty, and if you are a woman traveler, this is the right place for you. The gorgeous mountains, picturesque valleys, rice terraces, and peaceful Buddhist monasteries make the most of Sikkim. In terms of culture and hospitality too, Sikkim is nowhere behind. Single women can explore some all women tours to Sikkim, for fun while travelling solo.
Stay in Sikkim would be great at Summit Norling Resort & Spa, Lemon Tree Hotel, Hotel New Orchid, and Orange Village Resort.
Things to Do: View of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Trekking, Sikkim Cuisine Gorging, Tea from Golden Tip, Bum Chu Festival Visit, and Chopper Ride for a top angle view of Sikkim
Tourist Spots: Rumtek Gompa, Ganesh Tok, Norbugang Park, Peiling, Hot Water Springs, Sakyamuni Complex, Tsomgo Lake, and Golden Stupa
In Goa you don’t need a companion to party, stroll on the beach, or go sun gazing, as there are plenty of options for solo women travelers. All you need to do is pack your bags, book a flight or train and be in Goa. Even if you are not looking at partying, there is a lot to do there like heading for a spa, shopping, binging on local seafood, and sipping on your favourite beer along the beach, and if you the adventurous type, you can try your hands on their water sports. Cruises and casinos are also something you can look forward to.
Stay in North Goa at places like Keys Select Ronil Resort, Casablanca Beach Resort, The Tamarind Hotel, or Silver Sands Serenity, and in South Goa you can stay at Nanu Beach Resort, or La Paz Gardens.
Things to Do: Trekking, Night Jeep Safari, Casinos, Water Sports, Parties, Flea Market Shopping, Farmer’s Market Visit, Cruise, and Spa
Tourist Spots: Vagator Beach, Colva Beach, Mahalaxmi Temple, Fort Aguada, Museum of Goa, Mangeshi Temple, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assissi, Church of Our Lady of Hope, and Cavelossim Beach
Ladies, let your hair down, bring in some tranquility solo or head out for that much awaited fun trip with your girls…it’s totally worth it!