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India Travel Guide for the Solo Female Traveler

Traveling alone in India may sound crazy to most people, especially if you’re a female traveler. It isn’t only about the idea of traveling alone but also about the destination. It’s true that traveling in India could be more challenging than traveling to other countries. If you’re asking whether it is safe or not for a woman to travel alone in India, then the answer is yes, it can be a safe destination with one condition: you should prepare well for your trip. Why? Because India isn’t the kind of place where you can just wing it. As long as you are well prepared then you’ll be fine. That’s what Rachel Jones said about traveling in India. To help you to travel in India, Rachel and other female travelers will share an India travel guide based on their experiences with you. So, let’s check what they said about India!

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india travel guide for solo traveler
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Safety Tips For You

  • Don’t get drunk. Stay away from alcohol!
  • When you explore India, make sure you always take a fully charged mobile phone with you or bring an extra battery pack. If you end up in a difficult situation, you can use your mobile phone to call someone you trust.
  • Don’t forget to take the number and address of your hostel when you go out. This will help you when you get lost. They can often arrange for a trusted local driver to pick you up. It’s safer than going with a passing taxi.
  • Ask your hostel if they can pick you up from the station/airport. It would be great if they can help you with this.
  • Try to explore India during the day. Going by train or bus is much safer during the day.
  • Keep contact with your family and tell them where you are.
  • Trust your gut feelings.
  • If you want or maybe need to interact with strangers, make sure to do it in a public place.
  • Be aware of scams! You have to be careful if you don’t want anyone scamming you. Say no to “help” offered by strangers  when you didn’t ask for it.
  • Stay in a hostel, meet other travelers, and make friends with them. You’ll have someone to go with.
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Where to Go

India isn’t a small country and getting around with its public transport takes a lot of time. It’s better to travel slowly and stay in each place a long time. So, here are the best places you can choose to explore in India.

1. Kerala & Varkala

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This place is recommended by Katie McKnoulty (@thetravellinglight). She said that Kerala is a nice area to explore as a solo female traveler, especially if it’s your first time in India. If you want to meet other travelers, head to the beach side town of Varkala. It’s one of Kerala’s best spots. Most travelers tend to gather near the beach. Since this area is quite small, you don’t have to find transportation. You can just walk to another place.

2. Mumbai

Mumbai
Mumbai

Mumbai is one of the big cities in India and Rachel Jones from Hippie In Heels recommends you visit this city. The main reason is that there’s so much to do in Mumbai. Most international flights also arrive and depart from here, so you’ll feel the international vibe and find many hostels. Yes, that means that you’ll meet other travelers in the hostel — that will be great since you’re traveling alone. Colaba is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai. Other places you can visit are Taj Hotel areas and the Gateway of India. Don’t forget to try to travel on Mumbai Slow Local train during rush hour. You will get an unforgettable experience!

3. Rishikesh

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Located in the North part of India, Rishikesh is the most spiritual city in India. For those who want to have a relaxed time after New Delhi, Emma & Georgia (@ourbroketravels) will recommend you visit this city. The top things to do here are watching sunsets over the River Ganga and doing yoga. Such a great place to relax!

4. Hampi

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Calling all the history lovers! Hampi is a small town where you can see hundreds of ancient ruins and crumbling temples. It was once the capital of the Greatest Hindu Empire. When you visit this town, make sure you don’t miss the sunset. The view of old capital illuminated in all shades of sunset is spectacular. Since this is a small town, it’s really easy to meet other travelers and you’ll get new friends to travel with.

5. New Delhi

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New Delhi, the capital city of India, is located near the famous Taj Mahal. So, most travelers will almost certainly end up spending some time in New Delhi. Rachel Jones (Hippie In Heels) said that in general, it’s more difficult to travel here than in Mumbai. So, you better stay in Connaught Place and meet other travelers in the hostel. Try to make friends with them and you’ll be fine. You’ll get partners for sharing the cost of a rickshaw. The Red Fort, Humyan’s Tomb, and India Gate are the best place to visit.

6. Varanasi

Varanasi
Varanasi

This great place is recommended by Madison (@madsjlilli). This spiritual city is quite different with other cities in India. If you’ve visited Agra, Jaipur, or New Delhi and want to explore more in India, this city is the answer. It is colorful, beautiful, unique, and has a good atmosphere. Try to getout on a boat at dawn in the middle of the River Ganges and enjoy the calm feeling.

What to Wear

One of the best outfits you can wear in India is Harem pants. They are cheap and you can buy them at markets in Goa and Kerala. The pants will suit most situations and will dry quickly when you wash them. So, make sure you buy this when you travel to India. Another essential item of clothing is a shawl. It is easy to carry and will be useful to cover up your body in case you want to stop by at a temple.

But if you want to wear a t-shirt, it’s better to wear a t-shirt that doesn’t scoop too low. You can also wear maxi skirts, culottes, and long dresses. They are great too. Skinny jeans are worn by girls in the cities. But if you’re in Goa, you should use common sense when deciding what to wear in India or just ask the staff and other travelers at your hostel.

india travel guide for solo traveler
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What Not to Do in India

You should pay attention to their law and don’t break it. Some areas may have different rules. You may see Sandhus or holy men smoking hashis,h but it doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to do that too, especially because you’re a foreigner. You shouldn’t take drugs here. Even alcohol is illegal in some Northern areas such as Rajasthan. So, pay attention and ask if you’re unsure.

When to Travel to India

The best time to travel to India is between October and March. Why? Because you will avoid the very hot times and the monsoons. It’s more comfortable to travel in those months. But, if you want to save money, try to visit India in off season. You can also explore the Taj Mahal without insane crowds.

india travel guide for solo traveler
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Why You Should Backpack India Solo This Year

1. It’s Never Been Easier For Women To Travel India Alone

India is always changing and getting better thanks to the changes and technologies! Now, it’s easier to find many popular hostels where you can meet other travelers from around the world. It will make your travel in India so much easier as you’re traveling solo.

2. The People Will Change Your Perspective

This country is full of surprises because of its crazy, funny, and incredibly friendly people. India is a great place for those who are looking for cultural experience. And if you are part of them, head to the Northeast of India where you can meet some of the local tribes and learn about their culture. One of the best places is Ziro Valley. You will meet the local Apatani tribe who worship the moon.

3. The Food Is Unreal

When you’re in the North, you will taste a rich and creamy food. But once you head to the South, it’s fresher and lighter. Best food to eat on the coast is seafood. You should try the Kingfish Rava fry.

4. You Will Never, Ever Get Bored in India

There are so many places you can explore in India. And of course, most of them are great! India offers the Himalayan Mountains, the beaches of Goa, the sweeping rice fields of Kerala, the chaos of Mumbai, and the wide open deserts of Rajasthan. That’s why you will never get bored in India.

5. India Will Take Your Style to The Next Level

Dear shopaholic, don’t bring too much when you’re visiting India. You’ll need the space in your backpack because India has gorgeous prints, fabrics, and handmade accessories that will take your style to the next level! And the great thing about that is they’re cheap.

 

Source: hostelworld

Originally posted 2017-09-04 14:17:07.

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