Best Places for Solo Travel - North India

In times of distress, it is crucial to take care of yourself and solo travel is the best way to do that. It teaches you to be independent and assists you to know yourself better. You don’t have to rely on anyone to take out time for a trip or even go through an upsetting phase of multiple failed attempts. Travelling alone simply expands our horizons and makes us realize how important it is to explore and not stay at one place all the time. We all somewhere connect with Kabir from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, when we just want to rely on our own selves and be our own light. So, to all the solo travel enthusiasts, pack your bags and hop on the train of independence, adventure, cool stories, high adrenaline and deboard on the stations below.

Here’s our list of Best Places for Solo Travel in India

North-India

Lahaul-Spiti

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The very first place standing at the top of our list is Spiti. Untouched by urbanization and less explored, Spiti is one of the best places for solo travel and remains cut-off from the world for almost 6-7 months due to heavy snowfall in the region. The temperature in Spiti drops to -10 degrees Celsius, therefore, pack warm. Note- Mobile network in Spiti is beyond reach. So, solo travelers who regularly get calls from their parents, think again.

How to get there- the journey is strictly to be taken by road. The daunting narrow roads is a different experience altogether. Some of the highest motorable roads in the world exist here.

Best time to Travel- May-October.

Where and How long to stay- Due to non-availability of hotels, the warm and kind locals let you stay with them. To get the best out of Spiti, plan a trip of at least 7 days.

Leh-Ladakh

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This place is in the bucket list of every solo traveler or adventurer. From Mountain Biking at Magnetic Hill to trekking on frozen Chadar Trek, Leh is absolutely amazing. Leh-Ladakh are abundant of attractive places which makes everyone say just one word ‘Wow’. The temperature in some places of Leh-Ladakh drops down to -30 degrees Celsius. This place has gained massive popularity in the last half-decade amongst backpackers and travel enthusiasts.

How to get there- the journey can be covered through air and road. As a solo traveler we’d suggest you to go for air transport.

Best time to travel- March-August (If you are a tough one, visit in winter to stroll on the frozen lake).

Places to visit- Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Chadar Trek, Zanskar Valley and Leh Palace, etc.

Where and how long to stay- there are numerous 2-4-star hotels available in close vicinity to major attractions. Take out time for at least 7 days.

Manali

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One of the most popular hill stations in the country, Manali offers jaw-dropping views, gushing crystal clear streams, lush-green forests and snow-capped mountains of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Usually cold, the place radiates warmth through friendly and comforting locals; making Manali ideal for solo travel. Note- Manali offers lot of adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, rafting, etc.

How to get there- You can reach Manali via rail and road. Although, the frequency of trains running to Manali is quite low, Chandigarh is the nearest railway station. Therefore, via road is the preferable choice.

Best time to travel- Anytime throughout the year (except monsoon).

Places to visit- Rohtang Pass, Naggar Castle, Hadimba Temple, Beas Kund and Solang Valley, etc.

Where and How long to stay- There are numerous budget hotels and resorts in Manali. For best experience, spend at least a week.

Kasol

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A small village in Himachal Pradesh situated along the banks of Parvati river, Kasol has rapidly gained fame as a popular tourist destination in the last 3-4 years. A very popular hub for trekkers, backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. Untouched by urbanization and commercialization, the place smells of hashish. Famous for its trekking trails, which includes Kheerganga trek, Pin Parbati pass and Malana. Kasol has plenty of scenic sights and looks magnificent in the winter season. Snow-capped mountain as backdrop, crystal clear Parvati river piercing through the lush-green forests will make you visit the place over and over again. Note- Kasol is called Amsterdam of India and we all know why.

How to get there- The only way to reach Kasol is by road.

Best time to travel- Anytime throughout the year (except monsoon).

Places to visit nearby- Kheerganga, Malana, Tosh and Tirthan Valley, etc.

Where and How long to stay- there are many budget hotels and resort hotels in Kasol. 3-4 days of stay is sufficient to have an amazing experience.

Triund

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A small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Triund is located at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,300m. Triund is a renowned for its trekking trail, which draws all the energy out of you. The last few kilometers can be really challenging and is known as the ‘Bais Mod’. The top of the Triund offers a picturesque view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Note- A cup of Chai at the top is a must to restore all that energy. You can also enjoy camping at night under the stars.

How to get there- The best way to reach Triund is by road. Driving or taking a bus up to Mcleod Ganj and then hiking all the way to Triund.

Best time to travel- Anytime throughout the year (except monsoon). Triund is blessed with a pleasant weather throughout the year.

Places to visit nearby- Dharamshala, Mcleod Ganj, Dalai Lama Temple.

Where and how long to stay- there are numerous budget hotels close to the trek trail. Travel through road can be really tiring, so take out 3-4 days for a relaxing experience.

Auli

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It snows almost everywhere in Auli during the winter season in India. The skiing capital of India offers a lot for adventure enthusiasts, like chair car ride, snowboarding and trekking, etc. Auli is a perfect getaway place for Solo Traveller. Auli’s artificial lake and panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges are add-on to its natural beauty.

How to get there- the best way to reach Auli is by rail. Take a train to Dehra Dun and then a car or a taxi to Auli.

Best time to travel- Anytime throughout the year (except monsoon).

Places to visit nearby- Joshimath, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal and Rudraprayag.

Where and how long to stay- A popular tourist destination, there are many hotels (budget and luxury) available in close vicinity. Book a 3-4 days trip for Auli.

Jaisalmer

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Located in the northwestern region of Rajasthan in India, Jaisalmer is a popular tourist destination. Also known as “The Golden City”, the place sees a huge inflow of tourists especially during the winter season. One of the Best Places for Solo Travelers, Jaisalmer is a very eventful place. From local folklores, handicrafts to magnificent palaces and yellowish sand dunes; Jaisalmer is just beautiful.

How to get there- Jaisalmer can be commuted by rail and road. Jaisalmer is connected well via railways to all major cities.

Best time to travel- October-March is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. Weather is pleasant during this time.

Places to visit nearby- Jaisalmer Fort, Desert Safari, Gadisar Lake and Jain Temples.

Where and how long to stay- there are numerous budget hotels near the major attractions of the city. Ideal duration for a trip to Jaisalmer is 2-3 days.

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