If we have the audacity to face the gospel truth, then there is no harm in accepting that no place in the world is safe for women. Let alone in an alien country, a woman is not safe in her home alone. If the data on atrocities against women has to be collected from all over the world, the revealing could be shocking. It’s really difficult to change the mentality of our society and make it obey women’s dignity. Especially, in a country like India, where incidences of rape and eve-teasing are on the rise, it is not uncommon to label it as ‘unsafe for women travelers.’ But if a woman takes precaution and stays alert, there is no place like India to travel solo. You just have to avoid being too friendly with people, visiting desolated places, and staying out till the late night. There are a few beautiful places that can make the holiday experience for women traveling alone a pleasurable one if taken precaution. These are those five best places in India for women travelers.
Darjeeling is a small hill station in West Bengal. It was the first hill station in India that was established by the British. It’s famous for its soothing climate, tea industry, and unadulterated scenic beauty. The city has several points from where you can have a clear view of the snow-clad Khangchendzonga. Mountain. If you love trekking, then Tiger Hill will attract you. It is the highest point in the city from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Khangchendzonga range of mountains. What you shouldn’t miss in this hill station is a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. A journey on the narrow gauge railroad will take you through tunnels, waterfalls, lush-green forests, and breathtaking wilderness. The rail has been declared a World Heritage Site. If you want to see snow leopards, red panda, and Himalayan wolves, goat, and tigers, then visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. You will love strolling and getting lost in the Happy Valley Tea Estate. Other attractions in Darjeeling include Neora Valley National Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Joey’s Pub, and Batasia Loop.
Tucked in between Naina, Deopatha, and Ayarpatta hills, Nainital is the most visited hill station of the Uttarakhand state. It falls under the Kumaon region and is located at the height of 2,000 meters above the sea level. It was once a popular summer vacation destination of the British and highly recommended for a solo woman traveler. It has been named after the famous and breathtaking Naini lake. The beauty of the Naini lake is so mesmerizing that you cannot resist yourself from going for a boat ride on its tranquil waters. The best thing about boating on this lake is that you can have a beautiful look at the city that has come up on either side of the lake. You will also enjoy the view of the Kumaon ranges of mountains that is covered with a grove of alpine trees. If you ever had a wish to look at the Himalaya, then don’t miss a cable car or a ropeway ride. You have to reach to the famous point called Snow View. From this point, the snow-laden Himalayan mountain range is visible. For nature lovers, there is the Eco Cave Garden that is ideal for fun and adventure. For those who are fascinated by rock climbing, there is a spot just a few distance ahead from the Cave Garden. Besides enjoying nature, you can also visit stunning landmarks in Nainital and the most prominent is the Governor’s House built by the British. If you are craving for trekking, then quench your hankering by heading to the Cheena Peak. As the evening creeps in, watch the sun disappearing beyond the imposing mountains. The spot from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the sun hiding behind the mountains is Hunuman Garhi. End your trip to this beautiful hill station by visiting the Tibetan Market when you can buy anything and everything to adorn your home as well as yourself. But hone up your bargaining skills before reaching to this tempting place.
Manali is the most favored summer vacation destination and is situated on the banks of the Beas river in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is 6398 ft. above the sea level and mostly visited for fun-filled outdoor activities. If you thought of rolling down the hill like a stone, then zorbing will provide you that kind of experience in real. You will be tucked inside a large transparent plastic ball and rolled down the hill with an instructor running alongside. You can also fulfill your wish of flying like a bird by choosing paragliding. The higher altitude with a massive stretch of open spaces will make you feel never returning to the ground once you are high in the air. The Salang valley is the spot where you can try paragliding. The beauty of Manali is that you try skiing even in the summer when the rest of India is facing the heat of the temperature, then Rohtang Pass is will allow to skid on the ice. To enjoy a short and fun trip, go for trekking on the Hampta Pass trek. If you love the deafening sound and milky water, and can take up the challenge of floating on it, then rafting in Rishikesh will pump your adrenaline. The current of the water will surely test your skills and make you go frenzy. As the place is surrounded by green valleys, there are many places where a casual stroll and the view of the Himalayan ranges of mountains can make your day.
A trip to India must include Ooty in the itinerary for women traveling alone. It has been tagged as the Queen of Hill stations and lies in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. Impressive mountains, mesmerizing grasslands, wide tea gardens, and serene atmosphere are the specialty of Ooty. The places to visit in this hill station is the beautiful botanical garden, which houses a wide range of magnificent exotic plants. Even the pathways, shrubs, and trees make this garden a wonderful place to relax. Another popular tourist spot is the Thread Garden. We bet you must not have seen artificial flowers and plants like the way they are exhibited in this garden. You will see that imagination and creativity blend beautifully as everything in this garden has been developed by hands just with the use of thread. If you are planning to visit Ooty just after the rainy season, then Kalhatti Falls is a must visit. This waterfall is an ideal to watch exotic birds as well. However, the path is treacherous and you will need a guide to reach this place. Being a hill station, Ooty is showered with natural beauty making it apt for trekking. There are several short and long trails connected to the hills that vary in heights, distance, and landscape. You can also choose to stay in a camp in the Parsons Valley if you are an ardent trekker. Another tiring, yet worthy spot is the Dolphin’s Nose point from where you can gulp down the beauty of the charming Catherine falls that flow down 100 meters. Ooty is also famous for a toy train ride that passes through the Nilgiri mountains and offers mind-blowing views. The 5-hour journey covers a distance of 46 km and you will find yourself in a fairy land throughout the journey. The Pykara dam and lake are where you can enjoy rowing and boating.
Munnar is a mesmerizing hill station in the state of Kerala situated at a height of 1,600 meters above the sea level on the Western Ghats. It is fed by three mountain streams, namely Mudrapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni. Its beauty is raised by the sprawling tea plantations, winding lanes, forests, and grasslands. Its climatic condition is so ideal for the ranges of exotic flora that once in every twelve years the hill turns into blue color. It is best to visit all months of the year, except June and July. The famous attractions of this place are Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, and Chinnkanal & Anayirangal. There are many things to do here. You can walk through the sprawling and aromatic tea gardens and enjoy the views of the hills covered with green foliage. There are majestic waterfalls that spice up the beauty of the Western Ghats. Munnar is also suitable for adventure lovers as they can find many spots good for rock climbing, paragliding, cycling, and rappelling.
These are the five best places in India for women travelers. However, it is better to stay alert and don’t trust anyone blindly. When a person’s mind and mood can change is hard go guess. Also, before heading to these places, note down emergency numbers to call, just in case the need arises.