Solo Travel in India

Types of Girl about the Globe – Beach GatG, Cultural GatG, History GatG, Yoga GatG

When you solo travel in Asia, if you’re looking for a complete overload on the senses, and somewhere so diverse and different from anywhere else, then India it has to be. India solo travel will empower you, challenge you and change you.

If you're planning solo female travel in India but are unsure which places to travel solo in India, where to stay and how to get around, I've put together a solo travel in India guide to help. 

All recommendations are from myself (I've travelled solo in India twice), and our solo female community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. And, if you book through the links in this guide, I donate money to projects helping vulnerable girls about the globe. Thank you for helping to make a difference to their lives. 

Tip – If this is your first time to India alone, you may prefer the company and comfort of a group tour. I recommend these G Adventures India tours. I have personally used them and they are fab for solo travellers of all ages.


Solo Travel in India

Taj Mahal, one of the amazing places for solo trip in India

Solo Travel in India

India is an amazing country with so much to see that you may not even get around half of it. Solo travel India during October to February and you’re likely to meet Westerners travelling the country, but be prepared for a culture shock, and as a woman you might draw some unwanted attention, especially in the beach areas. This country is definitely a life changer. That's why I've given it 3 out of 5 stars as it's a country more for a seasoned solo traveller than if it's your first time alone. 

Is travel to India safe?

One big question you may have for a solo trip India is: “Is India safe?” Although there is so much bad publicity about India, solo travel for a woman in India needs precautions depending on where you go. If you are streetwise and remain vigilant, India is a beautiful country to explore as a solo female. Unfortunately, this is a country where sexual attacks can happen and as a single woman tourist you do need to be a bit more careful than in other countries. 

Beware of anyone being too friendly and don’t go anywhere with strangers, no matter how persuasive they are. There is extreme poverty here, so be prepared to get hassled from beggars, (which unfortunately many are disabled). Expect unwanted attention from men and avoid being over-friendly, keeping yourself covered up to avoid sexual attention and being groped.

One of the best places to travel alone for a woman in India is Rishikesh, the country's yoga capital. It is easy to meet other solo travelers in India who come to this spiritual city. Goa is also one of the places to visit solo in India. Known for its beaches, this cultural heritage region in the southwest of India is popular for India solo female travel and easy to meet other solo travelers India. In beach destinations you may be the centre of attention if you are just in your bikini, so cover if if you feel comfortable. 

When you travel India solo, be wary about going out by yourself at night, depending on where you are. Take a scarf or buy a pashmina when you're there to cover up at religious sites and temples and save your short summer dresses for the beach areas. 

Theft can also happen so carrying a padlock and chain to secure your belongings on buses or trains when you travel India solo is a great idea. One of the scams in India is that the taxi driver tells you that your hotel is closed. If this happens and they offer to take you to another one (which they get commission for), just refuse and find another driver to take to your chosen accommodation.

Lastly, don't let me deter you from visiting the country. I have visited India twice and have never had a problem. It's important to know before you go there to ensure that you have the best, safest time. 

This article will show you how to travel solo in India but if you are unsure of the places to see in India, where to go in India, or what to do in India by yourself, you may feel more comfortable on a group tour for your solo holidays to India.

* Before your solo trips to India, check what paperwork or visas are required for India 

Solo Travel in India

Varanasi is a fantastic place to visit when you travel solo India

About India

Home to over a billion people, India is a country of contradictions – snake charmers and holy men dressed in loincloths loitering outside internet cafes, and some of the world’s deepest cultural and religious traditions prospering amidst extreme poverty and pollution. Your feelings about India will likely be conflicted as well.

When you solo travel to India, one moment you’ll love it, and the next moment you’ll be cursing your train for being 12 hours late. With patience, time, and an open-minded attitude, India will reveal its secrets to you, and the rough moments of travelling solo in India, will all seem worth it.

If it’s your first time travelling India solo and you are unsure of where to visit in India, consider India’s Golden Triangle. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These destinations are the best places in India to visit for the most popular India attractions.

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Best Places For Solo Travel in India

Start in Delhi, India’s capital and a good place to slowly familiarize yourself with India’s cultures and rhythms. Things to do alone in Delhi include wandering through the streets of Old Delhi and visiting the famous Red Fort. Old Delhi’s twisting alleys and markets are also wonderful for picking up saris, spices, art pieces, and other crafts.

When you explore New Delhi, if you visit only one museum in India, check out New Delhi’s National Museum, which is packed with historical artefacts from India’s recent and not-so-recent past. Is it safe for women to travel in New Delhi? New Delhi also boasts some of India’s finest restaurants and nightlight but for Delhi solo female travel, venturing out as part of a group will definitely be safer.

Take a solo trip from Delhi, for a couple of days for a side trip. Visit Rajasthan, with its stunning cities set against a dramatic desert landscape. Highlights include Jaipur (the pink city) and Jodhpur (the blue city). Both cities offer excellent shopping and are exceptionally photogenic due to their monochromatic old quarters.

Jaipur is home to one of the top places to visit in India; the stunning Haha Mahal. What makes it one of the unique places to visit in India is its stunning honeycomb shaped facade, built using pink and red sandstone.

Jaipur is about 5-6 hours from Delhi, depending on whether you take the train or the bus, and Jodhpur is about twice as far. Both cities offer a maze of temples, palaces, and bazars to explore.

From Rajasthan, one of the best things to do in India is explore the Thar Desert. It’s in this hot, arid region that you can partake in some of the unique things to do in India such as dune bashing, a camel ride or parasailing for a bird’s eye view of this beautiful desert.

Once you’re back in Delhi, you’ll need to decide if you want to branch out into northern India or southern India. If northern India beckons (the best bet for solo female travelers), your next stop is Agra and the nearby Taj Mahal, one of the popular tourist attractions in India. You can also book Leh Ladakh tour packages from Delhi too. If instead you’re heading south from Delhi, you can still visit the Taj Mahal as a long day trip from Delhi before departing. It’s about 3 ½ hours one way by train.

Not surprisingly, the Taj Mahal is overrun by tourists; Indians and foreigners alike. This is one of the most beautiful places in India and was built by emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife. Your best bet is to visit this spectacular landmark early in the morning to beat the crowds. Agra pales in comparison to other Indian cities, so it’s best to make a quick stop here and continue on to Varanasi via an overnight train.

Hindus consider Varanasi as one of the holiest cities in India, and it is said that if you die here, you will immediately be liberated from the endless cycle of death and rebirth. Millions of Indians make a pilgrimage here either to bathe in the sacred Ganges, upon which the city is perched, or to cremate a family member.

See the chaotic old city along the river banks in Varanasi. Touring the old town and wandering through its ghats (steps leading down to the Ganges either for bathing or ceremonial purposes) is intense, picturesque, and not-to-be-missed. It should go without saying, but don’t photograph funerals or cremations, and keep a respectful distance.

You can organize boat tours onto the Ganges, and Varanasi’s daily evening ceremonies – complete with music, dance, and all manner of holy men – are amazing.

Travelling solo in India

North India

To reach the true heart of north India, you’ll need to take the overnight train (or fly) back to Delhi. From Delhi, it’s about 7 hours by train or bus to Rishikesh, first made famous by the Beatles. It is without doubt one of the magical places in India, and best places to visit in India for yoga lovers. 

Rishikesh also sits on the Ganges, and you’ll find a wide variety of yoga courses, meditation retreats, ashrams, and massage classes available to help you wind down from the chaos you’ve likely experienced thus far whilst travelling India. For more active travelers, Rishikesh is also one of the places to go in India to organize whitewater rafting trips and treks into the nearby Himalayas.

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Rishikesh is one of the best places for solo trip in India

Another highlight of northern India is Dharamsala and nearby McLeod Ganj, home to the Tibetan government in exile. If you’re lucky, you can catch the Dalai Lama while he’s home, but check ahead, as he travels frequently. These two towns offer a multitude of worthy volunteer opportunities helping the Tibetan refugee community, as well as a glimpse into India’s Buddhist traditions.

If you really want to see the Himalayas in their full glory, head to Ladakh, in the far northwest. Ladakh is accessible by road during the summer months, but you’ll need to fly in the winter as the road closes due to heavy snow. The Buddhist city of Leh is a great base from which to organize further explorations in Ladakh.

The region offers outstanding trekking, cultural tours, homestays, and a peek into centuries-old traditions. In general, Ladakh is also one of the safer areas in India for solo female travellers.

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Best Places To Visit in South India

If southern India’s beaches and spicy dishes are more your style, head south from Delhi to Goa. Flying is the best choice for this journey, unless you want to spend multiple days on the train. Be careful in Goa – although it has something of a reputation as an international party destination, you’re still in India. 

Things to do in Goa India, include getting a tan, but carefully observe what others are wearing before breaking out your bikini at the beach. When you tire of sunbathing, nearby Hampi offers a relatively quiet escape. Time seems to have stopped in Hampi, and you’ll love wandering through 15th century ruins and climbing on the wildly shaped rock formations.

Heading further south, visit Kerala, perhaps India’s most progressive state. Cruise the lazy backwaters between Alleppey and Kollam and if you’ve got a group and rupees to spare, renting a houseboat is the way to travel in style.

Visit the ashram of Amma, the famous “Hugging Mother,” and one of India’s few female gurus. Amma’s ashram is in Amritapuri, and as with the Dalai Lama, check her schedule first to make sure that she will be in residence.

If you really want to get away from it all, one of our India trip tips is to fly out to the Andaman Islands, featuring pristine beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities, and dozens of local tribes and cultures.

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Central India

For the wildlife Girl about the Globe wondering what to see in India in terms of wildlife, India’s national animal is the Bengal Tiger and one of the most popular parks in the country to see them is at Bandhavgarh National Park. Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, this state has more than two third’s of the world’s tiger population. Take one of the India sightseeing tours over 2 nights for a game drive in the park and you may also spot deer, cats and monkeys. It is costly but one of the fun things to do in India, especially if you see a leopard too. 

Ranthambore National Park is another of the county’s national parks. It is also where you can see tigers within the Tiger Reserve but another of its attractions is the the Ranthambore Fort, a 10th century fort that sits on a hilltop overlooking the park. Whilst you’re here see the Ganesh Mandir temple, the water lilies on Padam Lake, and escape the crowds at Kachida Valley.

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The Gateway of India

West India

If you have time when traveling India, venture across to the west coast to visit Mumbai, another of the safe places to visit in India. Although it is the most populated city in India, some parts of the city feel more Western than Indian. Things to do alone in Mumbai India include marvelling at the architecture of Mumbai’s main railway station (especially when it is lit up at night), seeing the Mumbai Taj and its European influence, wandering around the Global Vipassana Pagoda, watching the sun go down at the Gateway of India, and walking along the Arabian Sea at Marine Drive. Take a ferry to Elephanta Island to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kailasa Temple at Ellora Caves

Other Places To Visit in India

All of the destinations listed above are our recommended places for solo travel in India but there are so many more destinations to visit here. 

One of the most beautiful and crazy things to do in India is witness millions of glow worms at the Fireflies Festival in Purushwadi, held in May until June. This is definitely an unique thing to see when traveling solo in India. 

Other places to visit when you tour India are the Ellora Caves, one of the best places to visit in India for Buddhist caves. Located in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad region, these 24 stunning monastery caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consist of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. The Golden Temple called the Sri Harmandir Sahib is also one of the things to see in India. It is one of the most spiritual sites in the country and a place of pilgrimage for Sikhs. It is called ‘The Golden Temple’ as it is made from gold.

Himachal Pradesh along the border with Tibet in the Himalayas for its Tibetan influence and Buddhist monasteries and temples. And Tamil Nadu a state in Southern India and home to the city of Chennai, known for its colonial fort and beaches. This region is famous for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples.

This is just a sliver of what awaits you when you embark on a self-discovery tour to India. A truly dedicated traveler could spend her whole life exploring the subcontinent and still touch only a fraction of it. Whatever region you decide to travel to India solo, you’ll come away enchanted, changed, and glad you undertook the adventure!

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Tours in India

G Adventures India

If you are feeling apprehensive about travelling solo or unsure of India trip planning it yourself, sometimes taking a tour for part or all of your trip can give you the confidence you need before travelling India alone. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company. Most tours have an average of 10 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.

G Adventures India tours range from a 3 day Varanasi Independent Adventure to a 33 day Kolkata to Kochi by Rail tour, seeing the best of India. One of their most popular tours for solos is the 15 day Rajasthan Adventure which includes the Taj Mahal, a visit to the City Palace in Udaipur, and a sunset camel ride in Pushkar. If you have 21 days, they also offer a 3 week tour of India from the north to the south. 

* Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

Intrepid Travel India

Intrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels for their tours and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more than G Adventures. Their Intrepid India tour packages range from 8 days exploring India’s Golden Triangle to 22 days travelling through the north of the country seeing Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur and many others.

What I love about Intrepid is that they now offer solo group travel India on a female-led expedition through Rajasthan, where you can meet women from the villages and learn about their struggles and take part in a women-only celebration called Gangaur Festival. With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews

Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

India For Beginners

India For Beginners is a tour company by Mariellen Ward who runs the India blog Breathedreamgo. Their solo trips in India are specially designed for women and those visiting India for the first time. They customise tours to your interests, preferences and budget and hand-pick hotels, drivers and guides to help you have a comfortable trip and avoid the challenges of travel in India. Choose from their Captivating Kerala tour or women-only Holi tour or customise your own. Get 5% off their tours with your free Solo Travel Card.

Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and tours in worldwide destinations including India. Choose from a tour to Agra Fort and a skip-the-line ticket to the Taj Mahal, a guided tour of New and Old Delhi, or a half-day tour to the Elephanta Caves (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). There are several to choose from and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online.

* Check all tours and prices here

Solo travel in India; Accommodation in India

Accommodation in India

You’ll find all types of accommodation in India for every kind of solo. Whether you prefer international hotels, lodges, or homestays. If you are on a budget then consider a dharamshala – a hostel which is used by pilgrims and often with a religious connotation.

Be prepared that cheap accommodation India does mean budget. You may get a mattress on the floor with barely a ceiling fan so maybe go for the next level up if you want something cleaner and more comfortable. You could find yourself paying extra for a mosquito net too. The standard of hygiene in India may not be what you’re used to so look at a room before agreeing to take it if you arrive somewhere without planned accommodation.

City accommodation is more expensive than staying in local villages and you may find yourself paying over the odds for a beach resort so look for hostels which are becoming more common for others backpacking India alone. In places such as Kerala or Goa you can stay in heritage-style boutique hotels, homestays or even on a converted rice barge.

It’s also not uncommon to see former palaces or forts opening their doors to guests. For a more sustainable stay choose from an ecolodge or farm stay for part or all of your trip. There are also options for camping but you may feel more comfortable in other accommodation. Another type of accommodation is overnight trains where you can reach long distances as you sleep.

Whether you want to stay in a colonial tea house in Coorg or a five star hotel with a sea view in Mumbai, the accommodation in India is very varied. If you prefer to stay with a local then consider Airbnb where you can rent a room or even the entire house/apartment during your stay. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link

Below are recommended accommodations for solo travellers from our solo female community. For all other accommodations, click on the link below. 

Delhi – Maidens Hotel New Delhi 

This 5-star 19th century colonial hotel has a pool, garden terrace and even peacocks! The rooms are spacious with beautiful heritage decor and it’s close to the metro to get around. * Prices start from £51 p/n 

Jaipur – Nakshatra Boutique Hotel

Located in the Civil Lines district of Jaipur, this 4 star boutique hotel is beautiful with an elegant feminine touch. The staff are friendly and welcoming and reception is open 24 hours. * Prices start from £22 p/n

Kerala – Kaivalyam Wellness Retreat

If you’re looking to pamper yourself, this 4 star retreat in Munnar set within a spice plantation, offers yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic treatments all with lush valley views and home-cooked Indian cuisine. * Prices start from £39 p/n

Goa – The Beachside Hostel

This beachfront property is ideal for those wanting to meet others. The hostel has a friendly vibe and Mik and Ravi go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. It’s clean, well-designed and feels homely. There’s evening entertainment, a garden and a lounge to chill out with the other guests. Be prepared to want to extend your stay. Choose from a bed in a 4 bed female-only dormitory room, an 8-bed mixed dorm room, or a deluxe double or king room. 

  • Prices start from £3 for a bed in a 4 bed female-only dormitory room
  • Check dates, prices and availability: The Beachside Hostel

Jaipur – Nadya Homestay

If you are searching for a female-only property with true hospitality and one where you have as much company as you need, Nadya Homestay is a safe & secure homestay in Jaipur, Rajasthan, for solo women travellers. Both Nadya and Yusef are fantastic hosts and will make you feel at home and provide delicious home-cooked meals. Choose from a single room with shower or a deluxe family suite for something bigger. With their unique concept being ‘women oriented, women driven, women welcome,’ it’s perfect for us solos. 

  • Prices start from £5 for a comfort single room
  • Check dates, prices and availability: Nadya Homestay

New Delhi – Bloomrooms

This brightly coloured hotel will put a smile on your face. The beds are comfortable and all rooms have air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV.  There is a restaurant serving good food so you don’t even need to leave the hotel to find somewhere to eat. When you do venture out, the staff can help you organise your transport. It is walking distance to Connaught Place and close to New Delhi train station for access to other attractions. Take ear plugs with you as the walls are thin and you may also feel the vibrations from the metro underneath. Choose from a value single or queen room or a standard single or queen room.

  • Prices start from £10 for a value single room
  • Check dates, prices and availability: Bloomrooms

Rishikesh – Shiv Shakti Hostel

This lovely hostel in Rishikesh is perfect for solo travellers and one of the best places to stay in India to meet others. There is a 24 hour front desk so it doesn’t matter what time you arrive. They have weekly dinner parties and activities such as sunrise treks and yoga on the rooftop. There’s also a rooftop lounge where you can meet other travellers and explore the area from its central location. And you can make use of the laundry facilities and currency exchange too. Some of the rooms come with air-conditioning and the beds in the dorms have their own curtain for more privacy. Choose from a standard double room with a fan, deluxe double room, or a bed in 6 or 10 bed mixed dormitory room.

  • Prices start from £4 for a bed in a 6-bed mixed dorm room
  • Check dates, prices and availability: Shiv Shakti Hostel

Solo travel in India; Getting around India

Getting Around India

Getting around in India on Indian transportation is an experience in itself. India is vast, and travelling around India can eat up huge portions of your time. Internal flights are the best way to travel in India for longer legs. Be sure to travel by train at least once during your trip – doing so is a rite of a passage for travelers in India and a tourist attraction in itself. It is one of the best transportation in India for a true cultural experience. Don’t miss it!

For longer journeys, book at least a sleeper car (and a better berth if you can afford it). You can find air-conditioned first class on the long distance trains which are either a 2 or 4 berth carriage, or opt for air conditioned second class (called AC2) which is cheaper and often used by local families.

Bring a padlock and chain to secure your bags overnight, and keep valuables on your person. Tickets can go quickly during holiday seasons so plan accordingly. Train stations in most major cities will have a dedicated tourist desk.

If you are taking the train in India you may find that the Indian railways station has a private room that you can rent overnight which includes a bed and bathroom. If you feel comfortable staying here before catching a train early in the morning then it’s a cheap way of resting for the night. Seat61 is a good resource for how to get around in India by train. 

Bus travel in India is another form of transport in India. When you're solo traveling in India book a tourist bus, especially for longer journeys, for both safety and for comfort. If you are on a budget, sleeper buses can be the best way to travel in India to save on overnight accommodation.

Tuk-tuks and auto rickshaws are a fun way to travel within cities. Set a price with your driver beforehand, or get ready to barter until you’re hoarse once you arrive at your destination.

If you’re exploring a lot of destinations in the country, the best way to get around India is by flying internally. Air India is the country’s national carrier.

The best transport in India for women – For the solo traveler in India who might feel wary of taking the train or bus, India has a few taxi services operated exclusively by women for women. Womencabs and Go Pink Cabs appear to be the biggest companies and are ideal for India solo travel. You can also use “OLA” cabs to get around and “Jugnoo” autos for select cities. They have apps and are easy to use.

(For more information on why so many women-only cab services have been popping up as India transportation, and who the women entrepreneurs behind this phenomenon are refer to this article.)

From The Airport

As India is so vast, you may prefer taking flights when travelling alone in India, especially if you are apprehensive about taking a train. There are too many airports in India to cover in this article but this to and from the airport guide gives details of transport from each one.

You may feel more comfortable as a solo traveller India with transport waiting for you at the airport. Hoppa operates a cheap airport shuttle that will take you from various city airports to your hotel.

How Long Do You Need?

How long do you need when travelling India solo? Three weeks is the minimum you’ll need to see India – and you won’t see very much in this amount of time. Everything in India tends to takes longer than expected, so don’t rush yourself. Two months will give you enough time to explore either the north or the south. If you want to see the whole country, give yourself at least six months.

Travelling Onwards (check visas before you travel)

When you're travelling to India, you may want to extend your trip and include one or more of the neighbouring countries on your solo holiday to India. If you're considering Nepal, Bhutan or Bangladesh, below are ways to cross into the countries overland. 

To Nepal – Travel by train to Gorakhpur then take a local bus or travel to Sunauli from Varanasi on a daily bus. Daily buses run from Patna and Kolkata from Raxaul or take the Mithila express train from Kolkata. Another popular crossing is at Jumunaha in Uttar Pradesh.

To Bhutan – A direct bus runs on some evenings from Kolkata to Phuentsholing. You can also take the train from Siliguri via Alipurduar to the border.

To Bangladesh – There are daily buses from Kolkata to Dhaka, then cross the border at Benapol. From Agartala cross to Arkhuara. Trains then take you to Dhaka. From Siliguri in West Bengal take a private bus 2 hours to Jalpaiguri then change at Chengrabandha for the border.

To Pakistan – Crossing into Pakistan is not recommended.

Where can I fly from here?

  • Nepal – 2 hours
  • Sri Lanka – 2.5 hours
  • Thailand – 7 hours

* Flying from Delhi & Mumbai

Conscious Travel in India

Social Impact Programs

There are several social impact cafes in India that help give back to the community. Not only do they serve great cuisine but they employ locals who are underprivileged such as victims of acid attacks, and staff with hearing-impairments. Plus you can hang out with rescued cats and kittens. Discover all social impact cafes here

Stay Eco in India

Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanda, Kerala

Located amidst the serene hills of Wayanad, Kerala, you can find the Banasura Hill Resort. Constructed using the local mud (which provides ample coolness in the summer) this resort offers the perfect location for hiking trips in beautiful forests, as well as relaxing and eco-friendly spa sessions. 

Nimmu House, Ladakh (45 minutes from Leh)

This stunning eco-resort built on the side of a mountain provides an immersion into Himalayan culture. Stay in a beautifully furnished room or a roomy tent and enjoy one of the many thematic stays this resort has to offer. Whether you prefer culture, trekking, yoga and wellness or all four, Nimmu House has stays for every kind of traveller.

Vulnerable Girls in India

  • Human trafficking in India is an issue affecting mainly women and girls. It is deeply rooted in Indian culture and, for centuries, it has been one of the major problems the country has been facing. Read more here…
  • Early marriage or sex work are two of the many reasons why nearly two thirds of adolescent girls in India drop out of school. With little formal education at their hands it is difficult to get out of these undesirable situations. Read more here…
  • Periods are considered shameful in many countries, especially in India. Having limited or no access to period products can result into girls needing to skip school days. Watch here… 
  • Child Marriage in India: Teenage Girls Forced to Marry. Watch here…. 


Can I drink the water? No, buy bottled with sealed tops instead.

Should you get tips in India? Leave a small tip after eating in a restaurant. If you have hired a guide or a driver for multiple days, tip accordingly. Some hotels have “tip boxes” at their front desks, and leaving a tip in such a box is much appreciated but not required.

When traveling by tuk-tuk or taxi, if you have agreed on a price with the driver in advance, no tip is necessary. Don’t feel guilty shooing away anyone pestering you for an unearned or undeserved tip – you will probably find yourself doing so frequently!

Fixed price or barter? Bartering is appropriate and expected at markets and less-expensive hostels and hotels. Expect fixed prices at restaurants and upscale hotels. Often, fixed-price shops will have a sign informing you of the fact that bartering is off-limits.

Any ATMs? ATMs exist in tourist areas. However, be sure to arrive with at least a little bit of cash, as most transactions require it, and you cannot count on your border-crossing point to have an ATM (even if it is an airport).

Which side of the road do they drive? On the left-hand side.

Good for vegetarians? India is a vegetarian’s idea of paradise. Many of the country’s religions mandate vegetarianism, and you will find an abundance of delicious vegetarian dishes everywhere you travel.

Any seven wonders of the world? Taj Mahal in Agra.

* This guide was written by fellow solo traveler, Kristin Wieben. 

India Map

How To Plan a Solo Trip To India

If you are ready to go solo travelling in India, here are some useful links to help you to plan your solo trip in India. including airlines which fly there, vaccinations required and events and festivals.


Budget – £20 a day +

India is very inexpensive, and you can get by on what feels like pocket change. However, in many situations, it’s definitely worth shelling out a little bit more money for nicer accommodations, a higher-class train ticket, or a trustworthy guide for your solo trips India. By doing so, not only will you be more comfortable, but you’ll keep yourself safe as a solo female traveler.

Capital – New Delhi

Population – 1.2 billion

Language spoken – Hindi, English, Many others

Local Currency – Indian Rupee

Do I Need a Visa?

Vaccinations Required

Flying Time to India – 10 hours

Useful Info to Plan a Trip in India

Airlines to India

Best Time to Go – Feb, March, November for New Delhi

What Plugs Do I Need?

UNESCO Sites in India

Events and Festivals in India

Local Cost Guide (for Delhi)

Driving Distances

Local Customs & Etiquette

India's Sacred Places

Did you know? When in India, use only your right hand for all transactions with othes. Many Indians use their left hands for cleaning up after using the toilet, and offering your left hand to someone is therefore considered extremely rude.

Useful Hindi phrases

Social Impact Programs

Village Ways Village Ways is an organisation in both India and Nepal which creates income opportunities for villagers. As one of the Leaders in Responsible Tourism for poverty reduction, they offer inspiring holidays in remote villages in India and Nepal that benefit directly from you being there.

The2Senses – is a social impact program in India that creates awareness and diagnosis of hearing problems of people in India. Through their website they diagnose colour blindness and hearing problems in children and adults to improve their quality of life. 

This website is a collective creation, an attempt to effect change for the betterment of society, support the collective group of humanity and to make use of technology to enhance the lives of underprivileged people living in India. The idea for this digital project was created to be taken by health groups and volunteers into rural areas without needing expensive equipment or having people come to cities to be tested.

The2Senses are not from the same country and don’t belong to the same ethnicity, but they are people of like mind, united together for a good cause, to use their talents not just for themselves but also for the benefit of society.

Responsible Tours

G Adventures 

Wild Frontiers

Day Tours

Dreamland Trek & Tour

Varanasi Walks

Stay Eco

Hampi's Boulders


LHA Charitable Trust – Dharamsala 

Ladakh Ecological Development Group

Cultural Experiences

Himalayan Homestays

Homestays in Ladakh

Local Projects

Root Institute – Bodh Gaya

Sankat Mochan Foundation

Issues in the Country

Before you visit India, check the political situation before leaving home, as conditions can change rapidly in India. As mentioned before, travel with others in order to avoid unwanted male attention. Finally, you will encounter extreme poverty in India.

If you really want to make a difference, donating your time or money to a worthy charity will likely go further than giving small handouts to beggars.

Where to Stay

Varansi – Sahi River View Guesthouse

Delhi – Devna

Agra – Hotel Kamal

Book your Hostels

Book your Hotels

Treat Yourself in a Design Hotel

Mind Body & Soul

Stay At Sivananda Ashram

Stay At Amritapuri Ashram

Stay At a Meditation Retreat

Spa Treatments At Sereno Spa, Goa

Weather in India – Below is an annual weather chart for India from January to December

Weather in India

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13 thoughts on “Solo Travel in India

  1. Ariel Rose

    First off I love your blog, absolutely fab! I am planning on travelling around India for a month or two next year and just wondered, you said the north is better for solo female travellers does this mean the south is more dangerous or is just some areas? what areas in the south would you recommend for me, thanks 🙂

  2. Rashmi

    Hi, I live in southern part of India and I find this safer compared to the north(Considering that there are lower crime rates here comparitively). However, it is better one dresses conservatively and carry a pepper spray. Barring few hooligans, as a whole the country is hospitable and welcoming. Have a great trip:)

  3. Priya

    Hi… South is much safer compared to North. Our whole country is welcoming and it is our tradition to treat Guests as God. Also to feel safe avoid short dresses. Enjoy your trip. If you need any place recommendation i would be happy to help. Enjoy your stay.

  4. Hiren

    Hello, I welcome you to India. India is very good place to visit during winter (Oct – Feb). As far as safety is concern Mumbai, Gujrat, Rajasthan, and even Southern India is very Safe. Also If you are planning to visit Delhi or NCR, Try to comeback hotel by 8 PM.

  5. Sonu

    Wow! You have covered many cities in one article. I hope this article will inspire many more travellers to visit India.

  6. Raman

    I appreciate the personal touch you bring to your travel experiences, offering insights that go beyond the typical tourist spots. It’s evident that your passion for exploration shines through every post.

  7. Sanjay Rai Sharma

    I enjoyed reading, nicely expressed as if I am exploring beyond the typical tourist spots which you discover the hidden gems and unique aspects of each destination. It’s my passion also for exploring and the joy of sharing those discoveries.


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