Best Destinations in India for Women Travellers
India is not regarded in high esteem when it comes to women travellers. Most parts of the country is not considered safe but this does not hold true always and for all places. However, these days more and more women are either travelling in an all girls group or even travelling solo. Though every women can travel in all parts, one just needs to keep alert while travelling alone. Women indulge in a lot of activities like trekking, swimming, visiting local museums, meeting and interacting with locals, tasting local food and ofcourse shopping! So here are some of the important places in India which every women can enjoy travelling solo or in a group without much of a worry!
This capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is also called the ‘abode of the clouds’. Located at bout 1,496 meters above sea level, this is a quaint hill station that is a very popular destination for a lot of women travelers. Be it alone or with a gang of girls, you can find plenty of fun things to do here from exploring caves, trekking or even discovering the wildlife. There are many good lodges and hotels here to fit different budgets. You can sit for hours seeing the Elephant falls, check out the Sangma State Museum
or simply play golf and unwind at the Shillong golf course
The Umroi Airport here provides for limited flights to major cities. You can also reach here via road from Guwahati. Best time to visit
- October to May
Karnataka is one of the safest places in the country for the women travellers. Mysore is a historical getaway with many palaces, temples and historical locales. The heritage of this city boasts of the Chalukayas, Chola and Hoysalas dynasties. There is no doubt that the weather is not really your best friend here as the climate here is tropical. You can check out places like Mysore Palace, Rail Museum
, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo
, Government House, Rangacharlu, Jubilee Clock, Sri Chamundeswari Temple, Devraj Market, Karanji Lake, etc.
And once you are done with sightseeing, head to the local bazaar to indulge in some serious shopping. Premium quality silk products along with incenses and sandalwood are the major attractions. The city is well connected by trains and has an airport too.
Best time to visit
- October to March
Darjeeling (West Bengal)
The city of Darjeeling
is also known as the queen of the hills. The city is always bustling with life and is a favourite with women travellers. Nestled in the Himalayas at 2,164 meters above sea level, this little town offers something for everyone. It has colonial structures, Buddhist monasteries, a well kept zoo and lot of adventurous activities too. You can take the toy-train here, which is a heritage railway. It simply takes you back in time. Visit the lush tea estates or simply go trekking and hiking. There are rafting zones a couple of hours away too.
The food here is a blend of Tibetan and local Bengali cuisines. The local markets are flooded with goods from both China and Nepal, which makes it great shopping destinations too. It has many women hostels too, which are located right on mall road along with some swanky resorts. You can reach here by road from the Bagdogda airport or even from New Jalpaiguri Railway station. Best time to visit
- September to May
Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
Khajuraho, the UNESCO world heritage site is a must see. Being a woman traveler you may have people staring at you, especially as you explore the seductive shrines and architecture. But the city is relatively safe. The temple of Khajuraho is one of the major attractions here and there is so much to explore in the campus. Once you are done with viewing the heritage structures, you can head to see the Lakshmana temple or the Old Village. Other popular places here include the Adinath temple, Lakshmi Temple, Parshwanath Temple, Lord Mahavira Temple and Matangeshwar Mahadev Temple. The two lakes offer a peaceful respite form the crowded city.
The ayurvedic massages here are very popular but do only go to places that are trustworthy or reputed. Along with it, try the street food and visit the local markets for a souvenir. The city has its own domestic airport that is connected with major cities. You can travel by rail too.Best time to visit
- All year round
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
There is no doubt that the state of Himachal Pradesh offers many different kinds of tourist destinations for women and Shimla
, its capital city, is one of the them. The beautiful hill station has some of the best accommodation in the country along with awesome markets and food too. The weather is pleasant during the summer with good chances of snow during winters.
There are lot of activities to enjoy here. You can simply hang at the Mall road
or check out the historic sites like Christ Church
, The Ridge, Viceregal Lodge, Town Hall, Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Museum, State Museum
, Bhima Kali Temple
and Jakhu Temple
. Enjoy the local wine in moderation. You can easily sit in the mall road in the middle of the night, without being worried about hoodlums, because it is ever crowded during the tourist season. Shimla has its own airport and is accessible by road and train and through the Kalka Shimla Railway.Best time to visit
- September to June
The capital city of Rajasthan,
has so much to offer that a woman traveler will surely not get bored. It is also a city that is known to respect women since historic times. The city has beautiful historical spots to explore along loads of shopping and eating too. And if you are lucky you can catch a celebrity wedding here! Some of the must see places include the Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace
, Statue Circle
, Nahargarh Fort
After sight seeing, do visit Johri bazaar to explore the gorgeous, traditional Rajasthani goods like sarees, dupattas, bangles, semi-precious jewerly, etc. And you cannot say no to Chowki Dhani, which is an agglomeration of all traditional things in Rajasthan. Guests are made to sit and eat here the local style. You can try the camel ride or get mehendi put on your hands. Jaipur is accessible road from Delhi. It has its own International airport along with railway station too.
Located in the serene hills of Uttarakhand is beautiful town of Nainital
. Legend has that the a part of the goddess Sati when Lord Shiva was taking her charred body around in anger. The name of the town is after the lake here, which is in the shape of an eye. The local Kuomani people here give you welcoming smiles and there is plenty of accommodation available for the single woman traveler.
At 2084 meters above sea level, this gorgeous locale receives snowfall during the winters. You can simply laze around in the mall road or head to the lake for a round of boating. There are a lot of adventure activities here too sailing, hiking, trekking, etc. You can also enjoy the wilderness at the Pt. G.B Pant High Altitude Zoo
or go to the nearby Jim Corbett National Park. Other places to enjoy are Ropeway
, Snow View, Tiffin Top, Cheena Peak
, Lover’s Point, Naina Devi Temple
, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyata
l, Saattal, Jama Masjid, Pangot Bird Sanctuary
etcBest time to visit
- October to April
Coorg or Kodaku is nestled in the hills of Karnataka at a height of 1,584 meters. It is a popular tourist destinations and one of the safest ones in the country. In fact the sex ratio in Coorg is in favour of women. You can easily head to this quaint little town to enjoy a hot cup of coffee because it has some of the best coffee plantations in the country. Go ahead and see how coffee is grown and manufactured. Enjoy the free tour with some free coffee. It also has many spice plantations.
Historically, there were many Tibetan settlements here and you can see the heritage in the beautiful monastery. You can bathe a pachyderm in the Dubare Elephant Camp and check out the many temples and rituals that are carried out here. Some of the fun activities that you can enjoy here include white water rafting along with bird watching, biking, trekking, hiking or even angling. There are various resorts here, including eco-friendly ones. Do take back souvenirs of coffee and spices along with local silk products.
Best time to visit
- All year round
Nothing like surf and sand to unwind! The Andaman Islands
are easily accessible by ship or air. On the island you can opt for all kinds of water sports and fun activities like swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling or even sailing.
You can also go for island hopping through Mayabunder, Ross Island, and Diglipur Island. There are rain forest tours arranged here too. Do pay a visit to the Samudrika Marine Museum, Cellular Jail National Memorial
, the Chatham Saw Mill and the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
, which is an anthropological museum. Plenty of good resorts are available on the island, which are not only safe but arrange for travel and tour activities too.Best time to visit
- September to May
It is time to explore wilderness at its best and the Kaziranga National Park
is the perfect option for you. This is one of the forest zones that are abundant with lots of animals, especially the one horned rhino. Other animals that you can see in the park are Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Leopard, Fishing Cat, Sambar, Barking deer, Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Hog deer, Gaur, Hog Badger, Assamese Macaque and Rhesus Macaque
It is a great attraction for women travellers as the forest is flooded with rangers who keep an eye on the poachers. The government provides for private jeep safaris along with elephant tours that are immensely enjoyable.
The resort is not only a great place to view the wilderness but also nature at its gorgeous best. The forest is accessible by road from Guwahati
, which also has an airport.Best time to visit
- October to April