If you are planning a solo trip and are still uncertain about taking the leap we have some great tips for travelling solo in India. Rajasthan is a great place to start your Indian solo travel experience. Walk down the alleys, enjoy natural attractions, go on a safari and experience the local culture. With friendly people and decent accommodation options, it is easy and safe to travel solo.
The best tips for travelling solo in India
Where to go?
Choose destinations that are busy and bustling with people. Although there are many secluded spots in India it is better to avoid them if you are travelling alone. If you really want to visit the less populated attractions rather join a tour group. Choose the main cities for accommodation rather than smaller villages that involve travelling to get to the main sights. Common activities for tourists like going to the beach, visiting palaces and forts, elephant rides, camel safaris and national parks are your safest bet.
Great planning is never a waste of time and goes a long way towards making your trip more enjoyable. Learn about the destinations you are about to visit. You need to know where the main areas are and what the best places are to stay as a solo traveller. Read reviews before you book to see if it’s a good choice for you. Be aware of your surroundings. Research the best places to visit and ask locals for advice when you arrive.
Pre-book as much as possible. You could book hotel rooms, guides, taxis and any tours that you want to do. It will make your life much easier when you arrive. If you visit India during the high season there is a good chance that the accommodation you like will be booked and late bookings will be expensive. Check your flight arrival time. If you arrive in the middle of the night, you might better be off with the pre-booked taxis in the airport or staying at an airport hotel.
India is generally a hospitable country, but like anywhere in the world, not everyone is honest. Anyone will help you with basic information like directions. Do not accept help from strangers who offer to carry your luggage for you or offer to show you around. Hire professional guides if required. Always be alert as you are generally more of a target for scams when you are travelling solo.
Off the beaten track
No matter what your gender it is better not to visit any unusual places at night. Tourist spots will be packed until late at night and you need not worry about these places. Keep up with the crowd. At any point, if you find yourself in an empty spot or road make your way back.
The best part of travelling solo is that you need not worry whether a destination will suit the people who are travelling with you. Try to do as much as possible in one day. Enjoy street food, act like a local, take part in the culture and live like a local.
If you are alone, you will probably spend less time in your hotel room. Do not spend a huge amount of money on accommodation. However, choose a decent place to stay. If you are planning to backpack, there are many places to suit your needs. Once again, research the accommodation.
There are a lot of interesting adventure activities to do in India. You can zip-line, go hot air ballooning or go on a camel safari or elephant ride. These are just a few ideas. If you are interacting with animals please take part in an activity that treats their animals ethically.
Remember that sometimes, you might not be able to carry your bag or other items while you are on the adventure activities. It is better just to carry a wallet with you or a small daypack. Asking strangers to take care of your items is not a good idea and they might not be there when you return.
Google Maps and other apps
Have some tourist apps available that will help you find your way wherever you are. Anything can happen so, be prepared to handle the situation. Many data providers offer packages for international travel with roaming facilities. Choose the one that suits your need. Do not rely on the Wi-Fi in your hotel room. You will not get lost while you are inside your room.
Being the odd one out
Are people staring at you? It is not because you are travelling alone. It is because you are different. Indians tend to give more attention to something that they do not see every day. Do not be afraid of attracting attention. Don’t attract negative attention by displaying items of value. If you are shopping for any valuable souvenirs go back to your hotel room and leave them in your bag before you begin your sightseeing. Do you own a Rolex watch? Are you wearing a diamond earring? Keep those at home, in your luggage or in the hotel safe. You do not have to be party-ready while you are scouring markets or sightseeing.
If you follow these tips for travelling solo in India you will be well on the way to having an amazing time and have an enjoyable holiday in a country filled with culture and beauty.
Alina Jack has been a travel writer since 2010 and generally writes the blog for Travelogy India. I have a keen interest in writing about destinations and travel tips. You can read my Blog Posts here. Twitter : https://twitter.com/alinajackk