By Meenakshi Arora
Times may have changed in the western world but in India, Victorian morals are still very much alive and women roaming alone or in small groups are both frowned upon even today. You may face a barrage of comments that include how insecure it is for a female to be alone on the street.
Nevertheless, I believe that Indians, as a community, are extremely warm and hospitable. Particularly people in the hills are honest and decent by nature and tend to be very welcoming.
Even though wildlife sanctuaries or heritage sites may be safe for a woman alone, I feel travelling to the mountains is also quite safe.
Safe Travel Destinations For Women In India
Hampi is a great choice for travellers but Anegundi on the bank of the river Tungabhadra is secure and women-friendly. It is inhabited by the most hospitable people and there a small number of homestays where you can reside with the local residents.
If you love to explore, Anegundi has appealing and interesting corners to discover, like an ancient Durga temple on the hilltop which takes you to the Pampa reservoir, beautiful cave shrines and some glorious monuments.
It is advisable to hire a local guide as there are very people around to guide you or give you directions.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Nobody dares to go to Rajasthan alone but Mount Abu is comparatively a safer destination. There is much to explore here like Diawara Shrine and surrounding areas, Achalgarh Fort, and the amazing sunset beside the lake is really fascinating.
Mount Abu is crowded all around the year, so solitude is a bit difficult to enjoy. Otherwise, it is a fun destination for solo travellers.
Coorg is, by far, the safest destination for solo women travellers. You can find homestays and resorts galore in this land of coffee where the best quality coffee beans are available. You can even travel outside the tourist zone as this hill station in Karnataka is extremely safe.
One of the famous attractions in Coorg is the Chinnathappa temple that is known for the golden flute which Lord Krishna used to play in the middle of the jungles.
You have to climb a steep slope and walk through some lush green path till you reach this small shrine. This golden flute is only taken out once a year so if you really keen to see it you must make inquiries before travelling.
Mussoorie in Uttarakhand
Mussoorie, “The Queen of Hills”, is a favourite choice for many women not only because of safety it offers but because of the picturesque beauty all around.
When it comes to deciding on a perfect destination in Uttaranchal where you can trek, be in the romantic atmosphere, and enjoy the beautiful weather, Mussoorie is always the first choice.
Approximately 35 km of winding drive into the Doon valley, Mussoorie is a paradise on earth. With a striking and scenic backdrop and stimulating surroundings, the destination is house to several tourist attractions.
Some of the attractions for women to travel to are Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Point, Kempty falls and Bhatta falls, Jwalaji Temple, Mussoorie lake.
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha in Madhya Pradesh is another safe destination for women travelling alone. It is pitch dark as you go up from Ram Raj temple to Sheesh Mahal where you can see the sound and light show.
Tourists are fascinated with the glimpse of Jahangir Mahal under the moonlight and it seems to be an uncharacteristic ancient monument. It can be a scary sight but people find very interesting to watch.
Otherwise, Orchha is a very friendly destination and with a new resort coming up there with all contemporary facilities, a lot of people find it an interesting getaway for a weekend.