“India is the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen it once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined” – Mark Twain. What Twain said about India a century ago, still stands profoundly. India is the cradle of civilization with her elegant diversity in demography, culture, religion, and language, India is a world in itself. For the last two years, the covid19 pandemic changed the entire narrative of the world we are living in, and because of that we could not enjoy the things we love, which we cherish– Traveling. But now that finally, everything is getting back to the norm, here are top 10 budget solo travel destinations in India, each diverse in its own way.
Pristine Islands of Lakshadweep And Andaman.
India is a nation that is surrounded by oceans, but apart from the vast coastlines that gaze the eyes of travelers who love the blue ocean, India has two chains of islands spread out on either side of the Indian ocean. Andaman & Nicobar island in the east, and Lakshadweep to the west.
Andaman and Nicobar islands lie at the southern end of the Bay of Bengal, blessed with biodiversity and a unique ecosystem, Andaman and Nicobar offer a unique experience for nature lovers. Port Blair is the capital city of the island groups. The island offers a myriad of sporting activities such as scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, etc. The cellular jail on the Island used during the colonial times also gives a historic perspective of modern India.
Lakshwadeep Islands lie on the western coast of India in the Arabian sea. Lakshwadeep offers emerald beaches and lush green landscapes. The capital Kavaratti and also Agatti islands offer airport services for tourists. Malayalam is the widely used language in Lakshwadeep. With sky-blue waters and white sands, Lakshwadeep resembles the Maldives and some pacific islands. Scuba diving and surfing is also popular sport in Lakshwadeep.
Backwaters of Kerala.
The unique southern state offers a chilling experience for the ones who are looking to relax from their busy life schedule. The stunning backwaters of Alleppey provide a picturesque tour for visitors. Taking a tour of traditional houseboats can make this trip more thrilling with a closer look at the culture and food.
Kerala is also famous for its greenery and is commonly called the “God’s own country” for its elegant green nature and hill stations like Munnar, Vagamon, Idukki, etc.
The City of Djin as the historian William Dalrymple calls, Delhi is an iconic city that reflects both modern India and its vibrant historical legacy.
Delhi boasts several historical monuments such as Jama Masjid, Red fort, Humayun’s tomb, etc. Delhi being the capital of the largest democracy in the world, also shows the political and institutional legacy of this great nation.
Delhi is also the culinary capital of India, the city that never sleeps provides a diverse range of street food for its visitors that can be found nowhere else in the country.
From the heavenly valleys of Kashmir to the dark dense mountains and forest of Arunachal, the entire stretch of the mighty Himalayan range offers both bone-chilling adventure and a delicate landscape. The celestial Himalayas has always caught the eyes of civilizations, evolving to become one of the cultural hotspots of India with its diverse people and traditions.
Places like Ladakh, Sikkim, and Arunachal, are also Buddhist hotspots. The cold desert and monasteries of Ladakh are something that every tourist has on their list. The sharp mountains and lakes of Uttarakhand and Himachal are a paradise for mountaineering.
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The Spiritual Ganges
Pouring down from the Himalayas, the Mother Ganges is a sacred entity that hosts an impeccable amount of ancient India’s spiritual and divine cities. Varanasi the legendary city that is older than history and legends resides on the bank of the Ganges. Allahabad which accounts for the important festival Kumbh Mela – the largest human gathering in the world, and Rishikesh the spiritual and yoga capital of the world also lies on the bank of the Ganges.
Traveling through these places that have stood tall against the test of time can change your life. If you are to visit Varanasi don’t miss the Ganga arati, a moment that is filled with divinity that can send chills through your spine.
The symbolic Taj-Mahal
If you travel a short distance from Delhi, you reach the city of Agra, and there on the banks of Yamuna, an ivory-white monument built with marble will grasp your eyes with its beauty. The Taj Mahal symbolizes the love of Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaaz. The Mughal emperor built this monument in the remembrance of his wife.
The iconic Taj Mahal is one of the finest architectural wonders in the world. If you are traveling as a couple, there is nothing better than visiting this magical place to relinquish love and respect.
Deserts and Forts of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the biggest state in India, known for its unique desert landscape and medieval forts and history, the literal meaning of Rajasthan is the “Land of the Kings”. It enthralls its visitors with its magnificent forts and palaces, like the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber fort, etc. Jaipur the capital city is also known as the pink city of India, for its unique pink walls and buildings.
The Thar desert lies in the heart of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer the desert city can offer you some delightful desert experiences like the camel safari, night camping, etc.
The Luminous Golden Temple.
In the capital city of the land of five rivers, the majestic Golden Temple welcomes visitors of all religions and attracts pilgrims from all around the world. Founded in 1577, by the fourth Sikh guru, it is the holiest place for Sikhs. The dome of the temple is covered with gold, and when lit up at night the temple looks spectacular.
Golden Temple is also known for its large community kitchen, offering free vegan meals for up to 100,000 visitors a day. If you are to visit there don’t miss to try it.
Blissful Beaches of Goa.
Situated on the western coast of India, Goa is a small state with its own uniqueness. Goa was part of Portugal up until the 60s, so most of the Goan culture and architecture resembles that of southwest Europe. Goa is also known as the Las Vegas of India because of its casinos and easier availability of liquor.
The blissful beaches of Goa offer fascinating sunsets and delicate Goan cuisines. There are also many sporting experiences in goa such as surfing and scuba diving, etc.
The Architectural Marvels of Hampi.
Hampi is an ancient city in Karnataka. In its full glory, Hampi was one of the biggest cities in the world, it was the capital city of the Vijayanagara empire. For centuries, Hampi boasted the cultural and artistic progress of the Vijayanagara empire with its marvelous architecture and sculptures. Today, you can see the ruins and shambles of a once-great civilization.
Hampi was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The massive and beautifully carved temples like the Virupaksha Temple, are a stunning view.