Here’s to the spirit of travelling. The kind that opens many doors to the unknown and makes one rejoice the uncertainties! The kind that makes one believe in magic.
To explorations that involve wandering around an unfamiliar town, taking a little break for a chai-tapri, smiling back at kids on the street and of course café hopping! Here’s to roads that add perspective. Here’s to travel, the kind that makes one unleash and sometimes, unlearn.
Best Places To Travel Alone In North India
- Darang, Himachal Pradesh
- Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
- Kaza, Spiti
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
- Roopkund Trek, Uttrakhand
Darang, Himachal Pradesh
If bundling up in a cozy hillside cottage is on your mind, ditch Mcleodganj for this gorgeous tea estate in the Himalayas! An ideal place for all those seeking some me-time, Darang is charmingly situated mid-way between Palampur and the forever touristy Dharamshala. This obscure village offers vintage charm overlooking acres of tea plantation enveloped by the view of Dhauladhar Mountains.
The pristine beauty of wildflowers, vast forests and farm produced delights are sure to lure you in a long-standing romance with this quaint little village. With fruit-laden trees, hummingbirds and fluttering butterflies, this offbeat Himalayan destination will surely bring every bit of that laid-back life you have been craving for!
Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
Glimpses of river Sutlej flowing in a stream of clear white, mighty Himalayas smothered by blankets of cedar and pine trees, the land of mountain villages comes with surprises at every turn. Blessed with verdant landscapes, the sparsely populated Sangla Valley is home some of the country’s most gorgeous countryside.
With rolling meadows, orchards of apples, experience the joys of a simple life in the Himalayan village of Rakcham. Visit Chitkul, India’s last village before the road takes to Tibet. With river Baspa gushing along, the picture perfect valleys of Chitkul promise an enchanting experience for every solo traveller.
The brown little town of Kaza, standing above the shore of river Spiti, is a must visit for an endless supply of picturesque views and solitude. Visit the architectural grandeur of Ki Monastery which reflects the Tibetan influence on the culture and everyday life in Spiti.
Serene surroundings, Tibetan flags, prayer wheels and unbelievably hospitable locals, the capital city of Kaza makes it for that perfect aimless wandering around the destination. With ancient monasteries, narrow trails and vast stretches of blue skies amidst patches of green, Kaza is a real treat for all photography enthusiasts.
Amidst endless stretches of sand in the golden Thar Desert, the charming city of Jaisalmer feels like straight out of the Arabian Nights fable! Visit the spectacular Sonar Qilla, located in the very heart of the city to discover the homes and havelis where people live their lives just as they used to for centuries. The crowded narrow lanes and shops brimming with antiquities promise to bring delight to any photographer.
Absorb the changing hues of ochre with the sunset or spot rare migratory birds whilst sitting on the ghats of Gadisar Lake. Camp out in the open to sleep under the shimmer of twinkling stars with music in the air. In the middle of the sand dunes, with the backdrop of colourful pagdis and cheerful chatter, it’s okay to lose track of time and absorb the many hues of the starlit sky.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Snuggled away in the Nanda Devi Biosphere region in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is a must visit for soul searching travel enthusiasts. The months of June to September are the best to experience the riot of colors with blooming flowers of all variety dancing along a pleasant summer breeze.
Also home to a large variety of endangered species like snow leopard and black sheep, Valley of flowers offers unforgettable views with gurgling waters of Pushpawati River and lush greenery in the backdrop of snow laden Himalayas.
Roopkund Trek, Uttrakhand
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Roopkund trek offers a magnificent adventure with alpine setting surrounded by dense oak forests. With twenty-three thousand feet tall companions of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti, the Roopkund Trek welcomes all adventure-seeking enthusiasts into its manifold.
One gets to traverse along the twin meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, largest high altitude meadows in India. This trek also steals the limelight for its famous ‘mystery lake’ which contains over five hundred human skeletons scattered alongside the bank of Roopkund Lake.
Now that you know what the best places to visit alone in North India are, start your journey to experience the world unfiltered; meet new people and discover the undiscovered to truly discover your own self.
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