I want to travel solo !

These days I am so busy that I want a break now… and what better way than to get out of the routine to see some place and rejuvenate myself. And you are going to help me in this because this time I want to do it solo. Yes, you heard me right..  I want to travel solo !

Yes yes, I know what you are going to say now. I have traveled to many countries all alone and what now ? Well, in India except for Delhi-Mumbai sector I have not travelled alone and mostly that is no fun. Get into the airplane, reach the other end, don’t look left & right, do your work and take back the return flight. I hardly get to travel by train (my first preference) or bus (last).

So, basically I am missing the fun part of it and I want to enjoy that. Can you give me some ideas where to go ? Some pre-conditions are also there.

1) It should not be more than 3 days trip including travel time. I am ready for overnight travel to reach my destination in the morning.
2) I want to avoid Maharashtra this time.
3) Should not be a proper city (I am trying to avoid flights 😉 ). Outskirts or small towns are welcome.
4) Not a rainy place. I am going to carry only a rucksack so not much of change of clothes.
5) Language should not be a problem
6) Don’t recommend me jungles or forests. My family will not let me go to a lion’s mouth at this tender age !  😉
7) Should be a safe place for a woman. It’d be my first such trip. Hence the apprehension.

Hmmm.. that leaves me with very little choice. M.P., U.P., Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan. On second thoughts, still there are many. 😀

What do you say ? Which place should I attack first ? 😛

14 thoughts on “I want to travel solo !

  1. I’m afraid my proposition would more or less only fulfil one of the conditions (no lions)! Can’t you make another – better – list?

  2. Not in Maharashtra? You just reduced your chances of visiting a good place by 80%. No forests or rainy places? Another 10% gone.

    My family will not let me go to a lion’s mouth at this tender age !
    Chivalry forbids me to put my thoughts into words 😀

  3. Peter,
    No, I can not. 🙂

    Amey,
    Yes, I know Maharashtra is the best choice given the conditions I have set. But it is so near (I am inside Maharashtra ha ha ) that I can always visit places. Plus rainy places are on the cards. 😀

    I want to utilize this trip for some other place. Any suggestions ?

    Chivalry forbids me to put my thoughts into words… Ha Ha Ha I expected that from you. 😀

  4. I think your family will be concerned more about the Lion.

    Anyway. Take the overnight train to Rajasthan. I have a good schedule if you want to go to Ranathambore national park, but alas you are ……… (borrowing Amey’s words). The other place is Abu Road. Reach there early in the morning and spend next 2-3 days in Abu-Udaipur and another place which has sexy Jain temple, I forget the name.

    Option two is to again take overnight train to just south of Goa – to Uttar Karnataka. Karwar, Gokarn Mahabaleshwar, Badami. Its beautiful, but rainy too.

    Option three is Indore – my native place. Spend next 2-3 days around Indore, Omkareshwar, Ujjain and come back drenched in Malwa history.

    Finally, you can read the Kerala travelogue – 4 days 3 nights on my website, you can easily do a part of it. But it involves flight, another constrain 😀

    There are infinite more options 😉

  5. Priyank – Ranakpur has been called many things….but *Sexy* would probably turn many jainis in their grave…. 🙂

    Hey Cuckoo – my suggestion would be * Diu* – and the best part is you dont have to even move out of diu….! It has amazing fort, amazing churches, some beautiful hideouts. Beaches…and just a very languid place…to do nothing but to soak the atmosphere.
    Am out of country -so cant send information on hotel. Otherwise get your hand on lonely planet book. There is this *homestay accomodation* provided by anglo Indian chap. Highly recommended for their FOOD and history talks.
    You can hire a bike and just roam at your pace and will.

    2nd option is *Rann* -there is this resort. No not very fancy, but beautiful kooba (traditional thatch huts of Gujarat) with swing hanging outside your hut where you can take your morning tea….or listen to music….& looking at wild ass will not be considered dangerous from any angle…… 🙂 ! The Guy’s name is Dhanraj.
    If you call him up -he will make the arrangements to pick you up. He will be able to give you direction on how to take bus from Ahemdabad and where to get down.
    You can travel further on your own to Modhera (sun temple) and Patan (famous for Rani ki Bao-heritage step well and Ikkat weaving)

    Enjoy the solo trip…. :)) and tk care ~

  6. Priyank,
    Many thanks. 😀

    Even I was zeroing on Rajasthan, MP or Gujarat. All the 3 places look very attractive. Let me explore some more on this.
    But there is one peculiar problem which I remembered just now. 😀
    Now, don’t hit me, OK ?

    Wherever I go, I want to travel light both ways but being a female, I know I will end up buying things (compulsive shopping in the name of collecting souvenirs)… all those mirror work clothes, lac bangles and much more.

    I am in a fix. 🙁

  7. BTR,
    There you go. Many thanks for this detailed information.. 😀
    You seem to have seen so many places, O nomad !!

    Diu is a good choice but it would again be something like Goa, right ? If yes, then this one goes on a lower priority. I like homestay options though.

    Hmmm… hiring a bike ??? Ha Ha … I have a licence for 4 wheelers. Shall I hire two bikes then ? 😉
    On a serious note, I would prefer a walk or local transport. Enough of rented chauffeur driven cars in Goa.

    I checked in the map. Rann is so far away. I have to see how much time it takes to get in there. But from your description, the place looks like heaven. And you are luring me with more & more options towards that place. 😀
    And you remember the name of the person also !! :O

  8. my choices will be Pondichery, Mangalore, Coorg – u can fly down to bangalore and then travel by bus. traveling solo is fun and adventurous – will update you about more options soon.

  9. 🙂 bike – i meant buke -bicycle…..even if you hit somebody , nobody would bay for your blood….. 😉 —- and no its not Goa …. no idea how to explain…..the difference…..!!

    well other comments are filling up fast with options…..so I am sure you will enjoy whatever you will choose !!
    tk care ~

  10. Priyank has come out with some good suggestions. Rajasthan is a great choice (no rains at these times). How about Mt. Abu and Udaipur. (I haven’t been to both, so think high of it).

    Then there are other parts of MP that are interesting too, like Bhopal and from there to Pachmarhi, or Jabalpur from where you can reach the Marble Rocks and Dhuandhar Falls in Bhedaghat.

    BTR has suggested Diu. I’ve been there, and loved the romance of the place but I think you would be better off there with some company.

    The options are unlimited. It’s vast and free India and in my view, it’s reasonably safe anywhere. This woman traveller, who’s been doing most of the travelling solo lately tells you, go sweet girl, move it. You will be fine. All the best.;)

  11. Hmm…trying to figure out if any place that meets all those criteria actually exists in India. BTW, forests in India are safer than the urban jungles now-a-days for ‘tender-aged’ girls. Also, sadly, there aren’t many feline creatures left alive in our jungles. Rajasthan You may want to consider Darjeeling and/or Sikkim too.

  12. Anoop, Lakshmi
    I am not going that far. Let me see.

    BTR,
    Thank you I’ll get in touch with you if I need something.

    Celine
    Thank you for your kind words. The plan right now is on hold. I am fairly busy. But I’ll go to one of these 3 states. It’s decided. Where ? Even I don’t know. 😀

    Shantanu
    Welcome aboard !!

    Well, I can consider Rajasthan but Sikkim/ Darjeeling are far off for a 3 days trip. Let me see what I can do.

    Thanks for your visit, keep coming.

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