Travelling solo isn't always easy. It can test your patience, courage and willingness to adapt to situations outside of your comfort zone. But on the flipside, solo trips are fantastic opportunities to reminisce, contemplate, rejuvenate yourself, and face the challenges of meeting and getting to know a diverse set of people.
You might be surprised to know that the trips you take alone could end up being your favourites, and could even top the experiences you would have had when travelling with family and friends. A solo trip often offers several advantages that are but overlooked when planning trips with a group.
When you travel alone, the only person you need to worry about pleasing is yourself - you set the schedule, have the freedom to decide where to go and what to do, and never be influenced by the decisions of travel companions.
When you travel alone, you start to notice how you spend your days when free from external influences. You really discover 'yourself', so to speak. This is precious knowledge that you can bring back home and integrate with your daily life, thus giving you a fresh perspective on everything you want to accomplish.
And with that being said, here we give you a list of solo-trip destinations in North India that you can begin exploring on your own, especially in the month of March.
2. Kheer Ganga
Kheer Ganga, located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh about 22 km away from the pilgrimage town of Manikaran, is popular for hot-water springs and majestic views of the Himalayan Mountains. You can go trekking, camping, nature walking, mountain climbing and indulge in landscape photography while visiting this place. The best time to visit Kheer Ganga is between the months of March and November when the weather is pleasant and favourable.
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Chandrashila is the summit of Tungnath. Located at a height of about 4000 metres above sea level, Chandrashila provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas, especially Nanda Devi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba Peaks. This is believed to be the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana, while other mythical sources mention that the moon-god himself spent time at this place in penance. No matter what your mythological inclinations might be, Chandrashila is one place where you can spend quality time in solitude and experience the splendid beauty of the Himalayas.
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4. Pin Parvati
Pin Parvati is a high Himalayan mountain pass which connects the fertile and lush Parvati Valley on the Kullu side with the Pin Valley on the Spiti side. Pin Parvati is a popular trekking destination for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Climbing through dense forests and heavy snowfall makes this one of the most enjoyable, yet challenging, treks of Himachal Pradesh. The alpine meadows, pristine glacial lakes, hot-water springs, camping in snow are some of the exciting attractions this place offers to all.
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5. Hampta Pass
At the outset, Hampta Pass is unusual. It climbs out of lush green valleys of Kullu to a high point in the mountains. The high point is a window to a drastically different world - the desert landscape of Lahaul. From this point, you can witness a bizarre twist in the whole landscape, so much that it feels completely surreal. The entire trek offers camp-sites that are distinct from each other. Each day of the trek offers a different terrain to experience. It is a highly recommended trek for its rapid, dramatic scenery changes and the novel pass crossing.
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6. Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun is regarded as one of the most beautiful valleys in the western Himalayas. The pathway through Glacier Basins, Pine Forests and ancient villages give you breath-taking scenic views and a chance to experience the slow-paced village lifestyle. It is said that the Pandavas themselves took this route to ascend to heaven via the SwargaRohini - the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. This is the only valley from where you can see the SwargaRohini - I, II, III, Bandarpoonch and Blackpeak, all together. The pathway through the valley is also known for its diverse variety of flora and fauna.
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7. Rupin Pass
This is a high altitude pass across the Himalayan mountain range and is located amidst uninhabited areas at an elevation of about 15,000 feet from sea level. The Rupin Pass trek is one of the classic trek routes in Himachal Pradesh, as every step reveals a new scenery for experience. In the higher reaches, the trek passes through superb snow fields. In terms of a complete experience, Rupin Pass is the trek to do solo.
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8. Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located in the North-Eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, and is home to monasteries, villages and ancient capitals that are perfect choices for a solo trip. The valley is famous for its various high-altitude treks and a rich Tibetan-influenced culture. The valley and the surrounding regions are one of the least-populated regions in India, but offer a tranquil environment along with scenic views. The Key and Tabo monasteries situated here are the oldest monasteries in the world and are a must visit to experience the serenity and tranquillity of the valley.
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Ladakh is the highest plateau in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is regarded as one of the most stunning parts of the Himalayas. Spectacular mountains enfold this Buddhist ex-kingdom. The landscape is dotted with Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, Mani walls and colourful fluttering prayer flags that share their spiritual messages with the cool mountain breeze. Interiors of the monasteries are awash with murals of countless Bodhisattvas. The majestic mountains in the backdrop make for an unforgettable experience. Head to Ladakh for here you are sure to find the kind of peace and tranquillity that remain elusive in modern cities.
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10. Jim Corbett National Park
Named after the legendary wildlife writer and explorer, the Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 to protect the endangered Bengal Tiger. The park is an eco-tourism destination that is said to contain 488 different species of plants and an equally diverse set of fauna. Although the Jim Corbett Park has been a favourite haunt for tourists and wildlife enthusiasts, it is dense forests that cover much of the park and a jeep safari is the most recommended way of travelling inside the park. Corbett Falls are located at some distance away, surrounded by dense forests and pin-drop silence.
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Kasol is a tiny village located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, around 42 km east of Kullu. Kasol is a popular destination for jungle treks, camping and just chilling out.
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Malana is an ancient village in Himachal Pradesh and remains isolated from the rest of the world. This makes it an ideal destination for a solo trip in March. The ancient village is said to have its own democracy and a well-organized parliamentary system, which as per locals is the oldest in the world. The village also has several ancient temples, out of which the Jamlu and Rukmini temples are noteworthy.
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Kanatal is a small village located in the state of Uttarakhand and is conveniently connected by road to New Delhi and other major cities of India. The temperature hovers around 10 to 20 degrees in summers, and so it is an ideal place to visit during the months of March and April. Winters can see heavy snowfall. There are a few hotels available at Kanatal that offer a view of snow-covered mountains.
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14. Markha Valley
Markha Valley is one of the best trekking destinations of North India. Located in Ladakh, Markha is also a great place to explore Buddhism in the region. As the valley falls in the Himalayan region, the place experiences heavy snowfall during winter and is also found to be isolated for several months of the year.
Tosh Valley, also known as Parvati Valley, is a treasure of Himachal Pradesh. The laid back valley is one of the best places for solo trips in India in the month of March, offering peace and tranquility amongst natural environs. With its lush green mountains, majestic peaks, gurgling streams and pleasant climate, Tosh Valley doesn't fail to attract a traveller. The famous pilgrimage centre Manikaran is located just 5 km away from Tosh.
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A trek from the Parvati River in Himachal Pradesh takes you to the beautiful village of Chalal. The village is just 1.5 km away from Kasol, and it is a great place to escape into nature. You can opt to stay at a resort in Kasol and walk to Chalal enjoying the scenic views the place has to offer. From March to mid-June and September-November are the best times to visit Chalal.
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