If travel is your first love, then the second week of February is when you show your true love how much you really care. And whether you like to trek, bike, or pedal, we’ve got 5 holiday destinations that are awesome for solo travellers! So go on, break out your travel gear, pack your essentials, and head out for a fabulous Valentine’s Day holiday!
If you crave some relaxing time alone, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Pondicherry is the best place for you. The largest city in the union territory of Puducherry, it is located on the Tamil Nadu coast. Since it was one of the few French colonial possessions in India, it has a uniquely French feel to it. Pondy, as it is commonly known, is the closest you will get to experiencing France without actually flying to Europe! The architecture is colonial and quaint, the food has a distinct French flavour, and the beer is freely available and cheap. Enjoy the soothing sun, lounge about on the sandy beaches and soak in all the silence you could need. Looking for some spiritual healing? Drive down to the universal township of Auroville, which is known for its temples and ashrams.
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Location: Pondicherry is located just 40km away from Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu.
Connectivity: The nearest airport is in Chennai, which is well connected to the rest of India. The nearest railway station is at Villupuram, 32km away. While the bus and the cab services are great, the best way to get about town is on foot, bicycles, or even autos.
Climate: It is pleasant, cool and wintry in February.
Languages: Tamil (official), English, French & Malayalam are spoken here.
The hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh have many options where you can lose yourself on a solo trip. While Manali is a great choice, it tends to be crowded, especially with honeymooning couples and noisy families. If you want to avoid the crowd, the sleepy hamlet of Kasol, a few hours’ drive away, is a perfect spot. A popular destination for hippies and trekking enthusiasts, Kasol is located near the Parvati River and has some great cafés for European cuisine. Take a walk by the river, shop for souvenirs at the local flea market and gorge on the Israeli food during your time here.
Location: Kasol is a popular spot in Himachal Pradesh, 75km from Manali and 42km east of Kullu.
Connectivity: The nearest airport is at Bhunthar near Kullu, but flights are not regular. There are no railways nearby. The best option is to travel by road, from Manali or Kullu, both of which are well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh.
Climate: It is cold and misty, with chances of snow in February.
Languages: Hindi, English, Pahari & Punjabi are spoken here.
Looking for a unique experience, head to Majuli, the world’s largest river island for its rustic, ‘un-touristy’ vibe. The fresh water island on the River Brahmaputra in Assam has a unique ecosystem, which promises an authentic, pollution-free experience. The warm, friendly local tribes who inhabit the island village have a distinct culture and are ready to share this with visitors. You won’t get 5-star accommodation or international cuisines, but the lush natural beauty, exotic wetland animals and birds, and an introduction to the distinct Majuli culture are more than worth it.
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Green Triangle of North East
Location: Majuli is on the Brahmaputra River in Assam, 20km from the main city of Jorhat.
Connectivity: The nearest airport is in Jorhat, which connects to Kolkata and Guwahati. Mariani Junction, the main railway station, is also near Jorhat. Majuli is well connected by road, with taxis and buses available from Jorhat to the ferry station that links Majuli with the mainland.
Climate: Expect misty mornings, cool climate and occasional showers in February.
Languages: Assamese, English & Hindi are spoken here.
Set on rolling hills on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, this World Heritage Site showcases the remnants of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire. History lovers will have plenty to explore in the ruins of Vijayanagar City, the largest city of its time in the world. Also a popular religious centre, with several important temples, this village is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. Wake up early to see the sun rise over the temples, explore the hippie side of Hampi, go bouldering, eat at the Mango Tree restaurant, and shop for boho souvenirs at the local market on your next visit.
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Hampi- Xperiential Holidays
Location: 350km away from Bangalore, Karnataka; Bellary is 74km away.
Connectivity: The nearest railway station is 13kms away in Hospet, connected to Bangalore by an overnight train. The nearest airport is 144km away in Hubli. There is regular buses that connect Hampi to all the major cities of Karnataka.
Climate: It is pleasant and cool in February.
Languages: Kannada, English & Hindi are spoken here.
The forts, palaces, deserts and dunes of Jaisalmer offer a serenity that is best enjoyed on a solo trip. One of the better places to travel to solo, the Golden City of Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar Desert has numerous Jain temples, ruins and museums to explore. Buy intricate woodwork, silver jewellery and colourful mirror-work at the local bazaars and feast on the traditional Rajasthani food. If you want a proper desert experience, watch the sun set over dunes on a camel safari and spend the night counting stars at a desert camp. The annual Desert Festival in January-February is also a great way to experience the region’s culture, food, dance and music first-hand.
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Heartland of Rajasthan
Location: Jaisalmer is in Rajasthan, 575km west of the capital Jaipur.
Connectivity: The nearest operational airport as of January 2017 is in Jodhpur, 300km away. The local railway station is well connected to the rest of Rajasthan as well as other major cities, and daily trains are available. Roads are the best for travelling through Rajasthan, with numerous bus services available.
Climate: Expect cold desert climate, with cool nights and pleasant days in February.
Languages: Hindi (official), English & numerous local dialects are spoken here.
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