Top 15 Offbeat Destinations in India for Solo Male Travellers

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Solo male travellers form one of the largest chunks of backpackers in our country and yet they are mostly overlooked when the travel and hospitality industry churns out "packages" and "tours" for the world to claim. The reason behind this may be plausible if you see from the perspective of companies – solo male travellers do not really pay heed to fixed itineraries; they just put their backpacks on their backs and leave without much pomp and show. This, I believe, is precisely what "travelling" should be like.

Now if you are a proud member of this community, I do understand that it's difficult to recommend to you places that you might not already have been to. But I have travelled and researched a bit deeper this time around to give you a mix of known and unknown places, where you can extract the most pleasure from your solo backpacking journeys.

Here are the top 15 offbeat destinations for solo male travellers:

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Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Prateek Dham

This is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to solo male backpacking. Most of you must have already been to this Himachali village, but this is for those that still haven't. Your solo backpacking education can never be complete without a trip to the cult paradise called Kasol. It is beautified by the Parvati River that flows through its bosom, giving life to the entire area.

Must do while here: Try Israeli food. Trek to Kheerganga.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Orchha State, Madhya Pradesh, India by Prateek Dham

Orchha is quickly turning out to be the next big hub for backpackers. The only destination on this list from central India, this town in Madhya Pradesh is replete with fantastical architecture from the 15th Century's princely reins. With a population of less than 10,000, Orchha is perfect to just do your thing without much interference.

Must do while here: Visit Raja Mahal. Indulge in rafting on Betwa river.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Prateek Dham

One word: Shrooms. If this doesn't give you sufficient motivation to visit Kodaikanal, then its natural beauty definitely will. Otherwise always marketed as a honeymoon spot in popular media, there is a lot more in "Kodai" that makes it the go-to place for solo male backpackers. This includes endless treks, labyrinthine roads and a sense of psychedelia.

Must do while here: Trek through the pine forest. Have a cuppa filter coffee at Potluck Cafe.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Prateek Dham

Probably the hippie capital of the western part of our country, Pushkar needs to be visited to be believed. With a lot of babas and sadhus along the ghats, you won't have a dearth of whatever you are looking for in order to find a good time. Pushkar is home to the most prominent and most visited Brahma Temple in the world.

Must do while here: Visit Brahma Temple. Take a hot air balloon ride.

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Photo of Varkala, Kerala, India by Prateek Dham

If you've gotten tired of the beaches in Goa and Maharashtra, Varkala will provide you with the serenity that you are looking to experience. Situated in the state of Kerala, here you will find cliffs right adjacent to the Arabian Sea, which are quite a sight to behold. The hippie culture is all-encompassing here so whatever you do, nothing will be frowned upon.

Must do while here: Visit Janardana Swamy Temple and the Papanasam Beach.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Ziro by Prateek Dham

The northeast's first entry on this list, Ziro is a valley in Arunachal Pradesh and a hub for economic activities as well as counter culture. This beautiful utopia is made famous by a brilliant yearly music festival called the Ziro Valley Carnival.

Must do while here: Visit the Tarin Fish Farm to see paddy cultivation. Visit the ancient Shiv Linga.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Arambol Beach, Arambol, Goa, India by Prateek Dham

If you asked me my personal favourite from all of these, I would close my eyes and point towards Arambol every day of the year. For me, this beach is synonymous with bliss. With hippie foreigners (mostly Russians) coming to this place and ending up staying back for years at a stretch, Arambol Beach is still, surprisingly, off the radar of the usual party-going public in Goa.

Must do while here: Eat at Fernandes Cafe. Stay at Laughing Buddha.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Nubra Valley, Leh by Prateek Dham

From the most peaceful to arguably the most stunning in the list: Nubra Valley is located in Leh; that's probably enough to convince you to visit this place hydrated by the conjoining of two rivers – Siachen and Shayok. Things become exponentially more beautiful at increasing altitudes, and this one is situated at 10,000+ feet above sea level. One happy news is that since 2014, you no longer need an Inner Line Permit to visit this place if you're an Indian.

Must do while here: Visit the ruins in Hunder. Pray at the Diskit Gompa Monastery.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Dzükou Valley Bridge, Kohima, Nagaland, India by Prateek Dham

Northeast is such a hidden gem in the vast treasure chest called India that almost every town here can qualify to be on this list. But the speciality about Dzukou in Nagaland is how welcoming it is to travellers. The valley is extremely famous for its stunning beauty and wide variety of flowers. Once you experience this place, the memories will last you a lifetime.

Must do while here: Trek to the valley. Visit the Vishwema Village nearby.

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Photo of Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Prateek Dham

Himachal continues to be incredibly beautiful, despite being one of the most visited places in India. There are several small towns and villages here that are yet unexplored in the state and Jibhi is one of them. Best accessed via a private vehicle from Aut or Bhuntar, Jibhi is a place that is straight out of your most beautiful dreams, complete with wooden huts by a vivacious river cutting through polished rocks. A hidden paradise!

Must do while here: Set up a bonfire by the vociferous river. Visit the Jalori Pass.

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Photo of Majuli, Assam, India by Prateek Dham

If you actually do consider any of the destinations listed on this list seriously, Majuli is the place you should visit first and ASAP. Having recently been named the largest river island in the world by Guinness Book of World Records, ironically Majuli's surface area is depleting with each passing day. The island once used to have a total area of 1,250 sq. km, but today it has come down to a measly 250 sq. km thanks to major soil erosion. Hence, before it goes down merely into the pages of a history book you should go and experience the romanticism of this idyllic island.

Must do while here: Visit Kamlabari Satra Temple. Picnic at the Tengapania spot.

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Photo of Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu, India by Prateek Dham

This place is a dream come true for solo travellers looking for mysteries. Dhanushkodi is surprisingly an abandoned town at the Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu, very close to Sri Lanka. It was completely destroyed in the 1964 Rameshwaran cyclone, and nobody inhabited it thereafter. Today the place looks like a dilapidated but gorgeous carcass of a once flourishing town, and is a favourite with avid photographers.

Must do while here: Click the best photos of your life. Visit the dilapidated church.

For more details, read this.

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Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Prateek Dham

Named after Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, after he visited this lake in the 8th century AD, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake is considered to be highly sacred, since it was also blessed by Guru Nanak when he had passed through Sikkim during his travels. Devotees throng to this place as praying here is believed to be followed by a childbirth in the family. It is very close to the Chinese border and remains frozen during winters.

Must do while here: Visit the Thangu and Chopta valleys nearby.

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Photo of Rann of Kutch, Kutch, Gujarat, India by Prateek Dham

The famed all-white ground of at the Rann of Kutch is rendered by the salt marshes here. In fact, the term "Rann" literally means a salt marsh. Over the years the place has gained massive popularity for being a must-visit destination for serious solo bikers across the globe. The amazing ecosystem enables the balance of a desert on one side and sea on the other.

Must do while here: Visit the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. Watch the sun set at Mandvi Beach.

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Photo of Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, Himachal Pradesh, India by Prateek Dham

Show me a person who doesn't want to visit Spiti and I'll show you a liar. Literally meaning "the land between Tibet and India", Spiti is the holy grail of backpacking with thousands of solo travellers thronging to this sparsely populated valley in Himachal Pradesh every year in order to witness nature's beauty in its purest form. With hordes of exotic monasteries in the area, the valley is a haven for people seeking a break from the mundane drudgeries of life to dive into the realm of peace and spiritualism.

Must do while here: Visit the Dhankar Monastery. Stay at a local's house in the village.

For more details, read this.

Have you been to any of the mentioned places? Where are you heading to next? Let us know in the comments' section below. Or share your review of your favourite destination for solo travel in India. 

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Very helpful and Great information, I really enjoyed while reading this, Thanks again and keep up the great work!
Thu 08 17 17, 23:38 · Reply · Report
I've been to orcha state ,spiti valley , kasol ,keylong via sach pass all these places are real heaven on earth.... incredible india..❤
Wed 12 28 16, 10:32 · Reply · Report
What do you say about tawang and the monastery situated there? Ain't that worth visiting?
Mon 12 26 16, 23:58 · Reply (1) · Report
It sure is. Have you been there? Would love to know your views.
Wed 12 28 16, 01:31 · Report
Check out my trip blog for great pictures and stories about those places
Mon 12 26 16, 08:40 · Reply · Report
Dhanushkodi, varkala and kodaikanal!
Mon 12 26 16, 08:40 · Reply · Report
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