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Don’t ever think that just because you are 50 you can’t travel alone. You should never stop visiting new places and having new adventures in life. As Gustave Flaubert, a 9th century French novelist rightly said, “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”. So, go on and make a list of places that you want to visit in India. These travel ideas to India for 50 + women are sure to help you.
India has hill stations that is beautiful and safe. Once you reach these spots the landscape enchant you. Some of the places that should be on your list of travel ideas to India are:
At these places, not only can you view the majestic mountains, but you will also find shopping spots to take home souvenirs, and even local food that should not miss tasting. For example, a visit to the monasteries and eating thukpa soup is a must while visiting Gangtok in Sikkim. It can get extremely cold in winter so the best time for travel is between March-October.
If trekking is what you like then these are the spots for you:
If, however, you are looking for skiing options then the hill stations for you are Auli in Uttarakhand and Pahalgam and Gulmurg in Jammu and Kashmir.
At your age, if you are visiting the mountains then do make sure that you carry proper clothes and gear with you. Also, the lack of oxygen could get you a little breathless and nauseatic. So, never be in a hurry and take things a little easy. Also ensure that you are carrying the necessary medicines with you. If you have chosen trekking then it is advised that you go through a proper medical check up before you start.
A cruise down the backwater of Kerala is safe for women travelers of your age. Plus it is extremely scenic and peaceful. Staying and traveling in a houseboat is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. For this, Alleppey is the place to visit. The Cochin International Airport is the closest airport to reach Alleppey. Once your cruise is done you can always take a car to Munnar to experience the mountains, the Eravikulam National Park, and the tea gardens. The best time to visit is between December to February when the weather is pleasant.
India has innumerable historical places that one can explore. Among them Agra with the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, and the forts and places of Rajasthan stand out in terms of charm and safety. Not to forget the uber luxurious Lake Palace at Udaipur and the camel rides in the Thar Desert and the Jain temples in Jaisalmer. While Agra will offer you shopping of marble inlay artifacts, Rajasthan is where you can eat delicious food. Agra can be reached by road from Delhi and Jaisalmer and Udaipur both have airports of their own.
India is a land of holy pilgrimage places. You can visit Amritsar in Punjab to see the Golden Temple. In south you can visit Meenakshi temple in Madurai and don’t forget to bye gorgeous saris. Kanyakumari could be another interesting stop for you. The sea beaches and the Vivekananda Rock you will going to remember for long . It can be reached by road from Trivandrum, which has its own airport. In your south ward trip Pondicherry is another must go to place. Here French food and visit to Aurobindo ashram and Auroville should be in your list.
The monasteries abound in the hill station of Gangtok and if you want to experience a lot of peace and solitude and experience the Buddhist way of life, then do plan a visit to Sikkim. Another must visit holy place in India is Mathura and Vrindavan. These places are the oldest cities on the bank of the river Yamuna and are the sites where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Hence they are extremely revered by the Hindus. The old grand temples and the sacred ambiance will fill you with devotion and serenity.
Think beaches and India has umpteen beaches that are gorgeous and also safe for a solo woman traveler like you. If you want some party and good food then Goa is the place to be. If island hopping interests you then catch a flight from Kolkata and fly to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Not to forget the Puri beach at Odisha, which is a must if you want pilgrimage together with the beach for it is known for the very famous Jagannth Temple. If you want to do much more than just sit by the beach then visit Mumbai. There’s plenty to see and do and even a short drive to Lonavla and you can see the hills as well!
There are luxurious forest resorts in India that will help you to experience the jungle life without letting go of your security. Some of the most famous forests that you should visit are the Join Corbett National Park and Bandhavgarh for tiger spotting, the Giri National Park for the lions, and the Kaziranga National Park for the rhinoceros. If you are visiting India in winter then do visit the Bharatpur bird sanctuary where innumerable migratory birds take refuge and is a wonder to watch.
Be it Haridwar and Rishikesh in the north that you could drive down to from Delhi or Kerala in the south that is known for its massages and wellness resorts, all are very safe for travel alone. While at Rishikesh don’t forget to visit the ashrams for meditation and yoga as well and don’t forget to experience the aarti in front of the river Ganges at Haridwar at Har Ki Pauri. The Ananda resort in Uttarakhand and the SwaSwaraalong the Konkan coast are also well known for the spas, massages, and picturesque landscapes.
Henry David Thoreau, the American essayist, once said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves”. It is thus time for you to discover a whole new country and get ‘lost’ in it. After all, life is not about the materialistic things but about the memories that we collect. So, go on and make your travel plans today and make sensational memories.These destinations are not only safe but extremely beautiful as well.