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INDIA for Solo Travellers

If there’s a single word that can best describe India, it would have to be enchanting. Famed for its enigmatic beauty as characterised by its rich history and fascinating culture, stunning monuments and spectacular palaces,  desert safaris and tiger sanctuaries; India is a mecca for travellers who love exotic surprises. The land of the Maharajah is surely one of the best destinations to travel to ifyou are up for anything out of the ordinary.

 

Delhi
As India’s capital city, Delhi is a wonderfully bewildering metropolis that blends modernity and antiquity in a fashion that’s surprisingly captivating. Being one of the oldest cities, the city is rich in history and culture. It takes pride in its stunning monuments, captivating mosques, grand architecture, scintillating museums and a vibrant art and music scene – there’s never a shortage of activities in this city!

One of Delhi’s top destinations is the majestic red sandstone citadel, The Red Fort, which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. But the city isn’t only a cultural hub. Delhi is buzzing with bazaars and shops and is home to some of the Indian Subcontinent’s best places to sample local cuisine. Surely, it is a haven for the single traveller who loves good food and exhilarating shopping! 

Jaisalmer
Rising mightily from the Trikuta Hill is a colossal sandcastle known as Jaisalmer. Situated in the state of Rajasthan, the city is a living monument that is crowned by the majestic Jaisalmer Fort. Apart from being famed as a historic city, Jaisalmer is also a relaxing place where one can just chill, take in the lyrical landscape and watch the Indian sun go down. And even though it’s a small city, there’s a cornucopia of activities to do in Jaisalmer. Go for a stroll around the Jaisalmer Fort, for example, which is of the city’s most prized possessions. Or go on a camel safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. The possibilities are endless in the Golden City! 

Thar Desert
As it is the perfect setting for desert safaris, the majestic Thar Desert is one of India’s most spectacular destinations. Spread over the western province of Rajasthan, this Great Indian Desert is reputed to be the 9th largest subtropical desert in the world. Owing to its diversified ecosystem which is dissimilar to other deserts in the world, the Thar Desert features an amazing display of fauna and flora. The inhabitants of this immense desert, on the other hand, boast of a vibrant culture with fascinating traditions and an enthusiasm for folk music and folk poetry.

Jodhpur
As grand and as royal as the Maharajah, Jodhpur is a historic city on the edge of the immense Thar Desert. The city is famed for its breathtaking montage of Brahmin-blue houses which gave the city its moniker as the Blue City. This wonderful view can be best observed on the north part of the city called Brahmpuri. 

Known as the largest fortress in all of Rajasthan, the Meherangarh Fort is Jodhpur’s top tourist draw. It is home to the spectacular Maharajah’s palace, several awe-inspiring temples, and an immense garden. The palace also serves as a museum which features elephant-mounted seats, fine arts, weaponry and an impressive Turban Gallery. 

Udaipur
India’s most Romantic City. The Kashmir of Rajasthan. Venice of the East. These may be weighty monikers; but the breathtaking city of Udaipur certainly lives up to them. Famed for its lakes and palaces, Udaipur is set against a mesmerising backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains and the three beautifully interconnected lakes – the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the Swaroop Sagar Lake. Owing to the city’s spell-binding magnificence, Udaipur has been a favourite setting of a number of movies; such is the James Bond film, Octopussy. With its abundance of forts, palaces, temples, and gardens, Udaipur is truly the epitome of princely splendour. 

Jaipur
With breathtaking forts and marvelous palaces, it isn’t hard to see why Jaipur is dubbed as the ‘City of Victory’. Also known as the Pink City due to its distinctively coloured buildings, modern Jaipur exudes an air of regal confidence reminiscent of its opulent royal past. And this is further demonstrated in its many tourist attractions; most notable are the City Palace, Vidhan Sabha, Rajput forts, Govind Dev ji Temple and the Birla Temple.

However, Jaipur isn’t only famed for its majestic palaces and temples. You will be pleasantly surprised to find energetic shopping centres and top-notch hotels throughou the city. Also, because of its proximity to stunning desert cities, Jaipur is part of India’s tourist Golden Triangle, together with Delhi and Agra. 

Ranthambore National Park
With its stunning forts and majestic palaces, India is a country rich in history, culture, and color. But aside from that, the country also takes pride in its rich diversity of its fauna and flora characterised by the number of national parks and wildlife reserves that the country plays host to. One of the most remarkable is the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. The park is renowned as one the finest tiger sanctuaries in the country, making it a top pick for the traveller who has a penchant for wildlife.

Aside from the tiger, the Ranthambore National Park is also home to a number of species like the Mongoose, Jackal, Leopard, Sloth, Chinkara, and the Indian Flying Foxes. As the park was where Maharajahs hunt, it features the tenth century Ranthambore Fort located in the middle of the park. 

Agra
Whenever one thinks of India, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Taj Mahal. And true enough; a trip to India is never complete without a visit to the city where this breathtaking monument is located, Agra. Because of its significant role in Indian history as the capital of the Mughal empire, this historic city has a lot to offer. However, the splendour of Agra doesn’t end with the iconic Taj Mahal. Aside from the latter, the city boasts of being home to two more UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort and the Fatehpur Sikri. 

Having the right balance of energy and mystery, India is a country where exotic activities and breathtaking destinations are aplenty. India is truly perfect for singles travel!

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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