Are you looking for an adventure that will take your breath away? Then a solo holiday to India could be the answer. Its beautiful colours, rich culture, diverse traditions and tantalising cuisine. In this blog post, we’re going to share how India is the ultimate adventure for people over 50s who are looking for something out of the ordinary and a little eccentric.
Estimating Travel Costs for a Solo Trip to India
You don’t have to break the bank to experience India’s rich culture and tradition. You can estimate the average cost of a solo trip by putting together a budget based on the cost of flights, accommodation and spending money. There are also a range of budget options that will suit different types of travellers if you want to spend more on food rather than hotels, or the other way around. With a little planning you can easily save money and yet still have an unforgettable trip to India.
Researching the Best Places to Stay
Depending on where you are travelling to, you can find a diverse range of hotels and guest houses to stay.
- In Mumbai, you can find luxury hotels along the iconic Marine Drive or head to the Colaba neighbourhood, which has a mix of mid-range hotels for those working to a budget.
- The Kerala Backwaters are lined with houseboats (or kettuvallams) offering you the unique experience of cruising through the serene backwaters of Alleppey or Kumarakom.
- If you want to visit the Taj Mahal you’ll be heading to Agra. Hotels in the Taj Ganj area give you easy access to the monument with some hotels even offering stunning views of the palace from your bedroom window.
- Or maybe yoga is more your style? In which case you’ll want to head to Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World. Rishikesh offers a variety of yoga retreats, ashrams and guesthouses along the banks of the sacred Ganges River.
These are just a few accommodation options India has to offer travellers over 50. When choosing a place to stay you may want to consider factors like amenities, budget and your preference for cultural immersion or luxury experiences.
Exploring the Local Cuisine and Food Scene
India’s cuisine is colourful, fragrant and delicious. From spicy curries, delicious biryanis, bottomless onion bhajis to endless vegetarian options you can find a vast array of dishes to tickle your tastebuds.
Head to Old Delhi, the food capital, where you’ll find the most delectable dishes and gain an authentic experience of India’s incredible food culture. Don’t miss out on this culinary adventure!
Discovering Historical Attractions and Tourist Activities
India is home to some of the world’s most magnificent and awe-inspiring historical monuments, including (but not limited to) the UNESCO World Heritage site Taj Mahal. While you’re in Agra visiting the palace you may want to consider taking in the stately Agra Fort too.
Maybe history is more to your interest? If so, you can head to the National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi to view the celebration of Gandhi’s life. Or why not travel to the north east of India to see the majestic Himalayas as they tower over the rest of the country.
As a solo traveller, you can visit these tourist attractions at your own pace and take in the incredible stories behind them. From ancient palaces and temples to bustling cities and quiet scenic spots, India will leave a lasting impression in the minds of every type of traveller.
Planning Unique Experiences like Yoga Retreats or Ayurveda Treatments
There are many unique experiences to be had in India, including yoga retreats or Ayurveda treatments. Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that originated in India and you can relax and rejuvenate from your travels. The Yoga Capitol Rishikesh offers plenty to choose from following the sacred Ganges River. Kerala also has many Ayurveda retreats offering you access to national parks such as Eravikulam and Periyar where elephants, monkeys and langurs roam free.
Beyond the majestic Taj Mahal and the bustling city of New Delhi, a solo trip to India promises a unique and truly unforgettable adventure. Discovering a new culture and opening your eyes and heart to the history of this country will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.