Captivating temples, dizzying culture, tantalising cuisine, chaotic cities and a history spanning centuries – India is a country like no other. As much as it’s full of sights, sounds and historic landmarks, there’s something magical about simply witnessing the everyday scenes in the streets of Jaipur, Udaipur or Chennai is sometimes what leaves the most lasting impression.
If this has you reaching for your passport, read on for our selection of the top destinations in India for solo travellers over 50.
India destination highlights for solo travellers over 50:
Pushkar is one of India’s oldest towns with all the typical Rajasthani charm you might expect, yet it’s also very unique. Situated by the side of a lake, it’s believed the waters are sacred and it’s made Pushkar into a pilgrimage site. For solo travellers, we recommend visiting the Brahma temple, watching the evening prayers at Varah Ghat and a hot air balloon ride for panoramic views over Rajasthan.
Kovalam is a quiet coastal town close to Kerala’s capital city Trivandrum. A popular destination with Indians, the beaches are quiet – particularly Samudra beach or Chowara beach – and there’s a real sense of calm. For solo travellers, Kovalam promises an opportunity to totally relax and soak up the charms of South India.
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Located in central Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an indigo-dyed warren of streets set against the backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort, which appears to almost rise up out of the desert. Wander through the Old Walled City and get lost in the maze of Rajput palaces, havelis, houses and old bazaars. For single travellers over 50, Jodhpur will give you a real taste of Rajasthan and its royal heritage.
Nicknamed the ‘pink city’ for its blush sandstone buildings, Jaipur is a city of sprawling palaces, sensational street food and serene lakes. It’s also the first planned city in India with UNESCO World Heritage status and its streets feel more manageable than the bustling labyrinths of New Delhi and Mumbai, especially for solo travellers over 50. Not to be missed is the stately Amber Fort plus the Jaipur City Palace, that looks as regal now as it did during the reign of Maharaji.
Built around the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is a waterside city brimming with theatre, music and art. A dream holiday destination in India for solo travellers over 50, visit out-of-this-world temples and dive into tantalising food specialities, including huge thali platters.
As the capital of the southern Tamil Nadu region, this city is unjustifiably overlooked. A hub for museums and temples, here you’ll also find South Indian delicacies, golden-sand beaches, glimmering boutiques and contemporary restaurants.
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