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.
This is the grand-daddy 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.
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.
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.
Probably the hippie capital of the western part of our country, Pushkar needs to be visited to be believed. With many 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.
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.