From time to time young individuals in their 20s find themselves at a point in life where nothing makes sense and there seems to be no way forward. Stuck in a rut, you might be feeling
disengaged from yourself, like your personality is defined by your surroundings and the people in your life. The best way to get rid of this feeling is to remove yourself from these surroundings, travel to an exotic location, and discover who you really are in solitude.
This calls for some solo travel to a place completely different from your home-town where you can enjoy new experiences, meet new and diverse people, and immerse yourself in spirituality, culture and peaceful scenic beauty. India offers some of the best places
to do all of this and more.
One of my favorite places for travel is Kerala. It is one of those places that offer the entire package to vacationers
– lovely beaches, rolling green hills, rich cultural experiences, exotic wildlife, peaceful rivers – it’s all there! Especially captivating are Munnar’s tea plantations, Kovalam’s beaches, and the backwaters of Alleppy. The various religious and cultural performances exclusive to this area will help open up your mind, and the friendly and hospitable people give a chance of new friendships and experiences.
For anyone travelling alone and looking for a sanctuary to clear their heads, Kerala offers the largest choice of places to go and things to see.
2. Pushkar, Rajasthan
Rajasthan is another great place for some solitude
, but for a whole different reason. The small cities are extremely unique with their various hues, and contain so much cultural and religious history with the abundance of temples, palaces, and forts, that wandering around here alone you will definitely discover something new. My favorite of these beautiful cities is Pushkar. This is a small and peaceful city built around a majestic sacred lake. The place is the essence of spirituality, with various temples and ghats (steps leading down into holy water). Pilgrims from all over the country visit the area to pay homage to the city and its religious sites.
The sacred Pushkar Lake is said to be the tears of Lord Shiva and the entire city is considered holy. You can enjoy a bath in these sacred waters on one of the ghats, visit temple, and just chill and do some soul searching. Visit it during November and you can witness the annual Camel Festival held in the city.
3. Dharamsala, Himachal
This scenic location in Himachal is a great place
to not only find some peace and quiet but also to have some adventure. In extreme situations facing challenges offered by nature, one can truly get to know oneself. October/November offer amazing weather conditions to enjoy some trekking and rock climbing in the lovely peaks.
However, if your idea of self-discovery centers on peaceful meditation, there is no better place than Dharamsala. This is the hometown of the Dalai Lama himself, and you can have the chance to become one with yourself under the guidance of the master himself. In this serene location with its lush green forests and majestic lakes, you will definitely find what you’re looking for.
Dharamsala also offers a great chance to experience not only Indian, but Tibetan culture as well. Backpack through this exotic location and indulge in some meaningful conversations with the locals and learn about their way of life to gain perspective on your own life. There is definitely no better way to enrich your life than through some nature, meditation, and cultural nourishment.
4. Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is a beautiful beach getaway location in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a non-commercial version of Goa, with the same beautiful beaches in a more old-fashioned hippie setting. This makes it a better choice for someone planning on some seclusion and soul-searching with a peaceful coastal environment. You can discover Om Beach and its lazy, unrestricted lifestyle, or experience the local culture and witness the thousands of Indians that make pilgrimage to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and maybe even take part yourself for a unique spiritual experience.
Gokarna is a great place to just lie on the beach and just do nothing, and have all the time in the world to learn new things that will bring out new qualities in you that you never knew existed.
This might seem a bit obvious, but this Eastern metropolis can be great for someone trying to immerse themselves in a completely alternate version of the crazy city life. Mumbai offers a great chance to experience true India and its thriving life as it happens. You can view the good and the bad, and fall in love with it all without any fluff that usually comes with the more touristy places.
There is a large variety of activities that you can indulge in, like shopping in the local markets, travelling in local buses and other public transportation, meeting new people, and visiting local historical monuments. For a lot of people, this is what leads to true self-discovery, as they need this kind of exciting and diverse experience away from their friends so that they can react to it all in their own way.
Some of the historical, architectural, and cultural sites you can visit in this great city are the Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Temple, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and the Elephanta Caves on nearby Elephanta Island. These are just a few of the beautiful sites in this city, and you can even take day trips to nearby towns and have a look at the various treats they have to offer, such as the beautiful golden Global Vipassana Pagoda in Meditation Hall near Gorai, which is North-West of Mumbai.
India has always held an attraction for young people all over the world looking to find their direction in life. Its immense natural beauty and its spiritual and cultural richness inspires people to take an inward journey that enhances their understanding of what life is all about.