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9 Brilliant & Useful Hacks For Solo Travellers In India

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HolidayIQ Travellers list useful hacks for independent travellers to save money, eat like a local and get off the tourist map.

9 Brilliant & Useful Hacks For Solo Travellers In India:

  1. Shillong (Meghalaya)
  2. Goa
  3. Tadoba (Maharashtra)
  4. Bihar
  5. Hampi (Karnataka)
  6. Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
  7. Himachal Pradesh
  8. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  9. Chikmagalur (Karnataka)

1. Don't Look For Hotels. Instead, Try Booking A Homestay Or Stay With Locals

Don't Look For Hotels. Instead, Try Booking A Homestay Or Stay With Localssource: cpgehospitality.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Rony D'coasta says, “The stay in Shillong was to explore the city and cafe Shillong was at the perfect location. Away from the noisy center of police bazaar but yet close enough to walk there whenever you feel like. The rooms are well kept. The breakfast is a good spread of Indian and continental. Since its a b and b lunch and dinner is not served but you can order from their own restaurant which goes by the same name. While I was there the restaurant used to shut early due to a road block imposed every evening so we had to order as early as 6.30 in the evening. Thankfully there is a microwave so you can heat up the food if you are a late eater. The in house host ratneshwar takes good care of the guests helping them to arrange car for local sightseeing. There are no restaurants close by so you have to rely on cafe Shillong for your dinner.”

Budget Stay: Lake View Inn

Mid-range Stay: Alpine Continental Hotel

Luxury Stay: Ri Kynjai Resort

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6268 Ratings | 3986 Reviews | 41 Sightseeings | 499 Photos

2. Save Money! Try Travelling In Off-Season

Save Money! Try Travelling In Off-Seasonsource: flickr - Ramesh Iyanswamy

HolidayIQ Traveller Krishanu says, “If you want to save a little bit, then visit Goa, during the end week of september, when monsoons are over and it is still "off-season" and most hotels have discounted tariffs- whereas the "high-season" begins in October, when the rates go up significantly. Therefore, although there is no significant change in weather conditions, you get to save some money travelling in September.”

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10395 Ratings | 7860 Reviews | 20 Sightseeings | 4495 Photos

3. Always Carry Your ID Cards

Always Carry Your ID Cardssource: lockergnome.com

Carrying ID cards can sometimes save you bundles. HolidayIQ Traveller Upamanyu Roy says, “Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve situated at the Chandrapur district. While travelling please carry your ID cards as mentioned in the ticket with a printed copy of the ticket, maintain silence, wear clothes that suites the nature. Don't fall in with touts, don't even think of paying bribe and execution by other means as the whole system is crystal clear and computerised. Any violation of this will cancel your permit for both present and future and you will be trailed under forest acts.”

Luxury Stay: Tadoba Tiger Resort

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478 Ratings | 304 Reviews | 6 Sightseeings | 164 Photos

4. If Travelling By Train, Chain Your Luggage

If Travelling By Train, Chain Your Luggagesource: googleusercontent.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Aniruddha, “Do chain your luggage properly as the train stops at many stations during night time and it is possible that you may lose your stuff if not taken care of.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Rahun Danwade, “Ensure your baggage is not a lot more than 12 inches thick as they will have to go under the seats which have limited room as there are no luggage racks. Bring a small chain and padlock as the seats have facilities to chain your bags to loops under the seats.”

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508 Ratings | 246 Reviews | 391 Photos

5. Carry Bare Minimum Essentials

Carry Bare Minimum Essentialssource: holidayiq.com

While travelling solo, it is important to pack light. Be a smart traveller, pack light and don’t get burdened by unnecessary luggage which can turn out to be a super experience spoiler. "This place is a paradise for free-spirited souls. All you need is bag pack, a camera and the urge to travel to Goa," says HolidayIQ traveller Roshni from Bangalore.  Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Kumari Priya, “Hampi is a perfect destination for solo trip and internet free holiday. Well it's too hot over there so you can carry umbrella and sunscreen. And shoes especially as you have to walk a lot over there.”

Budget Stay: Gowri Guest House

Mid-range Stay: Shree Laxmi Golden Beach Resort

Luxury Stay: Hampi Boulders

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1769 Ratings | 1328 Reviews | 36 Sightseeings | 620 Photos

6. Always Organize Your Travel

Always Organize Your Travelsource: ask-aladdin.com

If you are travelling solo the most important thing is to organize you travel. Gather all the information about your destination as much as you can. HolidayIQ Traveller Nikhil says, “We went to Tirupai booking a package which offered free darshan only, as they can't provide paid darshan, no more in their hands anymore. So, if you are planning to visit, book online well in advance. Think twice before you plan a trip. The problem we faced was to await the fellow passengers, who came out after spending around 12 hours inside the temple. There was a free food served to devotees in the queue, water facilities available, rest rooms, etc. The temperature at Tirupati was 45 while at Tirumala (hill top) was quite bearable, thanks to the wind and shade near the bus stop. Yes that was the only place crowded with people taking rest as going down to Tirupati and book a hotel was not a good idea as there were no A/C rooms available.So, in case you are opting for a visit, please book online for Rs. 300 /-. And avoid any package, go on your own vehicle so that you complete the darshan early and return early too.”

Budget Stay: Sindhuri Park Hotel

Mid-range Stay: Fortune Select Grand Ridge.

Luxury Stay: Woodside Hotel

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16087 Ratings | 10349 Reviews | 50 Sightseeings | 198 Photos

7. Eat Local Food Only

Eat Local Food Onlysource: Popsplat.in

HolidayIQ Traveller Vishal Sharma says, “Wonderful experience to visit Shimla in any weather, lots of historic places nearby Shimla. Mall road is heart of city & shopping place, in winters ice skating is main attraction. Famous lakker bazar where you can get items made up of woods. Kalibari temple, jakhu mandir, ridge any many other famous tourist destinations were to see and enjoy and dont forget to eat a himachali local food.” HolidayIQ Traveller Ratika Thakur says, “The best time to visit is September to October. It has beautiful places like Chitkul, the last village on this side of India, Kamru Fort and many more. The food is more influenced by Buddhist culture. Trekking and apple picking are amazing experiences. Use local transport means to experience the local culture.”

Budget Stay: Hotel Guru Surbhi

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735 Ratings | 489 Reviews | 2 Sightseeings | 7318 Photos

8. Use Public Transport. It's So Much Cheaper Than Hiring Private Cabs

Use Public Transport. It's So Much Cheaper Than Hiring Private Cabssource: im.hunt.in

The best way to be economical on a solo trip is to go for public conveyance. HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal, “We took a local travel's taxi from the New Jalpaiguri Station. The car we chose was Qualis. The NH-55 is an extremely smooth highway. The way is peppered with local eateries and lodges. The route is very picturesque and we were tempted to stop at various view points to click pictures.”

Budget Stay: Snow Lion

Mid-range Stay: Sinclairs Darjeeling Hotel

Luxury Stay: Mayfair Hill Resort Hotel

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14450 Ratings | 9685 Reviews | 70 Sightseeings | 1541 Photos

9. Follow Travel Brands On Social Media

Follow Travel Brands On Social Mediasource: holidayiq.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Purushothama Bhat says, “I must thank Holiday IQ for recommending me this homestay. Though I had passes thru this place many place, I really wanted to explore the mountains and the estates amid the thick western ghats. Thippanahalli homestay is an awesome place to be in; it multiplies the pleasure of the holiday many times. The sprawling estate, luxurious cottages, lovely view of the mountains from the cottages, hospitable hosts....overall, a great experience. Final word: If u are thinking of Chikamagalur."

Budget Stay: Giri Inn

Mid-range Stay: Nature Craft Homestay

Luxury Stay: The Serai

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8075 Ratings | 4685 Reviews | 60 Sightseeings | 681 Photos

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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