India is a land of diverse cultures and is a beautiful place where all people believe in staying united. It has so much to offer that one trip simply won’t be enough, so it is unfortunate that it has come to be known as an unsafe place to travel. Though there is some genuine concern for safety in India, particularly for women, those concerns are largely overblown are are not unlike traveling in most other countries.

For those concerned about where to travel safely in India, I’ve put together a list of the eight safest cities in India to explore.

Hopefully, if you pick places that you feel safe travelling, you can relax and get to appreciate this amazing country, eventually letting go of the fear that India is an unsafe destination.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, is one of the most beautiful cities in India. The bright yellow townhouses, seafront restaurants, cafes and architecture of the city attract many visitors from across the world. You can explore the city through a bicycle or by walking. You can also rent a gearless scooter or a motorcycle.

Udaipur

Udaipur, popularly known as the city of lakes, is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli hills. It has abundant beauty and has plenty to offer, including grand palaces (Havelis), colorful streets, temples, museums, flattering architecture, and more. The city can be seen on foot, but if you want to visit places nearby, you can hire a three-wheeler or a local taxi.

Shillong

The ‘Scotland of the East’ Shillong is the best option for travelers who want to witness magnificent scenic views. The mystical waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and lush green hills make Shillong a major tourist destination. You can board city buses or taxis to travel within Shillong.

Chandigarh

Designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is India’s first planned city, which is known for its natural bliss and urban architecture. It is also the greenest city in India, which is home to beautiful parks and gardens. Chandigarh has well-maintained roads, making it easy to commute from one place to the other. There are various travel options available to get around the city. You can either rent a bicycle, ride a bus, or hire a taxi.

Varanasi

Varanasi

This city of temples is a very religious city in the northern region of India. There are several ghats built in Varanasi that lead to the banks of the holy river Ganges. The residents of Varanasi are very helpful and friendly in nature, and may sometimes go out of their way to help visitors. It is considered to be a safe destination, and if you are someone who wants to soak themselves in Hindu culture, then Varanasi is the place for you.

Bangalore

Bangalore

Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, is one of the most livable cities in India. It is surrounded by lakes and is well-known for its beautiful parks and pleasant weather. When in Bangalore, you can walk around Cubbon Park, have a refreshing drink in one of the craft breweries, and shop in the famous street-side markets or modern malls.

Mysore

The most flamboyant place in the country, Mysore is known for its dazzling royal heritage. You can explore a lot in this city like the Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Devaraja Market, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, and Rangacharlu. The city is also famous all over the world for its sandalwood products and silk sarees.

Rishikesh

If you love Yoga and nature, Rishikesh is the place to be. When in Rishikesh, you can participate in many adventurous activities such as kayaking, bungee jumping, valley crossing, cliff jumping, mountain biking, etc. You can also visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Temple, Swarg Niwas Temple, Lakshman Jhula, and Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple to take part in Hindu rituals and practice Yoga.

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