Of the several reasons why people love to travel, perhaps one of the biggest is meeting new people and making new friends. When you are away from your city and your daily life, somehow it becomes easier to smile at strangers, make conversation, let your guard down and BE FRIENDLY! Most travelers have an open mind and a big heart willing to take in more. They are tolerant towards different cultures and curious to know more about other human beings. They believe in peace, harmony and compassion. It is therefore quite easy to make new friends when you are traveling. This is no different when it comes to our own country. If you want a break from your daily routine and people, or are lonely and feel the need to meet someone new you can bond with, India is full of options where you can make this happen. All you need is to pack your bags and just leave! Also Read - After Lockdown is Over, Automated Sector to Resume Operations First | 5-Point Strategy
As long as you are not the creepy, obsessive or pain-in-the-ass kinds and can behave normally, these are some places in India you are sure to make new friends! Also Read - Is There Really a Link Between Obesity And Depression?
1. Hauz Khas, New Delhi
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A cool combination of history and modern pubs and eateries, Hauz Khas village is where the party crowd of New Delhi assembles every evening. A good number of options to eat, drink and dance make it so tempting that even Coldplays Chris Martin couldnt stop himself from breaking into a gig here! Most people are extremely friendly and indulge in happy conversations which sometimes run late into the night! You can also visit the Kunzum Cafe where travalers usually meet up for coffee and discuss their travel stories. Hauz Khas is the place to be for anyone who wants to be happy!
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2. Roadhouse hostel, Goa
A backpackers hub in Goas famous Anjuna, Roadhouse Hostel is yet to host a person who hasnt left with new friends and a smile! The friendly hosts Uday and Nelson make sure you are comfortable while the other guests, who are backpackers from all across the globe, are easy to talk to and make friends with. Before you know it, you will be sharing beers and bike rides and participating in drinking competitions. If you just want to arrive in Goa and make random plans with new people you meet, Roadhouse is the place to be!
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3. Tibetan Mandala cafe, Mcleod Ganj
Mcleod Ganj has something in its air which makes it conducive to friendship, peace, romance and sometimes, even adventure. On the road to the famous monastery where His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides, you will find the Tibetan Mandala Cafe which serves amazing food and is always full of nice, friendly people from various countries indulging in engaging conversations with each other. The owner Pasang Tashi makes sure anyone who is alone (and doesnt want to be) has someone to talk to. Often, people from different parts of the world leave the cafe as friends, making plans for future trips!
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4. Colaba Social, Mumbai
And then there is Mumbai, the melting pot of cultures in India! People from all across the globe come to Mumbai to chase their dreams and fulfil their destiny. Mumbai has the reputation of tiring people out which is why it is home to a huge number of places to let your hair down and unwind so that you are charged up for the next day. One such place is Colaba Social located right behind the famous Taj Hotel. Serving great food and drinks, it is usually full of smiling, young, friendly visitors who are open to talking to other around them. Be it a gang of girls on a bachelorette party or a new couple getting cosy, you will find all kinds of people here.
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5. Toit, Bangalore
Toit is a Bangalore-based brewpub known for its amazing brews and lip-smacking food. It has emerged as one of the popular hangouts in Bangalore and is full of young, enthusiastic and friendly people. If you are not too creepy, meeting new people and getting conversations started can be quite a cakewalk. And if you have a startup idea to discuss, you’ve hit gold!
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6. By the way hostel, Cherrapunjee
Located about 3 km from the main Sohra market, the By the way hostel is an ideal place for backpackers in northeast India. For a room costing as low as Rs 250 per night, the hostel provides an amazing ambiance with all the necessary amenities. But whats most amazing is the people you will meet here. The hostel usually hosts travelers who are on long holidays and have seen more of India than you might have. It is easy to bond with them over drinks and a bonfire in the cold night. The host is a kind, old lady whose humour and affection will make you want to stay longer!
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7. Kheerganga, Parvati Valley
There can be no other place so cut off from the rest of the world and yet so perfect to meet new people and make new friends. A 4-hour trek from Barsheni near the village of Tosh, Kheerganga offers views of snow-clad mountains and hot water springs that form a natural Jacuzzi. You will see inexpensive dharamshalas and huts all around and travelers from all over the world chilling out. From backpackers to trekkers and young college kids on a break, you will find all kinds of people here but in small numbers.
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8. Curlies, Goa
One of the landmarks of north Goa, Curlies in Anjuna is the hub of party animals, foodies, backpackers and wanderers alike. There are people hanging out at Curlies all day long and then there are those who want to dance the night away. Like most other parts of Goa, people here are usually in a happy and friendly mood and looking to make new friends.
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9. River Rafting points, Rishikesh
Rishikesh is most famous as the yoga capital of the world but one of the biggest reasons people visit this city is to enjoy the adventure of river-rafting. You are usually part of a 9-member team which works together fighting rapids on a boat. As you work in tandem battling the waves with water splashing your face, you laugh, shout, scream and forget all about your worries. There are a few experiences which people cannot share without becoming friends — river rafting in Rishikesh is one of them.
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10. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
Located near Chandrapur in Maharashtra, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve is one of the finest places in the country to spot the amazing beast. From the moment you get off at the Chandrapur station to the time to reach the park, and all through the safari, you will meet friendly, helpful people who are easy to talk to. You will almost always be accompanied by people you do not know during the safari. Imagine spotting a tiger drinking from a pond, and then taking a walk right in front of your jeep as you watch with your mouth and eyes wide open. How can you not talk about this experience with each other? And there begins a new friendship with someone who shares your interest in wildlife!
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