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Female traveling alone in India

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Simmi, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Simmi

    Simmi New Member

    I am an Indian from origin and have been born and brought up in London. I have been to India a couple of times with my parents but only traveled to my native place in Gujarat, but there is so much more to see in India which needs to be explored with a lot of time. I love traveling only last year I went to explore Canada.

    India being my native place I think it is vital for me to see and learn about the different cultures and customs (another topic which interests me), but the only thing that is bothering my parents and bothering me a bit is the safety in India for a single female traveler. I know basic Hindi so I suppose that is not an issue, my cousin maybe with me through some of my travels, but chances are low.

    How safe is it for a female to travel across India on her own and in particular which places would you not recommend for me not to visit purely because of safety reasons.

  2. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    India is pretty safe as long as you use common sense. It would be a lot more fun if you would find some one to travel with but if not I dont think it is a problem atall. I am assuming that you are not going to venture into remote areas on your own. There are lots of solo females tourists that come to India every year.
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  3. amitsharma1424

    amitsharma1424 New Member

    True... India is safe for females...i saw many foreigner woman travelling and trekking to remote areas where even mobile signals are not working... But its better to find some travel buddies to avoid boredom
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  4. Simmi

    Simmi New Member

    The only chances I have of a travel buddy are my cousins and that too I am not too sure about.
    @Admin - no I wont be traveling to remote areas. It would be the popular tourist areas. The only remote area I may visit will be my home village where I will be going with my cousin.

    Is pepper spray legal in India?
  5. amitsharma1424

    amitsharma1424 New Member

    @Simmi Yes pepper sprays are legal in India and It is good thought of carrying it along with you.
  6. BadBoy

    BadBoy Active Member

    You wont be needing any pepper spray if you use some common sense and know how to handle most of situations.. use pepper spray is legal ;)
  7. Prits

    Prits Member

    Being a girl myself I would advise you not to travel in quiet or lonely areas on your own and try not traveling or being outside after 9pm or 10pm.
  8. ghandi87

    ghandi87 New Member

    I understand that safety is an utmost concern of yours. You mentioned that you will be visiting popular locations and tourist destinations; I believe that you would be just fine going at it alone. You just need to do away from dark allies and avoid venturing off to places after 10 pm as you do not have anyone with you. I do suggest you find a travel buddy though. That could help a lot with your safety concern and it really helps to have someone with you who's familiar with the places you'd like to visit.
  9. pwarbi

    pwarbi Active Member

    I'd imagine that India is as safe as any other country when it comes to a female travelling alone. I think if you use your common sense, not put yourself in any unnecessary risk you'll be fine, and I wouldn't let worrying about what might happen put you off going.

    As others have already said though, not just for the safety aspect, but travelling is always more fun if there's a few of you, so is it not possible to get a few friends or family together and then you can all go? If your travelling across India, it's probably going to be a one off and a trip of a lifetime, and going with others I think you'll enjoy it more.
  10. turtledove

    turtledove Member

    There are many female tourists in India, many of whom come alone. It's not a dangerous country, just you have to avoid things which are obviously not a good idea. You should definitely try and avoid going out after around 9pm, and visiting more deserted and remote areas may not be a good idea either. Try and stick to crowded areas during daylight, and it should be perfectly safe. It may be a lot more fun to take someone with you though: travelling is often a lot more fun when there's someone else to share it with :)
  11. Shanaya

    Shanaya New Member

    The question of female security has always been a burning topic. Every year many solo female tourists go around to explore India, and do they return back safely as well. The factor which may aim at your security is what you do, when you do, where you do, and how you do! Just question yourself these four questions before getting into anything, and it is a must to google about the place you are planning to visit including their language and attire. Jot down phone numbers of some tourist guide, a hospital and a police station, just to avoid any unfortunate trouble (God forbid). Other than that, be poise and keep exploring! :D
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  12. rajeevdesai

    rajeevdesai New Member

    Like any other civilized part of the world, India offers good protection for female travelers and guests of India. Of course there are hazards and dangers to everyone, not just to the foreigner women, but with proper care, collecting security related information, and becoming a more cautious traveler in any foreign land, anyone can get a good protection. Before coming to India, and before visiting tourist places, get all the information from the internet. Find out which travel agencies give you extra protective services.

    Travel with fellow travelers especially when moving around with expensive items like a SLR digital camera, or a high-end mobile phone, or wearing an expensive-looking wrist watch. Do not display your valuables and money wallet carelessly. Don't eat or drink anything offered by unknown people or unknown fellow travelers. Don't fall for an obvious scam, or traps. And be very cautious. Avoid staying out late, and dress like the locals. These are normal precautions that any one should take, and not just a foreigner. Nowadays, the mobile phone can be your best security guide, and you can get almost all the information you need on the mobile internet.

    In India, you will find that the majority of the people here are very friendly, and will treat you with respect and kindness. There are only some elements in the society which you can also find existing in London. Act normal, and never be afraid of anything. Being always careful will help you avoid difficult situations. And, welcome to India! You will find us a to be a great civilized and a very cultured nation which you will love very much! It's one of the best places on Earth, if not The Best! :)
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  13. Selvie

    Selvie New Member

    A few precautions and you should be fine:

    1. Do not tell strangers that you are alone and definitely do not tell where you are staying.
    2. Do not be alone with strangers
    3. Do not accept food or drink from strangers
    4. Do not get into cars with strangers
    5. Do not stay out after dark if it means you have to walk back alone.

    The very fact that you asked this questions, means that you will look after yourself. I wish you a wonderful adventure.
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  14. pwarbi

    pwarbi Active Member

    All good advice from @Selvie and advice that doesn't just apply to India, these golden rules should be followed no matter where in the world you are travelling.

    India is just like any other country in the world, it as it's good parts and bad parts, good people and bad people, and travelling in India alone or with friends, is no more dangerous than anywhere else in my opinion.
  15. travelguide

    travelguide Active Member

    India is a safer place for female travelers as long as you use your common sense and take care of basic things like avoid traveling at night especially in remote isolates places, avoid over friendly people and if you are traveling by train do not eat or drink anything from your fellow passengers. I think these are the basic security measures you should take anywhere in the world. Yes, you can carry pepper spray in India and it can be a confidence booster for you. As you already mentioned that you would be visiting popular tourist places, there is nothing to worry in fact. All the best for your trip to India.
  16. pramesh

    pramesh New Member

    India is very much safe for everyone not only for women , Here in India all person respect females , so any female can travel here anytime

  17. btalivny

    btalivny Member

    Having a trusted friend will always be beneficial. India is safer than before, to a certain degree. They are making great progress, but the progress is still shaky at best. You need to take care of yourself and realize that you may not be able to do things as freely as you may want to in your home country. Dress moderately, India is still based on traditional thought. Females have equal rights but you need to still be wary of your surroundings at all time, especially the time of day and location.
  18. moses

    moses New Member

    I think India should realize that the world is changing and the past traditions that don't make sense should be neglected and look for new solutions. Women have rights now. It's like in the past when they did not have any say at all on anything. For the world to become a better place, we need to treat each other equally regardless of gender.
  19. travelguide

    travelguide Active Member

    I agree with your comments to some extent. Yes, world is changing fast and India also need to keep pace with it. But as you can see, Indian traditions and customs always lookup on woman with great respect. I agree, there are bad things happening in India too, but it is happening everywhere in the world. India is relatively safer. There are insane people everywhere in the world and it is not practically possible to stop them all at once, but we can control it to a great extent.

    I think uniformity in the midst of diversity is what makes this country different from others and we need to preserve our customs and traditions for our future generation to learn good things from it. This may be a significant factor why India is considered as one of the hot tourist destinations of the world. Nowadays, India is giving utmost importance to gender equality in almost all fields, be it politics, professional or social life.
  20. comlink

    comlink New Member

    I don't agree with some of what you have said about india treating women with great respect, the laws the government has placed over women and how crimes against them are handled are to say the least unjust, many things that happen in india do happen to women in other areas, but that does not excuse the manner that it does happen. Too many times I have seen people talk about the events and say it is normal, be safe and try to have a group of people travel with you at all times.
  21. thebigmind

    thebigmind New Member

    It's sad that this is a concern, probably among many women
  22. Starfield

    Starfield New Member

    I think it's dangerous for women to travel to any part of the world. Not just India. The thing is, women will always be more vulnerable. It's sad but true. I think it'll be much safer if you had someone along. Male or female. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

    Some friends I know, have traveled to several parts of India. According to them, New Delhi is one of the most dangerous places for a woman to be alone, so take care.

    At least, try not to venture outdoors at night time. ;)
  23. sillyllucy

    sillyllucy Member

    You will be safe if you use common sense. Just do not tell people that you are not from the area when you are doing small talk. Also do not let people know where you are staying. You will be surprised how so many people tell others what hotel they are staying at. You can be followed.
  24. oportosanto

    oportosanto New Member

    I have to agree with this, I see it pretty much as in any other country, meaning, there are certain areas that should be avoided, but if we stay clear from those we can have a memorable experience and know a lot of great things, namely a new culture and people. I'd go for it if I had the opportunity to travel alone.
  25. jnorth88

    jnorth88 Active Member

    To echo what most people say, the important thing when traveling is to use common sense. A lot of people who get into trouble were being naive or ridiculous, and they are the sorts who would have gotten into trouble back home. Don't go out drunk. Be watchful. Stay with crowds. Be trusting, but don't go overboard. You can be taken advantage of more ways than you think, and just because someone says something does not mean it is the truth. Really, it boils down to this: Be aware, be wise, and think before you act.

    Also, I always say this because it can save lives, but post your itinerary on line or give it to the hotel front desk, just so someone knows where you last where in case anything happens.
  26. oportosanto

    oportosanto New Member

    No question there, common sense helps a lot, but sometimes common sense just comes with experience. This doesn't mean we cannot go alone to an adventure, at the same time being a women we need to be more careful and avoid certain placed, if we do that we can surely enjoy the best of the country.