Safety Tips For Women Travellers in India

Is India safe for female tourists? Is it safe for women to travel alone? Here are the safety tips for first timers and solo female traveller to stay safe in India.

I am 29 and have travelled three times to the colourful and chaotic country – India. When I visited India, for the very first time, it was to attend the wedding of my college friend. She invited me to stay with her family for a whole one month before her wedding. We shopped a lot, chatted a lot and visited a lot of nearby places. Though I was not able to travel a lot at that time, I came again after 6 months. This time, I was with 2 more friends out of which one was male and one female. Hence, the travel was a bit easier and I felt safe with the company of my friends. The third visit to this beautiful country was in the last summer. I was travelling alone but have come to know the ways and means of the Indian culture, the society, travelling, public transport and lots of other things from my previous trips. Hence, I was armed with all my knowledge and found travelling easy.
Safety tips for women travellers in India
As far as the Solo Travelling for international women in India is concerned, it is full of good as well as bad perspectives and experiences. However, the fact that the bad experiences are lesser than the good ones keeps it sane. India is a developing country and has its own issues. The people are less used to the 'white skinned foreigners' and you should know that you are going to invite a lot of stares; especially if you are in a 'not-so-modernized' region. The interior regions of Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab can be a bit problematic for you. The people might not be able to understand your language and help fetching can be a bit of effort.

Tips for the First Timers

If you are travelling for the very first time, you should stick to the very popular tourist destinations as these places are bound to have some foreign crowd with which you can interact and feel safe. Also, the people at these places are used to the foreigners and can help you out.
Tips for the First Timers to India

  • Don't opt for exploring the tourist attractions which are located in the remote areas or require travelling to the remote areas. You might not know how to handle travelling along with 10 males in a rickety bus or any other dilapidated vehicle which might be your only conveyance.

  • While travelling for the very first time, it would be good if you hire your own taxi or conveyance which can be booked from a recognised travelling website or agency. This would help you in avoiding hassles, groping, unwanted staring, talks and bullying in the public transport.

  • Always make a note of the license plate of the vehicle boarded by you and making a false conversation with a friend or someone in which you describe the destination, as well as the license number, can be another step towards safety.

  • Keep a pepper spray always in your purse. You might not need it, but it will keep your mind at ease. Having the numbers of police, local female helpline etc can also make you feel safer.

  • Always remember that dressing appropriately is a part of Indian culture and avoiding too revealing, skimpy and plunging necklines will help you in avoiding the stares and rough comments. Wearing some Indian outfit will improve the situation further.

  • Though the trouble can knock your door anytime. But the same is true for your hometown too right? I mean, you cannot say that you will never ever get into any trouble while you are at your own place. India is a beautiful country and people are helpful. They would like to show you around, help you with directions, in bad situations, and will also offer to make you a part of their group. But, you have to trust your instincts and be on your guard before indulging too deep.

  • Tips for all the Solo Female Travel in India

    Female Solo Travellers India
    See and learn how the indigenous women behave and fend for themselves in the daily life. The kind of clothes they wear, the way they talk, to whom they talk and the way they choose their modes of the commute. Don't be too open to every single male you find. Flirting might be a sport in your country, but in India, it has different meaning and perspective. People will be less helpful if you have quite an open attitude. They like women to be less loud and reserve.
  • Try to sit with the women folk. While travelling via public transport, you can go choose the ladies compartment or the autos which are especially for women.

  • Avoid travelling at night or after dusk. Don't travel via public transport in the night especially if it is empty. Though the metropolitan cities have the surveillance vehicles and patrol vans, they might be far away or out of reach at the required moment. Hence be vigilant and choose the peak hours for travelling.

  • Even in India, these days, you can find the group of girls travelling. You can take their companionship too. Every other person is not a scoundrel or vice versa. Your own judgement can help you in making your travel easy.

  • There are various travel managers that will provide you with a complete package which might be a bit expensive, ajama but is very safe.

  • Clothes:

    long top weared women in India

    What to Wear:

  • Salwar suits, long tops or t-shirts with decent neck lines.

  • Full-length trousers, pyjamas, knee-length skirts.

  • Dupattas or scarves around your necks

  • Less revealing clothing

  • What to avoid:

  • Skimpy clothes

  • Bikinis at the beach can be covered up by the t-shirts and long shorts

  • Hot pants

  • Mini skirts

  • Flimsy clothing

  • People:

    peoples in india

    What to do:

  • Talk only if addressed to

  • Ask directions from cops or other people of responsible offices

  • Stay amongst women

  • Be reserve, vigilant and have less stereotypical impressions or thoughts

  • Avoid shaking hands, opt for a decent Namaste

  • What to Avoid:

  • Too loud or too open behaviour

  • Flirting

  • Tagging along while partying or having drinks with unknown people

  • Recreational drugs with unknown persons

  • Inviting people on your own to sit with them (especially males)

  • Travelling:

    women in public transport

    What to Do:

  • Travel in daytime

  • Use registered vehicles and have a note of their License Numbers

  • Don't show your panic or restlessness

  • Pretend that you know the way to your destination

  • Fake your Marital Status

  • What not to Do:

  • Don't travel alone in rails, buses or other public transport at night

  • Don't wait in the waiting rooms or rain shelters at night alone. They are the hubs of rogues.

  • Don't panic or cry in front of unknown people while asking help

  • Don't accept unusual conveyance help

  • Please be aware of your surroundings and be vigilant all the times. But, remember that every other foreign place is a bit weird and has its set of shortcomings. You are here for travelling and fun, ignore the rest of things and enjoy…!!!


    Guest Author: Sriharsha Jonnalagad25 Jul 2016

    These are awesome advices. In reality, there are loafers everywhere prowling on men and women for chances to loot stuff. By the way, the article didn't mention about the cultural aspect and safety of women when north and south India are compared?

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