It hurts me whenever I read an article or a concern from a Female Solo traveller to travel in my Country due to the atrocities happening to women. I think even the developed nations aren’t safe for women, then expecting a developing nation is purely an illusion! Also, due to the high dose of feminism and a negative reporting of media are lessening my nation’s image in the world.
Indian’s highly believe in ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ regardless of their religion. Few miscreants can’t ruin the image of my country! So, please vent out the fear of travelling in India, and kickstart your journey to experience the most amazing and mind-blowing country- Incredible India.
I do agree that it is difficult to travel in India due to the diversity in its culture, but again that’s what India is all about ‘The Largest Democracy in the World’.
I am an Indian Girl, and I would like to share few tips with you if you are travelling for the first time to India.
Solo travelling is a pure bliss where you get to meet new people and a different kind of hospitality experiences. But it is also filled with inconveniences and annoyances. If a panic situation arises in a bus, don’t fear to speak up! Letting people know what just happened with you will help you to get the fellow passengers aid.
Speak out whenever an uncomfortable situation occurs, and always keep the police helpline numbers with you. Many state governments have launched female police officers to nab such eve teasers. Be confident and bold.
Always be ready with women safety equipment like Buzzer/Alarm, Pepper spray, Stun Gun etc., Famous quotation also says ‘Precaution is always better than cure! I personally carry a Buzzer always with me.
Research, Investigate and Analyse
The more research you do about the place you are heading, the more it will help for your safety. Researching more will help the female solo traveller to understand about the tourist attractions and restaurants. Browsing more will also help you to know the location of the nearby police station and embassy.
Understand the locals
Clothing is one important thing for a Female Solo Traveller to consider. Well, there is no proven way of dressing in India to not get raped, but still covering yourself according to the respective state culture will help you to avoid insane stares of mischievous men.
Homestays will definitely help you to understand the local culture and safety in an easy way. Sometimes being open with your beliefs is OK in India, It doesn’t matter in India whether you are an atheist or a Christian. You are still allowed to explore the shrines. People are more tolerant!
Avoid Travelling at Night
Solo travelling is all about fun and adventure, but walking alone in the dark night isn’t a good idea. Adventure may lead to problems, so wrapping up the day by sunset is very important.
Avoid spending the night at a deserted place, be always in a network available area, try to reach busy streets and always plan well to avoid such situations. Following your heart is good, but at nights we have to follow our mind to be safe.
Accommodation and Befriending fellow travellers
Don’t compromise on safety when it comes to accommodation, plan wisely and safely within your budget constraints. And start befriending the fellow travel mates to know more about the safety tips.
Stay In Touch With Your Loved Ones
As soon as you reach India, take a local sim card. Always stay in touch with your beloved ones and keep updating them your whereabouts. And also try to pre-inform about the places you are going to explore on that particular day.
If not a phone call, you can use hotel or café’s Wi-fi to be in touch via skype or email.
Avoid Using Taxis or Transportation alone at late night
Travelling alone at nights as a Female Solo Traveller is a high-risk job. Opt AC metro buses or Trains, and if you find a bus without passengers then you must avoid boarding in those late night buses. I also suggest you to avoid using Taxis at late night, until and unless you trust the cabby owner. And tell the cabby owner that your safety is his responsibility and inform the cabby owner details to the hotel staff or to your beloved ones. Trust your gut and if you feel something is not right, walk off immediately.
I also suggest you to avoid using Taxis at late night, until and unless you trust the cabby owner. And tell the cabby owner that your safety is his responsibility and inform the cabby owner details to the hotel staff or to your beloved ones. Trust your gut and if you feel something is not right, walk off immediately.
Trust your gut and if you feel something is not right, walk off immediately.
If you are travelling in an overnight train then always choose an upper berth to avoid gropers and try to get mingled with a group of women who will surely take care of you from mischievous men.
Although these travel tips don’t support the statement ‘India is not safe for Female Solo Traveller’, but I want every woman traveller to be cautious about how to act as a woman while travelling alone in India.
If you want to ask anything more about safety tips of Female Solo Traveller and places to visit in India then you can ASK ME here.
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