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Indeed, how safe it is to travel in India?

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1. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

I`ll fly to Dehli on Jan.27 and take a solo trip there. Just read a
few threads here about India. Some suggested not to travel alone as a woman. I believe it should be all right. However, what should I be careful with? Is it a must to lock my luggage under the sleeper during night? I heard some women met with sexual harassment there. Is that so bad? Can I just bring cash with me?

I only have seven days there, so I`m planning to visit Dehli, Agra and Jahpur. Will it be possible to include Jodhpur within such a short vacation? Any advise will be welcome and appreciated!

BTW, how`s the weather there? Don`t know what to wear now. Gotta make a research. :)

2. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

Also, is it easy to find hostels without booking in advance? Any recommendations? Thanks!

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Hi Tina...see my PM in your mailbox. Concerning the weather. The time you visit is quite good. It starts to get warmer but its not too hot (probably 26 degrees at the end of january in Delhi with a blue sky).

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Zhou

Will it be possible to include Jodhpur within such a short vacation? Any advise will be welcome and appreciated!

Actually Jodhpur Shouldnot be missed as it is one of the most fascinating cities in India (it sure is my highlight of India). 7 days is indeed quite short so you have a tight schedule. You could visit Agra in a daytrip from Delhi. The Shatabdi express takes you there in only 2 hours (it departs very conveniently from the new-delhi railwaystation at the main backpackersarea of Paharganj).

It is possible if you use this (very tight) schedule:
day1: Delhi
day2: Agra daytrip from Delhi
day3: Delhi and take nighttrain with sleeper to Jodhpur (departs in the evening around 8PM (10 hours)
day4: Jodhpur
Day5: morningtrain to Jaipur, departs at 05:45AM and arrives in Jaipur at 10:30AM.
Day6: Jaipur and take the train to Delhi which departs at 05:45PM (4,5 hours)
Day7: Delhi and preparing for flight back...

Cheers,

5. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

Just what I need! Thanks, Wouter and the others who replied my msg. :)

6. Posted by acetravels (Full Member 181 posts) 10y

greetings Tina,
i m going to be in delhi during ur period of stay ...so if u please do get in touch ...it would give me mmense pleasure to be of assistence to u ....
regards
sanjay...acetravels

7. Posted by tessa5 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi,

I've been to India twice on my own before and it wasn't a problem. I would suggest that you cover up well and if possible buy some cheap indian clothes. Use a money belt and don't take too much cash - take travellers cheques. At the airport, train stations, bus stations most of the cities there are prepaid taxi/autorickshaw stands. You go to the office and tell them where you need to go and you pay in advance and they give you a receipt which you hand over to the driver ONLY when he has taken you to your exact destination. Using prepaid saves a lot of hassles trying to barter with them.

On the trains there are women/children compartments, usually the back carriages - they are sometimes crowded, but it might be nicer to stay there with Indian women. Befriend Indian women! Also when you are lining up at train stations etc, you can usually go straight to the front of the line, as they have special queues for women.

Be assertive and if you have any problems then be sure the let people around you know.