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1. Posted by catriona (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

hi
am solo female with time limit hoping to fo to india for 3-3.5 weeks from august 13th-September10th approx. i know it's not great climate wise at this time but have read that towards the middle is ok from september (all relative i'm sure!) i am interested in all aspects- culture, trekking, mediation, the food!! but am wary of the climate. also what are the thoughts on solo female travellers...yay/nay? have travelled alone in other countries so have some experience.
thanks
catriona

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Catriona:)

I was in India alone.
There is quite a lot of sexual harassment of foreign women, but it more annoying than dangerous.
Wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders. There is a family section on many trains and in many restaurants. Unaccompanied men are not allowed in these sections, so u can sometimes get some peace, for a while. Dont wear those Indian skirts u can buy in Indian shops in the West, while in India. They are in fact Sari peticoats, and u would look like u are walking around in your underwear.

I loved Indian food. Whether u love it or hate it will be a matter of taste.

Culturewise, there is no place like India. It is absolutely fascinating. Mind altering, in fact.

Mel

3. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Hi Catriona,

Mel is a GURU, surely.

I would just like to add that the time you have chosen should be perfectly OK. Its not hot during that time and the rains also would be gone by mid-August. You might experience the occasional showers in some places. Also, during this time, you'll be able to get very good rates everywhere compared to after September.

Traveling alone in India should not be a problem for a single woman as long as you keep the basic cautions in mind. Like, avoid going out alone late nights, keep away from touts, etc.

Apart from that, India is a great place to visit.

Mohit

4. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

I'm also toying with the idea of going to India for about 2 weeks. Looking at the northern parts like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. I will most probably be travelling with another girlfriend but I'm still a little apprehensive of the infamous gropings as we will most probably be travelling on the bus.

Besides the constant gropings and harassment, are there any other safety concerns?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting mohit_sa

Mel is a GURU, surely.

Take it easy Mohit.
If a person is a travel guru, it does not necessaily mean they know more than others or that their opinion is the best one.
Those titles are just a fun travelers point feature that is not supposed to be taken seriously.;)

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Not Lost

Besides the constant gropings and harassment, are there any other safety concerns?

Watch out for scams.
Things sold on the street are almost always fakes.
When u are going to take a taxi, ask an Indian (women or old men are usually the most reliable) how much the journey should cost. Then ask a taxi driver. If they name a price way above what the Indian person said, then get another taxi.
Beware of taxi drivers or other drivers saying tourist attractions are closed and offering u a tour in their car. Usually the tourist attractions are not in fact closed.
I would also avoid wondering around the streets late at night. If u want to go to a bar or restaurant, go to one near your hotel.
U dont have to worry excessively, but there is a chance, that somebody will offer u a drink with a sedative in it, in order to rob u. This is rare, but beware of offers of drinks or food from strangers anyway.
If travelling at night, travel in the first class sleeper. Otherwise, one of u should stay awake. Slashing pockets and bags, in order to steal things was common, when I was in India 10 years ago.

The gropings wont be constant. They are an occasional thing. Men trying to get your attention, as u pass them on the street is more usual.

Mel

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8. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Quoting mohit_sa

Mel is a GURU, surely.

Take it easy Mohit.
If a person is a travel guru, it does not necessaily mean they know more than others or that their opinion is the best one.
Those titles are just a fun travelers point feature that is not supposed to be taken seriously.;)

Point taken. :)

On the point of robberies/thefts, i'd add that its not just the trains but actually everywhere. But it does happen more in trains and buses. Always helps to keep an eye out for your luggage/belongings. A couple of my friends got robbed of their laptops recently, both from inter-city buses. And these buses were the good ones, deluxe kinds.

9. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 9y

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Anyway, there is no need to travel in first class sleeper which is almost removed from many trains.
You can travel in comfort and safety in 3tier or2 tier airconditioned class.

Catriona, there have been so many solo women who have visited India and enjoyed their stay and have visited again and again. So don't worry as you will surely have a nice trip .

[ Edit: Please, no personal attacks. ]

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