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11. Posted by candypurin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I am going to India solo as well. In fact I am thinking of joining a 15-day tour so as to skip the hassle of finding hotels, buying tickets, etc. Though itinerary will be packed, everything will be arranged with meet and assist service. Is there any good and trustworthy tour operator in India that can be recommended? Thanks.

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I dont know anything about this operator but they have posted a few times in this forum

[email protected]

Hope that helps,

E;)

13. Posted by Jhanks16 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I just spent a month in India (January) and I did not have any of these problems. A lot of people stared (I have blond hair and very fair skinned) - but no one that I recalled ever touched me. ANd, I went to many markets and around many men.

I loved India. I was in Delhi, Agra, Mysore, Bangalore.

I must say, I am very guarded when I travel alone, and generally give off an unapproachable look unless I feel comfortable around the people I just met.

My 2 cents. Don't miss India. It was awesome. I loved it.

14. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

travel with male companions and dress appriopriately

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting Jhanks16

I just spent a month in India (January) and I did not have any of these problems. A lot of people stared (I have blond hair and very fair skinned) - but no one that I recalled ever touched me. ANd, I went to many markets and around many men.

I loved India. I was in Delhi, Agra, Mysore, Bangalore.

I must say, I am very guarded when I travel alone, and generally give off an unapproachable look unless I feel comfortable around the people I just met.

My 2 cents. Don't miss India. It was awesome. I loved it.

Thanks for that J. Good to hear something positive.

E;)

16. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi Samsara,
I genuinely agree that there are few rotten eggs in all society but you have to agree that they really do not make the whole society. I am an indian and have been living in india from the last 20 years presently i am in uk. After looking your post I thought it will be great if I mention few tips for females coming to india alone. First of all there is no problem for a female travelling alone in india.

Tips to follow:
1) Do not wear tight clothes or clothes which shows much of your cleavage or inner garments.
2) If you happen to ask any of your doubts regarding destination or travelling or anything do ask them to policemen on duties as i also follow the same culture as i trust them.
3)Do take travel trips from railway station or railway ticket counters.
4)If you have to do a taxi then always go by prepaid taxi option. There are prepaid counters outside every railway station and bus station. If you could not find them then ask policemen on duty about it ..this will clear lots of hassles as u may find people rushing towards you to give a good deal for taxi I personally will not suggest you to invite people in this way arguing with you.
5)Do take your own maps and reading material or best option will be to find a internat chat cafe ..u can find lots of these cafe around bus station or railway station..they will charge u somewhere 20 indian Rupees for 1 hour of net surf (equivalent to 25 pence). You can find lots of information on internet.
6)If you are in metros like delhi or mumbai or banglore then I will suggest you can do freely rome alone in night around 11PM or late but in small cities like jodhpur, jaipur agra I personally will prefer please accompany somebody when u plan to go out after 11pm.

People in india are very helpful you just need to ask help from a educated guy who can speak English. There are also help lines in metros like in mumbai if you dial 28888888 from a public telephone you can ask any address or destination or anything u are looking for in mumbai.
I am from rajasthan and the destination which you have choosen like jaipur are really worth visiting. I will suggest u to visit jaisalmer and udaipur too. udaipur is a city of lakes and most beautiful place to visit in rajasthan and jaisalmer is known for it's haweli's, painting, old buildings, sand dunes, folk dance etc.

Hope you will have a best time in india.

cheers
Simplyleo

17. Posted by serene.y (Full Member 15 posts) 11y

Hi E!

I'm currently in India and alone. I've heard of similiar stories from fellow female travellers but i haven't experienced anything horrid thus far.

Stares are inevitable. When you're travelling alone, avoid eye contact if you feel something's amiss. You get swamps if you return stares/glare or even if you're lost, don't reveal that... Shades ofen come in handy.

attire. I'm not wearing ethnic clothings. Just make sure you're not dressed offensively according to their codes (sleeveless, tight tees, minis, anything that is abv the knees are a no-no). Bring a shawl or sarong just in case you feel that you're not appropriately dressed. And carry your backpack with you. If you get group of men coming towards you, use it to cover your chest.

Don't roam abt at night. Stay in the hostels unless you have company... if so, stay alert.

One thing is that Indians are generally very warm ppl but they can get very touchy. If you get that, refuse firmly but all with a smile. Don't offend anyone.

Rickshaw and taxi drivers are bullies. Be firm.

I've planned to travel to Jaipur and Agra from Delhi as well. Somehow, my itinerary has changed utterly. I'm now in McLeod Ganj, north of India to get away from the madness of city life in Delhi.

Make your plans but don't push yourself too far (when you're travelling alone). Be ready to make loads of changes.

Delhi and other touristy places (Jaipur and Agra inc.) are harsh for single female travellers. Unless, you're huge, masculine, and look like a man. It's not easy, you have to be mentally prepared. I'm Asian, but still find it somewhat hard to adapt... you know what i mean.

Too many hippees in McLeod Ganj, it's scary (feels stagnant here). Have to move on... giving the cities a try again before i head home.

All the best E, will keep you updated abt India :)

18. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Leo,

Thanks so much for your post. It's really reassuring. I've been thinking a lot about India because I'm going to the travel agents next weekend to discuss my route,etc...have been feeling very undecided about it. But I've made up my mind - I'm not going to miss it.

Had the horrible experience of being "SLEAZED" on by an Irish guy last night at a gig. I couldnt get rid of him!! and it made me realise that it's the same in countries all over the world. I'll just have to toughen up and deal with it! (I'm considering a stun gun )

Thanks for the tips Leo.;)

Serene - great to hear you're trip is going well!
Thanks to you too! Would be thrilled to hear how you're getting on over the next while.

Thanks everyone.
Ev;)

19. Posted by gurdeep101 (Budding Member 46 posts) 11y

spkng of repellants u cud try not showering while ur here

lol...but seriously consider pepper spray

Regards

Gurdeep

20. Posted by SimplyLeo (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Samsara !! That's really a good idea to keep stun gun or repellants for personal safety.:) Before the indian mens are stun by your looks u can stun them by voltage !!! lol (but I too personally recommend you to keep these for safety)
If you have finilized your travel plans then I can give u some tips based on the cities which u are visiting.
If you are going to rajasthan in may-june then be prepared it will be pretty hot.

Cheers.
SimplyLeo

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