Solo woman in India - which itinerary?

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1. Posted by marafu (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!
I'm planning to visit India nest july during 3 weeks and I will probably go there alone.... Do you think it's safe for a woman to travel there alone?
I've heard that it's not quite "confortable" because Indian men are not really respectuose with women travelling alone (it's not my intention to offend anyone... only repeating what i've been said)... staring all time, even touching you.... Anyone can tell if this is true?
On the other hand, what would you recommend me to visit? I've only 3 weeks, or even some less days.... I hate really touristic places... Any recomendation?
By the way, july is the monzoon time in India, isnt' it?? do you think that this can be a problem?
Thank you in advance

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Marafu:)

I am afraid it is true, what u say, about the men, in India.
However, it is relatively safe, for women to travel in India. The men are more annoying, than dangerous.
There are family carriages on the trains, where only women, children, and men who are with their wifes are allowed. Also there are family sections in many restaruants, where lone men are not allowed. So at least there are opportunities, to get some peace.

Fly into Delhi or Mumbai, and take it from there. Neither is touristy.


3. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey mara . . as mel said its deifnitely safe travelling alone..but yea in india u do have this staring problem... but its not too dangerous n one needs to be cautious as u are anywhere while travelling....july is defy the peak of monsoons...however, delhi..rajasthan upper west/towards north is not so badly hit by rains..would suggest some hilly regions..where u might have a little rain though...small places like Almora, Binsar etc..u will need to fly into delhi n move there

however, if you have specific interests could accordingly suggest which places to visit.
n don't be weary of travelling sure u will luv it

4. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi Marafu,

India is a safe country to travel in...just follow the usual precautions as in any other country...Since ur travelling in July i would recommend u to visit Leh-laddakh, as the roads are open only from July-September..The landscape is really spectacular and it is mostly visited by foreigners from all over the world so it is absolutely safe...Do let me know if u need more info on Leh...


5. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Marafu,

What you've heard is right to some point.

But you just need to take the regular precautions and you'll enjoy your stay to the max. Indian men CAN be irritating but they would usually just stare and maybe try to make a conversation. But for one, venturing out alone late at night is not a good idea in most of the places.

Monsoons can be very heavy at times in India. But places like Rajasthan and the hilly states become very scenic during that time. You could also visit Leh if you love the mountains. But I would recommend skipping the monsoons if possible. The time right after the monsoons are one of the best times to visit.



6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello again Mara:)

One mistake that a lot of Western women make, when travelling in India, is to wear those skirts, that we buy in Indian shops, here in Europe or US etc. They are not in fact skirts. They are sari petticoats. So it looks like we are wandering around India, in our underwear, and it probably encourages the men, to bother us even more.


7. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mara,

India is still not bad like some other countries in the world.

Like in any other country follow some safety measures and you will be ok.

About your trip in July, most parts(NOT all) of India have rainy season.
If your health is normal you can visit Ladakh area in the north and do trekking. Or you can visit Rajasthan or Tamilnadu and other south indian places.

If you land in Mumbai, may be you will be in kee deep water as soon as you come out of the airport. Delhi is a better place to land if you are visiting Ladakh or Rajastahn areas.

Land in Chennai or Bangalore to visit the south side.

[ Edit: Please don't make derogatory comments about women in our forums. ]

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10. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

there has not been a word from marafu since she started the thread. Maybe she is patiently reading all the replies

marafu, do let us know if u seek more info...we are always there to help you.