India is a gorgeous and beautiful country that welcomes foreigners and tourists from all over the world. From the beautiful beaches of Goa to the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, India attracts the curious and the spiritual.
However, a recent spate of crime against women has dented the confidence of visitors to India. While its still safe for women and men to travel in India, there are some tips for women travelers exploring India alone.
Keeping in mind some of them will help them enjoy a great vacation.
1. When travelling by overnight train, choose an upper berth to avoid prospective gropers and have more privacy. (Many travelers report better luck with more expensive train seats, which have fewer passengers per cabin).
2. Avoid eye contact and chit-chat with unknown men: both could be misinterpreted.
3. Ride in women’s cabins on trains, where they exist, and try to book seats near the front of long-distance buses. Sit next to other women when possible.
4. Avoid public transportation at night, and never ride in empty buses or trains at night.
5. Beware of touts.
6. Do not get too friendly with strangers, especially men.
7. Use taxis with call services at night; don’t flag them down in the street, especially if you’re alone.
8. Travelling with a companion may ward off advances, especially if your companion is a male. (Mentioning your husband frequently – whether or not you have one – may also help.)