Areas to avoid in India for safety
  • I am a woman planning to travel with several female friends to India next year and I would welcome some advice on safety concerns. Are there particular areas or destinations that are worth avoiding as a group of women or is it sufficient to just be wary and safety-conscious wherever we go? I've been told that public transport can be a problem for women so I'd appreciate some advice on how best to get around safely. Our itinerary is still very vague so general advice for travel in India is also welcome.

  • In terms of safety avoid getting out alone at night specially in quite areas. Go where lots of people are. Avoid wearing very short or too tight clothes. In terms of transportation try avoid local buses at late night if they are not full with people. Cabs will be much safer or 3 wheelers will be more safer. The best way is just go with your instinct & try avoiding anything that seems fishy.
  • I am from India and I see daily news coming about women harassment. There some places are known as bad for female person.
    On of is state called "Uttar Pradesh" (UP) another one is (Bihar).

    If you ask me what is good place for womens, I will say Maharashtra, Goa, MP, is good.
  • Iammega, unfortunately women are not safe in India In general. This is the latest report on safety and security from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    "Women should use caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. British women have been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan and women travellers often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men. Serious sexual attacks involving Polish, German and Danish women travellers have been reported so far in 2014. Women travellers should exercise caution when travelling in India even if they are travelling in a group.

    If you are a woman travelling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day."

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/safety-and-security

  • Hi Kahlan,
    It is good that you are at least travelling in a group. Although tourist areas are not always safe for women it is still definitely better to stick to the more travelled cities and regions - this will probably happen naturally as you plan your sightseeing itinerary. I know joining tours is not everybody's cup of tea, but I would suggest hiring a well-respected local guide. A guide will be able to advise you on where not to go and what not to do as a woman in India and will provide some protection for you from the touts that plague tourists at some of the big attractions etc. Be very wary of public transport, especially at night. Enjoy!
  • I'm from india, and i totally disappointing about alethia thought, few places like mumbai, delhi and utterpradesh are not safe for women travelling, but places like tamil nadu, kerala, bangalore are the perfect place to visit. in these states women can travel without any fear.
  • Saranavel, I am sorry you are disappointed by my post but if you read it again you will see that I was quoting from the latest report from the British Government on safety and security in India.
     
    These are comments are also reflected in other government reports such as Australia http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/India

    I have travelled in India but not for some time and its now a very different place.
  • I was planning a travel to India but I´m disappointed with the bad news I´ve read lately, I intended to travel alone and visit the hills, get some cities with temples and monasteries and to stay in a resort at Dehra Dun, in Uttarakhand, but unfortunately there is no tour group leaving my country (Brazil)  to this place, and I would have to get a connection in Delhi and alone. 

    Maybe I´ll have to give up of visiting India. Does someone have an information about this place I mentioned ? What about to contract a guide ?
    I thank in advance.  
     
  • I think this is not the right time to visit India. Because election is running in India. So i think best time to visit India after the election. Normally try to avoid Kashmir.

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