6 Great Tips for Women Traveling to India

This weeks Travel Community News comes to you from Beth Whitman of the famed Wanderlust and Lipstick Blog.

India can be a challenging country in which to travel for anyone. Foreign women, more so than men, tend to garner more attention from Indians so it can be even more overwhelming. The Indian women will want to touch your skin, make polite conversation to understand more about your culture and tell you all about their country. Many Indian men may not be so altruistic and may be more interested in a sexual liaison. In either case, keeping the following tips in mind will help create a safer and far more enriching experience for women travelers.

Traveling Colorful India

Traveling Colorful India

1) Dress conservatively. Despite the fact that Bollywood stars wear skimpy, skin-bearing, shimmering clothes, India is a socially conservative country. Local women, who usually dress in saris or salwar kameez outfits, generally don’t bare their shoulders or knees. And neither should a foreign woman unless it’s in a very touristy area where the locals are used to seeing more Westernized clothes. Even a woman in a tank top in a rural area can be considered a prostitute simply for baring her shoulders.

2) Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. It’s not uncommon for a woman to be groped, rubbed, followed or have a man come on to her. It’s usually not in any forceful manner. However, it’s so important to make yourself clear in telling him that his behavior is not OK. We often feel like we have to be nice, particularly when we are traveling abroad. But all bets are off when someone violates your space. Just say NO!

3) Carry a cable lock and small locks for your bags’ zippers. These come in really handy, particularly on overnight train rides. Simply locking your backpack or luggage to your berth will thwart any would-be thief. And keeping the zippers locked together will prevent someone from opening your bag in order to quickly snatch its contents.

4) Stay healthy. I know. I’m making it sound simple. But one of the keys to staying safe and having the time of your life in India is to simply stay as healthy as possible during your journey. Eat well-cooked food, drink purified/bottled/boiled water, and keep your immunizations updated.

5) Make friends with local women. Join a homestay program such as Servas, Couchsurfing or Globalfreeloaders and connect with Indian women before you leave. Having a safety net of contacts before you even arrive will put you at ease and give some depth to your experiences. And, if you find yourself in need of help or a place to stay, you’ll have someone to connect with.

6) Take time outs when needed. India is everything all at once and sometimes it can be overwhelming to be exposed to so many people and so much poverty. When you’re feeling like your senses are on overload, find a place in which to retreat. This could be: poolside at your hotel; watching a movie in your hotel room; indulging in a one hour massage; or spending the afternoon at the restaurant of an upscale hotel. Treating yourself to some downtime will allow you to feel refreshed and ready to face the frantic yet fascinating street life of India.

Beth Whitman has logged hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe as a contemporary Wanderer: combining her love for travel with volunteer work, adventure trips, travel writing and business. Beth’s fantastic blog Wanderlust and Lipstick focuses on creating travel guides for women.

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8 Comments for "6 Great Tips for Women Traveling to India"

Hotel Discount Expert says on October 24th, 2008 at 5:27 pm:

very good tips for women .. actually for men too i think :-) especially for ppl who traveling to india for the first time.

Asia Flights says on October 24th, 2008 at 8:38 pm:

This is a great blog on tips for women traveling to India. More and more women are traveling solo to Asia, so any tips you may provide for Asia travel the better.

Libby says on October 29th, 2008 at 11:25 pm:

Yes, very good advice. I am a security consultant and have travelled to India – re groping, be especially mindful in crowded areas and always remain alert and be mindful of pick-pockets.

Gen says on November 2nd, 2008 at 2:47 am:

Wow nice blog u have in here, I love traveling anywhere and I hope I could visit India one day and see the nice architecture there and learn more the culture:). Keep it up ur nice blog! thumbs up! Anyhow, when u got a chance just check my travel blog too. take care and have a great weekend!

Fountain Tours and Hotels says on November 4th, 2008 at 11:17 am:

Perfect picture with colorful powders :)

Jaipur Hotel (http://www.laxmipalacehotel.com) says on May 19th, 2010 at 11:52 am:

WOw fantastic tips for women to traveling to india. Here are very useful tips and advice for woman. Really this is a great blog on tips for women traveling to India.

Curran Mohan Padake says on April 27th, 2014 at 7:17 pm:

Mumbai generally is safe for women but as you move
north it can get dangerous especially for women.


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