18 year old female travelling India
Replies: 42 - Last Post: Apr 17, 2013 8:49 AM Last Post By: RaunakSatpathy
Nov 22, 2012 12:41 PM
Nov 22, 2012 11:05 PM
31WOW!.!..Where do I start or finish?..Thank you Monscon,#48,you have given some excellent advice...
My head is spinning on the other subjects,feelings,attitudes and general misconceptions brought up here.Thanx to the other women who have added some perspective to this issue.
Nov 23, 2012 3:26 AM
Nov 23, 2012 3:29 AM
Nov 23, 2012 4:18 AM
34SimonGoa, no idea what you are talking about sorry..
Not flaming, and yes I know #48 is a female, thanks for pointing out the obvious.
My point being however, #48 just gave the same advice that had already been given, yet stated as she was female, she was the only person that actually can give advice.
Nov 23, 2012 6:33 AM
Nov 23, 2012 9:39 AM
Nov 23, 2012 2:41 PM
37mattyboy - Sorry I didn't mean to make out that any advice from men is irrelevant, but yes it did come across that way. Of course as a traveler to india you have advice to offer... I just meant that the thread got a little off the topic, because as i already said the male western tourist tends to get overly worked up if his female travel companion is being harassed. Therefore the thread seemed to make it out worse than it is. I just wanted to say from a woman's perspective it is manageable..
simongoa - it is not so weird that my boyfriend got more upset about it than I did. Most men are protective and jealous when it comes to their partners, while women unfortunately are well acquainted with a little harassment. It is natural for a man to get offended if others don't treat his partner respectfully. As you said, give respect and take respect..
Nov 30, 2012 7:02 PM
38Don't be too friendly with local guys...and never accept free drinks from anyone...
There are usually female travelers in hostels and hotels who you can hook up with to swap stories...and maybe share a few train rides...
In the tourist areas you will be around a lot of pushy people... Just keep walking and express no interest...
Be Icy but not rude... and always be aware of whats happening around you...and have an exit plan in mind...
That said India is not a dangerous place to go...but you just need to use caution when traveling solo....
(This advice applies to all solo travelers...)
Dec 2, 2012 6:01 PM
Dec 3, 2012 3:44 AM
40Hello, I am from India and I should say indeed it is such a wonderful country to visit. Different cultures, food, languages, arts, history, and many more.
But I would rather suggest you not to travel alone to India now, unless you are very sure that you are brave enough to resist all the troubles that you will be facing.. Being an India,I know how hard it would be for a young girl to travel alone in India.
But I should say that not all parts of India are the same. Some regions of India are very safe and comfortable for a girl to travel alone, and I am sure you will find a lot of friendly Indians who will help you in any case. It all depends on the place you wanna visit.
I like to travel alone and I have traveled to many European countries alone. Till now I have never faced any problem to travel in Europe, but even being an Indian, I wouldn´t dare to travel alone to most of the cities in India alone.
So I would suggest you to travel to India,solo, perhaps after a couple of years ( I just mean that after you feel that you can handle all the mess by yourself). And as I said, it all depends on the cities you wanna travel.
If you really wanna travel now, please choose the regions, that are safe and good.
Dec 4, 2012 5:46 PM
I am an Indian living abroad, I lived on my own in India too and trust me its really amazing and India is so big that 3 months will pass really fast.
Some tips for travellers,
1. Have a strong stomach for the different culinary experience you are about to experience. Make sure you are prepared for the food there.
2. People might say India is not safe but India turns out to be a really safe country in many aspects, whatever things people will say there are rapes, killing people and all those things, the same tourist in most of the cases has been heavily dosed in drugs or really drunk or similar situations.
3. Dont drink water from anywhere as its not safe.
4. Bargaining helps a lot and as you are from abroad people might take advantage on prices.
Still have some questions you might be able to answer:
1. What would be the safest way of travelling in India as a young woman? (train, bus, taxi's?)
It depends on which city you are, India is really safe while taking public transport, while i was in Delhi i used the Metro which is really easy to use but really crowded, in Mumbai the rickshaws are a good mode of transport but if you will be travelling a lot it might get expensive, the local trains are very crowded and there are a lot of pocket thieves and they can steal your stuff without you knowing so keep your things safe, In Kolkata all i used was the taxi as i found it annoying to travel in other mode of transport and the trams dont exist anymore there.
For long distance travelling its really good to take the trains the only issue is they are time consuming depending on where you would be going. Sometimes airlines come with really good offers but still trains are cheaper. There are trains which are better for travelling like the Rajdhani.
So as for travelling there's a lot of options.
2. Which places would you absolutely recommend me visiting?
It depends what are you looking for, partying, culture, nature it all depends on that.
Lets say for Partying you can go to Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune which are the cities where i have amazing parties.
If looking for culture, sightseeing, nature you could go to Rajasthan, Agra(Taj Mahal), Leh Ladak, Kashmir, Ponducherry, Amristar(Golden Temple), Srinagar, Udaipur, South Goa, Kerala, Haridwar, Jammu. If you want more details let me know...
3. Which places would you defenitly NOT reccomend:
There is no place as such well as far as I've been. but I'm sure from all the places which suggested you there some might be recommended and others might not depending on each person's view.
If you need any more info let me know... i might come down to India in March or April and if you are in Mumbai I can give you a tour...
And if you are in Mumbai let me know I can tell my best friend she can give you a nice sightseeing tour around.
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