Is India Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

India, although a country with a rich cultural heritage and numerous tourist attractions, poses some safety concerns for solo female travelers. It's essential to take extra precautions, like dressing modestly, avoiding late-night travels, and never sharing personal details with strangers. Instances of harassment can occur, more so in crowded places. It is advisable to hire reliable tour guides and avoid remote locations while traveling alone. Although many tourists have had incident-free travels, It's a good idea to research and stay updated about the areas you plan to visit. It's also recommended to stay at trusted accommodations with positive user reviews.

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How safe is India?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

India is a beautiful destination with a rich history and vibrant culture. However, it can be a little challenging for solo women travelers especially during the night. It largely depends on the region you're in and the city areas, some are safer than others. While you could find well-lit and populated areas, there are also locations that can be deserted and poorly lit during the night. It is advised not to walk alone at night and always take reliable forms of transportation. Petty thefts and street harassments are mot uncommon. However, staying cautious and following security measures can aid in ensuring safety.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in India can be unpredictable and crowded, which may pose issues for solo female travelers. Buses and trains are commonly used by locals but can be overly packed during peak hours. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are considered safer, provided they are booked from a legitimate service. All-night bus journeys moreso on less reputable services could be problematic. Though cases of harassment are not uncommon, most travelers have an uneventful experience. It's advisable to exercise caution, avoid traveling at night and always be aware of your belongings.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:High

As a solo female traveler in India, you might experience noticeable levels of street harassment. It may not be all pervasive or universally the case, however, there is a possibility of receiving unsolicited attention or comments, particularly in crowded places. Often this is more discomforting than specifically dangerous, yet it does contribute to a significant part of the travel experience. To mitigate this, it is recommended to dress conservatively, refraining from solo outings after dark and maintaining a confident demeanor. It's important to get information beforehand about the specific regions you plan on visiting as the level of street harassment can vary.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

India has a moderate risk of petty crimes such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, and theft, particularly in crowded places like markets, railway stations, and public buses. Always maintain vigilance, keep your belongings secure, and avoid displaying expensive items in public. However, most locals are friendly and willing to help. It's also worth mentioning that the risk varies significantly from one city or state to another, so it's essential to research and prepare accordingly.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very unsafe

It's suggested to avoid drinking tap water in India, as it may not be truly safe and the risk of waterborne disease can be high. Bottled water or thoroughly treated water is recommended instead for drinking and cleaning teeth to avoid any health issues.

Is India safe to travel?

3.7 /5

Based on 37 experiences

Family travel experience

India was amazing it was the best trip I ever did in my life people were friendly I traveled prior to Covid I went to the south of India in kerla it was very safe and welcoming environment for women I would go back any time I get the chance

Posted: March 29, 2024
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Solo travel experience

India is a beautiful country, with a lot of things to see and do. It is not necessarily super safe everytime, but as always you just need to be careful as a solo woman traveller. I would recommend going with some friend if you don't already some people there.

Posted: January 27, 2024
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Turkey

Couple travel experience

Hello everyone! Last summer, I traveled to India with my boyfriend. We made couple of friends and met many amazing people. We started our journey in Delhi than we went to Dehradun and Mussoorie. We ended our trip in Mumbai. Overall, my favorite one was Mumbai. I really felt free and safe there. We even got a chance to see Sharukh Han’s house (bollywood star). I would recommend Cafe de Picollo in Dehradun and Rude Lounge in Powai- Mumbai.

Posted: January 22, 2024
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Group travel experience

I traveled around India with a friend for three weeks, and I felt very safe and comfortable with him. Once, when my friend left at the train station, an Indian man sat down next to me and stared at me the whole time. Another laid down on the bench next to me, with his head almost on my lap, trying to subtly touch me with his elbow. Generally speaking, without my friend, I wouldn't feel too comfortable, as 90% of the people on the streets or in the trains are men. Dress is key. Although I often travel solo, I would not dare to do so there; I just wouldn't feel free there and I would be stressed. However, I admire the girls who visit India alone. Generally, I consider India to be a friendly country for travelers, but for a solo traveler, it may not be very comfortable.

Posted: December 18, 2023
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Couple travel experience

For me, India is a safe country, but very inconvenient. There are crowds of men everywhere (women are practically invisible on the streets as they take care of the home), and they constantly stare at you. I never wore shorts or sleeveless shirts, yet I still felt quite uncomfortable due to the constant, specific looks. For me, this is the least pleasant country to travel to, especially for a solo woman (I was with my boyfriend, but that didn't help either).

Posted: December 16, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent approximately six months traveling solo in India. Generally speaking, I felt safe, but the constant harassment from men significantly lowered my enjoyment of the trip. Not all were bad; many of them were really nice, wanted to communicate and help. Nonetheless, I cannot deny that it was exhausting when I could not sit down anywhere and rest without drawing someone's attention. Having situations where, after a brief conversation, they started asking very intimate questions, evidently trying to determine whether I would go to bed with them. I advise every woman traveling to India to get a necklace like those worn by married women there, and pretend to be married. Very often one of the first questions they asked me was about my marital status, so I advise saying that you have a husband, not a boyfriend, since in their culture a boyfriend means nothing and is not an obstacle. To not be completely negative, I also met many truly great people there and still keep in contact with some of them. Indians can be very hospitable and many of them try to show their country in the best light possible. As for places, I recommend Dharamshala, where there are many white tourists and more Tibetans than Indians (the Dalai Lama lives there), so I felt more at ease there. I also recommend Kerala, full of greenery and much cleaner than other regions.

Posted: December 11, 2023
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Tirza

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

While many people will warn you about India not being safe for solo female travelers, I've had a very positive experience overall while traveling around for 3 weeks. I found men will keep their distance if you make it clear you're not interested, I've been a bit uncomfortable a few times but never felt unsafe. Sights are beautiful, food is great, the culture very rich and intriguing. As long as you make smart decisions, I would definitely recommend a visit here.

Posted: November 2, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I undertook a solo trip across India and never felt unsafe there. India is a wonderful country full of amazing people. It's worth maintaining the usual precautions as with any trip. I recommend avoiding big cities such as Delhi or Mumbai.

Posted: August 24, 2023
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Group travel experience

I was there with a friend. I wouldn't have dared to go there alone, and I probably wouldn't go back there again. I didn't feel safe or comfortable there. At every step, someone was trying to cheat us, and men were literally devouring us with their eyes. I cannot tolerate such behavior, which takes away my joy of traveling.

Posted: August 21, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 2 months alone in India, travelling from the south to the north-west coast. I observed basic safety rules during the journey, respected cultural customs and felt safe. If I saw many women on the streets after dark, I would allow myself later returns (like in Mumbai). If I saw only men or empty streets, I made sure to check into the hotel before dusk. I often stayed in hostels, in mixed-gender dormitory rooms, with a mix of Indian residents and European travellers - everything was always fine.

Posted: August 20, 2023
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Is India safe for women?

Delhi is a bit unsafe at night but no worries during the day. Almost all the other metro cities are safe even during the night. You might want to keep your mobile and wallet safe from pickpockets. Even though it is not very common it could still happen

Posted: May 15, 2024
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Is India safe right now?

Before your visit to India, it's essential to check travel advisories for India, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States government advises exercising increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 23, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

**The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in India due to the threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country.** Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 5, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

**The Australian government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall due to:** - The threat of terrorism - Crime - The risk of civil unrest Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 7, 2024

Is India worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 37 experiences

Lola

Lola

Switzerland

Solo travel experience

It can be overwhelming and as someone told me you can love it and hate it in the same day. The cast differences are very strong between them and see how they treat the lowest cast, the “untouchables” worse than animals is very difficult to watch.

Posted: June 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 3/5
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Group travel experience

It was an amazing trip to Ahmedabad, India. I went there for a business trip and found a mini manufacturing site. I also visited the local nature areas and witnessed the culture of the city. After Ahmedabad, I traveled to Delhi. It was a beautiful city with a rich culture that made my experience even more amazing. India, overall, is a very rich country and I hope to visit again and explore other cities.

Posted: May 21, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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