"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ―Malala Yousafzai
A lot of guests ask us whether India is safe for Solo Women travelers, so we thought of taking up this issue, and, started figuring out why this perception has grown over the years. First, we do need to realize that India is a huge country with a big population. India has a population of nearly 1.25 billion people (or more!!). Close to half of this number are women. A majority of them is stepping out of their homes to earn a living and contribute their might to the workforce - they are doing this with dignity and are receiving respect too. Whatever incidents related to women happen, needs to be viewed in the context of the sheer number of people living here. Besides, according to a United Nations report of 2012, one in every three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence. So, “Crime against Women”, like many other social crimes, needs to be viewed in a global perspective, which we all need to fight together. Stereotyping a single nation will not help the cause - we need to prepare a strong composite action plan that will help us in combating these heinous social crimes committed against various strata of society.. Of Course, in India we have embarked to create tougher laws to protect the women’s rights. Also, the media as well as the intelligentsia are generating mass awareness amongst the people on the matter of up keeping the woman’s dignity as well as rights. Consequently, women too are becoming more intolerant of any passes or crimes against them. There is a greater reporting and this indicates a break from tradition. By exercising their constitutional and legal options women in India are ensuring that they are not pushovers in the realizing of the great modern Indian dream of progress based on equality.
However, now the times are changing as we have also seen in recent times that the common people are standing up against these intolerant crimes, and raising their voices in every possible manner - as we have seen in Nirbhaya case (happened in December 2012). We are sure that the time will come when we will all stand together to eradicate crimes, not only against women, but, crimes in general. Moreover, India is a very diverse and a different country with varied educational and cultural levels. For instance, many travelers go to Rajasthan, but that does not mean the desert state is westernized. Rajasthan is one of the most traditional states in India. Wearing a tank top and shorts might not appropriate in the back of beyond regions of this state and can invite unwanted attention. On the other hand, in certain parts of Mumbai, like Colaba and Bandra, wearing liberal attire is much more acceptable. We only suggest to all our travellers to be mindful of local sensibilities when conducting themselves publicly.
As we have been in the business for over 25 years now, we have provided successful tours to scores of female travelers from all over the world. We would like to share some of the feedback from our esteemed guests, and their experiences of travelling alone in India.
“As a solo female traveler on my first trip to India, I was nervous because I had read so many articles warning females not to travel alone. I did find that a lot of people just stared at me and did not really know how to interact with me, but that was also true when I was with the tour group of 20 ladies.... it's just not part of the culture for women to travel alone. I did not ever feel threatened or ill at ease. And I came away absolutely loving India!!! I am so glad I did the Golden Triangle Tour, my only regret is that I only allowed myself 4 days.”
“Being a solo female traveller, I felt very safe throughout the entire trip and was looked after carefully, by the driver and by the representatives in various cities. I will definitely come back to India in the near future as there is so much more to discover!”
“Not once as a solo, female traveler did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. I was looked after like Royalty wherever I went.”
“I was worried about going to India alone as a woman for the first time, but once I got to India, I had one of the best trips in my entire life, seeing extraordinary monuments, sites and experiencing the beautiful chaos that is India. Not once did I feel unsafe or threatened, and I was accompanied to all places at all times.”
Then, we at Trinetra Tours especially look after the safety and security of our Women travelers. Our drivers, who spend a considerable time with the guests are specially screened. Our representatives are trained to ensure that women guests are made to feel relaxed in an alien culture. Our relationship executive maintains regular contact to obtain feedback from guests. Finally, we do also provide 24x7 contacts of all our local associates. Hence, you are never out of our sight and we play like the mother hen. Now, for good or for bad, you will, for all that you do, be under our wings at all times.