Some cities and countries in general get a bad rap for attitude and experience of women travelers. India is one of those destinations – you either have a really amazing experience or a shocker.
I have had a couple of short and sharp trips to India – Goa, Delhi and Mumbai – in recent times and have always enjoyed my time there. I have even booked a quick trip to Chennai later this month. Granted I have mostly stayed in five star hotels and benefitted from the amazing local knowledge and connections of friends, but have found myself comfortable and welcome. And of course, there is the food.
Tripadvisor issued it’s Solo Women Traveller Survey and the results for India were interesting and reflect the experience, attitudes and expectations of Indian women travelers.
Mumbai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India, emerged as the city considered safest by solo women travelers, with the majority vote of 34 per cent, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru came second with 12 per cent votes each.
Due to the recent spate of crimes against women, the national capital Delhi has gained notoriety with 84 per cent women claiming it to be the most unsafe metropolitan and major city in the country.
The survey was conducted among 500 Indian women. According to the travel site, 84 per cent women claimed to have travelled alone for leisure, business or both. The survey also brought to light that 94 per cent of the respondents worried about their safety, always or at least sometimes, when they travelled alone in India. Nearly 34 per cent women indicated they loved travelling alone as it was adventurous and exciting. Another 32 per cent said the thrill of managing everything by themselves was the motivator as well.
Interestingly, 78 per cent respondents said they would prefer to stay in an all-woman’s hotel or on a women exclusive floor in a hotel, when travelling alone.
You can see the full report here Tripadvisor India Survey