Our 5 Women-Friendly Destinations In India
Exotic, vibrant, intriguing…..just some of the many things that come to mind when we think of India. But safety concerns are the highlights of this list, especially if you’re a woman who loves to travel.
What To Do In Mumbai
Watch the sunset from the promenades of Marine Drive or Carter road. An art enthusiast? Make sure to visit the art district of Kalaghoda or simply enjoy plays at theatres like Prithvi and NCPA. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is yet another great option as it’s a premier art and history museum. If shopping is on your mind, then plan a trip to Colaba Causeway, Fashion Street, Crawford market and Bandra’s Linking Road where you can find almost anything under the sun! In addition to malls, you can enjoy heritage walks in Fort, while the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali will be perfect for nature lovers. When hunger strikes, do head to Juhu beach or Girgaum Chowpatty for a sample of Mumbai’s extensive list of gastronomic treats!
How Safe Is Mumbai For Women?
Mumbai has been consistently voted as the safest city in India. An efficient and helpful police network, helpful locals and the widespread presence ofphone-booths, medical shops and commuters even in the wee hours, makes this bustling city one of the safest for a woman traveller.
#2 Visit Vadodra (Baroda) For Shopping & Vegetarian Fare
What To Do In Vadodra?
If you’re an art enthusiast, make sure to explore the opulent Laxmi Vilas Palace and Tambekar Wada. Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum and the Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery are worth a visit too. The stunning world heritage sites of Chamapaner and Pavagadh situated nearby are also popular attractions. While you’re in Vadodra, do indulge your taste-buds in Kansar restaurant’s authentic Gujarati Thali. For shopaholics, Vadodra has lacquer furniture, handicrafts, tie-and-die textiles, mirror-work, along with gorgeous, hand printed dress materials are in store for you.
How Safe Is Vadodra For Women?
Baroda is highly safe for women, as it is a cosmopolitan city with good infrastructure, helpful locals and an alert police network.
#3 Hampi Is Perfect For Backpackers & Rock-Climbers
What To Do In Hampi?
Visit the iconic Hampi Bazaar known for its Virupaaksha Temple and the waterfalls nearby. If adventure is what excites you then try rock-climbing or visit the Elephant Stables, where royal pachyderms were once housed. For wildlife enthusiasts Daroji Sloth bear sanctuary is a good pit-stop. Also, you’ll find a variety of boho-style clothes and souviners to choose from.
How Safe Is Hampi For Women?
Hampi is visited by hippies, budget tourists, serious rock-climbers, religious tourists and families. This place welcomes one and all. Locals here are quite friendly and helpful. However, dress appropriately, as this is primarily a rural, religious destination. Avoid venturing out at night near the boulders, as there is a risk of leopards and sloth bears.
#4 Visit Jaipur For Its Royalty
What To Do In Jaipur?
You could visit ‘The City Palace’ for its beautiful mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Halt at the magnificent ‘Hawa Mahal’, also known as ‘The Palace of Winds’ which is entirely built of red and pink sandstone. Take a peek into ‘Jantar Mantar’, an observatory which is recognised as world heritage site by UNESCO. An authentic Rajasthani experience would be incomplete without experiencing a puppet show in Jaipur. Gorge in on traditional cuisine of Jaipur while being entertained by a show of brightly coloured dancing puppets that portrait the Indian folklore.
How Safe Is Jaipur For Women?
Jaipur is pretty safe for women travellers. People around are very supportive and do raise a fit if at all you happen to encounter any kind of indecent behaviour. However do keep a distance from strangers and venture at night only if you have some reliable male company.
Where To Stay?
Stay at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace and The Raj Palace for a royal experience. Hotel Pearl Palace is a good option for a budget hotel.
#5 Aurangabad & Its Historical Relics
What To Do In Aurangabad?
Explore the Aurangabad caves which throw light on early Buddhist architechture and make for a peaceful outing too. Visit Bibi-qa-Makbara (mausoleum), which has a striking resemblance to Agra’s Taj Mahal. After a long journey unwind at Bhoj restaurant – famous for its delicious, unlimited Gujarati and Rajasthani Thalis. Watch weavers work at Paithani Silk Weaving centre where you’ll find some good quality goods for sale.
How Safe Is Aurangabad For Women?
Aurangabad is generally considered to be a safe destination for women travellers. Public transport in and around the city is fairly good. It is however better to avoid travelling alone after dark.
Where To Stay?
The accomodation options range from deluxe hotels to budget establishments. Taj Residency, The Ambassador Ajanta, Hotel Rama International are a few high end options to choose from. Hotel Atithi and Lemon Tree Hotel are mid-range hotels. Classic Hotel and Hotel Meadows are budget friendly.
Do not let safety concerns dampen your travel spirit. Go ahead and explore India!