Is India Safe to Visit?

December 28, 2008 by  
Filed under Travel News

The Indian government has invited top travel writers to visit local tourist locations, including the sites of the recent terrorist attacks, to witness the measures taken to provide safety for tourists.

The attacks against tourist hotels in Mumbai have taken a toll on Indian tourism. India has been plagued by terrorist bombing over the past few years, but the international attention focused on the most recent assault will likely pose a greater challenge for Indian tourism.
taj-mahal-picture.jpg Taj Mahal, India © Gennaro Salamone

During the summer, editors from Enduring Wanderlust witnessed increased safety measures in Delhi. This security was mainly around the city’s train stations and the business district. Though these steps were welcomed, it was clear that more was needed to protect residents and travelers. Several of the metal detectors weren’t working properly and few bags were manually checked by attendants. With the recent attacks, it’s vital that the travel writers who visit India provide a detailed report on the new measures taken by the government.

Read about the recycled rock garden of Chandigarh, India or about the increase in women traveling solo and its safety ramifications.
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gennaro-salamone-photo.jpgGennaro Salamone is the founder and editor of Enduring Wanderlust. Feel free to contact him with questions, comments, or inquiries with reference to contributing a travel article or photograph for publication.

 

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6 Responses to “Is India Safe to Visit?”
  1. Tim says:

    I visited India a few months ago too. Things went well, but I agree better measures are necessary.

  2. AnnaE says:

    And “safety” is such a broad word. Terrorist attacks are not my number 1 concern. Better measures are necessary for dealing with more everyday crime. Because when I am attacked when leaving a shopping mall in Kolkatta, I don’t want to hear from the police that “it was probably my fault, because I must have provoked the thugs somehow” – as happened to me last January. Incidentally, during the same time, the local newspapers ran a series of articles about sexual attacks on tourists, and the consensus was the same – it was the tourists fault, for whatever reason.

    Still, I feel much safer in Kolkatta than in many other places in the world.

  3. Gennaro says:

    @AnnaE

    Thanks for the comment, Anna. I agree that works needs to be done with everyday crime too. There is a tendency to blame the traveler even though most travelers take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from harm. Unfortunately, travelers are often targeted because they are looked at as ATM’s on legs.

    Glad it doesn’t stop you from wandering.

  4. sima says:

    Women travelers are especially more vulnerable when traveling in India. Unfortunately, this is still a male dominated country and foreign women get a lot of negative attention and rarely are right or get sympathy from locals when something happens. Hopefully, that mentality will change with the new generation.

  5. lara dunston says:

    In terms of sexual assaults, a big mistake that women travellers make in India – as they do in the Middle East – is to think that because it’s hot they can wear next to nothing. Female travellers forget that India is a conservative society – Hindus and Muslims both so – and that wearing minimal clothing is provocative.

    I live in Dubai (UAE) – where many women tourists seem to think it’s acceptable to wear skimpy clothes because it’s hot and it appears to be Western – but it’s not as Western as people think nor is it acceptable. Even if a man wears shorts he’s considered naked by locals. Unless I’m getting into a car and going directly to a restaurant or going out to a friends, I’ve always worn cotton shirts with sleeves, loose-clothing and never worn anything about my knees – simply out of respect. I know for a fact that women who wear anything less are considered loose. That perception – and the perpetuation of the perception – among single men from the sub-continent (or even married men who haven’t seen their wives in two years) is dangerous, and the UAE is experiencing a lot of social problems. India is no different, but for different reasons of course.

    I don’t think it’s a matter of right or wrong, it’s more a matter of appreciating that the culture (whichever culture it is) is different and as travellers we’re guests (male or female) and we need to appreciate that culture regardless of what we think of its values.

  6. Gennaro says:

    @lara dunston

    Thanks for the comment. I agree that travelers have an obligation to respect the society that they’re visiting. No doubt. Clothing is, definately, a factor in how men and women are be treated by the local too. This is especially important for women who are more likely to be receive negative attention when dressed improperly.

    That being said, there are women travelers who dress appropriately, but still receive a lot of unwanted attention. I witnessed this in India. Then again, it was largely because local women don’t go to some of the places that foreign women do in India.