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    hey

    i'm planning my medical elective to india, in new delhi, leaving later on this year. i'm planning to go alone, and i don't personally know anyone in india. i'm planning to go for about a month, with my base in new delhi, but travelling around at weekends. i'm not indian and i don't speak the language, so i'm a bit nervous.......

    can any one give me any tips for travelling alone as a girl in india, esp in new delhi, please?
    esp where to go, what to see, what to watch out for, safety...?

    thanks!
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    I did it and I survived, no problem, it was fun! You will get hassled a lot, probably, but you will just have to learn how to get used to it. It would be a lot more fun for your travels at weekends, if you had someone to go with you, so maybe if you stayed in a hostel you would meet other travellers who would want to do trips etc. Don't believe what people (who randomly approach you) tell you straight off, especially if it sounds like ********. www.indiamike.com has a lot of useful threads, check it out =)
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    (Original post by Butterfly)
    I did it and I survived, no problem, it was fun! You will get hassled a lot, probably, but you will just have to learn how to get used to it. It would be a lot more fun for your travels at weekends, if you had someone to go with you, so maybe if you stayed in a hostel you would meet other travellers who would want to do trips etc. Don't believe what people (who randomly approach you) tell you straight off, especially if it sounds like ********. www.indiamike.com has a lot of useful threads, check it out =)
    how long did you stay for?

    i'm a bit worried cos i read on the foreign office website of lots of attack/crimes against women. i get really nervous in countries i don't know, so am thinking of not going altogther and trying a less alien country to me.

    thanks, will take a look at the website.
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    You'll get heavily ripped off almost everywhere you go, for sure. Sorry, but it's the truth.
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    how long did you stay for?

    i'm a bit worried cos i read on the foreign office website of lots of attack/crimes against women. i get really nervous in countries i don't know, so am thinking of not going altogther and trying a less alien country to me.

    thanks, will take a look at the website.
    I was in india for a month, in Delhi itself on two occasions, totalling almost a week. I did not get attacked nor was I the victim of crime anywhere in India, and nor was any other traveller I met. However, I can't say it wouldn't happen to you it all depends on your behaviour, and of course luck (or lack of). I would recommend India, I think it would be a great place to do your elective, but I don't know how confident a traveller you are. Good luck.
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    Saw in TIME magazine or newsweek front cover on rape being a massive problem there...i'd research more into it though lol.
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    hey

    i'm planning my medical elective to india, in new delhi, leaving later on this year. i'm planning to go alone, and i don't personally know anyone in india. i'm planning to go for about a month, with my base in new delhi, but travelling around at weekends. i'm not indian and i don't speak the language, so i'm a bit nervous.......

    can any one give me any tips for travelling alone as a girl in india, esp in new delhi, please?
    esp where to go, what to see, what to watch out for, safety...?

    thanks!
    I'm Indian, fluent Hindi, been there like over 10 times, mother was born there.

    Go to India gate, Red Fort, A few good temples, Chandni Chowk.

    Watch out for beggers, theives, anybody else who looks dodgy and because you are foreign they will try to take your money (mostly by begging).

    Just have a good time, stay safe and take many pictures.

    You will be fine but keep a close contact near by for emergencies.

    Good luck and have a nice trip...
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    Definitely check out www.indiamike.com forums. Maybe team up with some local medics or foreign travellers based in Delhi.

    Find out which the obviously dangerous/racist/religionist parts of any city are and avoid them (there isn't going to be too much in terms of tourist attractions in those places anyway).

    Crimes against women are rare in broad daylight and in public places - people will very usually come to your defence if you're assaulted in any way. The exception to this rule may be if a woman is drunk in public though since then she is seen as 'easy meat'. The key here is to keep your drunkenness (if you swing that way) within the bar/club/hotel and off the street otherwise there are often consequences.

    Hope this helps.

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    (Original post by *MJ*)
    I'm Indian, fluent Hindi, been there like over 10 times, mother was born there.

    Go to India gate, Red Fort, A few good temples, Chandni Chowk.

    Watch out for beggers, theives, anybody else who looks dodgy and because you are foreign they will try to take your money (mostly by begging).

    Just have a good time, stay safe and take many pictures.

    You will be fine but keep a close contact near by for emergencies.

    Good luck and have a nice trip...
    i'm worried how i'll get by for a month without knowing the language. and as i'm by myself, if anything happens to me, i'm not sure who i'd contact. even if i'm just sick with the squits or something, still no-one to check up on me........maybe it's a bad idea going by myself....
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    (Original post by xps.systems)
    Crimes against women are rare in broad daylight and in public places - people will very usually come to your defence if you're assaulted in any way. The exception to this rule may be if a woman is drunk in public though since then she is seen as 'easy meat'. The key here is to keep your drunkenness (if you swing that way) within the bar/club/hotel and off the street otherwise there are often consequences.
    thats quite reassuring...

    i'm just worried how i'd cope. butterfly mentioned being a confident traveller, and my friend mentioned you have to be very street wise, but i've never been in that situation before, by myself for such a long time. i mean i live in a london, a big city, and i'm sure i'd cope here by myself. but india is uncomparable!! esp as i've never been there before, i have no idea what to expect...
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    thats quite reassuring...

    i'm just worried how i'd cope. butterfly mentioned being a confident traveller, and my friend mentioned you have to be very street wise, but i've never been in that situation before, by myself for such a long time. i mean i live in a london, a big city, and i'm sure i'd cope here by myself. but india is uncomparable!! esp as i've never been there before, i have no idea what to expect...
    I'd suggest you take a roadmap with you when you use a rickshaw since some drivers deliberately drive long circuitous routes to the destination to try to fleece more money out of you.

    If you've lived in London for a while you'll be used to semi-busy traffic (not as busy as in Delhi though!). Take a Hindi phrasebook with you as well - though many people will speak English.

    You might have to prepare for the odd stomach upset or so in the first week. Try to drink bottled water only at certain restaurants. I wouldn't recommend driving yourself (esp. in a car) if you're not that confident - I rode a motorbike when I went to the subcontinent 2 years ago but that was because I was pretty cavalier.

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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    i'm worried how i'll get by for a month without knowing the language. and as i'm by myself, if anything happens to me, i'm not sure who i'd contact. even if i'm just sick with the squits or something, still no-one to check up on me........maybe it's a bad idea going by myself....
    It probably is a bad idea going by yourself.

    You should take somebody atleast even if you don't know the language, atleast you have each other.

    Btw, most of New Delhi will speak English anyway but still take somebody.
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    hey

    i'm planning my medical elective to india, in new delhi, leaving later on this year. i'm planning to go alone, and i don't personally know anyone in india. i'm planning to go for about a month, with my base in new delhi, but travelling around at weekends. i'm not indian and i don't speak the language, so i'm a bit nervous.......

    can any one give me any tips for travelling alone as a girl in india, esp in new delhi, please?
    esp where to go, what to see, what to watch out for, safety...?

    thanks!
    Dont' worry to go there alone, Delhi is a big city hub and full of foreigners, so you find yourself comfortable staying there. Locals are quiet friendly and English is widely-spoken...If you go alone to the bars - be carefull of some persistent males who may try to lure you i still remember how we went to the bars with my friend (both of us were blondes at that time)... i guess we were sticking out from the crowd and had to wear hats later not to attract too much attention

    dont get drunk and watch your drinks, dont walk alone at nights, etc...these are general rules you should stick to when you are travelling abroad.

    I would suggest to travel around the region as it's a great opportunity to discover the local culture.
    You may find yourself like an allien (if you are non-local looking foreigner), surrounded by a group of people starring at you - so dont be afraid!:p: But this can happen only in suburbian and isolated areas....
    Please pay attention to the food you eat..disapointment with the quality of food happens quiet often in India.

    Enjoy your trip!
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    Do it! India is absolutely fine if you can't speak Hindi; nearly everyone can speak English anyway. So language should not be a reason for not going. Most people who travel around India can't speak the language anyway apart from your standard 'namaste' (I managed 5 months on about 3 hindi words :p: )

    Safety wise as long as you are sensible I wouldnt worry at all. So don't go out late at night on your own, don't put yourself in compromising positions etc. Generally don't trust ANYONE in new delhi; they are trying to get money off you.

    And yes you will get ripped off, but India is so cheap that getting ripped off only costs you about a quarter of what you'd pay back home anyway :p:

    I just got back from travelling around the north of India for 5 months so if you have any general questions feel free to email me (email is better than pm I dont check here that often!)
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    find a decent expat community. hire some cheap labour
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    The replies in this thread so far are quite accurate I would have to agree, however make sure you don't overstate the risks in your own mind - I mean to a foreigner visiting London, you would say much of the same: don't get too drunk, watch your drinks, keep out of quiet roads at night, be aware of muggers etc. etc.

    I am Indian and grew up in New Delhi and still visit at least once a year but usually twice. A lone woman travelling in India is very safe today, providing you use your safety common sense which is essentially identical with that of Great Britain.

    The one thing I would say which may be slightly different to the UK is not to dress too provocatively. Now you certainly won't have the intention to, however short skirts and low-cut tank-tops, which are perfectly suitable hot-weather attire in the UK, would be viewed as dangerously slutty in conservative India. People over there aren't like some crazy Arabs you may have heard of and nothing will happen to you besides getting plenty of funny looks, but it's best not to annoy the locals.

    As for language, English is widely-spoken (or understood) in New Delhi. Make sure you use simple language and speak slowly and quietly to aid understanding. The reason I say quietly is that often British tourists start shouting unintentionally when they are not understood! :p: And due to Britain's imperialist past, you could cause a lot of offence if you end up shouting at the locals as there is that image in the minds of most Indians. Finally, if you need to communicate with people who do not speak English like cab drivers, ask somebody dressed well in the street to give instructions to the non-English speaker, they will most likely help you out willingly.

    You will suffer in the way of getting ripped off badly, but when buying from official stores, malls and plazas as opposed to markets, check the MRP (maximum retail price) on the side of every item. The consumer court of India passed judgement that MRPs cannot be exceeded in any circumstance so never pay more than that. Of course, buying cultural items at a market will be expensive for you, but essentially you won't end up paying that much more in pounds, so just think of it as a tourists' tax!

    If you have any specific questions about New Delhi feel free to PM me. And if you ever get in trouble or worry there, go straight to the police and ask for the SI who will help you and can safely escort you to the closest British embassy.
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    DJkG.1 , you are spot on.
    my 2 cents: try using Delhi Metro as much as possible to commute, it's safer, connects almost all the places you'd like to visit and you'll find many people just trying to strike conversation with you('coz they are genuinly interested...)
    trust me on this,try talking and you'll get to know more about India, people etc.
    i am sure u'll enjoy your time here.
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    i'm worried how i'll get by for a month without knowing the language. and as i'm by myself, if anything happens to me, i'm not sure who i'd contact. even if i'm just sick with the squits or something, still no-one to check up on me........maybe it's a bad idea going by myself....
    don't worry, if you need any help...fellow TSR member will just be a call away
    when are you planning to fly here?
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    I'd say don't do it alone. My girlfriend has been in India three weeks with friends and they are constantly harassed, the worst was in a police station when a policeman sat down and started touching himself and watching them. It sounds like absolute hell.
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    I went there for ages, obviously like everywhere there can be be incidents but it's a really friendly city, expect stares being a white unusual person dressed in more expensive clothes and perhaps carrying accessories which make yourself look to locals as a millionaire.
 
 
 
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