I can assure you there will be follow up’s to this list of travel to India tips & advice.Every day I am learning more and more about how to fit in here in India as a blonde girl. So why do people back home have thoughts of slums, rape, and danger?Check other government’s cautions such as the It seems much more positive. I don’t know why guidebooks like to keep telling women not to smile. Let me tell you something, some men here take even eye contact as a come-on. If a man wants to take a picture with you: know two things are possible 1) a line will form (you get to feel like a celebrity but it will get old trust me) 2) they aren’t always taking these photos in an innocent way. Only if it turns to stares + whispering +laughing + you feel teased should you say something.Anyways, along with taking their tips with a grain of salt, I’m about to add a few more that personally I think you should take with a heap of sugar (is that a saying? I’m not saying they are the right way; but these India travel tips have helped me in the last few years I’ve lived here. You can’t think like that or you might as well stay in your room. Many of my male Indian friends have confirmed that these boys will show your photo to anyone who will look and tell the story of your lovely night together (ew) or they will use it for umm, more personal photo shopped media (ewwww). Because although the world is telling you they want to tear your clothes off, sometimes they really are just curious!
Before traveling abroad to Uganda, because it was “dangerous” at the time, I signed up for the through the U. Although a resource for visa requirements, vaccination details, and updated terrorist attack possibilities that are sent straight to my cell phone, they aren’t a reliable source for making your next destination decision as they make India seem very scary! They give advice on avoiding the increase in rapes, particularly in Delhi, and of “eve-teasing” increasing toward westerners… Imagine knowing nothing about a country and reading that information…
I am telling you the overnight local buses and sleeper class trains are like being in a fishbowl. You might as well be saying, “I want to date you, marry you, have your children and get fat”. He’ll at least feel embarrassed, especially if his wife is there!
No amount of clothing/hiding made me feel covered enough. You have a boyfriend, you love him, and you are meeting up with him in a couple days. Do NOT hesitate to go to the police for eve teasing.
It beats having to deal with the rickshaw drivers fighting over who gets to take the tourist at 10x the real price. Tell them to call you by name so you know it’s really them. Most men who pull this stunt don’t speak English well enough to understand your yelling either. Many times, Indian women are afraid to go to the police because they may be blamed or judged.
I still take photos with men, but I will do a group photo. , I have rode buses alone at night in Delhi and I have had very few, hardly any, problems. So from now on I won’t, just in case (I’m referring to Delhi at night here, only). by all means wear want you want, everyone else is, BUT Be prepared for the attention it draws.
Just say straight up “One photo only, group photo.” I feel like a b*tch completely declining. When I have encountered a problem (a sneaky little ass-grab), I went bat-shit crazy on the men and they cowered, embarrassed by their actions. Maybe it’s not the best advice but all together I’ve been in India two years and eve-teasing has happened a lot…although not so much in Goa, making a scene always works for me. But please, please don’t dress this way during transit or other times in India.