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Safest Places for Solo Women Travellers in India

What are some of the best places to visit in India for a solo female traveller? I want to go to a place to get some peace of mind, close to nature.

Here’s a brief context first.

Violence against women is deplorable. Period. In recent times, India has been portrayed as an unfriendly country for women. It would be helpful to do some homework to know which are the most unsafe places in the world for women. Here is rape statistics by country (based on UNODC data). Violence against women is a global problem. So when you visit India, take measures to be safe, just as you would elsewhere. But, drop that bias.


Now to the question, which has two parts. First is an aspect of safety and security of women and the other to choose a place that is close to nature. Lets deal with the safety aspect since that should help the second part too.

I have come across solo female travellers in many parts of the country. With commonsensical practices (irrespective of where you are), you would be safe pretty much anywhere in the world. And though we all may intuitively know the places in India that are relatively safer for women, lets look at data.

Consider the number of persons arrested for crimes against women in various states and Union Territories (UTs) of India between the sample years of 2001 and 2012. Lets also consider factors like total population and sex-ratio to consider secondary data for crimes per 1000 women. The data may be criticized since not all cases may not be reported – leave alone someone being arrested. So please take it with a pinch of salt. That said, it might depict a general trend of how things stand. Keeping things simple, here’s what we see:

Top ten states and UTs in ascending order of total crimes against women

Top ten states and UTs in ascending order of crimes per 1000 women

Do you see a pattern in these two tables? The data in some way reaffirms what we always knew – that our Islands, North East India, Goa, Daman and Diu could perhaps be termed the safest for women. That said, it is always good to follow general safety practices (irrespective of where you are) while you travel. Here’s a thread that talks about these.

So, go for those long walks on the streets of Gangtok, Sikkim or try your luck to see the Olive Ridley turtles at Morjim beach, North Goa or farther still – learn scuba diving on the islands. Peace of mind in the lap of nature 🙂

Safe travels, Happy travels!

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