India is a definite dream destination for many travellers and was mine growing up. Back in 2017, I visited for the first time and promised myself I’d visit many more times. There are many reasons I love India, the vibrant colours, welcoming people, varieties of culture, architecture and of course the food. India will never grow old on me, and for the rest of my life. I’m sure I will have an ever-blossoming love affair with the remarkable country. However, I would like to mention that even though India has some incredible reasons to travel, one in particular, hinders a lot of travellers. That it’ is not a safe country for solo female travellers. I disagree, just like many countries, of course, you have to be wary of your surroundings while travelling in India. However, not everyone is evil or has bad intent.
If you’re travelling around Northern India, it’s most likely you’ll arrive in the capital New Delhi. If not pass through it. Delhi is a city which is so cosmopolitan yet has some old charms in its heart and on its perimeters. From my experience, I feel it’s a great starting point for solo female travellers to visit. Especially as there is so many crowds filled destinations it’s easier to protect yourself from harassment. Based on my experience, I would like to recommend the top 5 Delhi Sites for Solo Female Travellers:
- Red Fort
The Red Fort is one of the Delhi Sites for Solo Female Travellers. It’s one of the main areas to visit situated in Chandni Chowk. An impressive large fort which was built around the 17th century by Shan Jahan. To date, it stands as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll see exactly why when visiting. On the outside, before you enter, there’s lots of greenery and ques for tickets. It’s often the case; you’ll be in a smaller queue as there is a different booth for the foreigners. After some time waiting, you’ll enter the fort. This site attracts many international and domestic tourists. Don’t be surprised if you find many families, couples or individuals trying to approach you for a photograph. If this is the case and you don’t feel open to it, politely decline, and they will leave. What is great for solo female travellers at the Red Fort is that there’s a lot of armed guards who you can report any unwelcome incidents too. They are there to help.
- Humayun’s Tomb
Another destination I’d recommend visiting is Humayun’s tomb in New Delhi. Any time of day is beautiful to visit, however, if you want to avoid people I’d recommend visiting here early morning. It’s in the centre of everything and easy to reach by tuk-tuk. This monument is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and worth visiting! When I visit, I love the gardens surrounding the tomb. Even though the monument is magnificent in itself, it’s the exterior which fascinates me. Bring a book and sit, relax in the tranquil environment around the tomb. You don’t feel like you’re in the noisy capital!
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Not just any temple, this is a Sikh temple located in Delhi near Connaught Place! As long as you cover your head and remove your shoes, you may enter. This temple-like many is a sacred and special place. For me, I’d say it’s a must-visit and a safe destination too. Once you go inside be mesmerised by the interior, cleanliness and the community. Inside there is also a community kitchen where they provide a free meal.
- Jama Masjid
Talking about diversity, it’s worth visiting Jama Masjid a mosque in old Delhi. Likewise the second largest mosque in India! It’s built, so it’s facing Mecca and constructed in the 16th century. The architecture of this mosque is simply stunning, being constructed of red sand and white stone marble. While waiting to enter, you’ll be made to pay extra if you have a camera. Likewise, you will have to wear a gown to cover up out of respect. Out of many of the sacred sites in Delhi, this is probably the place I felt the most at ease in.
- Qutub Minar
A large tower of 73 metres and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth visiting and a safe destination. Initially, it was constructed in 1193 Qutab-ud-din Aibak. This site is open seven days a week and fun to walk around its ruins. When I walked around this site, I had goosebumps, sensations all over my body I was in a historic place!
There are many more Delhi sites for Solo Female travellers. However, these sites I’ve visited I felt incredibly safe as a female exploring. What I’d like to mention, is if you encounter any trouble or harassment, there are guards on site. Whom you can report to. Generally, you shouldn’t as these are safe and well visited by many travellers.
Alex is from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. She’s been travelling the world on and off since the age of seventeen. Currently, on a pit stop operating from Nepal. More about her travels on her website https://extractsofalex.com.