Is It Safe To Travel To India?

According to a report by an international think-tank in June 2019, India is ranked 141 among 163 countries in the annual global index on peacefulness while Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world. The Global Peace Index gauges domestic and international conflict, degree of militarization, and security in the society in 163 countries and territories. India being formerly in the 136th position slipped down to be the 141st country in the peace ranking. This is because; India (together with Philippine, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam) has the highest risk of multiple climate hazards. According to this report, India has the seventh-highest overall natural hazard score. However, India is undoubtedly an exciting place to visit filled with colors, art, and history. A place with over 2 billion citizens staying safe would entail a great deal of safety precaution. If at all this article will conclude that India is a safe destination it will be based on provided safety measures. Weather conditions in India between March and July is very hot. During this period, India suffers from intense heat waves which become so unbearable and could lead to death. It is therefore not advisable to visit India around this time. Rape cases in India are also at an alarming rate. Ladies visiting India should pay serious attention to this. In one of the incidents, a 39-year-old swiss cyclist was gang-raped leaving her almost dead. Another rape case was recorded recently of a 32-year-old woman from London who was forced out of her hotel and raped. The Indian Parliament, however, has put in place stricter measures for rapists in the country; this has still not eradicated raping in India. Indian newspapers carry rape cases on daily basis fuelling fears in the hearts of women traveling to India and even female citizens of India. To avoid rape incident, a lady should:

  • try as much as possible not walk alone on the streets of India especially at nights
  • ensure your room has a tight bolt on the inside of the door and keep your door locked when it is not necessary to keep it open
  • avoid being too friendly with men
  • avoid getting into fights with men
  • Always have a mobile to hand and a speed-dial number to reach for help. As soon as you start feeling uncomfortable, make a fake call to scare
  • Wear clothes that will cover-up your body and avert your eyes away from starring Indian males. Don’t confront them.

All these tips enumerated above should put you on a very low or no risk of getting raped.

Other things that pose to taint your safety in India include:

  1. Diseases: Amongst countries with HIV-infected patients, India is ranked the third highest country with HIV/AIDS patients.

Many other communicable diseases are on the street of India, hence, as much as possible avoid contact with people looking unhealthy. Drinking tap waters is strongly not advised in India. A lot of diseases in India are attributed to poor sanitation and unhealthy drinking water. Stick to bottled water or sodas.

  1. Thefts: There is a high rate of petty thefts in India. Violet theft cases are rare in the country. Therefore in order not to get stranded, you are advised to keep extra cash outside your wallet and remain sensitive to whichever environment you are in.
  2. Pollution: India being very populated is filled with air pollution which could cause serious skin damage if allowed to sneak into your skin. Pollution is bad in India but tolerable.

A study in 2006 revealed that at least 140 million in India breathe air that is about 10 times over the WHO safe limit; always ensure your skin is covered properly and don’t feel silly putting on a face mask. Conclusively, the aim of this article was not to create or fuel fears of traveling to India rather it was to let travelers know health-challenging and life-threatening occurrences in India and helping visitors especially U.S  and Canada citizens stay safe in India. One cannot shy away from the fact that India is an amazing place to visit, filled with fun, history, architecture, humor and very attractive places for tourism and vacation. However, the question of whether a visit to India is safe or not depends on how careful and observant you are.