Its a fact, there are like tons of countries that are not 100% safe for single women travellers, even my home country India.
Now I am not saying complete India is unsafe for women, but still India is a country of 1,3 billion people and many struggle to just get 2 times meal a day.
For single women travellers, I have huge respect as they are the real daredevils for me & as an Indian, I want SWT (single women travellers) to explore India safely.
So as I am from travel industry, I want to share some very practical tips for SWT on how to choose the correct hotel while staying in India.
FYI: I can share these tips as I travel a lot for my travel blog, and meet many travellers on my trips, which also result in ideas exchange, including some tips to book accommodation in India,
Well location matters when you choose a hotel.
Last year I saw a video of a travel vlogger who shared that she locked her in her hotel room for more than 48 hours, as the hotel staff was harassing her.
Thanks god, nothing happened to her but here story was very disturbing, as I am from Delhi and all this happened in Delhi, Paharganj area.
You can see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myhubCtp-DI
So, I believe that choosing a location matters a lot, even for male solo travellers like me.
FYI, got married this year, so not travelling alone 🙂
The best way to choose a safe hotel is a 3 step process where you 1st need a list of hotel locations in any city, which isn’t easy but there are some tips you can try in any major tourist city.
1st” check sites like booking.com and search for hotels in a city like Delhi. Then check the filter options on the left side, where you will find District list.
Please note, I am not suggesting that the locations that have the highest number of hotels are the safest, as the travel vlogger who was harassed stayed in Paharganj, which has the highest number of hotels in Delhi.
So here you just need to take a note of locations that have more than 30-40 hotels. Here is the list from above image:
Chandni Chowk: 219
Karol bagh: 119
Safdarjung Enclave: 32
Now follow the step 2,
2. Google Search:
Yep open google.com and type “Paharganj Hotels” + “single women” and similar terms like:
- “Paharganj Hotels” + “safe”
- “Paharganj Hotels” + “women travellers
By using these google search operators, you will find many blog, review sites along with a few hotel booking platform which you need to ignore. These blogs & reviews sites will show you many personal responses of travellers who have faced issues in Hotels in Paharganj related to Safety.
Here you can checkout sites like Tripadvisor.in, Indiamike as they are rated as some of the most trusted travel portals with user generated data.
3. Brand Value
And finally, I would suggested to book hotels that have some brand value, which you can check by visiting three sites. So let’s assume that I have decided to stay in Hotel A in Karol Bagh Delhi, and to check that hotel’s brand value, I will:
- Check the number of reviews on Google Maps
- Check the number of reviews on Tripadvisor.in
- Check the number of reviews on Booking.com
Out of these 3, I really trust Booking.com as here only those travellers can leave a review who have made an booking here. For example, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa in New Delhi has more than 2000 reviews at Booking.com & most of the are quite positive.
Final thoughts: The above suggestion are not the best, but are just some small digital tips that might help you to book a safe hotel in India. If you have other ideas, then please share in the comment section below, or contact me at https://jatinchhabra.com/.