|Kurta for women: bought this pair in a local bazaar in Jaipur|
In my case, I bought several loose pants/fitted leggings and matched these with colorful, long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops with matching head scarfs. These attire may not be comfortable for all but it helped made me at ease in my movements since we were out touring all day. It greatly helped covered a woman’s gentle curves. Avoiding form-fitting and glitzy outfit would help minimize lewd stares and ward off unwanted attention. Remember, that being a foreigner alone, you will be stared at no matter what. I think blending in the culture not only helps in your safety but also as a respect to the local culture.
|Photo op in front of one of the mosques inside Taj Mahal complex|
The loose category definitely helped in regulating my body temperature and protected my skin from direct sunlight exposure. I chose to wear flat shoes good for walking in all kinds of weather. A scarf does not only serve as sun protection but it is also a must-wear in entering some religious sites.
|Varanasi women in vibrant saris|
For daily activities, best to bring your travel essentials in a small body bag or bag pack. Mine was equipped with a bottle of alcohol, wet napkins, face powder, tissue, comb, my wallet with small change and a bottle of water. You may secure your more important travel documents like passport, ATM cards/credit cards and cash closer to your body.
|At Humayon’s Tomb, New Delhi|
All in all, my stay in India was chaotic, harried, colorful but memorable. A lifetime’s worth of memories which can only be achieved by being there. By experiencing the obvious first hand. I believe that taking the necessary precautions and doing intensive research, women can still safely travel in this incredible country.