How Safe Is India for Travel?

India
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The largest country in the South Asia Region, the land impossible to remember once you visit it, India, is located in the center of South Asia.

Officially referred to as the Republic of India, it is the seventh-largest country in the world by area and has a population of over one billion people.

It is second only to China in population, though probably not for long.

India is an extremely memorable country, and due to its size, it varies widely in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across the country.

As for tourist attractions and things to see and do in India, there are so many options that you would probably need to stay in India for a period of six months in order to see it all.

It one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and fastest developing countries which make its cities an attraction by themselves.

Though it has its parts that are ridden with poverty, it’s considered to be an emerging superpower.

Among the breathtaking things to see in India is one of the world wonders – the Taj Mahal, you can see tigers in some of the best national parks, and enjoy the Goa beach that is visited by more and more tourists every year.

Warnings & Dangers in India

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Though India is considered a generally safe country, due to its size, there are more dangerous areas and less dangerous ones. It is necessary that you remain vigilant at all times.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Be wary of pickpockets in public transport, and taxi drivers (as well as tuk-tuk drivers) trying to rip you off. Be especially careful in the overnight buses or trains and don't accept any food or drinks as they might be spiked. Keep in mind that driving is dangerous because of poor road conditions and the fact that India follows the left-hand driving system.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets operate literally everywhere in India. Be careful not to get your pockets picked and bag snatching is another very common form of petty theft. Pickpockets are especially common in public transport.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

The main threats to India when it comes to natural disasters are earthquakes, floods and severe storms that commonly hit this beautiful country causing great damage.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Muggings and kidnappings aren't at all common in India.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India keeps being targeted by terrorists so there is a great risk of them trying to carry out an attack again. Anti-Western terrorist groups sometimes operate in India, including Islamist extremist groups.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

This is a serious issue in India. If you're a first-time traveler to India, you will most certainly get scammed as this country is notorious for scams performed on tourists. Taxi scams with taxi drivers convincing you to take other accommodation are very common, as are those where vendors give you less change than they should. Whatever service anyone offers you - you find out how much it costs first, because they will try to charge literally everything.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Sexual assaults are on the rise in India, and it is dangerous for women to travel alone in this country, whether by day or night. Always strive to be accompanied by someone when outside. Move-in groups and avoid poorly lit and deserted streets.

So... How Safe Is India Really?

Generally speaking, India is mostly safe for tourists.

Violent crime isn’t common in this country, especially not against foreigners, while petty theft does exist but it is more prominent in areas frequented by tourist.

You can expect pickpockets in crowded places such as bus and train stations, and it is highly advised that you keep your bags and belongings tightly by your side because bag snatching is also one of the popular forms of petty crime.

Thieves have been known to break into accommodations and rooms where tourists reside.

Be prepared that people are going to try and scam you or extort money from you, even the police, though the situation with corruption has improved during the last couple of years.

Keep in mind that homosexuality is illegal in India under a colonial-era law, with penalties of imprisonment or a fine.

The law that is still in force has been used for years to harass the LGBTQ community.

Police officers have been known to harass, extort money from and blackmail homosexuals in India, so members of LGBTQ might want to think twice before venturing into this country.

India follows the left-hand driving system, which can cause difficulties for tourists wishing to rent a car.

If you plan on driving in India, bear in mind that Indian roads aren’t in the best condition and that Indian drivers can oftentimes be reckless when behind the wheel, and don’t forget that you might run into wandering livestock on the road.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries need a visa in order to enter India. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your planned date of return. If you are not sure about your visa status, it is best to visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa.
  • Currency - The Indian rupee is the official currency in India. ATMs are widespread in most towns and as for credit cards, it is advised to always carry cash as a backup. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards.
  • Weather - Indian climate is mostly influenced by the Himalayas and the Thar Desert. Since it is so large, the climate in India vastly varies, ranging from tropical in the south to temperate and alpine in the Himalayan north. The elevated areas in the north commonly receive sustained winter snowfall.
  • Airports - Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary civilian hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. It is located in Palam, 15 km south-west of the New Delhi railway station and 16 km from New Delhi city centre.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to India, since it covers not only the costs medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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India Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 15° C
Feb 18° C
Mar 23° C
Apr 29° C
May 33° C
Jun 34° C
Jul 31° C
Aug 31° C
Sep 30° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 21° C
Dec 16° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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212430374039353434332823
Low
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8111621262827272520139
High
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70758699104102959393918273
Low
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465261707982818177685548

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40 Reviews on India

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    Anonymous says:

    Section 377, LGBTQ+ people are now legal in India.

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    Anglo-Indian says:

    Awesome India

    Contrary to what internet mentions, India is a very safe country if you understand and respect local culture, tradition and beliefs. Excluding the 7 metros, women dont go out putting their meat on display. Dress modestly and in comfortable clothing without putting your undergarments on display. You are seeking unwanted attention when you dont dresss properly. I have travelled every other year to India and not once I have been mugged or my drink has been spiked even after accepting drinks from strangers. The biggest safety factor in India for tourists is its population !! There are just people everywhere and nowhere to hide from public. Tell me which city in west doesnt have shady areas in its cities and towns? Indian also has its fair share. Avoid them and you will be safe. Day time is very very safe in India and dow aht you want. pickpocket is a huge problem but mainly in 4 metros and big cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad.
    On another note, it is fun to watch how people of differnet religion, belief, culture live in one country with such a good harmony. They not only celebrate Hindu festivals like Diwali and Holi, but also celebrate Eid, Christmas, Mahavir jayanthi and Hanukkah. You will NEVER see that ANYWHERE in the world.

      1. You will see multi ethnic celebrations in Mauritius too

    1. I went and was almost scammed every 5-10 minutes… people trying to pick pocket and being annoyed by everyone trying to be my friend….. holiday turned into a nightmare

  3. Your attitude makes things better or worse

    pick pockets, frauds are around everything else is good. nowadays some moral policing cases reported. anyhow dont believe any one blindly then it would be a nice vacation over there

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    Hemendra Singh Patel says:

    India is Safe

    India is the most misunderstood country in the world.

    There is no country in the world which assure 100% safety in the world, same with India.

    There are few pointers which separate India from the outside world:

    1. People carrying a gun or any dangerous weapon is uncommon and not legal in India. While most of the nations are fighting with this problem, India is far better and secure in these terms.
    2. Indian people are genuinely good, especially in tourist areas like Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Northern State, Kashmir and more. They accepted tourism as a culture and source of earning.
    3. I do not buy writers comment about terrorism in India. I am not denying terrorism especially in one state JnK has some issues, but even in that state they treat guests and tourist well and there is not a single incident in JnK in last 20+ years where foreign tourist face any problem. All other India is completely safe.
    4. Women safety is a world wide issue and needs to be taken seriously. Basic precautions are necessary not only in India but in every part of the world. Indians are mostly well-behaved but misunderstood in this term.
    5. India is too crowded to be unsafe :-).

    India is a beautiful country with all the flavors and culture.

    Few things as per me you need to take care of are:

    1. Don’t drive. If you are an outsider do not even try to drive in India, even if you are a certified F1 driver.
    2. Avoid street food, especially who has a weak stomach.
    3. Choose your time carefully to visit India in terms of weather.

    1. Edit it man

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        Anonymous says:

        Thank you for your advice.

    2. A
      Anonymous says:

      Nice joke,india is safe country

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    Travel Enthusiasts says:

    safest place in the world

    Everything said in this page is wrong, India is one of the safest places in the world. first rape and other sexual assault has been going down for 12 years straight now and mugging is not a problem. Terriosim is a very small risk but still it is a risk but very little. if you go to India theirs almost no chance of being the victim of a terrorist attack. transportation is mainly safe but i will say India is very corrupt its also very cheap which is good for you. honestly its the perfect place to visit theirs so many things to do. you will probably hear a lot about dont travel to the Pakistan boarder but actually theirs a bunch of festivals and gatherings at the boarder and its perfectly safe. India is extremely safe period.

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      Magdalena says:

      Do not visit unless you want to catch a third world undiscovered disease

      Nope!

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        Anonymous says:

        Ignorance is bliss, clearly

        Racist much?

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        Anonymous says:

        Now get lost

        We are very happy that you won’t visit, we have enough chutiye as it is.
        India is as safe as you want it to be. Don’t be stupid and you’ll have the best time of your life, but that’s applicable for the entire planet, not just India.

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        RamKrishana says:

        You are Just Idiots. Most Corona cases are in USA and even after so much Population less number of cases

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    Anonymous says:

    obviously Indian ppl care too much abt their country image and try to defend whenever and wherever possible–it only tells me one thing–their lack of confidence and eagerness of getting acknowledge and accepted

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      Anonymous says:

      ye paka pakistani hai… m sure!!!

  7. Unsafe for attractive women

    Don’t go as an attractive American female. You’ll be harassed, yelled at, followed and in fear.

    You can’t wear normal American attire. You can’t even go to a bar and drink without being physically intimidated or even mildly assaulted as a woman. You can’t go to any tourist attraction without being consistently bombarded and scammed. You’ll spend weeks sick to your stomach. I’ve traveled all over the world and never felt more unsafe than when in India.

    I’ve seen men beat women openly in public with the police onlooking and not caring; I’ve seen an older orphan beat a toddler until his head split open and the police told me not to try to stop it, that this is how it’s supposed to be. The men are the most sexually aggressive of any country I’ve ever been to and won’t take no for an answer, and that says a lot.

    I’ve been to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey, and felt less threatened as a woman in all three. I’m not a tourist with a bad attitude, I opened an entire office in India with hundreds of employees and lived there for 6 months while doing so. It was quite possibly the worst human rights violation I’ve ever witnessed.

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      Anonymous says:

      Equal rights are not a thing

      People who think women’s basic rights are safe in India are blind to a growing problem of epic proportions. I’ve seen too much documented proof to believe that India is just as safe, as say, Norway, for the female traveler.

    2. ummm......

      +BN yes violence is not nice and the police should be more vigilant when they see things like that but if by ‘normal american attire’ you mean skimpy/tight clothes and mini skirts drinking in a country where girls wear long shalwar kameez and dupaatas on their heads and don’t leave the house without their fathers/brothers/husbands so men don’t have a chance to raise an eyebrow or harass them then i would also be ashamed of you if i saw you like that.
      even women TV presenters wear a headscarf when they visit countries where women cover their hair to show respect. and seriously go sort out your abusive, racist president before talking about a country that was divided, scammed and robbed of for years by all of u ppl in exchange for your bloody alcohol and is now a third world country.
      and who said you are ‘attractive’??????
      maybe in fifty kilos of makeup (that one of the 60,000,000 child laborers in india has mined minerals for in tunnels to put in your lipsticks)
      learn some manners.

      1. okay then

        …okay calm down…

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      Crime master Gogo says:

      It seems you open your office right in the middle of Wasseypur. I’ve never seen the amount of crime you’ve seen in just 6 months, that’s got be a record. The point about children spilitting each other’s heads open was a nice one, did you take video? The amount of BS you’ve written is insane’. There are some parts of the country that are definitely bad, and it seems you chose those exact places for some odd reason. Can’t blame a stupid person for being stupid.

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      Abhishek Mishra says:

      Danger country in the would

      Yes , I am agree with you and I am live in India from birth , I am also some experience.

    5. I think you travelled to Pakistan and mistakenly writing about India 😂😂🍌🍌

  8. India is unsafe place for woman to travel alone or in small group

    Come on I haven’t been to Norway , but been to Dubai, London ,Toronto and all are way safer than India especially Haryana and Delhi are most unsafe for woman to travel alone even in day.I have heard so many cat calls and rowdy behavior in India.No need to sugar coat the fact.India is possibly worst place for woman to visit

  9. Safety precautions

    India is not safe as everywhere in the world.As a foreigner u need to take a little more precaution and do a little homework before u go there. Book a decent 4 or 5 * international chain hotel and u will be safe.As for taxis and tuk tuks, u cannot trust them better hire a uber or ola .Or ask the hotel for advice.As for the food u just have to check inside the restaurant if u fund it clean . Or u can eat in food courts or take rooms with kitchenette where u can prepare ur own.If u want a budget hotel better book with Airbnb i think they r more reliable.Hope this helps.

  10. Update this page !!

    This page is not factually correct LGBTQ is now legal in India and corruption in India has decreased considerably. I have gone with friends who are white women and who were safe throughout their trip. Be cautious as when travelling to every country.

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    Anonymous says:

    This website is a shit

    This is a soo biased website that it says Honduras and El Salvador are safer than India shame on them

    1. yes, I agree with you, because they haven’t updated the things in ages.
      they have given terrorism as high. Can you please help me with the last terrorist attack in a public place that has casualties except for J&K as scenario it is different and Tourist and normal ppl(Indians) are not allowed to go as of now

  12. The meaning of travel safety has changed in 2020.

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    Anonymous says:

    if you’re a woman or muslim don’t go

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    Deep Sen says:

    Wrong Information by website

    Who wrote this poppycock ? Surely this person never visited India !! Terrorism is high in India😂😂 Women Traveler’s risk is High 😂😂 The person writing this is High I guess 🙄🤔

  15. Good

    Generally Speaking,India is one of the safest country in the world crime rates are low but serious security crime is rare in India.

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    Müller Wolfgang says:

    Amazing + PKMKB

    The country and it’s people are amazing.
    Do a bit of research and the scenery will blow your mind.
    South India is better.

    Just stay away from Pakistan border region like Kashmir and you are safe.
    Really sad what radical islamic insurgency from Pakistan has turned this place into.

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    Crime master Gogo says:

    Terrorism is non-existent in India now (besides Kashmir valley), women’s safety is a major priority now. Some parts of the country, including parts of Delhi can be considered unsafe but what country doesn’t have such parts? If you use your brain, you will alright.

  18. This does not reflect the India I know. Almost all people you’ll meet are very friendly and hospitable.
    Simply follow some basics

    1. If eating street food:
    Make sure food is made freshly for you.
    It should be sizzling hot,
    Avoid the side salads and ice in drinks
    Keep to bottled water for drinking n brushing

    2. When travelling:
    Inform hotel or relatives of journey.
    Use Uber and Ola, most others will charge more.
    Apply common sense on security of valuables.
    Hire a driver for the whole day or the entire trip.

    3. Sight seeing:
    Check your guide is an official one.
    Book excursions with hotel or an agency.
    Do not give alms to beggars (organised crime).

    Overall advice, be vigilante, be sensible but above all enjoy yourself (simple really).

  19. India is Best country in world to visit. People are friendly , World class infrastructure ,4G internet , 3, 5 Star hotel’s Restaurants in every city.
    Indian food is best in World. From last 10 yrs no terrorist attacks. Everyone is safe here. No serious crimes.

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    zoya Bharach says:

    one of best country in the world, where I went, lots of love from pakistan

  21. Z
    Zoya Bharach says:

    Amazing!!!

    one of the best country in the world, where I went, lots of love from Pakistan

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