Most Indian women feel safe travelling solo in India: Survey

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Mumbai, Mar 5: Notwithstanding various challenges, more number of women in the country do not think that travelling alone is unsafe though foreign destinations are still perceived to be safer, according to a survey.

"It is encouraging to see an increasing number of Indian women travellers planning solo travel despite the challenges that confront them. Also, it appears that lesser Indian women now perceive travelling alone in India as unsafe (only 11 per cent this year versus 33 per cent last year)," according to TripAdvisor India Country Manager Nikhil Ganju.

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The leading travel site revealed the findings from its annual Women Traveller Survey 2015, collected from 1,300 female respondents in India.

Around 10,481 women travellers participated in the survey globally, including in India. Ganju said, foreign destinations are still perceived to be safer with only 1 per cent of Indian women indicating nervousness about travelling alone abroad.

"Clearly, much needs to be done by way of perception management as well as actual safety measures on the ground, for Indian women to feel safer in their own country, and for them to continue to pursue their desires to travel solo freely and confidently," he added.

The report further stated that among the 41 per cent women travellers, who have travelled alone, polled Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) as the most unsafe amongst the top 10 Indian cities followed by Jaipur and Kolkata.

Among the safest cities, Ahmedabad led the way followed by Pune and Mumbai. Bangalore has dropped to number 5 spot this year from number 3 last year.

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