India can be overwhelming sometimes but most travellers enjoy their time in India without any problems. That said, some regions experience ongoing issues, and there are several things a traveller should keep in mind when travelling through India to minimise their chances of running into any trouble.

Border tensions

India has a long, complex history with its Pakistani neighbours, stemming from the end of the British colonial rule and the partition of Punjab. It’s advised that people do not travel to any part of the border except for the Atari crossing due to the danger of armed clashes, terrorist activities and violent demonstrations. None of Intrepid’s India trips visit these areas.

Civil unrest

The introduction of a new Citizenship Amendment Act, in late 2019, saw violence between Hindu and Muslim communities spread in some areas of northern Delhi. It’s the worst case of religion-based violence in several decades and travellers are advised to avoid areas in which demonstrations are taking place. Intrepid’s local staff are constantly monitoring the news and altering itineraries, when necessary, to ensure traveller safety. If travelling independently, travellers should consult local news sources and avoid any demonstrations.   

Female travellers

It’s uncommon, but not unheard of, for female travellers to experience harassment while in India. There’s no reason to be put off – India is such a welcoming place, and Indians are so hospitable, but it’s important for female travellers to follow some simple precautions, especially when travelling solo. We recommend, among other things, dressing conservatively and sticking to well-lit areas at night, as well as keeping people informed of your movements.

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