Woman solo traveler, would North Eastern States be less hassle & more eased?

#1 Jul 26th, 2012, 15:16
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Hello all,
I wasn't really sure where to put this posting/question. So, I apologize if it's not in the right place (please let me know if there's a better place to put it).

So, my situation is this... I am a woman who will be traveling alone in various parts of India. I feel like I've read enough to get a sense of what I'll be dealing with, precautions I should take, etc. I really want to go to India, and have traveled solo alot before- so I'm willing manage the highs and lows (and hopefully have a good attitude about it). I'll be in India for 6 weeks, and I could see myself potentially wanting some respite. For this reason, there's a little part of me that was thinking about taking a flight down to Sri Lanka for 5-6 days. But then I thought "Hey wait, there have to be some mellow-ish parts of India!" So, I have 2 questions,

1) I was planning on heading to the North Eastern States anyway and heard that these could be mellow (I'm not sure where exactly I'm going- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Assam are the ones that catch my attention the most- but I'm open to visiting one or two of any of the 7 states). So, in terms of ease for woman travelers are there any states or regions within the 7 north east states that as a woman I could take a cup of tea offered to me by a man, I could stay in a guesthouse even of there wasn't a lock on the door, etc. I guess my question is- in the NE (or areas within the NE) are there areas where I could let my guard down? I'm not going to be totally foolish. But, for example, (coming from San Francisco) are there areas in the NE that I can be just as relaxed as I would be in a major US city (where I generally don't feel "on guard" that people are trying to take advantage of various situations).

2) I pretty much have an idea of the areas that call me the most. But, with the theme of this message in mind, does anyone have any places they'd suggest for a woman solo traveler who might want to be somewhere "easy" for a few days?

Thanks a bunch for anyone who has any info or suggestions on this matter!!
Ali
#2 Jul 26th, 2012, 15:20
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do not go to the north eastern states like assam right now because there are many political problems and unrests there. Just a few days back, many trains were cancelled and thousands of people were stranded in the railway stations. .

I do not know the situation as of now, but please do check the condition before going.

Travel safe!
#3 Jul 26th, 2012, 15:29
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Hello Ali, there's trouble in Assam now, not sure about other north eastern states. You could check about the situation on Times of India online or other Indian site
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Seems to me, you are thinking everyone in most parts of India is/will try to 'get you' (either as a female or as a tourist) and so you have to be on guard as 'always on'. That is not necessarily true everywhere. While you should be on guard in touristy places and others that make you feel uncomfortable, you will find many places in non touristy places where you can go 'easy'.

Stay in a Guest house without a lock or bolt on the door, I would not advice it to anyone, least of all a Woman.

You say you have traveled before, so you should not find it too difficult or too different in India.
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Thank you,all! For the first two writers, thank you for the info about Assam. The last time I read any news articles about Assam, it was about the floods... I really feel for these people. Had it not been for you, I don't think I would have known anything about it the most recent situation. If I go o the NE States, I'll fly into another state.

As for the last writer, it's refreshing to hear you say that I won't have to be "on" all of the time. As I've heard quite a few people (locals and tourists), indicate that I might/would- it's nice to hear a different perspective. From what you say, I'm guessing the rule of thumb (knowing that there are, of course exceptions) is the less a place is touristy, the "easier"/less efforting/less hassle it might feel.

I really am looking forward to my time in India. Though the more I read about issues for women and/or solo travelers, the more I thought I might crave respite. I know it won't all be a piece of cake, but it's good to see that it might feel more relaxed that I've been encouraged to imagine.
Thanks!
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Fly to Shillong,Meghalaya in NE India. Hilly, cool climate, super green scenary, blue mountains, waterfalls, quaint villages. Check pictures in this site and google Shillong.
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Assam is not exactly the place to be in right now (July 2012) due to political unrest and communal violence, and the Government being unable to do anything about it.

However, you can take a direct flight to Aizwal from Calcutta(Rs.3000 approx), Aizwal to Imphal on road, Imphal to Kohima on road. You can then go to Dimapur around 70 kms away to catch the train to Calcutta. (but please note that the train will pass through Guwahati, Assam)

If you follow this route, you will be able to explore three states i.e. Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland. I guess this will be more offbeat destination than Assam.
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Fly to Leh, Northern India if things become too full on. It's my favourite place in India - very laid back.
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Thank you all!
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might be worth posting this in the North East India section for more responses.
i know theres often a person called 'nagagirl' who comes on and gives responses.
you could PM her directly for a locals response to how NE India is for female travellers.
think you have to have done 10 posts before you can PM people though.
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The North East is safer for a solo female traveller than the other parts of India.

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