Safety and Security

India is a daunting place  but you have no need to worry about travelling there.  The first few days are an assault on the senses and combined with jet lag can be quite daunting . Don’t despair, with our  knowledge and experience of India you can be assured that I can help you through uncertainties. We provide security and up to date information ensuring you have a safe and stress free holiday.

Whether you are travelling as a couple, or on a fun family adventure, we can give you the full lowdown on safari safety and your security whilst you are away.

On departure you will get a very comprehensive information pack full of ideas and thoughts about your holiday. In this there are emergency contact numbers and who to get in touch with in priority order.

The following comes from the UK government FCO website and tells it how it is with regard to crime in India . Pleased bear in mind that this is from the government and paints the worse case.

  • Women travellers should exercise caution when travelling in India even if travelling in a group.
  • If you’re a woman travelling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day.
  • Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night. If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and exercise caution when using pre-paid taxis at airports as there have been instances of British tourists becoming the victims of a scam by taxi drivers and others who offer cheap transportation and/or hotels, unwanted tours and extended taxi rides. Travellers who accept these offers have reported being threatened with violence when they have declined to pay.
  • Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street.
  • If you’re being collected at the airport by a hotel driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off.
  • Be particularly careful with your luggage when travelling by buses and trains, and keep your handbags safe in large crowds.
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport, Indian visa and flight ticket separately from the originals when travelling.
  • Leave copies at home where others can access them, and also store them electronically so you can access them easily.
  • If your passport is lost or stolen notify the police immediately and obtain a police report.
  • Be wary of confidence tricksters, particularly in Agra and Jaipur, who promise large amounts of cash for delivery of jewellery abroad in return for an initial deposit. The jewellery is worthless and the deposit, often amounting to thousands of pounds, is lost.

Use a reputable and recognised tour operator

Find the specialist of the country you want to visit, they are the people with the knowledge and can create an itinerary to suit you. They will also have good back up for you and will have experienced that country first hand many times. They know what they are talking about, take their advice and guidance and explore that country knowing you are in safe hands. We work with Varun Mather and his Delhi based team. Varun is passionate about India and its wildlife. He is the ideal partner on the ground and has been recognised for his endeavours by Virtuoso the acclaimed US based travel company

Local police and the Indian army

The Indian police and army are normally really friendly  folks despite being armed with guns! Remember that in the UK  guns are not part of our every day life. The police are curious and doing their job and will often wish you a safe journey as you depart. Remember, they are there for your safety as well. If you are travelling to the border areas near Pakistan or China expect to see a large military presence. In our experience this is nothing to worry about and the army personnel are usually really helpful.

Wildlife

In taking a holiday anywhere overseas, there is an element of risk. Without risk life would be boring! In India wild animals can present threats to  both your safety and health and that of the local community. Please follow the advice of your naturalist and forest guard at all times. Here are few things to consider:

  • Do not try to get too close, let the animals come to you – please do not ask your naturalist  to get any closer than they are
  • Check your shoes for creepy crawlies before putting them on
  • Do not position yourself between mother and offspring
  • Use a mosquito net if advised and provided
  • Walk on paths and try not to bush bash
  • Do not feed or try to pet the wildlife (you will be surprised!)

In camps where animals wander freely, quite often this is the case in India as most properties are situated in “ buffer zones” which form part of the reserve, make sure you are taken to your room and do not walk around at dark.

The last thought

India is chaotic, often overwhelming and very unpredictable. Their is a possibility that everything won’t go according to plan, but this is the beauty of travelling with Sense India in that it is not rigidly organised, it is not confined to boxes and the day is not set in stone, because if it was, you would probably miss some amazing wildlife sightings. 

Leave your worries and structure behind and let India weave her magic over you.