India is one for the bucket list for many and for good reason! But it also can be one of the most daunting places to travel to, especially for solo female travellers. From the vast size, language barriers, and range of customs and traditions, it can make for an overwhelming country to travel to on your own. Even if you’re not typically the type to go on a tour, it’s certainly worth considering in India. Here are 5 benefits of choosing to travel India on a group tour.
1. Less Stress
India is notoriously known for being high energy and at times, quite stressful. While we can’t guarantee zero stress (it is India after all!), by joining a tour you will be sure to have fewer worries. Everything from accommodation, transportation, excursions, local tips and some meals are taken care of! Not to mention language barriers can be a challenge in itself and can lead to plenty of stresses while travelling. However, a tour will help avoid many of these stresses. Allowing you to lean back and enjoy the bustling vibe of India for what it is. Even when you have free time to explore at your own pace, you’ll have the added benefit of your guide giving you guidance on where to go and what to do.
2. Knowledgeable guide
This brings us to our next point, your guide is one of the biggest benefits of taking a tour in India! From insights on the culture, history, customs and traditions, your guide will be able to give you the answers. And it definitely beats just looking it up in Google or in a guide book! Not to mention the added benefit of a locals tips and knowledge where you’re likely to come across some hidden gems. This in itself is completely invaluable and info you can’t just find out in any old guidebook! India can also have many customs and traditions that are very different from Western society, so it’s nice to have a knowledgeable guide to give you an explanation or a heads up.
Particularly for female solo travellers, India can be quite daunting and in some parts, even dangerous. Being in a group with a knowledgeable guide will not only give you a piece of mind, but will also ensure your safety so you don’t end up in a dodgy situation, a bad part of town, or become victim to potential scams. Plus, there always tends to be more safety in numbers and it’s not worth taking your safety for granted while travelling!
4. An in with the locals
One of the best parts about travelling is getting to know the locals and experiencing the destination through the eyes of them! However it can be hard to get to know the locals without an introduction, but when you’re travelling with a guide, this first step is taken care of. Giving you an insight into their world! You may find you come across some great hidden gems, whether its a local market or shop with the best quality items and prices, or a restaurant that only the locals eat at with the most incredible curry. You’re likely to be in for a treat when you get to know the locals and your tour guide is a great in into their world!
5. See more in less time
As the seventh largest country in the world, a population of 1.3 billion and with over 22 languages, India is huge and quite overwhelming to say the least! It’s very easy to spend a day or more travelling from one city to the next. Add into the mix of this language barriers, navigation issues, delayed transport, miscommunication, and just all round bad luck, you could likely find yourself in some tricky and stressful situations where you end up wasting a lot of time. In particular, if you’re only able to guarantee two weeks off work, time is of the essence and you have no time to waste in a country as large as India! A tour solves this for you as they’re designed to be as efficient as possible so you can see as much as possible in a limited amount of time.
Experience the benefits of a group tour and make the most of all this incredible country has to offer on one of our India tours.