"All by yourself?"
"But India is not safe for women"
"Why alone? Won't you get bored?"
When you're a woman and make the mistake of declaring your desire to travel solo in India, chances are, you'll have to face such backlash. But we can't entirely blame our family and friends. When mornings begin with news about outrageous crimes against women, it's hard not to label the whole country as unsafe.
Truth is, no place is completely safe. There are places in India you would feel safe at, places you'd feel unsafe at. It mostly always depends on the kind of people you're around and ultimately how responsible you are. That said, convincing Indian parents can still be an ordeal. That's where the great concept of female-only dormitories might prove to be helpful. To make your parents understand that there are other women like you, travelling on their own seems like a great achievement. So, here's a list of hostels in India that solo women travellers swear by and you can too: