Is MP an attraction for solo women travellers?

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Mar 2017 11:47:12

By Tara Chettur,

“MP mein dil hua bachche sa, Mowgli ke chote se.. kachche sa” this super cute advertisement branding Madhya Pradesh Tourism is an eye candy for many women travellers, but literally speaking they think twice to solo experience this part of the country.

Among various destinations in Madhya Pradesh, mostly Khajuraho is hand pick by most of the tourism sites as one of the top ten destinations in India preferred by solo women travellers.

Advertisements literally aims for experiencing heart of India that is Madhya Pradesh through a Child’s Lens but ground report says something else. Mehrunnisa Siddique from women organisation Adhar in Chattarpur which also facilitates in helping women tourist issues says that five years back tourist police station has also been started at Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district and it was stated that post-Swiss woman’s gangrape in Datia that it is meant for tourists on all matters and will ensure that language barrier doesn’t hamper their stay or security. However, lady police personnel are less in tourist police centers. Besides, it was also floated during that time that Ministry of Tourism is also starting Tourist Facilitation and Security Organisations (TFSO) to mainly facilitate solo women travellers but nothing substantial was done to materialise this matter.

Our State has the potential to increase the influx of solo women travellers by strengthening its security and commute system, she adds. Julia Rohan, Russian tourist, says she came to visit world heritages site here and was planning to come alone to explore the destinations but later on decided to come with partner. According to latest data available from Ministry of Tourism, the highest number of women visitors in India were from the United States (4,93,472), followed by the United Kingdom (3,69,098) and Bangladesh (2,54,492), Russia (1,54,344) and Canada (1,24,309) and it was also observed that many solo women travellers preferred heritage sites over other destinations.