India has a pretty bad reputation when it comes to safety for women and girls. Often travellers are scared off visiting by the many news stories which cover some of the shocking truths about India’s culture, from frequent sexual assaults to constant caste and religious based violence. After the brutal rape and murder of a local 23-year old medical student on a night bus in Delhi 2012, as well as a string of sexual assaults of Foreigners in 2014, much of the world labelled India a suicide mission for solo female travellers. While there are certainly truths to India reputation which must be acknowledged, I do believe it is possible to safely navigate this country and have a great time doing so!
If you are planning to travel to India, most people would agree to make sure to start in the South. It’s less populated, more liberal and allows you to warm up to the perks and quirks of India in a much more mellow way. There is so much to see and do in the Southern state of Kerala, from trekking mountains, exploring tea plantations, floating through the backwaters, tasting their famous seafood and of course relaxing by one of Kerala’s beautiful beaches. Here’s our guide to getting the best of Kerala’s sandy shores.
Royal Mysore, the city of palaces, is a must see in South India. Aside from its famed palace, silk and temples, Mysore offers travellers a place to slow down their pace. Mysore is the second cleanest city in India and its streets still prioritise pedestrians, a nice change from most Indian cities. The roads are wide and reasonably quiet, with coconut vendors and cows being most of the crowd. Mysore is also the home of Ashtanga yoga, so it draws in thousands of yogis each year. Whether you’ve come to practice, explore or relax, Omology’s guide to Mysore has you covered.
I did not want to go to India. Three is a crowd for me. So the thought of 1.2 billion people made me claustrophobic from 7890km away in Sydney. I am all for slowness, softness and a whole lot of personal space. Things I have since said goodbye to as my new adventure in the chaotic and colourful India begins.
Most yogis have a natural sense of wanderlust, an attitude for adventure and feet that can’t quite stay in the same place for too long. Travel is a way for us to explore our practice through new perspectives and expand on our experiences off the mat. Whether you have a regular self-practice, or you’re just in need of a stretch between international flights, yoga could be just the thing you need to center while traveling.