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5 Ways Women are Breaking Travel Stereotypes

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It's Women's Day and with each year passing, we are more liberated and free than we used to be. In the past decade, women have managed to shed many labels, one of these being about women travelling alone! Let us inspire you to travel more by showing how stereotypes are broken. 

5 Ways Women are Breaking Travel Stereotypes:

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. Zanskar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Pondicherry
  5. Hampi (Karnataka)

1. Stereotype: Women shouldn't travel solo

Stereotype: Women shouldn't travel solo
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In most parts of the world, women are labelled as too bold for our own good if we are seen travelling alone. Or worse, looked at with pitiful eyes like someone who is not able to find a husband, hence travelling alone. Though the perspectives still remain, we are travelling solo nevertheless. 

Where to travel: Jaipur

HolidayIQ reviewer Vandana says, "Do not miss Rajasthani cuisine, dal pakwan, lal maans and ghotma (a sweet). You must buy Rajasthani dresses/odhni, mojris and handicrafts, easily available in the market, especially near the Fort."

Things to Do: Go camel riding, camp in the desert and try dune bashing. Bhatia Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan and Sonaron Ka Bas are great places to shop.

2. Stereotype: Only men ride bikes

Stereotype: Only men ride bikes
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Women have issues with spatial orientation and are too feminine to handle a bike. Motorbikes are more of a man thing. That is how it is looked at. When we are breaking all archetypes, then why leave out the thrilling bike ride trips!

Where to travel: Ladakh

HolidayIQ reviewer Ananya says, "Ladakh has a rough beauty. It's not at all like other hill station. You have to use sunglasses. Due to high altitude, you will face problem in breathing. You need at least 1 day to get acclimatised. I visited Thiksey, Shey monasteries and Mud palace in Leh. On the next day, I went to Nubra valley. On the way, you will get a Bactrian camel (camel with two humps on their back) safari which is really enjoyable. You should go and stay in Numbers valley in full moon. The beauty was breathtaking."

Things to Do:  Palace of the King of Ladakh, Sindhu Ghat, Moore Plains, Hall Of Fame, Monastero Tak Thok

3. Stereotype: Women are too fragile to go trekking

Stereotype: Women are too fragile to go trekking
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The idea of a woman travelling solo itself gives rise to trepidations among people, imagine going trekking across the rough terrains. But it so happens that 30 percent of Indian hikers and trekkers are women, many of whom most often travel alone.

Where to travel: Zanskar 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sangeeta says, "I feel that the relationship with mountains has transformed from fear to awe to love. I was drawn to Chadar for its pristine beauty to experience living in extreme satisfaction and feel what the people of Zanskar go through each winter. It is a 7-day trek on snow, ice sheets, rocky cliffs and icy water, braving temperatures between -5 degrees and -25 degrees. Sometimes it is physically challenging, sometimes mentally during the nearly 75-80 km route so it is best to prepare for a few months before heading out to this magical land."

4. Stereotype: Women cant read maps!

Stereotype: Women cant read maps!
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It is said that women are more prone to anxiety around navigation and thereby we tend to get confused while reading maps. It's time we broke this assumption ladies!

Where to travel: Pondicherry

HolidayIQ reviewer Anisha says, "There is so much to discover in Pondicherry. Beyond the touristy sights and the ashrams and the French Colony, Pondicherry's food culture is evolved and must be explored by foodies."

Things to do: Anisha Mehta: Just relax and indulge in some shopping when in Pondicherry. Auroville has great shops where you can pick up beautiful clay ware.

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5. Stereotype: Travelling light is not a woman's thing!

Stereotype: Travelling light is not a woman's thing!
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It is often said that if it was possible, a woman would even pack her kitchen sink along while she is travelling. That is some serious stereotyping! Today we women are breaking such archetypes and packing smart and light while making sure that we have everything that we need. 

Where to travel: Hampi 

HolidayIQ reviewer Swati says, "The stone carved temples with stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, stone pillars capable of producing sounds similar to musical instruments, stone aqueducts for water supply the first pinhole camera effect, the passive cooling systems in palaces, this place has it all. I recommend that you must hire a guide and then take a tour of the place."

Things to Do: Eat at Mango Tree, try rock climbing, visit Hampi Bazaar, watch the sunset from Matanga Hill and take a ferry ride on River Tungabhadra.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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