Apparently, single women can't climb up the Charminar on their own and need to be accompanied by male company.
To the women who want to travel in India ― life is greater than a house; greater that your overprotective parents, the mean people, sexism and the bounds they have constructed around you. You deserve a big world. Just GO!
Personally, I find solo travelling very empowering. However, one should also be prepared for the low points.
My decision to travel literally saved my life and helped me escape the shackles of Brahmanical patriarchy. I will to solo travel until I die.
Thinlas Chorol is a trekking guide, social entrepreneur and the founder of Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company (LWTC), a company both owned and operated by women.
And as a queer couple, we were engulfed by the fear of being met with displeasure or perhaps, even violence, if we were to be seen indulging in any form of physical affection.
Maybe we’re not entitled to adventure because we’re women, maybe we’re not entitled to travel because we’re women, maybe we’re not entitled to be masters of our own lives because we’re women.
With these negotiations, I learn about not only the structural problem of patriarchy kept in place through mansplaining, but also about my conditioning that has always told me to listen to men but never respond, to be interrupted but dare not interrupt.
It is not always possible to make sustainable choices while travelling, but one can however reduce their ecological footprint by simply being more thoughtful.
Travelling makes us forget things. Our travelling experiences makes us enlist what to do and what not to do for our next trip.
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