Hasn’t everyone dreamed of visiting India in their lives? Delhi is one of India’s busiest and most vibrant cities, known for being crowded, exciting and fast-paced. For all its charms, visitors to Delhi must keep their wits about them. The high rate of poverty here drives up crime rates and tourists are prime targets for opportunistic criminals. As a tourist, you’re unlikely to be a victim of random homicide on a trip to Dehli, however you’re likely to be a victim of petty crime. Also, sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas have been increasing in recent years (1 Rape Is Reported Every 15 Minutes in India), and women often have to deal with unwanted male attention when walking through the city.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
The roads in Delhi are busy, and unregulated. Driving here is dangerous and there is a high risk of being involved in an accident. Book your transport through your hotel or from inside the airport to avoid being scammed by a taxi driver extending your journey.’Some taxi drivers will say that they don’t know where your hotel is (or that it’s full, or doesn’t exist) and offer to take you to another hotel. Other taxi drivers alter their reading meter, so it’s important you know the exact cost of your journey.
Scams Risk: HIGH
It is common for tourists to fall victim to scams in Delhi. Become familiar with the exchange rate before you travel, so you know if you’re being overcharged by a scammer. Some of the common scams involve tourists being approached by a gem dealer, who convinces them to buy some (fake) gemstones for him, fake sadhus who approach tourists and ask for donations, and begging scams. Some women rent babies for the day to extort money from tourists, sometimes asking them to buy milk in a shop where it’s way overpriced. Also beware that many pickpockets operate in Delhi and target unsuspecting tourists. They are skilled and you might not realise they robbed you until hours after.
Natural Disaster Risk: HIGH
Travel in India during the monsoon season (June to October) can be hazardous as it rains heavily and often flood areas of the city. Also, Delhi is prone to strong earthquakes. A violent earthquake occurred in 1960. Some buildings in the New Delhi area were partially damaged.
Terrorism Risk: HIGH
Terrorists do operate in India and a busy city like Delhi is one of the most likely targets. In India, terrorist attacks are carried out by the terrorists and insurgent groups called Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and the Indian Mujahideen.’While most terrorist attacks have been carried against Indian government, terrorists have also targeted places visited by westerners including public places like restaurants, hotels, railway stations, markets, places of worship, festivals and sporting venues.