With recent bombing in Mumbai and a very bad train crash, Im becoming anxious about my trip to India and am thinking of cancelling
There just seems to be a lot of de-railments, bombs and other accidents which ends up leaving me feeling anxious to travel to India. I really dont want to wimp out over something that is not worth worrying about - I hope some of you out there may be able to put my mind at rest.
You have to be able to internalize the true risk of various activities. I would say the the risk of being at a particular location when a terrorist bomb goes off is less that being struck by lightning. You have a much higher risk of injury, or illness, or being the subject of normal theft in your run of the mill day as a backpacker. If terrorism is your only worry going to India, then you have nothing to worry about. Besides, don't let the terrorists win. Hope this puts your mind at rest.
India is really a fantastic country - very frustrating at times, irritating and always intense. But it's wonderful. The upside of all this energy is an amazing lust for life, the ability to enjoy small things, a kind of almost childlike wonderment in small details. The people are so friendly, so eager to talk. Sure this can be annoying soemtimes - there is no sense of personal space, no privacy, no peace, and just so many people everywhere. But even so, India is an amazing experience - one, I feel it would be a shame to miss out on. Think back to what made you want to go in the first place. I understand your anxiety, but I agree with Bob, stuff happens everywhere. We were in India for 7 months last year, and never felt threatened in any way.
Hey Neil and Vik,
I think it is good to be a little anxious about your trip to India, keep you on your toes when in the country but not because of the bombing etc but because of the dreaded dellhi belly
I tell ya mate, if you get that a bomb will go off that is not the most pleasent!! But no worries about India, great country and love it!
The chances of you getting caught up in any terrorist related incidents are minuscule indeed. I was in Jaipur during the 2008 bombings, however, no tourists were killed or even injured despite the bombs going off in areas frequented by tourists. Anyway, terrorists are more likely to hit high profile targets and expensive hotels rather than areas that backpackers frequent.
As Home and Away says, don't let the terrorists win. This is exactly the kind of reaction they are looking for.
I have to agree with the other replies.
I was in India less than a month ago. I missed the Mumbai bombings, passing through a week before, but people in India are determined to not let this kind of thing ruin their lives. I was also on the same trunk line as the terrible train crash the very same evening. I didn't find out until later how lucky we were to avoid the crash, but we still took Indian trains because they're so comfortable (and millions take the train daily, so the chances are extremely slim).
Both of these things, while more frequent than in other parts of the world, are still VERY few and far between. You must always travel in India with your head on your shoulders, watching out for mostly tuk tuk drivers who will take you to their shops instead of your destination.
Beyond the above mentioned problem, I had NO trouble travelling through India. Be cautious, but don't let it ruin your life. Nerves turn to regret if you let them!
Chris and Diana took the words out of my mouth. It's the food bombs that you should keep an eye out for...
Go. India is amazing. Eat the food...it's amazing...but will likely disagree with you at some point.