"Delhi retained its notorious reputation as the most unsafe city amongst the top 10 Indian cities polled with 95 percent respondents expressing the opinion as opposed to 84 percent in 2013" according to a survey by travel portal TripAdvisor.
    
Kolkata and Jaipur were ranked second and third most unsafe cities respectively with 64 percent and 53 percent votes each.
    
Ahmedabad toppled Mumbai to be rated the safest city by 85 percent of respondents even as Maharashtra and Gujarat were voted to be the safest states with 16 and 14 percent votes each. Mumbai (72 percent) dropped to the 5th spot this year from the number 1 position in 2013.
    
The survey also noted that it was surprising to find that only 16 percent women use the women safety applications that are available.
    
"Whether travelling alone or in a group of women, majority of respondents preferred travelling to a city as it offered a higher sense of security, law and order. Hill stations and beaches were second and third choice respectively," the annual women traveller survey 2014 by the travel portal said.

The findings which come ahead of the International Women's day are based on information collected from 1068 women and are aimed at at understanding travel sentiment and preferences of Indian women with respect to leisure travel while travelling solo or as part of an all-women group.
    
47 percent of the respondents said they took leisure trips as part of a group of women compared to 35 percent who travelled solo in the last two years.

"43 percent of respondents were between the age of 18 and 35 years and 27 percent of them fell into the category between 35 to 45 years," Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor said.
    
Out of 37 percent respondents who have travelled solo, 56 percent said they liked travelling alone and will continue to do so in the future.
    
A total of 53 percent said they travel alone only to destinations (India or abroad) that are perceived as "safe."

For women travelling as a group preferred activities include Sightseeing-Eco tours or village tours (28 percent), light adventure-camping, hiking (39 percent), festivals of music or literature (20 percent) and cruise or house boat (20 percent).

The respondents included a mix of working professionals self employed women as well as homemakers.

(Agencies)

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