From TV channels to chauffeurs and online career portals to female-only holiday packages, entrepreneurs offer a range of services exclusively for the women of the city.
Safe Holidays for Women Piya Bose has always been an avid traveller. On one of her many such trips, the lawyer by profession observed that the number of Indian women seen backpacking and touring alone was much lesser than their foreign counterparts.
It was then that the 28-year-old decided to start a travel club meant exclusively for women called Girls On The Go. “It’s not like Indian women don't have the money to travel,” says Bose, explaining the principle her company works on. “The social set up at times doesn't allow them to do so. Also, security is a major concern. So in this club they can travel with a group just as a woman, not a mother, wife or sister.” And the response has been overwhelming. An average of one trip is organised every month. While most of their trips have been around the country, they recently expanded their reach. “We traveled to Egypt, Turkey and Bhutan recently, and now plan to go to Greece next,” says Bose. The price for each trip differs as per distance, duration and destination, but to give an idea of what it is, she adds, “A weekend trip to a place in the country would cost around Rs 12,000. We don't compromise too much on accommodation, but we don't opt for five star hotels either.”
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