I think you can expect a fair degree of harassment and leering, perhaps even groping if you find yourselves in a crowd crush. That will be unpleasant but does that constitute 'unsafe', that's for you two to decide. Here're a few tips on what you could possibly face:
Lots of blogs about women travelling in India if you go searching.... many have done it solo and report they get hassled, but think the positives outweigh the negatives.
If you're worried about it and want to distance yourselves from the hassles, take first class tickets and avoid 'local transport', get a driver for Delhi etc.... but that kind of takes away from the experience. Up to you two.
Phil about 8 years ago
Sadly harassment is prevalent throughout the world and not restricted to certain countries. I used to get my bum pinched on the tube on a daily basis when I lived and worked in London!!
As Phil says, its down to how you want to play it. I have found that being prepared is a good thing and using common sense certainly helps, so having an organised driver or guide rather than winging it has meant that I was able to do Cairo quite happily with very minimal fuss. Dressing appropriately, not making eye contact, ignoring calls/shouts/whistles etc.
And most importantly, knowing that it probably will happen and not accepting it, but anticipating it so that I didnt get annoyed/rattled/frustrated when it did happen certainly helped. about 8 years ago
I am a brown-haired 22 year old girl who went to India last summer (I was 21 at the time). When we had guys with us, the locals didn't harass us too badly. You'll always get looks and some jeers, but I didn't have anyone touch me inappropriately or try to grab me. We made sure to dress appropriately (no shorts, shoulders covered) etc. Even on some days where we did wear tank tops (like at the Taj Mahal because it was SO hot out), we didn't have any inappropriate grabbing or anything. She should be fine, especially if she is with you and she dresses appropriately! almost 8 years ago