Wednesday, August 20, 2014

India: Italian Tourist, 61, Loses Mobile Phone in Agra, Tailored Slacks, Pants Are Key

Italian tourist María Grasia Pegoraro, 61, was robbed of her mobile phone from a showroom in Agra, police reported today (August 15).

"The woman said in her complaint that she had her mobile phone with her when she entered the showroom on Tuesday night (August 12), but left the showroom. She went to the police station in Agra but discovered that it was closed," police said.

The tourist's complaint has been forwarded to the concerned police station in Agra. 

COMMENT: I strongly urge women travelers to consider having slacks or pants fabricated with pockets by a local tailor while they are abroad in order to conceal a smartphone, preferably situated in a front pocket.

If Ms. Pegoraro had perhaps had slacks with pockets made for her when she first arrived in India, she might not have misplaced her mobile, which, ideally, should always be safeguarded in the same place.

Agra is city on the banks of the River Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is 363 kilometers (226 miles) west of the state capital of Lucknow, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of the capital of New Delhi.  

With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh. 

It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri,  all three of which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Agra is included on the Golden Triangle circuit, along with New Delhi and Jaipur.