Yes! Travelling in India is the similar as other parts of the world. All depends where you go and your common sense.
Sometimes India can be overwhelmed for the traveller cause all the different strong sensations, smells, colors, peoples curiosity, etc. Althought I think is worthi it to try and spend some time there.
Wonderful city! I like the recommendation about the sneakers :-)
Where are you coming from? If you are in europe you can hitchhike :)