Photographers at the fort
A word of caution. There are cameras everywhere at the fort, but the ones pointing at you by the "freelance photographers" come at a price. As you leave the fort they will be there to sell you your photos for a high price.
Unique Suggestions: If you want the pictures, negotiate the price down to at least a third of what they are asking. When they argue, say no and walk away - the prices mysteriously lower quickly.
Just for the record, we bought ours. I'm not advocating stiffing them, just getting a good price.
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Service fee trick
At the cafe next to the entrance of the City Palace be aware of the waiter´s scam.
They pretend that the service charge is not included in price shown on the bill.
The back thougt is you to persuade you to give extra tip.
Of course the service fee is seperately shown on the invoice you get presented, but is already included in the endsum.
If you follow the request you will pay double service charge.
Unique Suggestions: Simply indicate you are not willing to pay more than on the bill shown and the waiter will accept.
In Amer fort we were suggested by the guide that there is a govt outlet which is very reliable called Raj kala Mandir and the entrance tickets also has its name. We believed him, but after going there, realised that it's not a govt shop. But the quality was no doubt good, but we resisted their pressure to buy too many things.
Unique Suggestions: No harm in taking a look.
Fun Alternatives: Make sure you are strong and buy only what you want and do some homework about the prices of the products that you are interested.
Auto fares rigged!
Please check with your hotel about the approximate fare of autos to specific destinations. I found many auto meters to be faulty and unreliable. Especially foreigners are an easy prey to this trap.
Unique Suggestions: Check with hotel staff or other reliable people regarding fares before you take an auto.
Nagging you to buy/visit a shop
Very often auto drivers pester you to visit a shop or buy some items. You can either firmly tell them that you won't go and if they nag you would take another auto, or else if you have the time, go ahead and visit the shop but take you own decision whether to buy the product or not.
Most often the auto and rikshaw drivers and cab services recommend the Maharani market, while the price and quality may not be bad, their range is very limited and not at all stylish. So it's better to avoid this market if you are in a hurry.
It's not only 21 ft tajmahal you are going for
when you are done with the amber fort trip your tourist guide would ask you if you want to go and look the 21ft Taj Mahal right there in Jaipur.Its is not exacly what you were thinking...There is 21ft tajmahal but it is not made by any king but a local art shop owner.Guide would make you enter the shop and leave you to buy stuff but those stuffs can easily be bought in any local store and in less than half price.
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- Luxury Travel
beware block printing store for tour groups!
As part of our tour of Jaipur on our tour of Rajasthan conducted by Hi Tours and booked through Indus Travels of Canada we stopped at a shop for demonstrations of block printing. This was followed by offers of beer, tea or soft drinks, then the hard sell of overpriced rugs and block prints.
Unique Suggestions: Go to the state-run Rajasthali outlets in several large cities in Rajasthan to see what these items cost. Prices in the shops we were taken to during our tour were substantially higher. Kickbacks to the guide/tour operator? The block prints are pretty, and once you have an idea how much they should cost you are in a good position to bargain in the small shops.
Chokhi Dhani - more like Chucky Belly
Chiko Dhani is a Rhajasthani amusement park, all the amusements are quite interesting and it's a safe place to relax of an evening - but the food gave us both Delhi belly for a few days.
Unique Suggestions: Don't eat anything
Fun Alternatives: Eat before you arrive!
Right outside our hotel, leaning up against our bus, were a couple of snake charmers. You were invited to make a donation in return for watching the musician encouraging the snake to appear from the basket by playing him a flute. Quite how it works I don't know, but it does.
You could also - for another donation of course - have your photograph taken with a large snake wrapped around your neck.
Commission on tickets
Once you would need the service of an agency, for example to book a train ticket or whatever, before to agree for somehting, ask them which is the % or value of their services.
So, before to confirm something, bergain also about the provvision!!!!
Another very common thing that will definitely happend to you during your stay in India is this: You will take somewhen a rickshaw or whatever to reach a site, and they will definitely bring you in some shop (a shop of a friend or a brother or whatever). Keep in mind that the owner of the shop will pay the driver a commision cuz he brought there some tourist and clearly the prices of the goods will increase...
So, be strong and tell to the driver that you will not leave the rickshaw! This is the only thing that works out...
Takin’ a picture of Hawa Mahal
Once you are vcisiting the Hawa Mahal and you want to take a picture of it, you gotta cross the street to have the complete view of the building. At that time, there will be a lot of people offering you to get to the upper level of their houses, and it is true that there you will have a great view of the building, but be prepeared cuz they will try to sell you some jewelry and other kind of stuff...Up to you!
What you gotta take care ever once buying stuff in India, moreover if we are talking about Jewelry. A lot of places are selling you fake pieces and so...Keep your eyes open!!!!!
If you want to avoid such things, simply walk trough shops reckon by the governament.
buying gems & jewelry
prices vary a lot for the jems n jewelry at all places depending on quality.
Be very careful when buying gems/jewelry from the shops. bargaining is allowed but you can never guess the actual price unless you are an expert.
Unique Suggestions: read about the things you plan to purchase, have some prior knowledge about the quality
Fun Alternatives: go in for certified precious stones whenever possible or have prior knowledge
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Shopping is a bargainer's delight
Whilst shopping at smaller, roadside shops, u can get a bargain of upto 25%. Big shops generally do not inflate their prices for foreign tourists and so are relatively 'safer'.
Unique Suggestions: Bargain to your heart's content ! Even the locals do it.
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