Varanasi Tourist Traps

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    Beggars and take care of your foot-wears!!

    by Incredible_India Written Aug 2, 2004

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    Donot wear very gaudy sleepers or foot-wears, if incase you do so, please deposit them at the shoe counter (generally found outside the temple they take one or two indian rupee coin to look after your shoes) because the chances of foot-wear theft is more in temples, not only in Varanasi but in any part of India.

    When you will visit Sarnath, there you will find many deers, as in Buddha Age it was known as Deer Park Sarnath, so in his honour the government has kept few in this park, but beware here you will find hell lot of beggars coming after you selling cucumber and other fruits compelling you to buy and offer the deer in the parks.

    Beggars.. well! It depend upon your faith, if you want to offer them than can give whatsoever you like, I have faced a problem in which my belongings were stolen by one of them so I donot want to generalize maybe only few are like that, but better be careful if they are around and flocking you for money or eatables.

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    Avoid fake priest!!

    by Incredible_India Written Aug 2, 2004

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    I know its really dificult to distinguish a fake priest .
    These people are know as "PANDAS" in hindi, so avoid them as much as possible. You will find them quiet alot near all religious places offering you help regarding shopping or accomodation.

    Unique Suggestions: I will suggest not to give any importance to any religios priest who ask you to show the temple or asks you to offer money.
    Even if unfortunately you are caught never take anything to eat that they offer even as "prasad"(offering from god). Take it and keep it with you and can later throw it.
    DONOT EAT THEN AND THERE!!!

    Fun Alternatives: Ignore them!! Say u donot need any guidance have viited this place several times.

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    Don't believe it!

    by Maline Updated Apr 3, 2003

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    Only YOU can decide where you want to go. Not the rickshaw drivers, nor the people who meet up at the train station. but oh, they will try. Of course, they can make money on you, and as much as they may need this, remember: it is YOUR trip and your decisions. Be firm. As I have already said somewhere; If nothing else helps - lose your temper!

    Unique Suggestions: Don't give up!

    Fun Alternatives: In general the drivers who meet up and are really eager to get you in their wagon usually have something up their sleeve. A non-english speaking driver may be more trustworthy.

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    Holy people (and not so holy ones)

    by SirRichard Updated Feb 27, 2003

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    You will find at the strets many holy people that come here to purify themselves and meditate. Some are real, but you will find many that come just to make “tourist shows” and eran some money with that.

    This seemed to be a

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    Getting lost in the small...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Getting lost in the small alleys, especially at night is the major trap here. Always carry a map with you (even with a map you can get lost) and remember that the river is your best guide.

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    Too many beggers on the...

    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Too many beggers on the street. I was told that some of them are very rich but just do it for hobby.. for fun.

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