India Tourist Traps

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India Tourist Traps

  • TAXIS

    Goa Tourist Traps

    I am Mr.Surajit ghosh from Kolkata and a Doctor in profession. I stayed in Colva Residency hotel in colva which was very good. Goa is beautiful and it has charm of beauties and people visit to Goa for peace and relaxation. The places in Goa are very nice. Sir i like to raise a complain regarding the tourist taxi service in colva. they do not have...

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  • BEWARE

    Mumbai Tourist Traps

    If you are planning to visit Elephanta Island, you will probably go to Gateway of India to take the ferry. Already when reaching the checking area at the entrance, you will be welcomed by a person who wants to sell you tickets for the ferry. They will show you where to take the ferryboat and sell you a ticket. You can chose between normal and luxus...

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  • Paharganj

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    Paharganj is a fun place to visit and shows you the real india. It has hundreds of hotels and small shops. There are people who will try to sell hard, give you bargain offers or even try to trick you. I come here every year as it is perfectly placed next to new delhi railway station. And with my experience, I have learnt where to buy and where not...

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  • HAWKERS/TOUTS/SCAM

    Goa Tourist Traps

    Despite what people think and say I believe the beach sellers are part of the holiday experience. Some of the stuff they sell is what you find at the market and its up to you whether you get it cheaper or not ? I cannot speak for all the sellers but the ones I came across where friendly and could speak 3 or 4 languages,after all its there...

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  • TAXI / CABBIES

    Mumbai Tourist Traps

    Living in Mumbai fro last 5 years now, I thought of sharing some tips for safe taxi/cab options for tourists at international/domestic airport. Priority 1 -Pickup arranged by hotel in which you are staying. This is slightly expensive yet safest bet for foreign tourist. Not only safer its more convenient too, as the driver would know exact location...

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  • Travel agencies

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    If some tout approaches you in Connaught avoid. We were approached by a tout who promised a car & driver for 600 Inr's a day & switched to a closer from EXOTIC ADVENTURE TRAVELS who promised more than he could deliver and for an price that was totally unfair. Avoid this travel agency. Write down everything that he states will occur and research...

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Goa Tourist Traps

    I had rented a Taxi Cab to take us to see some of the sights in South Goa like the St. Francis church, beaches, temples etc. As I stayed at the Park Hyaat in south Goa is was a long way off and quite a few miles drive to get to North Goa. As we were heading to the beach our Tax driver suggested that we visit a traditional Portugese house... even...

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  • Beggars

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    Kids, beggars, old people, rickshaw-wallahs, shoe-cleaners - they're all there to make you feel uncomfortable, pitiful & above all embarrassed. I had a pretty rough first week in India, 'coz you just can't say no to people with no limbs 'n stuff. But after a week in Delhi you get to know them pretty well! Later on I used to end up talking to them...

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  • Tour guides

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    While in Delhi, i went to a travel agents and booked a car and driver for my few days there so i could get a quick look around most of the major sites. I have to say, he was a nice chap who drove me around, he knew all about the places i wanted to go, and he did make my few days there enjoyable..... the only complaint i have, is the tour...

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  • Rickshaws

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    i wasted time and money when rickshaw drivers instead of taking me where i wanted to go, insisted on taking me to expensive shops where they probably get commission. they turned a deaf ear to my explanations of what i was looking for and i kept ending up at the same silly places. they wouldnt even stop when i asked them to! i didnt want to pay 5...

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  • Traffic

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    The transport in Delhi is horrifying. There are constructions every where because they have to finished all works for Commonwealth Game in 2010. The airport is under construction and Long queue on arrival and departure. Think about your transportation because the traffic is jammed on every crossing of roads. The traffic police is helpless. For...

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  • Bad private tour company

    After agreeing the details in written form and paying over the deposit,1) Rang Colours cancelled most of my original hotels per the contract list and replaced them with lower graded hotels without telling me or asking my permission. Some of the hotels are just unsafe and intolerable and no other tourists stayed there. Rooms are full of ants, no hot...

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  • In October of 2000 the Indian...

    Let me preface my remarks by saying I am neither unmindful nor ungrateful for the wonderful courtesy and generosity of Indians or of the numerous museums, sites and monuments in India that are completely free. In October of 2000 the Indian Government increased entrance fees for foreigners to see India's most popular monuments. Foreigners will pay...

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  • Strangers Requesting Photo

    Frequently, at tourist sites and even while aboard trains, many passengers will ask you to take their photo. In India (and throughout East Asia I am told) taking pictures is a special event marking importance and significance. An outright refusal will cause hurt feelings. Usually, a copy of the photo is neither requested nor expected. Just having...

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  • Declaration of Laptop and Digital camera

    When I came to India in January 2012, I had a hand carry luggage of 7kg, hand bag and laptop (that's 3 pieces) and didnt have any problem. As per passenger is allowed 1 hand carry luggage and laptop OR hand bag. You will be advised at the check- in counter which you could carry or not. You better keep both laptops in the hand carry not in the...

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  • The Varanasi hand massage

    A common scam in Varanasi was for a tout to surprise you by suddenly appearing from the front with a big smile extending his hand as if to shake hands in a greeting. The ingrained response is to shake the proffered hand - only for the tout to then vigorously massage your hand and demand money in return for this service. I saw quite a few tourists...

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  • BEGGARS

    It is very difficult to ignore all the beggars as some of them are professional and also some families force there children to beg. Many are organised by criminals who control certain areas of the city and must hand over all their money to those that control them. Hard to tell the genuine ones from the fake ones.

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  • Amber Fort in Jaipur

    It's not a trap but more a usefull tip. When you go to the Amber fort i.e. on the back of an elephant, husslers are walking with you above to the main entrance, trying to sell you all kinds of souvenirs. They are not allowed to go in the Amber Fort it self. So if you want to buy something, wait untill you are allmost upstairs. Prices decreasing...

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  • Maharaja this and that

    Maharaja is the name for a "great king" or a "high king". It is a good reason to be sceptical when a hotel, restaurant, etc.) has the name "Maharaja" in its name. Simply because it can be more expensive than similar places. During my trip in India I saw several places with the name "Maharaja". Common for most of them was a higher price that it was...

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  • Mumbai Optical Shops

    I like to think of myself as quite an astute traveller and I'd heard that Mumbai was the place to procure spectacles and designer frames. Armed with a specs prescription I went to a Opticians outlet on Colaba Causeway and ordered two pairs of spectacles - one as a pair of sunglasses in a Gucci frame. Both were perefctlt made and the designer tested...

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  • Diwali - A festival of lights

    Diwali is one of the biggest festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India.Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival.On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house.This festival falls in October and is good time to watch the lights on the...

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  • autoriksha drivers

    To be honest, riksha drivers were not the big problem I expected them to be in South India. The best way to avoid being ripped off by them is asking your hosts beforehand what a realistic price for an inner-city-ride would be, so you get a feel for the price level. You should then either insist on using the meter or - if the riksha doesn`t have one...

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  • "fake guides"

    Some guides are excellent, and when you have the possibility to hire one (a justified rate would be between 150 and 200 rupies for 1 hour, maybe plus 50 rupies tip if he`s good), take one. The official guides (they usually show some sort of legitimation) are usually good if not very good and speak decent English. I have made good experiences in the...

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  • popular scams, part one

    At MG road in Bangalore, lots of people try to make use of the gullibility of western tourists. One example: An old guy falls into step with me, asks where I come from, where I`m goint to etc. In all other places in South India this can be a genuine friendly approach, but in Bangalore this is probably something that ends with some business...

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  • popular scams, part two

    In Madurai, I was on my way to the Sri Menakshi temple. A guy falls into step with me ("welcome to Madurai"), talks to me and as I reveal my nationality, claims that his father once worked as a tailor in Germany (showing me the business card of some obscure German company). He never ever mentions business or shopping, but shortly before the temple...

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  • Mahabalipuram Beach - u/c

    Mahabalipuram has some real cultural treasures, but don`t come here fore the beach. There is not one square inch of clean beach, people litter where they stand, and you share the beach with cows and crows that are attracted by the garbage. Not really a place to unwind and relax. At the souvenir stands on the way to the beach, you get some really...

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  • Indian non-sights

    India is an incredible country for sightseeing, but some destinations marketed as "sights" are not really that exciting. I´ve made my personal top ten - ranking of Indian non-sights, but this is only my subjective opinion: 1. Mahaballipuram BeachNo square inch of the beach is clean, and swimming is not allowed. What is the point in having a beach...

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  • renovation of Sri Menakshi Temple...

    At the moment (2/09) the Sri Menakshi temple is still in renovation, the temple gate towers (gopurams) are still covered with banana leaves and their colourful decorations cannot be seen. Also, inside the temple some renovation work is still going on. The temple and the activities that can be seen there are still interesting, but if you want to see...

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  • Boat Ride - Periyar Lake - u/c

    The most popular way to experience Periyar National Park is to do a ride with the tourist boats that cruise for ca. one hour around the lake at different times of the day. Whenever a boat ride starts, the tour boats are rushed by passengers like the last remaining life-boat on the sinking Titanic, as there is free seating. The returning boats are...

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  • Bangalore Palace - u/c

    The Bangalore Palace - a residence of the Wodeyar Maharajas - looks interesting from the outside, as it is built in an architectural style that reminds of medieval Windsor Castle in England. The interior has some pretty staircases, rooms and courtyards, but also plenty of rooms that are completely rundown and in dire need of renovation. Also, the...

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  • popular scams, part three

    Sometimes, riksha drivers will claim that a certain attraction is not open yet and suggest to visit a shop instead to pass the time ("just looking"). In 99% of all cases, this is a lie. Decline and insist that you want to be taken to your destination directly. They will take a no for a no.

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  • Seemingly over-willing helpers all...

    In India, one is sure to come across people from all spheres of life like the taxi drivers, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, waiters, shopkeepers, people hanging out on streets etc. who are more than willing to help you with info on hotel accomodations, transport, restaurants etc. and tourists might just get overwhelmed with the cordial behaviour....

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  • Rice Girls of Colaba,Mumbai

    I write this "warning" with a smile on my face............It was really more amusing than annoying, but I will give a brief description of what happened. We were walking along the promanade at Colaba, Mumbai, and these 2 sweet, tiny little girls, about 15 yrs old, came up to us. They grabbed my hand, put a flower in it, and begged for RICE....

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  • taxis & touts

    the only small problems we ever encountered was that sometimes taxi drivers take the LONG way to somewhere.especially if they think one is new to India.... and touts can be a bother too. The best way is to deal firmly, but politely with them.Most of all, KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR. It takes away all the stress!!! Auto-rickshaws are a good way to...

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  • Weather

    Between april and september, its either hot or humid or both in much of India. So if u want to visit during those months, its a good idea to have the Hills on your travel map- the Himalayas in the north, or other ranges in other parts. There are some great locations to be found.That being said, the southern states are often reasonably pleasant even...

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  • Shopping in India

    Many know India as a poverty country, and you will think there are no expensive things to buy. But you are so wrong. There are silk materials, garments, hand woven carpets, jewellery, stones. So do bring credit cards and lots of cash. So if you are interested in above items, do have your tour guide bring you to the right place.You could be hot...

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  • VARANASI - NOT TO BE MISSED

    Take a rest in any ghat, sit and watch the superb exhibition of life in front of you, quiet amazing experience, not to be missed.

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  • India - beggers and mercy

    In eyery city we saw, beggers followed us step by step. First we felt pity for them, but we had to learn to ignore them because they touched us and we felt hardly pressed. Don´t give money! It seems hard, but it´s the only way. I had the impression, that every begger has his own area. If you leave his area, the begger dissapeares. But don´t worry....

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  • Golden Triangle

    Almost every single monument in the 'Golden Triangle' (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) is totally infested with touts and scammers,even worse than other countries.Everytime you stop at a traffic light in Delhi your car will get beggars banging on the windows asking for money or anything they can see inside the car,which gets tiring after a while.The entrance to...

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  • Snake Charmers

    Whether you are at the India Gate in Delhi or the Gateway of India in Mumbai, you are likely to be confronted by a snake charmer. He will probably be carrying a squat round basket which he places on the ground. Then he starts playing a pipe/flute and takes the lid off the basket. Out will appear the head of a cobra. It may make a few darting moves...

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  • Shoe cutters in Agra

    At an agra train station, two shoe shine boys offered to polish my shoes, I politely but firmly told them no on the grounds that I was wearing flipflops, to which the smaller of the two replied "I shall fix them for you then madam" and whilst I was looking at my friend in puzzelment (my flipflops were fairly new and not in need of fixing) the young...

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  • Shops

    It really doesn't matter how and where you travel in India, sooner or later you will be taken to a shop. It could be your rickshaw driver, your taxi driver, a friendly Indian on the street or even your tour guide. All of them know someone with a shop and by bringing you there, they will get a commission of around 30% of whatever you might buy....

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  • The Snake Charmer and Natural Miricle

    There are in India men whom play music and "charm" a cobra. All over. There are also men with cows that have extra legs. These things are very intresting to look at, so look. If you take a picture you will have to pay the man charming the snake or showing off the 5 legged cow at least 100 rupees. So be aware. Enjoy the exotic surrounding, just...

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  • Camel Rides

    You can be charged up to 500 rupees an hour in some areas, but in the same place We managed to get a 2 hour evening ride for 100 rupees. Tip the camel boys well, they deserve. My camel's name was Ronny, and the camel boy was wonderful. I gave him a tip the cost of our entire time so he had 100 rupees for his 2 hours of work. Some people i was with...

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  • Pushkar's Holy Scheme

    In Pushkar, mostly younger men will try and get you to go to the lake to bath and get a blessing. They normally will have you repeat after them a phrase which will then entail you promising them large amounts of money. After you get through this you have to give them this money. Once you do they tie a string on your wrist, wear it because it will...

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  • Dec 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Bad private tour company Rang Colours of India
    1) Rang Colours cancelled most of my original hotels per the contract list and replaced them with lower graded hotels without telling me or asking my permission. Some of the hotels are just unsafe and intolerable and no other tourists stayed there. Rooms are full of ants, no hot water in the evening and simply too dirty and lack of repair.
    2) Rang Colours provided poor drivers who did not know the roads and were always keen on taking me shopping rather than sightseeing. I met with 2 car accidents in 2 days and luckily only the cars were damaged and my back only slightly hurt. They demanded money from me for changing the driver who nearly got me killed. The cars provided were not the same brand as written in the contract and one of the cars was so old that the seat belt did not work and it was intended to use for 12 days consecutively from Udaipur to Khajuraho and Jhansi which involves going through desert areas and very remote places. They have no regard for my safety and put my life at risk.
    3) Rang Colours did not provide an overnight train ticket from Jhansi to Bhusawal as per the contract and just told me to cancel the trip early. They also refused to refund the train ticket cost which was already included in the total tour price. They did not provide a tour guide for Delhi sightseeing per the contract.
    4) Poor overall management of the tour
    Rang Colours is a women run company and the contact person is called Nisha Suhag. They claimed to best protect woman travellers in India and yet they totally disregard woman travellers' safety. They got me stuck in a remote train station at night and I had to buy my own ticket and jump on the train without a seat. They put me in so called hotels that are simply not safe for female to stay as there are hardly any other guests and certainly no other tourists. It was a scary experience and a horrific journey for my 18 days in Dec 2013.

  • Dec 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Bad private tour company Rang Colours of India
    1) Rang Colours cancelled most of my original hotels per the contract list and replaced them with lower graded hotels without telling me or asking my permission. Some of the hotels are just unsafe and intolerable and no other tourists stayed there. Rooms are full of ants, no hot water in the evening and simply too dirty and lack of repair.
    2) Rang Colours provided poor drivers who did not know the roads and were always keen on taking me shopping rather than sightseeing. I met with 2 car accidents in 2 days and luckily only the cars were damaged and my back only slightly hurt. They demanded money from me for changing the driver who nearly got me killed. The cars provided were not the same brand as written in the contract and one of the cars was so old that the seat belt did not work and it was intended to use for 12 days consecutively from Udaipur to Khajuraho and Jhansi which involves going through desert areas and very remote places. They have no regard for my safety and put my life at risk.
    3) Rang Colours did not provide an overnight train ticket from Jhansi to Bhusawal as per the contract and just told me to cancel the trip early. They also refused to refund the train ticket cost which was already included in the total tour price. They did not provide a tour guide for Delhi sightseeing per the contract.
    4) Poor overall management of the tour
    Rang Colours is a women run company and the contact person is called Nisha Suhag. They claimed to best protect woman travellers in India and yet they totally disregard woman travellers' safety. They got me stuck in a remote train station at night and I had to buy my own ticket and jump on the train without a seat. They put me in so called hotels that are simply not safe for female to stay as there are hardly any other guests and certainly no other tourists. It was a scary experience and a horrific journey for my 18 days in Dec 2013.

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