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The Most Common Tourist Scams in India

Scams targetting tourists in India happen in all the major tourist cities, especially New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, where most tourists go.

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India Survival Guide Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Travel Essentials: Before You Travel to India
  3. Arriving in India: Getting to Your Hotel & Airport Amenities
  4. Tourist Scams to Avoid in India (You’re here)
  5. Avoiding Fake Money & Ripped Notes in India
  6. Avoiding Bad Accommodation
  7. How to Bargain, Get Refunds, and How Much Rickshaws Cost
  8. Avoiding Counterfeit Souvenirs in India
  9. How to Be Street Smart in India
  10. Buses and Trains in India Explained
  11. Food and Drink Safety for Travellers
  12. What to Do If You Get Sick in India
  13. How to Deal with Air Pollution in India

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

5 replies on “The Most Common Tourist Scams in India”

Hey Karl, thank you for helping us foreigners wise up to some of their scamming tactics. I’ve had a friend who has been scammed for thousands of dollars at a hospital in Coimbatore, and what’s worse, he left the place sicker than how he entered. It’s heartbreaking and he wrote about it extensively: https://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/how-i-was-misdiagnosed-mistreated-at-the-arya-vidya-chikitsalayam-avp-hospital-in-coimbatore-this-is-ayurveda-today-beware/

It’s nice to see how you show how they prey on naive foreigners, not shying away by (ab)using religion or asking for donations for orphans etc. Either way, I’m looking forward to going there, now that I’m prepared.

As an Indian my self, even I was not aware of these activities. after reading this guide, I am much more confident in travelling about.

Indians are distant relatives of modern Europeans, however haven’t enjoyed the high standard of living, that we Westerners have taken for granted for the past 100 years or so. Unfortunately these scams are a left-over from Colonial & Feudal times, in time many of these scams will die back, due to improvements in living standards, but there’s always greedy people out there who want to make “easy money”. Good Luck with the travels.

This blog is an invaluable resource for anyone planning a trip to India. The comprehensive coverage of the most common tourist scams is not only eye-opening but also equips readers with practical insights to navigate unfamiliar situations. The author’s meticulous research and candid writing style create a trustworthy guide, ensuring travelers can embark on their Indian adventure with heightened awareness. Kudos for shedding light on these scams and empowering fellow travelers to have a safe and enjoyable experience. This blog is a must-read for anyone looking to explore the incredible beauty of India wisely. “A Tour Guide”

Have you heard of men on the streets finding an older American woman and preying on her to romance her etc…? Wants her to return to India, calls twice a day etc…

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