Popular Travel Scams in India

Travelling to a Country with rich in heritage and culture in one of the awesome moment ever can happen to a tourist. Still, there will be certain drawbacks like alien culture, food, transportation and most importantly travel scams that exclusively target tourists. In this article, I will enlighten you about popular travel scams targeting tourists in India.

Prepaid Taxi Scam:

Okay! You had arrived in India, exhausted and also experiencing significant jet lag, not to mention about the extreme heat or cold climate depending upon the season you chose to travel. Taxi drivers will start bugging you at the moment you step out of the airport. The first thing, the “Taxiwallas” tell you is that the “prepaid taxi” booth operated by the police is closed or the Airport doesn’t have one. The taxi drivers will start to pressure you with their deals and literally drag you to their vehicle. Normally, these taxi drivers will charge hefty price when compared to the prepaid taxi service and also force you to book a room where they can get a commission. The most sane thing to do to avoid this scam is to stay calm and look around to find a police or an airport official and ask them to guide you to prepaid taxi booking booth.

Drivers For Hire:

Arguably, the worst scam in India. It will certainly kill your travel experience to this beautiful country. If you fell into “Prepaid Taxi Scam” then you are most probably will fall into this travel scam. “Taxiwallas” who picked you up at the airport will take you to a travel (scam) agency “despite” your protests/arguments or whatever you can come up with. These travel agencies will “stress” the importance of hiring a driver and slap a hefty fees that is way high even to the European standards. Moreover, you will be forced to hang around with this “hired driver” and you will be scammed during your entire trip because “your driver” will be very good in negotiating his commission rather worrying about you.

Good Samaritan Travel Scam:

Sounds Odd, isn’t it? These guys will pose like a good samaritan who you meet by chance in roads or parks. They will pose as helping you with your need and insist on taking to the nearby government tourist office. However, they will be happily taking you to a bogus tourist office, where they will rip you off for booking a hotel or cab. Not to mention that the hotels you book will be way past their good times.

Most people will fall for this “Good Samaritan” travels scam because the guy who approaches you will want nothing in return but will make good commission out of you. This travel scam is prevalent in several cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The only way to avoid this Indian travel scam is politely decline their help. Also, you can spot bogus tourist office with the uniforms. Government tourist officers will wear uniforms while others don’t.

Bus Reservation Scam:

Okay! You are already frustrated of not getting a reservation on trains and you may splurge a considerably higher amount to reserve a bus ticket. You are in a bus station and a guy comes to you introduce himself as a representative of bus booking agent and will take you to the agent’s office and get you a bus ticket. Sounds good isn’t it? The agent will charge the tout’s commission on your ticket and will sell it you.

The worst part of this travel scam is not paying extra for that tout’s commission but you may end up buying a fake bus ticket. The only way to avoid this scam is to reserve your tickets from registered counters at bus stations or book your tickets online from trusted source like MyTicketBuddy

Fastrack Scam:

One of the popular travel scams in India. Tourist attractions in India is always over-crowded especially during the festive seasons or weekend. If there’s in any long queue, there could be some random who approach with an option of fastrack scheme where you can bypass entire queue by paying little extra. Please be aware with these guys, because they will collect your money with the promise of getting a ticket for you and will vanish into thin air.

Even though, there is a fast track option at some tourist attractions, opt to buy your tickets yourself from the official counters rather than falling victim to a travel scam.

Despite the above listed travel scams, India is country with rich in culture and heritage and is one of the safest and most visited countries in the World.

Travelling to a Country with rich in heritage and culture in one of the awesome moment ever can happen to a tourist. Still, there will be certain drawbacks like alien culture, food, transportation and most importantly travel scams that exclusively target tourists. In this article, I will enlighten you about popular travel scams targeting tourists in India.

Prepaid Taxi Scam:

Okay! You had arrived in India, exhausted and also experiencing significant jet lag, not to mention about the extreme heat or cold climate depending upon the season you chose to travel. Taxi drivers will start bugging you at the moment you step out of the airport. The first thing, the “Taxiwallas” tell you is that the “prepaid taxi” booth operated by the police is closed or the Airport doesn’t have one. The taxi drivers will start to pressure you with their deals and literally drag you to their vehicle. Normally, these taxi drivers will charge hefty price when compared to the prepaid taxi service and also force you to book a room where they can get a commission. The most sane thing to do to avoid this scam is to stay calm and look around to find a police or an airport official and ask them to guide you to prepaid taxi booking booth.

Drivers For Hire:

Arguably, the worst scam in India. It will certainly kill your travel experience to this beautiful country. If you fell into “Prepaid Taxi Scam” then you are most probably will fall into this travel scam. “Taxiwallas” who picked you up at the airport will take you to a travel (scam) agency “despite” your protests/arguments or whatever you can come up with. These travel agencies will “stress” the importance of hiring a driver and slap a hefty fees that is way high even to the European standards. Moreover, you will be forced to hang around with this “hired driver” and you will be scammed during your entire trip because “your driver” will be very good in negotiating his commission rather worrying about you.

Good Samaritan Travel Scam:

Sounds Odd, isn’t it? These guys will pose like a good samaritan who you meet by chance in roads or parks. They will pose as helping you with your need and insist on taking to the nearby government tourist office. However, they will be happily taking you to a bogus tourist office, where they will rip you off for booking a hotel or cab. Not to mention that the hotels you book will be way past their good times.

Most people will fall for this “Good Samaritan” travels scam because the guy who approaches you will want nothing in return but will make good commission out of you. This travel scam is prevalent in several cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

The only way to avoid this Indian travel scam is politely decline their help. Also, you can spot bogus tourist office with the uniforms. Government tourist officers will wear uniforms while others don’t.

Bus Reservation Scam:

Okay! You are already frustrated of not getting a reservation on trains and you may splurge a considerably higher amount to reserve a bus ticket. You are in a bus station and a guy comes to you introduce himself as a representative of bus booking agent and will take you to the agent’s office and get you a bus ticket. Sounds good isn’t it? The agent will charge the tout’s commission on your ticket and will sell it you.

The worst part of this travel scam is not paying extra for that tout’s commission but you may end up buying a fake bus ticket. The only way to avoid this scam is to reserve your tickets from registered counters at bus stations or book your tickets online from trusted source like MyTicketBuddy

Fastrack Scam:

One of the popular travel scams in India. Tourist attractions in India is always over-crowded especially during the festive seasons or weekend. If there’s in any long queue, there could be some random who approach with an option of fastrack scheme where you can bypass entire queue by paying little extra. Please be aware with these guys, because they will collect your money with the promise of getting a ticket for you and will vanish into thin air.

Even though, there is a fast track option at some tourist attractions, opt to buy your tickets yourself from the official counters rather than falling victim to a travel scam.

Despite the above listed travel scams, India is country with rich in culture and heritage and is one of the safest and most visited countries in the World.