Things to Know

DO’S

  • It is advisable to avail pre-paid taxis/autorikshaws (three-wheeler taxis), wherever available at the airports and railway stations.  For metered taxis insist on paying by meter or ask for a fare chart.
  • Shop at Government emporia/fixed price shops as far as possible. This ensures good quality products at reasonable prices.  Insist on proper receipts and bills of purchase.
  • Keep your valuables in hotel lockers / safe deposit vaults.
  • India Tourism has a system of approving travel agents/tour operators who confirm to prescribe standards of service and quality.  Always book your tours through such agencies.  A list of approved travel agents/tour operators is available at the local India Tourism.
  • For guiding services, hire a Government approved tourist guide who always carries an identity card issued by India Tourism and Archaeological survey of India.
  • Change money only at authorised foreign exchange outlets/banks/hotels and insist on a proper receipt.
  • Contact the nearest India Tourism office/State Government Tourist Office for authentic information.  All these offices supply guide maps/brochures free of charge/or at a nominal cost.
  • Confirm/reconfirm hotel bookings yourself
  • Buy train tickets from the Railway Booking Counters or through authorised travel agents.

DON’TS

  • Don’t fall for tempting exchange rates offered by unauthorised people
  • Don’t allow any unauthorised person to act on your behalf
  • Don’t purchase air/bus/train tickets through strangers, touts and unauthorised travel agencies
  • Don’t accept lavish hospitality extended by strangers/unknown persons especially while shopping for jewellery and expensive items
  • Don’t travel in a taxi carrying any person other than the driver
  • Don’t deal with unauthorised persons.  Stay away from touts

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