Which are the most common Issues and Problems faced by a Foreign Traveller in India?

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#1 Oct 3rd, 2014, 15:10
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Guys, Please share your experience on

"Which are the most common Issues and Problems faced by a Foreign Traveler in India."

I am first time planning to go to India.

Foreign Travelers who have been to India, Please do share your views.

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#2 Oct 3rd, 2014, 15:31
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Undoubtedly the biggest problem faced by Foreign Travellers in India is plausible (and not so plausible) con artists.
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Raj, Scams and annoyances in India are of long standing because the scammers find them successful when targetting the weary, credulous, foolish etc among foreign tourists.

I suggest all foreign tourists have been scammed more than once and have usually lost little if anything of monetary value but possibly some time and effort that would have been better spent on positive experiences.

These scams have been used for so long and often that they are all reported somewhere in this site. A few minutes of searching will retrieve the descriptions but you will need perhaps hours to read and digest the material. Some of the scam reports might even be hoaxes but there is enough exposure here to keep these in check.
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Besides scams and overcharging: What was the name of my hotel again? And where the heck was it?

And of course one problem is to choose from all of the many places one could visit.
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Raj Khanna, welcome to IM.....you will ENJOY India, forget about little hassles and hiccups!! stay positive and brush aside little frustrations etc and concentrate on what India offers us Foreigners!!!
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What to do when the ATM won't give me any money? It's probably not a 'common' issue, but one to think about.

This happened to me in Varanasi. I tried 7 different machines, from different banks and I tried the 3 cards I had with me... no money! Always have a back up - some 'emergency cash' stashed away somewhere.... can relatives send money to you (find out how?).... can you pay hotel bills via paypal? Eventually I did get some money, but I had to wait 3 days.
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Lies!!

Rarely travel agents, hardly ever tour guides - but almost always touts and 'hangers on', and especially avoid 'helpful' passers-by!!

Drivers in our experience almost always OUTSTANDING. NO lies there!'

The travel agent we use (Chirag Gaur of Great India Holidays) - as honest as the day is long.

Most of the small business people with whom you interact - trustworthy!

'Helpful' strangers in the street - assorted passers-by who seek YOU out - AVOID!!

Shop keepers - strangely, on reflection, generally honest. BUT! They have to make a living!

If someone approaches you uninvited - AVOID!!

Most other Indians you will come across - helpful and honest (take a few minutes to assess their trustworthiness!!)
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If you don't remember the name of your hotel or where it's at, always take a hotel business card and keep it safe with you. The taxi drivers I had would not have known where to take me without it.

Touts were very annoying to me, and in Agra I encountered some very aggressive touts.

Be aware of cultural differences, such as staring. It's not rude to stare in India, so just understand that you could be stared at because you are different.

Follow the food rules, such as don't drink the local water, no ice, don't eat food that has been sitting out for awhile, and peel your own fruit.

Enjoy India, it is an incredible place!!
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If you LOOK foreign, you'll always be charged more at markets. No sense of personal space - queue jumping, etc. Most other things have already been mentioned. And I don't think you have to worry about this but for women....lewd comments/harassment and groping.
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post If you don't remember the name of your hotel or where it's at, always take a hotel business card and keep it safe with you. The taxi drivers I had would not have known where to take me without it.

Touts were very annoying to me, and in Agra I encountered some very aggressive touts.

Be aware of cultural differences, such as staring. It's not rude to stare in India, so just understand that you could be stared at because you are different.

Follow the food rules, such as don't drink the local water, no ice, don't eat food that has been sitting out for awhile, and peel your own fruit.

Enjoy India, it is an incredible place!!
I agree about Agra - most aggressive touts in India!

Stared at..... and having your photo taken.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post .lewd comments/harassment and groping.
and all the ones who "just want to make fraind" with me.
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I never knew I was such a popular guy until I went to Delhi the first time. Saar, where you from. Saar, I just want to practice English, Saar I want be your new friend.
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Do I suspect a troll here?
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FSG, I am certainly not a troll.
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I guess in this case fsg means the OP.
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