How to Handle Touts in India

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How to Handle Touts in India

One thing is common to every place which gets a lot of tourists are touts. Experiencing touts while travelling in India is something you are likely to come across, especially while visiting the major tourist areas, at train stations, or at airports ... basically, any place that is frequented by tourists, both local and foreign. This article provides some tips on how India Mikers deal with the situation.  ... read more »

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I have used Justdial services for many years using my mobile in Bombay and have never ever got a spam call on it. Ever. It is a legit service and their revenue must come from businesses registering with them for a fee to be included in listings. They also have a good local business listings site: JustDial

The number I use is a Bombay number: +91 22 2888 8888

I just called the Bombay number above and they said that the 088888 88888 number (10 x 8) is the national number. Using my registered mobile number I can call this number from anywhere in India and not incur roaming charges as the call would be diverted to the nearest call-centre.

I highly recommend the service.
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It's funny, I was so apprehensive about touts from all I'd heard before I arrived in India. The reality, after 6 mos. of India living behind me, is touts are no problem at all. In fact, oftentimes they are a good source of entertainment. They very rarely ever physically touch you, so you can just go about your business and let the touts say and do whatever they want.

You can ignore them, but what fun is that? Actually, ignoring people is quite rude, I think. Everyone I meet on the street deserves a nod or an 'hello'. The trick is to quickly take control of the interaction to head off any dreary pestering. I like to do psychology experiments on them. If they are going to follow me down the street, they are going to have to deal with my goofy head along the way. Typical interactions:

"What country?"
"I am not from this planet. Can you direct me to the spaceship port?"

"Where going?"
"Time and space are an illusion, my friend. Don't be fooled, all roads lead to the same place. You and I are quickly going nowhere."
or my ready answer to this ubiquitous question:
"This way." and point the direction I am currently walking.

"Taxi, tuktuck, rickshaw, boat"
"I need to get to California. I have 50 rupees"

"Silk shop, only looking."
"Do they have silk made out of rubber? I need some rubber silk."

"Very cheap price"
"Money is imaginary. It doesn't exist."

"What looking?"
"Peace, love and understanding. Empathy, compassion, amazement, wonder. Do you have some? Can you show me?"

"Hash, smoking?"
"OK, how much do you want? I sell it to you. The best. Very cheap price. How much you pay?"

So, at this point they either bugger off, or you get a nice, funny conversation.

When I'm carrying the Nikon, touts are also often a good source of closeup portraits. Stop walking, turn and point the camera at them from two feet away. "OK, wait. Don't move. Do that face again. No, no, the half-smile. Like this. OK, now turn toward me, and look very surprised." Etc.

The beauty of India is that all of this seems quite normal. Anything goes. Touts aren't so bad. Indian streets are life's rich pageant.. enjoy. Have fun with it.
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This usually works for me


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I am Indian

The best way to deal with touts in Delhi, Agra or any other part of the country is to just ignore them, never run out of patience, and do a little bit of research about the place you are visiting. Just to reiterate, you will find a lot of genuine helpful people who will help you. Indians are very welcoming people.
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Know the approaches that the touts take in India to scam you!

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A MUST SEE for new travelers to India! Especially for those looking for the Delhi tourism office. 

My own experience was in Fatehpur Sikhri, where this "college student" was going to show me the sights "for free". My initial attempts to send him on his way politely failed, and in the end we were literally shouting at each other. 

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Originally Posted by nadreg View Post A MUST SEE for new travelers to India! Especially for those looking for the Delhi tourism office.
This fix is on !!!!! You guys know the FUD factor right ? -

"Afraid of India ? Scared ? Bogeyman will steal your gurl ? You'll get scammed ! "

Do'nt be !!!

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Does he do a video on what real pashima is? Because that stuff is far from real pashima but tourists think it is.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post Does he do a video on what real pashima is? Because that stuff is far from real pashima but tourists think it is.
Correct !

A true pashmina shawl is upwards of $500. An old pashmina shawl we had in 60s, is now worth (even second hand well preserved) over ₹200,000

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