Look out for scar nose.
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#1
| Member

Look out for scar nose.

A pretty grim return to Delhi, walked to connaught place from nsdl no problem and checked into palace heights. Stepped out clutching guide like a pair of greenhorns and a team of four maybe five tried to scam us, shepherding us to a bogus tourism office "near" jangpath, decked out with incredible India signage, maybe I got paranoid but definitely a team working with one guy with a very distinctive scar on his nose, once we found the genuine tourist office the team evaporated, but it was all very intimidating :-(

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
Your suspicion is right. In fact, not just a team, but a gang. In fact, a set of gangs, who sometimes fight for turf to fleece tourists. You may not have noticed, but right on Janpath, there are at least two police stakeouts and one roaming van. They don't touch these touts. Payoffs at work.
#3
| Member
A very bad impression, for a few thousand rupees, this kind of thing will cost the nation millions, so sad, a growing pain.
#4
| opinionated liberal food fascist

Originally posted by: Matka View Post

Your suspicion is right. In fact, not just a team, but a gang. In fact, a set of gangs, who sometimes fight for turf to fleece tourists. You may not have noticed, but right on Janpath, there are at least two police stakeouts and one roaming van. They don't touch these touts. Payoffs at work.


There are police vans patrolling CP too.
#5
| Maha Guru Member
Last century I stayed in Palace heights, reason the nearest clean loos were in Nirulas up the road. Bathrooms were shared and not clean, unlike Nirulas

Now it is an uber posh hotel and any idiot coming out with guide book in hand is going to be targeted by touts.

I think there are enough links on this site to warn folk of the dangers of CP.

I hope this does not influence your impression of India, and you have good memories of elsewhere
#6
| On the Road, wherever I am
A tough intro, but maybe for next time: Tear the cover off of your guidebook, replace it with the cover of, say, The Bhagavad Gita, a Stephen King book, etc . . . (guidebooks are like blood in the water for sharks ;) ).

Hoping that the rest of your trip is a little less stressful. Safe travels :namaste:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure - Marianne Williamson
#7
| Member
Happily my impression of India is uber positive as I am 'doing' Delhi last, a fabulous friendly country , scar nose stands out because he and his friends are a scum like exception.
#8
| opinionated liberal food fascist

Originally posted by: bedspring View Post

as I am 'doing' Delhi last.


[shock]

Hey, there's plenty of non-Delhi scum just as there are a lot of warm friendly people in this city too.
#9
| Member
Whatever, watch out for scar nose, he and his team are convincing .
#10
| Maha Guru Member
just string them along by telling them you want to go and stay on a houseboat in Kashmir!!!
#11
| Maha Guru Member
Boy, I am really missing out by not staying in the tourist ghetto. Such colorful characters & intense experiences. By staying in south Delhi all I experience is nice people:(..
#12
| Maha Guru Member
BB knows all the good dives in Paharganj! The next time, perhaps.
#13
| Gone native, will return your call if back
Ah.... CP. My wife resisted joining me in India for years. When she went, she joined me in Agra and Delhi. I took her to CP as well as Chandni Chowk. I told her if she was not totally put off after those, she'd be fine anywhere in India. She was fine and has come back.
#14
| Maha Guru Member
In Janpath, in front of Indian Old building, you always find people trying to organize a trip to Kashmir for you. I always thought they were from Government of India tourist office. That is what they told me.:D
#15
| Layperson
Oh man, and sometimes over the years I've met the tourists in Ladakh after their horrible experience in Kashmir, set up by those scammers in Delhi.

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