What annoys you most in Rajasthan

#1 Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:52
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Dear Friends,

I am new to this site and I have realized that this site is full of some very well informed people and is the best place to find real, unbiased and candid information about travelling in India.

I am currently working on a Government sponsored report about Tourism in India. I would like all of you who have travelled to India, to tell me about your experiences...especially what annoyed you most, and your suggestions if any, to help remove the annoyance. I am currently focussing on Himachal, Rajasthan and Kerala.

Regards to all.
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Can't you do something about the heat?

Lovely place, enjoyed it a lot last March. Nothing there seems more or less annoying than in the rest of India... good improvements would include installing more ATMs, having all rickshaws use reliable metres, food quality checks in restaurants visited by tourists... but then you're be turning it into Germany!

Information, as usual, is the main problem. In Varanasi I was very impressed by the tourist office inside the railway station that went out of their way to get me information - this would be great in Rajastan's main destinations. Talking about HP, I was trying to get by bus from Rishikesh to Shimla, and it was impossible to find out beforehand how to do it; I went via Dehra Dun and there I waited for hours to find that none of the 3 scheduled buses would leave, having to rent a taxi. Not much you can do about that kind of thing, but reliable intercity travel information would be great to have posted in a central, unbiased place.
I suppose enforcing the number of people that buses may carry will also contribute to a happier Rajastan - the Chinese can do it (they'd even have airco standard) so why can't India?
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Camel Safari preasure in Jaisalmeer and so called luxury busses in Rajastan (it turns out once you get to your bus the driver will stop and pick evryone up allong the ride (this people will ofcourse not pay what you have payed) and eventually this bus is so crowded people are sitting in your lap and hanging out the windows and you can only hope and pray your backpack is still here somwhere on the bus, its allso pretty well known this is one of the times you really might get something stolen. I myself lost a camera and a watch during a sleepy hour on this infernall bus (Udaipur, Jaisalmeer). Loved Udaipur though.
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Yeah, I think Rajasthan is a lovely place. Something really must be done about the touting and rickshaw drivers in Jaisalmere and Jodhpur though, mind you Udaipur wasn't a great deal better.
Fake priests in Pushkar was another pain in the butt, but not as much as the behaviour of certain tourists....
Himachal Pradesh was by comparison almost annoyance free. It truly is an awe-inspiring place. The only irritation I had was a bag carrier in Shimla who continually tried to raise his price, and drag me to a commission paying hotel. I had to employ him as I was recovering from being very sick.
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What bothered me the most were the women begging with obviously drugged babies and small children.
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spot on

[QUOTE=Ikuru].....so called luxury busses in Rajastan (it turns out once you get to your bus the driver will stop and pick evryone up allong the ride (this people will ofcourse not pay what you have payed) and eventually this bus is so crowded people are sitting in your lap and hanging out the windows .......QUOTE]

Yes, you can be sure the glossy photo of the gleaming white bus on the travel agent's desk is NOT the bus you will be on!!!
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I'm fairly annoyed that Udaipur's lake is now a grassy mudpatch.
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Thumbs up Rajasthan State Transport Buses are very very good

Just to set the record right- we took a RSRTC bus from Agra to Jaipur in Dec 2004. Cost us 237 rupees, perfectly comfortable with reserved seat and air cond. 5 hours with a stop at a super nice little cafe with clean toilets! The RSRTC buses are tops! The drivers are typically reckless but hire car drivers are worse!
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Things about Rajasthan

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Originally Posted by Mandsaur I'm fairly annoyed that Udaipur's lake is now a grassy mudpatch.
Pray for rain! I am sure all of Rajasthan will thank you.
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Thumbs down Kerala and its polluted waterways

We stayed in Kerala last month and were pretty upset by all the crap in the water there, especially round Cochin, Vypeen Island, Cherai Beach etc. We saw intestines of "something"...... big sausage like things just dumped in the water, assorted rubbish, lots of junk etc. No worse than what we'd seen in many other places, except everyone we'd spoken to about Kerala said the backwaters were superb-urkkkkkk-not superb enough for me!
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Dear Friends,

I am amazed and extremely glad at your honest responses. I wish to thank you profusely for your interest in India and for your contribution to make travelling to India annoyance free.

India has had a tradition of giving the highest possible respect to guests. I am sure all you must have heard or read the expression "Atithi Devo Bhava" - meaning guest is god. Unfortunately, however, decades of depravation have corrupted many people and India is losing many of these precious values. A lot of people want to make quick money at the cost of the nation's pride and interests.

There are however a few Indians who still value those traditions and would like to contribute to ensure that every visitor to India has the most wonderful, safe and hasslefree holiday. I am one of them.

I would CERTAINLY pass on these valuable messages to the right people in the Government and I would hope and wish that these are acted upon.

I would also wish that this thread is kept alive and updated; and since I travel a lot, I will also try to post my own caveats that you may find useful.

Thank you all very much.
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Originally Posted by Ikuru Camel Safari preasure in Jaisalmeer .
Hi Ikuru,

Could you kindly tell us more about the Camel Safari...this seems important. Some of the foreign tourist I interviewed at Delhi seemed to complain about this. However since they were French, we had trouble communicating and though we all tried our best to makeourselves understood, we were only partially successfull.

Thanks
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Fill up the Lakes in Udaipur.

Take away the license of those " Heritage Hotels" where the Royal family does not take any active interest in the running of the property and allow the property to be converted into modern concrete junk.

Improve roads - specially the stae/PWD roads

Improve irrigation

Protect the wildlife
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Plastic Rubbish

This does not necessarily only apply to Rajasthan.I was amazed at the amount of plastic rubbish that now is so widespread throughout India.The Ganges at Varanasi would have been a much nicer sight without plastic floating around the edges.
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Re: safaris, it's just a very aggressive business to get you on a camel safari esp. at the lower-end places. It starts as soon as you get off the train. I stayed in a very cheap place in Jaisalmer in the early nineties and it soon became apparent the only reason why it was so cheap was because they wanted me to go on a safari, which they couldn't shut up about for one second. When it became clear I didn't want to go on their stupid safari I got unceremoniously kicked out of the hotel one morning at a second's notice to make room for an Indian family who was obviously gonna earn them more money. My fault you might think for staying there at all but not a pleasant situation and hardly good PR right. In fact I found a pleasant and not much more expensive place after that which did safaris but had absolutely no pressure about it. I never took one as I had other things on my mind and was getting a little fed up with the whole Jaisalmer experience at that point, but word had it a lot of the outfits are far from up to standards and competition is increasing all the time (read: cramped itineraries, jam-packed sunset seeings over Sam Dunes, lousy food, being whisked around a couple of villages at high pace, etc.) It has to be said the tourists are to blame too to a degree for expecting too much for too little money. Mostly the hotels just hire the drivers and any food and other requirements you might have so it can't be done for a handful or rupees.
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