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When you visit New Delhi~Things to remember

Updated on November 11, 2013
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When you visit New Delhi

New Delhi is getting ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.  More than 1,00,000 foreigners are expected to visit Delhi during the games. Tourists are advised to beware of odd cons who try to make  quick money.  Giving below some of the tricks used by these guys.

A shoeshine ideally cost you 25 to 50 cents (Rs. 15 to 25) but to the uninitiated it could cost $20 (Rs. 1000)  I read a report in the Hindustan Times on 16th Feb. 2010 that Mr. Huffman a media consultant from Washington was conned twice in his first visit last year.  He isn't the only victim.  Wiley Wade from Texas as per the report said "I don't remember if it was a bird that pooped on my shoe or a kid who wanted to make a quick buck, but a shoeshine guy appeared magically from the thin air seconds after it happened.  He offered a shine and I agreed.  The job done and he looked up and demanded Rs. 750 hard cash.

Another group is the Auto drivers who charge exorbitant fare from the outsiders.  To prevent this the Government made it compulsory to install electronics meters in the Auto's which shows the distance (Kilo meter) along with the fare. You have to make it Zero when you hire an auto.   Still you find many Auto's with meter not working or meter not working properly.  They charge as they wish.  These people also work as a commission agent of the hotels.   They will pick you up from the Airport or railway station and drive you to hotels from where they get commission.  They even use lies like "right now there is a communal riot is going on and I'll get you a safest hotel" etc.  One foreigner end up in a hotel where he had to pay $200 for a night.  As per the Govt. policy auto drivers can ask 25% more of the metered charges.  (night time starts from 11.00 pm to 5.00 am) To know more about auto charges/taxi charges please visit the Delhi Government website

Another group is the street vendors who sell goods 2 to 8 times higher than the normal value.  They follow you and persuade you to buy their goods.  They ask 8 times higher price than the normal.  Bargain with them.   If, to avoid them, asking a reduced price will be a big mistake.  For example if you say 50% of the asked price, chances are that they will dump it on you.  So, do not say a lower price to get off them.  The chances are that they will be dumping it on you and you are purchasing the same on an higher price than the normal.  They even use abusive language if you ask a lower price.   It is better, if you are not interested in their item or service, just say "No."

Please note these are some odd people who will try to get some quick bucks.  There are good people out there who deal with you justly and decently.  I am telling this not to diminish the image of Delhi but to help those, who could fell in the trap of bad people.  Hope this will help those who visit Delhi in the coming months.


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      thebolesfamilly 7 years ago

      There are crooks no matter where you go, but you're right, most people are decent and honest. Your tips and suggestions for avoiding the traps were very helpful.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for these timely tips. I will remember them when I visit for the first time.

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Sounds like going anywhere you are a tourist ... the people of the city are always trying to make more money because they know you are not from there.....The places you have links to are awesome and I hope one day to visit there!!

      Great hub as always!!! (more please!! lol )

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Good to know all kinds of information.

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      Cydni Montgomery 8 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for sharing!

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      jacobkuttyta 8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks Drbj for your visit and comment.

      Thanks for the input"The "odd people" you wrote about are no different than street vendors I've encountered all over the world. Not only do you have to say, No, you have to say it loudly, firmly and without smiling, and walk away. That worked for me."

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      This is good information to have, but as others said, no different from anywhere else.

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      drbj and sherry 8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Jacob. I hope to visit Delhi one day and will be sure to visit the places you highlighted. Thanks for the info.

      The "odd people" you wrote about are no different than street vendors I've encountered all over the world. Not only do you have to say, No, you have to say it loudly, firmly and without smiling, and walk away. That worked for me.

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      jacobkuttyta 8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks Quill for your visit and comment.

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      "Quill" 8 years ago

      Great Hub...informative and well worth the read...

      Many Blessings


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