Train tickets / tours
Delhi was our first stop in India and we stayed at Hotel New King in the Pahar Ganj area. The hotel owner tried to tell us that the train to Jaisalmer, which we already had tickets for, did not exist. Our response was ‘hmm sure mate…’
We went to New Delhi train station to enquire about booking some more train tickets, and unfortunately this time…we got scammed. I’ve done a whole post on this here.
Public toilet in the train station
We visited the public toilet in Kota train station above which there is a price sign in Hindi (we can’t read Hindi, but we could still make the numbers out – rs 2. / rs. 50).
We figured it was rs.2 to use the toilet and rs.50 have a shower. When we handed the man our money (rs.10) he didn’t give us any change and said that use of the toilet was rs.5 each. We pointed to the sign – he laughed and the kids standing round him laughed and said ‘that’s just an example’. Our response was to argue a little, but we were tired, and it was only rs.6.
Rickshaw driver for half a day
After much negotiation of cost, we hired a rickshaw driver for half a day to take us to Amber Fort and then Naharagarh Fort for a rate of rs.400. The rate was meant to include taking us to the side of Naharagarh Fort where we didn’t have the steep climb to the top. We were lulled into a false sense of security at first when the driver showed us his book in which tourists had written nice things about taking a rickshaw with him, however our hopes were dashed when he mentioned visiting his brothers shop (which we politely declined).
He then dropped us off at the wrong side of Naharagarh Fort and said we hadn’t paid him enough to drive to the other side, and denied ever negotiating otherwise. This led to a big argument in the street including him calling us stupid, and me shouting ‘do you think I look like a walking bank!?’
We were buying an ice-cream from a cart on the street and asked how much a certain ice-cream was. We were told it was rs.20. However, when the cart owner handed us our change it was rs.5 short. He insisted the raspberry flavour was rs.5 more expensive than the mango flavour – likely story.
When queuing in the foreigners line at the ticket office for Agra Fort an Indian blatantly pushed in right in front of me. My response was to tap him on the shoulders and show him where the back of the line was.
We booked a standard double room at Hotel Sheela in Agra (rs.600 per night) via email. We were shown to a room with a very noisy fan that couldn’t be turned off, unless you cut all power to the room, and a noisy water cooler that we never used. Upon check out they tried to bill us for a semi-deluxe room (rs.700 per night) – the only difference being a semi deluxe had a water cooler. Although they failed to tell us it was a semi-deluxe on check in. Our response was ‘I don’t think so!’
Boat to Elephanta Island
We bought a deluxe ticket for the boat to Elephanta Island (in Mumbai harbour) for rs.130 each. As there weren’t any seats on the bottom deck we tried going up to the top but were stopped by the crew saying we needed to pay an extra rs.10 to go up – even though we’d just seen an Indian family walk up and not pay anything! We argued and ended up pushing past the crew and getting a seat on the top deck.
Being short changed
Constantly having to check change and finding out we have been short changed rs.10, then having to ask for the rs.10.
Taxi drivers getting lost, then when we finally reach our destination rubbing their fingers gesturing for a tip.