Read about Other Travel Scams:
Bus Ticket Scam: Often touts or unscrupulous travel agents try to make more money by selling tickets to a destination further than the one you requested.
Solution: When booking a ticket for a bus, check the destination-place on the ticket. Insist on the correct destination if you find something amiss. Threaten to call the police if they do not oblige.
Local Guide Scam: Sometimes taxi drivers, auto-rickshaw drivers, rickshaw drivers or even local guides approach tourists, befriend them and propose serving as their guides for a nominal price. They boast their knowledge of hidden, off-the-beaten-path attractions, the best budget hotels and top eating joints (the local kind) and tell you they will show you the real India.
For you, it seems to be an irresistible deal until you find yourself hauled off to their brother’s, uncle’s, sister’s, or some random relative’s shops or even special emporiums, where you are pestered with sales talk from the sales men until you buy something. Usually, the prices in these are highly inflated and you end up spending much more than you planned to have – the money you supposedly thought you had saved by taking on the deal ends up squandered. These driver/guides get hefty commissions from these shops, which is why they offer their own services at a discount. They earn much more with these commissions.
Some taxi drivers will have a sales pitch for their services for over a couple of days.
Solution: Say a firm No to these self-appointed driver/guides. Appoint a guide, if you require one, only from a reputed well-established travel agent. Also, beware of travel agents in offices with names similar to those of big companies. They are fake and costlier.