Lesson Learning

We learnt a lot yesterday in terms of getting taken for a ride…and in more ways than one!

Firstly, the ride in the tuk-tuk was the most exciting experience to date for me, but secondly today’s events opened our eyes further to the art of the locals conning techniques.

Our original plan for the day was to visit the Red Fort, but after driving several KM in our tuk-tuk, our driver pulled over and told us to ask the locals if the Fort was open. Jamie jumped out to ask and was told it was closed on Friday’s, which is what our driver had claimed.

We instead agreed to be taken to a nearby temple. After driving half of the way, we were told we would need to cover our head with scarves. We were all skeptical at this point but decided to go along with it anyway. Our driver stopped and led us into a shop and we each bought a headscarf for 200 Rupee, which he helped tied around our heads.

When we finally arrived at the temple we quickly realised that headscarves were not a requirement. When we researched the Red Fort on return to the hostel, we found that it was in fact open on Fridays. The icing on the cake being that Fridays are the only day where entry is free of charge. Brilliant.

(In Photo: Ash & Jamie getting conned once more at the temple)

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7 thoughts on “Lesson Learning

  1. Always ask the auto rickshaws (tuk tuk) drivers to open the meter when they take you anywhere and pay only according to it. If the driver will not agree pretend to walk away. hope When buying anything in india except food items, always ask to reduce the prize by half. That is the real prize of the item when not offered to foreigners. 🙂 hope this helps.

  2. Yes! For a 30 rupee ride in the meter they will charge 70 rupees and if you don’t resist it can go up to a hundred. The flag down is 19 rupees. Whatever they’ll charge you if you are not going by meter, reduce it by 40 percent that will already include the tip. Always ask first how much before sitting in the auto rickshaws. Kitna rupia? How much? Pronounced as kitne. “Kitna Bhaiya?” how much my brother? Bahut mehenga. Too expensive. Just some of the things I learned to get by here in India. We call everybody Bhaiya, it will endear you to them.

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