How it works:
- There is only one real official government India Tourism office and it is at 88 Janpath Rd in New Delhi, any others claiming to be one are fakes.
- There have also been many reports of fake tour agencies and operators or low quality ones which don't deliver what were promised.
- Scam 1: offering a low price tour, but charging inflated hidden fees or sending you to multiple shops where they get a commission.
- Scam 2: some falsely claim that a place is closed and then recommend an alternative where they can get a commission.
- Scam 3: fraudulent agencies which collect your money but do not make any bookings.
- Scam 4: could be perpetrated by touts you encounter at train stations, rickshaw/tuk-tuk drivers, horse-drawn carriage drivers, etc.
Places to beware:
- Fake tourism officers can be found at Mumbai: Gateway of India and New Delhi: Connaught Place
- Fake travel agencies and operators can be found anywhere (e.g. online or offline)
What to do:
- Offline operators: ask - is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover - is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has some popular tours (e.g. Taj Mahal and Agra Fort sunrise tour, Old & New Delhi city tour, etc).