"Tourist Hot Spots in India" Kolkata (Calcutta) Tourist Trap Tip by lapalang

Kolkata (Calcutta) Tourist Traps: 8 reviews and 8 photos

Most tourists in India travel by train. The famous spots are all served by rail - Benaras, Puri, Jaipur, Agra, Goa, Madras etc etc. These train trips more often than not involve sleeper travel - that is, overnight. The trap is that when you board the train there is a rush and some measure of confusion. This is where the rascals come into the picture. They make friends with the foreigner, try to be helpful, assist with baggage etc. You think they are fellow travellers, but they are not. They are simply waiting for you to be momentarily distracted and then they walk off with your smaller luggage. Tourists put their handbag on the seat while they settle bigger luggage overhead. In a second or two, the 'helpful' stranger is gone, and so is the small bag. Tip: Never never never leave the money bag, wallet, purse, valuables off your person - by day or night. Never.

Another trap is that when you sleep a potential thief will hold near your nose a hanky with a` chemical in it that will make you sleep deeply; or during waking hours will share a biscuit with you, or a cup of tea, in which there is a similar chemical. When you are drugged, the mischief takes place. Never never never take food from a stranger in the touristy spots of India.

Unique Suggestions: Avoid all food offered by strangers.

Put you small bag on your person, always in FRONT, never behind.

Be friendly, but always mildly suspicious and on your guard.

Fun Alternatives: By all means visit the tourist spots of India - and there are many - but always be slow to be over-friendly with strangers, no matter how helpful they seem to be.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 30, 2006
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