If Rajasthan is one’s choice for an international vacation getaway, then nothing can be a better choice. This ‘royal state’ is a beautiful representation of India’s rich architectural heritage, cultural diversity and hospitality.
We wholeheartedly welcome you to revel in the sights, sounds and flavours of Rajasthan.
Below are a few things you will need to know:
In an effort to ensure your stay is a comfortable and safe one, we have listed out a code of conduct for both the tourists and hosts:
- Always check into approved/classified hotels, paying guest houses, bed-and-breakfasts or RTDC run hotels.
- Whenever possible, make enquiries at the Rajasthan Tourism Tourist Information Bureaus located in major railway stations, bus stands and airports.
- Before staying in a paying guest accommodation, always check about its authorization by the Department of Tourism.
- Take autorickshaws or taxis from pre-paid kiosks at Railway Stations, Bus Stands or wherever available.
- If a prepaid autorickshaw is not available, settle the fare/charges before embarking on the journey.
- Hire taxis from approved Travel Agency or RTDC.
- Book taxis through taxi aggregator apps.
- Make enquires (as to where, and how far each monument or tourist site is located) before setting out on sightseeing.
- Purchase from reputed/recognised shops or Government emporiums.
- Always insist on a bill for purchases made.
- Ensure there is a Value Added Tax registration number (VAT) on your bill sheet.
- Payments made by credit cards must have the amount mentioned in both, words and numbers.
- Always double-check the goods in the parcel before leaving the shop or allowing it to be packed for dispatch.
- Ensure payment by credit cards is made only once for each bill.
- Ensure that wrongly made out bills are destroyed immediately to avoid double payment.
- Avoid showrooms near tourist sites or else ensure the price and authenticity of the purchase being made.
- Avoid shops that have names very similar to Government run emporia or concerns like RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) or Rajasthali, which are public sector undertakings.
- Avoid associating or developing relations for furthering business with unknown persons who are glib talkers and at times impeccably turned out.
- Avoid help of guide /driver while shopping. Try to avoid shops recommended by them.
- Take from authorised money exchangers and always get a receipt.
- Utilise services of pre-paid taxis, wherever available.
IN CASE CHEATED:
If you are cheated, inform the nearest Police Station/Police Control Room immediately or TAF (Tourist Assistance Force) personnel posted near monuments.
- You are advised not to dress in clothes that are too revealing and too scanty.
- Eat food that you buy yourself.
- Always ensure your passport and other precious belongings are safe. Never give them to strangers, shopkeepers or hotel staff.
- Stay with or be coaxed into staying with people you meet at railway platforms, bus stands or shopping areas.
- Think you are getting a bargain if a free ride is given by any transporter to a hotel.
- Check with Rajasthan Tourism tourist information office first.
- Allow any one into your room (for a drink, snacks or just a chat) unless the person is well known to you.
- Free rides can culminate into trouble at a hotel suggested by the driver.
- Leave your important documents, valuables, luggage, etc. with the driver.
- Let the driver coax you into doing more shopping than sightseeing.
- Sign on blank letter heads or bills.
- Let shopkeepers pack your purchases behind a counter or in another room. It must be done in front of you and signed across the joints or ensure some method whereby no changes can be made.
- Exchange from unauthorised money exchangers who do not provide a receipt.
- Leave your valuables and goods/ luggage in taxi/auto rickshaw etc.
- Hang on to the arms of young men or give them the impression that you find them attractive.
- Go in for free lunch and dinner or drinks.
- Roam around alone in the late hours of the night.
For more info please contact:
- Jagdeep Singh
- Kamal Kant