Before you visit India for the first time, let me tell you about the commission system in India.
It sucks! But it’s there and every traveler needs to be aware of it all time when she is in India. Drivers of car rental service, taxi drivers, guides, sightseeing tours, etc… most of these people, if not all, get paid a commission for getting tourists to some particular shops and restaurants. In fact, even seemingly random locals, whom one meets on the street of some touristy spots, may receive a commission for getting tourists through doors of restaurants and shops as well.
When a tourist is on the street, she will find many “friendly” Indian approaching her, wanting to practice their English or to show their hometown for culture exchange, or making promises of cheap accommodations or shopping. Never jump into a deal but shop around first. Be smart and don’t be afraid to say “no” to these smooth talking touts and drivers.
And of course, like all travelers in India, Yik and I have had our fair share of getting scammed and ripped-off stories. It’s everywhere in India, and every one of us will get ripped off some point during her travel. But at least, by keeping alert, hopefully we can avoid to pay too much tuition before learning our lesson.