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“This is a scammer agency.”
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Exotic Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“This is a scammer agency.”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

This is one of the scammer tourist places in Connaught Place where many of the "locals" will tell you is the official DTTDC. It even has a sign that says DTTDC in front. Their "runners" use all kinds of stories and emotions to get you to trust them. The hotels and transport left much to be desired. Thanks for ruining my vacation.

3 Thank lukeskylightfall
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21 reviews from our community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't get lured into booking a trip without doing research first!”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

We did a tour of Rajasthan with Exotic Adventures in April 2012. I chose this company based on the suggestion of tour companies in the latest Rough Guide. We didn't have very much time to research different options and as we had just arrived to India and wanted to head out to Rajasthan as soon as we could we thought to get a couple of costings together. We got a quote from the agent at our hotel and thought to head to Exotic Adventures for a comparison. Although the company does state that they are a government tourism agency, they officially aren't, but they have a very clever system in place where they have guys with very good English and they also bang on about how they are a government agency and scare you off to use any other travel agencies by scare tactics on drunk drivers as guides etc. As we got into the office we got lured into booking a tour with a driver for 10 days around Rajasthan. The tour included all sightseeing, driver, tolls, petrol, insurance (no details on this was given, so I am not sure on this, but we had our own travel insurance anyway)accommodation. So we thought it was a package wit nothing else to pay apart from entrance fees to the attractions and food.
Our driver did a great job amongst all the crazy traffic and we felt as safe as we could. But he was extremely pushy and would get upset if we didn't eat at the hotel restaurants or buy from shops he would take us to. He also tried to scare us away from exploring any of the places on our own in the evenings, which was very strange. We figured out that he must have got commission from the hotel, restaurant and shop owners. We met another guy who had booked his travel through the same agency and it was very strange how the drivers tried to separate us and hung around in the evening to almost to try to make sure that we wouldn't get talking and comparing prices etc!

Driver: The driver would also agree on our behalf a walking tour and then expect us to pay without prior agreement and when we questioned this it caused huge upset. He would also take us to 'jewellery' makers, massage places and all kinds of shops even though we said we would just rather explore the local market ourselves. In all these places we would be put in an awkward situation by the shop owners and felt bad for letting them down by not buying anything. He would also mention his tip a few times a day and didn't like at all that we had guide books and questioned his comments and suggestions. Although the office had said that we get a fully English speaking driver ours had really poor level of English and we would have misunderstandings all round!

Accommodation: The rooms were ok, but comparing to accommodation we used elsewhere no better than budget accommodation. Most rooms did have AC but no hot water, which wasn't really an issue as it was so warm, but the hot water was something that the office stated that all the hotels would have. The annoyance with the accommodation was that we were shown all theseleaflets of hotels at the office when we booked the trip, but as we didn't have any of the hotel details written down it seemed like the driver together with the office made their mind up as we went along as well as the accommodation in many places was well out of the city centres. There were 3 of us and we specifically booked a triple room but every time we arrived at the hotels we would be given a double room and then have to wait ages for the 3rd bed to arrive and usually it would be a 'camp' bed that had been kept outside...

Itinerary: Not ensuring that we had a detailed and written down itinerary before setting off was our biggest mistake! We wouldn't be given details on accommodation until we arrived to each hotel and it was difficult to try to discuss any of the activities with the driver as his English was so poor. Having done research after we did the trip we also realised that we paid far too much for the trip. We also found out that some other people paid even more for their trip and our trips were very similar.

We did see all the sights we had wanted and had great experiences, but the way were lured into booking a tour with this company left a sour taste. I would not be booking through them again and wouldn't recommend the company for anyone else. Be aware, that they do play their 'trusted government agency' card but in reality are just a private company making a huge amount of money from tourists who have just arrived to the country!

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Anna M
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Vienna, Austria
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Warning! Bad guys waiting for chance of ripoff!”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We suffered the same bad experience as Aldis O. and tenny 500. In the morning after arrival in India we went to N Block on Connaught Circuit to the office of Delhi Tourism (map in German guidebook). From outside it seemed to be a government agency. We wanted to inquire about the situation of Kingfisher Airline which was in serious troubles. Mr.Naz urged us to cancel our confirmed ticket immediately and rapidly drafted an itinerary along our own plans instead, including train tickets and hotel reservations for about 18 days along Kolkata, East Coast to Kerala. Relieved to get train tickets without any hassle and delay we accepted and signed the draft, which turned out to be the bill of Exotic Adventure (instead of Delhi Tourism) with a total much more than double the real worth. The real bad end showed, when I became sick and stuck for days in Varanasi. We called Mr.Naz to cancel or postpone at least all hotel room reservations and train tickets, but he definitely declined. Thus a big amount was diverted into their own pockets (due to our own failure, we know). Keep off that office!

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Reinhard S
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Reykjavik, Iceland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stay Away from Exotic Travels”
Reviewed 22 November 2011

I dont recommend going through this agency. Me and my friend were in Delhi October 5th and booked a 5 days sight seeing trip with them. They promised a driver who speaks good english and would take us all around Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, a tour guide to show us the main attractions in every city, 4 star hotels with breakfast and finally a train ticket from Agra to Varanasi.

Besides not getting the things that they promised us, they made us pay a price that we found out as we got to know India better was WAYY too high and they were dishonest while trying to sell us the idea of how great this package is.

Nal who woks there, and could clearly see that me and my friend were in a bit of a cultural shock since it was our first day in India, told us all sorts of lies.. that travelling by train is extremely hard in India, that all the trains are fullbooked for the next few weeks, that everything was going to be closed for the next few days because of a holiday in India.. etc.etc. and managed to scare us enough so we took the deal he offered us.

The driver didnt speak english, so communicating with him was really hard, he didnt take us where we wanted to go.. instead he simply drove to a few tourist places in Delhi and often we were starving and trying to explain that we needed to find a restaurant or some place to eat. There was never any tour guide, except for one day in Jaipur, meanwhile we were promised we'd have one almost everyday. The hotels we stayed at werent terrible but ive seen many budget hotels in India who werent that much worse.

We could have saved ourself ALOT of money and simply planned this trip ourselves. Travelling by train is no problem in India as long as you plan a few days ahead. And finding budget hotels or even top end hotels for cheap was never a problem.

sooo my advice is stay away from Exotic Adventure Travels.

Visited October 2011
5 Thank Aldis O
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Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Awful - Get in and out”
Reviewed 5 April 2010

This is actually a review of both Delhi and a travel company called Exotic Adventures. I had read quite a bit about scammer agencies based in Connacht place in Delhi centre. I tried to find the legitimate gov agency and came across what I thought was the real one with all the Gov branding outside. This office was Exotic adventures and is unbranded from the outside. They completley acted like they were booking my trip on behalf of a travel agency called Exotic travels and I booked 5 nights with them. Of course it was my choice to book and I was gullible in this but I reckon i paid €170 above the mkt price. They do a fantastic job of sucking you in and they also have a few "runners" who will scout around Connacht place looking for tourists. These runners seem to congregate around the coffee shop Baristas. I would seriously avoid these guys and also if you really have to fly into Delhi then get out in the same day. The city has a chronic overcrowding and traffic problem .

8 Thank tenny500
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