What do foreigners hate the most about India?
Nikita Tsekhanovich, Been to 7 citites in India. Visited twice:in 2017 and 2018.
Don’t mean regular beggars on the street. Problem is regular tip beggars everywhere. Indian tip beggars dont understand that this tip should be deserved. It is not granted that if you do some job to white man, for which you had been already paid, he also owes you a tip. Just understand, you have to do your job good for that.
One Delhi cab driver, who was supposed to take me to the airport during prepaid hotel airport shuttle, was late for 30 minutes.After he finally took me to the airport, he started begging for tip. I gave him some, but he begged for more, because ‘it was night time’. It completely pissed me off (it was third such incident that day) and I told him that I am calling hotel reception. Only after that he left me alone.
One Mumbai driver didn’t know path from Colaba to my hotel in Kurla West. He was asking everybody around how to get to the place, and our way took 3 hours instead of 1. No matter, he begged for tip also. This man didnt understand it his fault he doesn’t know how to drive to the place. Why should I pay for this?
It happens in cheap hotels and some restaraunts. Everybody calling you ‘sir’ every second, opening doors in front of you. One guy from UK told me that he once entered public toilet and Indian guy opened toilet cabine door and put down toilet seat for him.
These kind of things makes us feel weird. People dont like being helped like they are handicapped or physically challenged. We only start to suspect you want a tip or cheating at us.
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Delhi is number 1 again. People pay no respect to each other. When train stops, people outside dont wait when insiders come out. They just run into the train as whole crowd, like next train never comes. Not always, but seen that several times.
You have wonderful National Zoological Park in Delhi. Our Russian zoos are no way like yours. We have likely 30% species presented in Delhi zoo, due to cold weather and mostly all of them are in heated cells. You have wonderful oppurtunity to observe animals in big open spaces like in nature. Was very inspired seeing animals like hippos, rhinos, black swans, African elephants first time in my life. Indian Government installed security check points so that people cannot bring food and restricted items into the zoo. Somehow people take it through the gate . I saw young men throwing empty Sprite soda cans to a zoo monkey. Monkey ripped it off to get acess to some liquid, operating with its hands and tongue. It looked like it hurt itself, with sharp metallic edges of this can. These people came away just laughing at it.
Even in Indian villages people seem to have much better manners and respect to people around than in your capital.
While in Delhi, people like to visit Connaught place, right? Deadly place for foreign tourists. Every 2 minute some guy runs in front of you to start ‘random’ conversation. He says he is doing nothing, just wasting his time. After short conversation, he suggest you to come to some good shop. He will just show path and go away. Do you think we are idiots, hah? You will get your percent from our spendings in the place.
Spent 10 days in Delhi. Connaught place was annoying me more and more. Last day i came to central park to sit on the grass and have sunbath, like other Indians seeking for privacy. Minute after some guy ran in front of me, shouting loudly to visit his friend travel agency. I was not in mood and told him to leave me alone. He got angry and started yelling at me “You are in my India! I do whatever I want”. I just went away, completely lost hope to find silent corner in Delhi.
P.S. I also met kind and wonderful Indian people in India. In Mumbai, Varanasi, Rajkot, few in New Delhi. I want to come back for Gujarat Sassan Gir, one day for sure.
Anil Farmhouse hotel, Sassan Gir, Gujarat
I am not generalizing, but some things really push foreigner tourists away from visiting India, despite huge government effort to make your country more tourist friendly.
Just imagine, if foreign tourist see this stuff in your capital, what will he expect from other Indian places?
P.P.S.Don’t take it personally. No Indian or any other nation citizen is responsible for his compatriots’ behavior. But there are always things to be fixed. Sometimes it is better to get strictly to the truth, and sometimes this truth is ugly.
Was very pleased with comments. I felt like you Indians see your country as one unite society, and taking your compatriot’s faults as issue you will fix altogether as a country and one society. That’s very good thing we lack today in our Russian society after USSR collapse. Pretty sure you are on the right way!
Ivana Perkovic, Professional Travel Vlogger (2013-present)
Let me start by stating that India is the country of my dreams and I absolutely adore 99% of everything it has to offer. I also have dark hair so when wearing Indian clothes I can pass for an Indian girl. So I don’t deal with the general issues most foreigners deal with.
With that being said I’m here to answer the question and I also talked about this in my recent ‘Life in India’ update vlog. If you’d like to see me talk about that you can watch the video but here’s the typed answer:
The #1 thing that I hate in India…
The distinction Indians make amongst themselves to feel superior to other INDIANS. North feels better than South, people from a certain State will feel better than people from their neighbor State, my language is better than yours etc. I’m not even talking about the caste system, this is just general environmental factors people use to lift their ego. It’s absolutely maddening to constantly witness this competition among people who ALL share something so beautiful with each other: being Indian.
Coming from a culture that’s not even mildly competitive compared to Indian culture (I grew up in the Netherlands), it just boggles my mind why people would derive any self esteem from for instance speaking a certain language.
The second thing I hate in India…
Ola drivers calling me to ask a drop location to determine if they want to cancel the ride or not. I’ve heard some pretty sad stories about why they do this. But it’s absolutely maddening having a conversation with someone who’s trying to speak English the best way they can, and then cancel on me when I’m in a rush. I just stopped answering the calls because I can’t handle it.
The last thing I hate in India…
Indian people asking a foreigner what they hate about India. It’s like they’re just waiting to hear something bad or offensive and then start defending their country. Indians have this crazy urge to compensate everything bad the (inter)national media says about India.
Honestly this is me being very Dutch. Dutch people usually couldn’t give two shits if you talk bad stuff about them. They wouldn’t even ask you what you hate. EVER. Simply because they just don’t care what you think.
For instance: everybody thinks Dutch people smoke weed all day everyday in Amsterdam, just because it’s legal. Obviously we don’t. A lot of people, like me, don’t even smoke at all. Whenever anybody mentions this, we just roll our eyes and dismiss the person as ignorant in our mind.