One of the more confusing things when in Delhi is trying to arrange your onwards travel, and being confident in what your told is correct.
There are countless fake ‘Government Approved’ Tourist Info places, Tuk-Tuk drivers will always take you to these.
But there is only 1 Official Government India Tourism office. That office is located at 88 Janpath Rd, and shown on the Lonely Planet Map of Connaught Place.
The fake offices will also go so far as to point on the map at that office, and tell you thats where your now standing.
The problem is though, they’re not really good for any info, can’t book you tickets, and basically just hand over a bunch of maps.
So what happens now?
You need to go to a legitimate Government Approved Tour Operator, the LP book says as much, but doesn’t list any! The easiest way to find these is by asking India Tourism Office when your there.
For us Destination India (www.indiatripmakers.com)was only 5 more doors down from India Tourism, and the logical choice.
They helped us sketch out our whole itinerary with room to move, booked all our train tickets in advance, recommend great hotels/guest houses within our budget, and were generally just the most informed/genuine Tourist Info people we have dealt with. Which in turn made the rest of the trip alot more relaxed as we had a time frame to stick to and knew that it could work.
Over the course of the weeks, we continually went back/called/emailed them to change our itinerary, and none of this was a problem either.
Destination India shop front. 5 doors down from India Tourism.
In a city that’s so chaotic, it gets quite hard to asses whats a legitimate business and whats not, based on our experiences though, I can only say Destination India is fortified, and were more than helpful attending to all our requests and inquiries.