For most European and American tourists, India is always a budget affair. This probably explains a lot of backpackers and teetotalers in Indian cafes and restaurants. For most foreign tourists, getting a good price on Indian vacation packages is nowhere simple. In the event that you are one, more often than not, you will end up being redeemed for the high flat rates charged by tour operators. So how do you escape the heckling and book a decent package? I can't say for the whole country, but I certainly know a thing or two to get the most for your money when booking Goa Hotel Packages. This article will be your smart guide to avoid being cheated by Indian tour operators and be like a local.
1- Display an Indian connection; Otherwise, pretend
If you have an Indian friend, colleague, parent, teacher, student, plumber, etc., let your tour operator know. This would help create a feeling of familiarity, in addition to serving as a tacit warning that you know your rates. This way, the tour operator will think twice before proposing ridiculous rates for your offer. If you don't have such knowledge, wrong. Tell your operator, this is your nth trip to India and you've already been to the ABC city (look for some important cities beforehand). New Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Kerala are popular with international tourists. In India, connections will take you far. So invent one if you don't have one.
2- Quotation of competitor quotes; Fake it Again if you have to
Yes, negotiation is imperative to get a decent deal with Indian tour operators. Perform an exhaustive search of the main tour operators offering, for example, Goa Hotel packages and cross rates for the packages, as well as inclusions and exclusions. Now when calling a tour operator, quote discounted rates from other providers. Again, if you are already calling the lowest bidder, false quotes. This will help you get the most out of your offer. Remember not to go overboard and refer to prices so low that they betray you or disengage the operator. Remember that you want to make this deal.
3- Start with the basics then progress
Never disclose all of your tour plans initially. This will always increase the costs of your visit. Start with the basics of travel – accommodation, airline tickets, meal plans, etc. Let the seller take the initiative here and offer you travel supplements. For example, when negotiating a visit to Goa, call only for hotel and food reservations. The tour operator will then offer you an additional parasailing tour for the next day. The less your plans are developed for the travel agency, the better your suggestions are. Ask for free tours, airport transfers and what else.
4- Be patient
As with most negotiations, patience is the key here. Getting the right hotel deals requires a lot of research. Once you've focused on an operator of your choice, it will still take time to find the best deal. Never show urgency when negotiating the details of your visit. If the travel agency wishes to contact you, let them call back. It is only when you think the agreement is floating, that you should give in.
The above four tips should help you a lot. Stick to them and enjoy a great vacation in India.