If a Stranger/Cab driver approaches to ‘Help” you, please get away from him and find a Mega or Easy Cab counter as mentioned in Point 8.
If the driver tells you ‘there is a festival (or some story) and all roads to the hostel are blocked’……and then offers to take you to a ‘Better Hotel’ then you are being scammed.
The hostel is always accessible via more than 5 routes from the airport and station. If this happens please insist on going to Jugaad and Jugaad only and you will not go any where else.
After the ‘all roads are blocked’ story you will request him to call the hostel and he will dial a fake number and give you the phone. Please take the phone in your hands and make the call yourself to make sure you get to the hostel.
If the driver takes you to another ‘Budget hotel’ or Hostel, just insist that you will only go to Jugaad and no where else. Be Firm…..!
The only motive behind the Scam is to make money and they will not hurt you physically. No matter how much the driver insists do not give him any money and tell him that you will only pay him once you reach Jugaad.
If you are able to get to the hostel with the driver, then just walk into the hostel and the staff will take care of the rest.
The driver might bring you to a “Government Tourist Office,” or a “Tourist Information Center,” and try to sell you a tour. Tell them you won’t pay anything. Insist on being taken to Jugaad.
There is no fool proof way to stay away or get out of these scams. In our experience if you stay firm but polite and stick to ‘I will only go to Jugaad Hostel’ you will reach the hostel without harm.
If you do end up in some scammy hotel, please give us a call and we will come and pick you up.
While getting into the cab please take a photo of the Driver, Vehicle and the vehicle license plate. If he takes you to a fake ‘Tourist Information Office’ and they ask you to pay for something, also ask for the address details of the office and take a picture of the office/building.
All this will help us track the cheaters and maybe get you your money back.
First stop on my first solo trip and it was amazing. I accidentally booked a night early and the driver waited 2 hrs at the airport for me. Then emailed to see if I was safe, then came back to get me!”
Had the best time of my adventure in India at Jugaad Hostel from my very first moment. Was met by Udit (co-owner) who realised I was tired, stressed and emotional after a difficult week. His first words were ‘India has a plan for you’ and from that moment on I relaxed and everything fell into place”