Hi sorry this is not a post directly related to travel but indirectly, yes it is.
I have been to India 3 times now and it seems I am in love with the vastness of the country. I hale from Germany and I am a freelance photographer.
It is tough and sad to know that I have found that there is a lot of discrimination against foreigners (white skinned people) in India. The discrimination comes in terms of making everything costlier for us, taking us for a ride where ever possible and even to the extent of teasing and eye pinning on us like we are a bunch of animals in a zoo, its a very hard to handle look believe me.
I have discussed this with many Indians as well just to understand the cultural differences but I was told that the the eye chasing look which you get when you are on a road is only for the foreigners and not for the Indian lot which is uncomfortable. Earlier I thought that it would be only the private hotel owners and the shop people that give us a special inflated price for everything, but also the government has made a special price everywhere for the guests in the country.
I strongly feel that in order for India to attract more tourists the discrimination should be removed this would be a benefit for the tourism in the whole country, I have never seen any special charges for the tourists in the Europe.
I have heard the Indian slogan on tourism which translates to “guest is god” and I am very impressed with it only to see the contrary being adhered to in practice.
India is a beautiful country with lively people and I would keep coming to India and would wait to have an answer to the discrimination being offered.