Originally Posted by sngmincash
Are there job opportunities for foreigners who enter on tourist visas?
Do the locals try to rip off foreigners more, less or the same as other developing country? I mean how annoying and constant are the little scams and dishonest pricing?
What kind of jobs do you realistically expect in a place where menial labor makes a few dollars/day, and skilled labor all seems to have a Masters or PhD in their field?
There are a ton of touts, scammers, and beggars surrounding every major attraction, so if you go to these areas it can be a PIA. If you stay away from these areas, you will not run into these guys often. Best strategy is to not say a word and not make any eye contact - even the most high-pressure guys will leave you alone almost immediately. But if you even say 'no thank you' or make eye contact, they see it as a sign of engagement and interest and will pursue you.
You have to realize that India is a negotiating country. Everyone - including Indians - spends 30 minutes negotiating the stupidest of things. Know how much things cost and no one will take advantage of you. And if you don't know how much something costs, ask even a random person for help and they will help you. Better yet, avoid buying any goods - you will not find good deals in India at the retail level. (compared to USA)
If you are paying for a service, best thing to do is to not pay anything until that service is performed - chances are very high that it will be done to a very low standard and since you gave up your money already, you have no negotiating leverage after the fact. Just like Indians, watch as the service is being done and say something if you don't like the way it's being done. When I went to get a motorcycle service done at a highly respected authorized dealer, the service shop is behind a giant window so you can watch the techs work on your bike. So the waiting area is a little cafe where you can get food and drink, and watch through the window as your bike is being worked on. That's the Indian way.
There are a lot of places in the world that get overrun by tourists and the local attitudes change to accommodate and/or take advantage of the tourists. India is not like that. It's too big to be affected by foreign tourists (save for a few exceptions.) That's what I liked about it. (Thailand is on the other side of the spectrum)
The other big benefit of India is that there are a lot of English speakers and you can genuinely interact with locals. That's a huge plus.