There is an advertisement on television whose content baffles … The main message of the spot was adopted by many companies to sell other products …. cottages, mattresses, condoms and endless items and services. This spot , which promotes a food chain, ends with the sentence: do not fool yourself, quality is not expensive . A message that arrives in a timely manner to thousands of ears that want to believe in those words …

Cursed itineraries

A very cheap poster. So much that they have even saved the apostrophe. By “ecastro”, on Flickr

Similarly happens in the universe of travel to India. Right now there are over a thousand agencies in the world trying to get on the podium of the cheapest trip to India . Adapted to this sector, it would be something like “don’t be fooled, quality trips are cheap”.
Thus, unlikely routes are designed to determine the lowest cost of a trip. And at the end of the process of creating something oriented to “a very cheap price”, it ends up building what we could call a “damn itinerary”.
They are itineraries that are born crooked, disengaged, malformed. First you decide the price and then decide for that price what, where and when .

To build a real damn itinerary you have to manage some details of fundamental importance. They are generally the following:

– Forget about internal airplanes that shorten distances and optimize routes. However long the distance is, it is cheaper to cover it by land, since the price of the trip will rise if we pass through the airport.

– So that the client does not give problems while suffering the itinerary, if possible, it is better to avoid cities that have an airport, so we will always have the recourse to the sharp phrase of “is that there is no airport in this city. India is like that. ”

– In addition, this way we also guarantee cities whose hotel offer is low (deficient, in some cases). But that does not mean that we cannot justify that our clients stay “in the best hotel in the city”, even if it is equivalent to a Spanish 2 star.

– If possible, we will also forget about internal trains ( first class , we don’t even talk anymore). Likewise, it contributes to the price increase.

– Whenever possible, do not use an accompanying guide to reduce costs. At most, local guides should be used in each city. An accompanying guide would mean paying for another accommodation, another diet … and also his professional profile is usually more expensive.

– It is much easier for the agency to have the client in a vehicle almost all day, without changing transport, without having too much time for visits or other logistical problems. Long journeys ensure less time for visits .

– But the long beating by car or bus can not forget any forced “technical stop”. These will be done, logically, in a middway ( roadside restaurants) with whom you previously have an agreement. There they can have tea and visit the shop on duty, to earn commissions for customer purchases .

– After long hours and days of road, the driver will have become a reference, an essential element of our safety. The driver, who in these cases does not usually have a salary to lower costs, usually try to get some money thanks to commissions in stores or establishments (restaurants, etc.) and customer tips. This will make the only person who gives us a direct service during the trip and works for us practically 24 hours, has left the agency for free. But not to customers.

Cursed itineraries

Click on the image to explore the route in Google Maps

Nothing better than seeing an example . We have chosen one of one of the trips to India that anyone can see on the Internet by doing a simple search. This itinerary is real , although we will not link to the agency that offers it for professional ethics.
It consists of 26 days. In those 26 days there are only 6 cities where it is planned to spend two nights in a row … That is, of the 26 days of vacation in India, we will have to pack 18 mornings.

The proposed route is: Delhi – Shekhawati – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur – Agra – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Shivpati Nagar – Pokhara – Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu.
Apparently, it is a very appetizing route, very long, and for less price than other travel offers to India.

The average daily kilometers is almost 300 kilometers. In India the average speed that we can get on many of the roads is 50 kilometers per hour, so that many days the time needed for travel will be 6 hours. In those 6 hours, an average traveler will need to stop once at least once to stretch their legs and again to eat, which will take us an hour and a half more in the transfer. Taking into account that museums and cultural heritage closes at 5:30 p.m., to arrive every day and see something of the city we should leave at the latest at 7:00 AM to, at least have 3 hours to get to know the city .

In other words, we wake up at 6:30 a.m., to collect luggage and have breakfast in 30 minutes and return to our car to spend another long day of our vacation, in which we will be an average of 7.5 hours of transfer (between trips and stops).

This itinerary through North India counts exactly the same kilometers that exist between Madrid and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), but not by motorways but by tertiary roads.

There are times when a very low price entails another kind of very high cost for the customer.