Unauthorised guides at Aurangabad’s historical tourist spots play spoilsport

Unauthorized guides and touts are often found at the monuments in Aurangabad, which has several world heritage sites. Recognized guides said that the tourists are at the risk of getting distorted information and complaints have been made against the presence of the touts.

Joint secretary of Aurangabad Guide Welfare Association Amod Basole said that 66 recognized guides were operating in the city but many unauthorized ones are also active at tourist destinations of Ajanta, Ellora, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara and Panchakki.

“The number of unauthorized guides varies in different spots but on an average nearly 50 to 60 of them are active. Some of them have even prepared identity cards on their own and try project themselves as if they are authorized guides. They charge Rs 100 to Rs 200 from tourists and pass on incorrect information. Most of them are uneducated and do not possess knowledge about the monuments,” Basole, who is a recognized guide, said.

Full report here Times of India


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