India By Car and Driver
India By Car and Driver
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Ramesh Meena whom his friends call Ram was born in a remote village of Rajasthan in a poor household. When he was barely 17 years old, his father met with a mine accident and was paralyzed and confined to bed for the rest of his life. Having lost the sole bread-earner of the family and faced with a highly precarious financial condition, Ram had to drop out from his school and start earning to support his family. Having initially starting working as a blue-collar worker in various capacities, he worked for a few travel and tour companies as a driver with a meager monthly salary for about 4 years. When he was working for his last employer, he met , an American civil rights lawyer during her tour to north India with her family in the winter of 2008. Before meeting Ram American family had quite a frustrating experience with the other drivers of that company. Ram greeted her and the family with flowers in the morning and gave them a ride in the in one of the western states of India and the family started enjoying their trip. As a result of her interaction with Ram and the highly professional services received from him, she was so impressed with him and suggested him that Ram should start his own company. With a small amount received from family which she gave it to him generously as tips for his services along with lone received from a financial agency as well as borrowed money from some friends, and a strong motivation from the family , Ram finally started his own company, namely, India by Car and Driver with only one small car of his own. e initially drove the car himself for more than a year. During this period he was able to pay most of the mortgage of the car and save a littile bit of money to by one big car with a decent amount of lone from a bank. With a positive feedback from his clients, most of whom being the Western customers, he was able to get more and more business and now within the third year of starting his own company since January 2009, Ram owns 8 cars which include three small cars to cater to the budget travelers and five SUVies to cater to the needs of those who travel with the family and can afford to spend little more than a budget traveler. Ram attributes the success of his business to his sincerity, honesty and professionalism, the traits which he expects his drivers to possess as well. In addition to these traits, Ram gives the greatest credit for his success in the business to several of his clients whom he served and who took the pain to take out time and document a positive feedback about his services. Several of the past recipients of his services even agreed to interact with his prospective clients and answer questions about the services of India by Car and Driver. Some even made the videos of their trip and agreed to share their pleasant experience with others by upload their videos on the net. One of such recently uploaded video can view by clicking here:
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N Green
Ringwood, UK28 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We have been to India four times now, and this must be the best trip ever. We had previously visited Jaipur and this had made us want to see more of Rajistan. Ramesh was excellent at setting out an interesting itinerary for the trip and was responsive to any suggested changes we wanted to make. All in all I couldn’t fault the trip and the exciting places we got to see.
The trip went like clockwork. We were met by our driver Raju at Delhi airport. We couldn’t have asked for a better driver. Raju was an excellent driver and made us feel very safe as he negotiated the somewhat chaotic Indian roads and traffic. He was extremely helpful and friendly, nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him.
A special mention must be made for how he helped us when my wife lost her mobile phone which was found at our last hotel, a 5 hour drive away. Firstly Raju located the phone and then arranged for the phone to be picked up on our way to Jodhpur. We also had an internal flight and Ramesh arranged our check in and Raju managed to get our boarding passes printed off, which saved us a lot of hassle.
All the hotels we stayed in were first rate, and the dinning options in every hotel allowed us to sample the exquisite food from northern India. But a special mention must be given to the Surygarth hotel in Jaisalmer a simply stunning hotel.
Both Ramesh and Raju went out of their way to make this a memorable and stress free holiday, I would highly recommend India by Car and driver and would suggest you ask if it is possible to get Raju as your driver.
Written March 18, 2023
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Jemy G
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Jul 2022 • Friends
We hired India by car and driver for our overnight trip from Delhi to Agra and then back. Booking was super easy, Ramesh gave a tremendous amount of information within the first email exchange and was upfront in saying they’re not the cheapest option out there but they are the best, and I couldn’t agree more. Advance payment using Wise money transfer was safe and easy, and coordination was quick and efficient.

The day of our trip our driver Nemi showed up half an hour early and we got upgraded from a sedan to an SUV which was incredibly clean and spacious. Nemi was professional, caring, easy to communicate with and gave just enough information during the drive that we don’t miss important spots but made sure to give us the space and privacy to have our conversations in the back. He was respectful when he needed to interrupt and only to ask us if we needed a break as we approached rest stops along the way. He also facilitated communication with our Agra tour guide and between the 2 of them worked out pickup/dropoff details etc that made our lives so much easier.

During our stop to the Red Fort in Delhi on the second day when we opted not to hire a local guide Nemi walked us to the ticketing counter and showed us where to get the official rickshaw so we don’t get ripped off. He even gave us 40 rupees from his own pocket so we avoid pulling out larger bills and attract unwanted attention. What a lovely man! We cannot recommend this company enough and if you a get chance please ask for Nemi by name you will not regret it!
Written July 9, 2022
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UK2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
We just finished a 10 day tour with India By Car and Driver with my father (70) and aunt (late 60s). We visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Pushkar. I am a return customer and this is the second trip I have done with this tour operator, the first being in 2011. When planning the trip I was very pleased to see this operator still in business!

We booked the whole tour through them, including hotels, car, driver and tour itinerary. Everything worked flawlessly, with us being met at the airport from our various different flights around the world.

The hotels we stayed in were basic, but perfect for our needs. I believe they can tailor quality of the hotels to suit the customer’s budget.

We paid a little extra for a larger car with a raised seating position that was easier to get in and out of. Model was a Toyota Innova. The car was only about 5 months old and perfect for our needs.

A highlight is always going to be the Taj Mahal on a trip like this, but the amazing thing about India is you see 3 monuments, palaces, forts or temples every day that are all spectacular.

I need to say a special thank you and recommendation to our driver, Raju. His driving was safe, he was a knowledgeable guide, had good restaurant recommendations everywhere we went and was always happy to tailor the activities to and requests we may have that day.

Highly recommended as a safe choice when planning an adventurous trip like a holiday in India. I hope to use them again in the future!
Written March 4, 2023
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Amber T
4 contributions
Apr 2022
This was an amazing experience and COMPLETELY worth the value. Ramesh was super attentive to my emails and was very flexible as I changed the itinerary multiple times (We were there for a wedding and some venues changed). He was very kind and accepted all changes and made recommendations on times based on what we wanted to accomplish. We came from the US and landed in Delhi. Ramesh met us at the airport and even had roses for me! They took us back to the hotel and got us all situated and helped us navigate the check in process. For the next 5 day Nami was our driver and he navigated our schedule like a pro. He was an excellent driver and was very attentive. Honestly, even just having the bottled water handed to us constantly was a huge cost and stress savings. They organized everything for us including a tour guide for Agra (Taj Mahal and Agra Fort). This guide showed us everything and even found safe and yummy places for us to eat. He helped us navigate buying tickets and showed us some behind-the-scenes things that was fun. All the while, Nami was there driving us to each place and he was always right where we left him which was very comforting. Then in Chandni Chowk Nami organized for a safe and trusted Rickshaw driver to take us around the market. This guide also bought us water and showed us everything the market had to offer. I definitely saw parts of the market I wouldn't have visited on my own.
Nami also worked long hours for us, sometimes picking us up at 6 am then not dropping us at the hotel until midnight (the day of the wedding reception for example) and he never complained. Nami was also great at adjusting when things didn't go exactly as planned. One day we got to a location too early and they weren't open yet so he took us to see some amazing monuments and government houses that were never on my list of things to see. It was awesome and there were some great finds on there. Nami was also great at telling us what the rules were at each location (don't take your bag, no phones here, etc...) and he kept all our belongings safe and sound while we browsed around. I also liked that Nami was always early and we never had to wait on him for anything. He was very easy to contact and I trusted him completely. Then on our last day we told him we had many gifts that we still hadn't purchased yet and he took us to some AMAZING shopping places that were low pressure and clean and trusted and we got all of our shopping done while finding great prices. Thank you Nami and Ramesh for an amazing 5 days in India. It was an experience of a lifetime and that is largely thanks to you.
Written April 14, 2022
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Sam W
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Nov 2022 • Couples
We used India by Car and Driver for a 3-week Honeymoon around Rajasthan. We had an excellent experience.

In arranging the trip, Ramesh was very efficient and responsive in helping to shape our comprehensive itinerary. And when we landed in Delhi we were met by the fantastic Raju (pictured) who drove us to Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Narlai and Udaipur.

Raju was extremely kind, fun and courteous, as well as a highly skilled driver. He navigated thousands of kilometres of roads smoothly and expertly. He also went above and beyond in terms of being willing to work later on a couple of evenings.

India by Car and Driver also provided a great service in terms of offering lunch and dinner recommendations in the different cities across Rajasthan. And in each city that we stayed they provided a local guide, including the excellent Madhan in Jaipur, that really helped enhance our visits to the different temples, forts, palaces and shrines.

So we would certainly use India by Car and Driver again and would strongly recommend them as a company. And finally thanks again to Raju - you are the main reason we had such a memorable trip!
Written November 23, 2022
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Dan H
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Friends
I have to give full credit to Ramesh and India By Car and Driver.

My experience started with a query about a single transfer from Jaipur to Agra for 10 people plus full luggage. The company was very responsive and easy to work with. I expressed some concern about vehicle size given the amount of bags we were bringing and was quickly reassured by a bump in vehicle size as if it was no issue at all.

Just before finalizing the booking others in our group reached out to me to expand this service to a full two day car and driver rental that could support going to various tour sites, restaurants, temples, etc. Alongside doing the long transfer from Jaipur to Agra(with 2 drop-off points in Agra) we also added Agra to Delhi as well. Again, Ramesh replied near immediately with the new quote and assured me it was no issue. We finalized this service.

Two days before arrival my group proposed to use the same service for transfer from the Jaipur Airport to the Holiday Inn in Jaipur Center.. this time for 12+bags. Again Ramesh was quick to reply and we got this setup as well. And the price on this transfer was better than the transfer I setup for only 4 people in Mumbai.

Ramesh met us at the airport and handed us off to the driver. The vehicle was clean and well maintained. Indeed it did fit the 12 of us and our luggage.

There was a small communication barrier between me and the driver however two in our group could speak freely with the driver so it was not a logistical issue for us. Driver was professional and not only drove the vehicle but also loaded/unloaded luggage, walked us to the temples, and adapted on the fly to many last minute requests such as extra stops. Even dropping 2 off our group off at their requested location before we transferred to Agra as they were not going with us.

The price of services was perhaps slightly more than a basic transfer booking would have been. However, factoring in a fully customizable experience with clean/modern vehicles alongside the flexibility of the company and driver and the ease of communication with Ramesh, the price difference was easily worthwhile.

I definitely would use their services again and I fully recommend them to others.
Written February 26, 2023
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Nicola W
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great service from our driver Raju. He was very attentive and polite and made sure we were safe throughout the trip.

Raju drove us on a 4 day golden triangle tour, his driving was impeccable and he made the chaotic indian roads look easy! Raju was punctual and always met us with a smile. Our next days plan was always communicated the day before so we were always kept up to date. He made recommendations throughout the trip which were always on point and took us to restaurants which helped avoid the dreaded Delhi belly.

If you are booking a trip with india by car and driver I would thoroughly recommend having Raju as your driver.
Written February 21, 2023
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Daniel M
Cairns, Australia17 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Raju went above and beyond for us. We were not easy travellers, and Raju catered to our every complex need! He always maintained an upbeat, positive attitude.

Raju looked after us, he suggested places to visit and to eat, and we agreed the plan for each day.

He was always punctual and attentive when we were ready to leave each place, and on time to collect us in the mornings.

Raju always found us the best prices and he looked out for us to prevent us from being exploited due to being foreigners.

Raju’s restaurant recommendations were always brilliant!

Raju was well connected in each city to reliable Tuk Tuk drivers and we always felt safe.

I enjoyed talking to Raju and he always had a good attitude and he was very diligent in making us happy and comfortable. He always made sure we were well hydrated.

Raju is very knowledgeable about each city in India!

Choose Raju for your Indian trip!
Written February 16, 2023
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James W
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Raju has been an excellent driver taking us on our Golden Triange tour from Delhi to Agra, on to Ranthbore and Jaipur, and back to Delhi. He was a safe, helpful, attentive and knowledgable, also selecting us brilliant restaurants with very reasonably priced tasty food and good entertainment.

The company chose fantastic guides for the Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra, Fatephur Sikri, safari and the sites of Jaipur.

A trip we will not forget and when we return a company and driver we will use again!
Written February 21, 2023
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Mihai S
Bucharest, Romania6 contributions
Feb 2023
As an old and demanding tourist, I warmly recommend the tours organized by the company India By Car And Driver.
First of all, I was pleasantly impressed by the professionalism of the guides and drivers, always customer-oriented.
The off-road cars are quite new, spacious and clean.
We were a group of 4 people aged 55+ on a customized trip of 15 days and I know for sure that the recommendation is unanimous.
Special thanks to Ramesh the owner as well as Rajesh Choudhary who took great care of us during our visits to Rajasthan.
Well done India by Car And Driver.
Written February 1, 2023
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