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Self drive vs Hiring a Driver

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Self drive vs Hiring a Driver

Advise please on what is best - self driving a hired car or hiring a driver? We're spending 10 days travelling around Rajasthan, combination fly/drive. And any recommendations of car companies in Rajasthan?

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21. Re: Self drive vs Hiring a Driver

As other posters, we also strongly recommend not driving on your own in India, as it is very dangerous and the road rules (if there even are any) are very different, not to even mention lack of street signs or parking.

We spent 10 days with a driver who took us throughout Rajasthan. We hired Mr. Mohan Singh (http://www.raj-jouneys.com), and he was a truly excellent driver who was familiar with Rajasthan and all of India and was able to advise us on anything from food to hotel to sights and customs. Most importantly, Mr. Singh had a lot of personal integrity, honesty and very professional service. He never tried to lead us to a hotel for commission (in fact we did our own bookings occasionally) and he never tried to "take us shopping" or anything else like that. Any time that he tried to take us to a tourist sight, it always turned out to be well worth it and often top-3 in our Lonely Planet travel guide.

In any case, we recommend hiring a driver and shop around well for one. Best is to go on a recommendation. Most drivers have a visitor book with names, see if you can contact any of the references before booking.

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22. Re: Self drive vs Hiring a Driver

Sorry, I made a mistake in the link above. It should be:

http://www.raj-journeys.com

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23. Re: Self drive vs Hiring a Driver

Hi,

I know how frustrating it is to research drivers etc and don't know if I'm allowed to say but having spent days researching and reading endless reviews I've settled with Bharat tours - couldn't have been more helpful and very good price.

Good Luck.

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