Traveling as a woman alone in India, I had lots of concerns. When this company quoted me much less than others, my concerns grew: ' Is it safe? What's the catch?' As far as I can tell, non. I did the 'golden triangle + ranthambore' trip, and am very happy.
I felt very safe at all times. My driver, Manish, took care of me as a father. He was concerned about the heat and made sure I drank enough (always had a coolbox with water in the car). He was always on time, waited for me while I did my sightseeing, gave clear directions on where to go, and was a pleasant companion. His English is good (as long as you don't expect to have deep conversations, you're good), there were no communication problems. When I needed something, he would take of it (e.g. he would go and buy me a Coke). Very pleasant. But above all: he's an excellent driver.
He does not care for the environment, though. Like most Indians, he throws his trash on the ground. And it's also weird that he burps a lot in the car without apologising, but I guess that's a cultural thing.
Writing this review, I'm quite upset (but not enough to give less than 5 stars, cause I had a memorable trip). Besides talking every day about the tip he'll get from me, and how 'European money is big' and 'Indian money small' (making me feel really bad for him), he pressured me into writing this review before the trip ended, and wanted to know what I'll write + how many stars he'd get. That's really not okay. When I told him I'd write a very detailed review (because I appreciate those myself), he tried to talk me out of it by saying that details are not always the best for him. Well ... reviews are not about what's best for him, but about giving a clear picture of what to expect!
I had told him twice before that I'm not comfortable reviewing while I was still with him, but he kept on pressuring me to do it anyway. Now I feel really awkward spending another day with him after writing this, but so be it.
I understand that reviewing is important, especially in the low season when there are not many customers, and that tips are an important part of their wage. But it is enough to mention it once. Now I almost feel more focused on taking care of him, than enjoying my trip. By bringing up his tip every day, I keep changing my mind on how much to give. It is driving me crazy.