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“India by Car To Dehli and Taj Mahal”

India By Car and Driver
Ranked #18 of 329 Tours in Jaipur
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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:
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed December 4, 2012

We travelled from Goa to Dehli to see Taj Mahal and used India by Car and it was brilliant.We were dealt with by Ramesh and his information was superb, booked our hotels which were very good and his driver and guide was a true Indian gentleman who looked after us totally and we were very comfortable with his company and his driving.
Would recommend this company to anyone looking to use a driver in India, you will not be disappointed.
Tony Seeley

6  Thank AnnWestMidlands
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Our experience with India By Car And Driver was all positive. Having a car and an excellent driver available to us throughout our two weeks in Rajasthan really made our trip. Our driver, Mr. Dayaram, was very professional, courteous, incredibly helpful and an excellent safe driver. We would have been lost without him.

This was the first trip to India for both my wife and I, and we had initially been in two minds as to whether or not we should use a car and driver, or brave it with trains and taxis. Within five minutes of our arrival, we knew we had made the right decision and I would strongly recommend this option to anyone who is not a big fan of being continually harassed by touts and hawkers and being generally ripped off. This is by far the best option available. 

We booked a car and driver over email a few weeks before our trip. Our dealings with the compant's owner, Mr. Ramesh Meena, were always very professional and the company is operated in a very well organised manner. We had provided our itinerary, a car was chosen from several options and a price for our entire trip was fixed. We eventually settled this by credit card at the company's offices in Jaipur.

We arrived at New Delhi airport at 6am and our driver, Mr. Dayaram, was there to meet and greet us. We were provided with water and cola (as we were throughout our trip) and a local mobile phone, and we were told that we could call our driver any time we liked, 24 hours a day, and he would be available for us. This proved accurate over the next two weeks as we took to the roads for some lengthy drives between several Rajasthani cities. Dayaram was always there for us on time (as early as we chose), with fresh water and a big smile, wherever we wanted to go. This included the entire Deepavali period. 

Over our two weeks, we experienced excellent service from Dayaram and we could not have been happier with how our trip went. The sheer convenience of having a car and driver always available for us was truly fantastic. Dayaram was also able to recommend local restaurants in each town (when asked to do so - not when he was looking to receive some benefit himself, as is clearly common in India) and his recommendations were always good and also consistent with guide book and Tripadvisor recommendations. We were very pleased with this. The company also has local guides available in most towns who will accompany you to the attractions, if you choose. The service is provided by the company, although I expect that the guides rely heavily on the generosity of tips. In any event, the guide we chose to use in Jaipur, Mr. Singh, was very helpful and informative and we would use him again. In other cities, we decided that we wanted to wander around on our own, and that was absolutely fine. 

In summary - an excellent experience, and highly recommended. We would have suffered greatly without Dayaram's skills and local knowledge. We would not consider doing the trip any other way. 

7  Thank PuffDanny
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

From beginning to end India by Car and Driver was exceptional. The owner of the business is Ramesh Meena, a young man with a great idea. His focus is on excellent planning, great cars and drivers, attentive service, and a nice personalized experience that allows you to feel cared for in this amazing country. We used India by Car and Driver on two parts of our month long journey. First in Jaipur. We stayed at the Alsisar Haveli which was arranged by Ramesh and we highly recommend. Our guide and driver were both amazing. There was not a moment that we felt unsafe in the craziness of traffic. Our guide gave us the best overview of the city that we could possibly imagine. This trip was at the beginning of our month and we were still a bit skittish about food and walking around. He was with us for every moment and provided great commentary on history and the people and we felt safe in every aspect.

At the end of our trip we arranged through Ramesh a trip via train from Delhi to Agra and then a tour of Agra and the great Taj Mahal and the region. The train one way was exceptional and provided a good look at the countryside. The return trip was via SUV and we used the toll road which cuts the trip from 6 hours to 2 hours....a nice experience at the end when we were getting weary. Again, vehicles that are new, large and clean (Tata SUV and Toyota SUV) driven by drivers that are careful and attentive to the crazy road conditions. Our guide was Bindu and she provided great history and background. There is nothing like the Taj Mahal and going with an experienced guide who is able to communicate the details was amazing.

The best: Easy planning with Ramesh, new airconditioned vehicles that are immaculate, drivers who are pros and safe, guides who are knowledgable and speak English (mostly clearly), hotels that were great with the exception of one in Delhi near the train station (White House)

Drawbacks: Know that guides will try to take you to their favorite shopping spots...you can say no--this is your trip. I expect that they receive commissions for your purchases. Also, the lack of Pay Pal paying out in Indian Rupees causes a bit of a problem in paying deposit. The bank transfer is very expensive and it appears that additional charges are tacked on by the bank in India...a bit messy.

To know: That you will have a guide (a ssurprise to us) and you need to understand how to tip both the driver and guide. This was always a bit of a challenge for us. Not sure I have any answers but we ended up tipping the guide at about $20-25 American per day and similar for driver who keeps you safe. Probably too much but they did take good care of us.

Also check out all of your hotels before you agree to them. Our quick overnight in Delhi near the train station was pretty bad (White House a last minute substitution) but every other hotel was awesome (Hotel Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur, Hotel Howard Plaza in Agra, and Mapple Emerald in Delhi near airport)

7  Thank hkh60
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Our Driver, Mahindra greeted us at Delhi airport and gave us a mobile so we can keep in contact at all times. Then drove us straight to our hotel and waited while we had lunch. After lunch did little sight seeing on our first day , then the following day headed to Jaipur then Agra and then back to Delhi . India is an amazing place and at time we found ourselves in, some rally precarious travel moments where we thought the car wouldn’t make it through , we did not a receive scratch or a dint in the entire time, amazing . Mahindra always kept his calm whilst driving .
I would highly recommend India by car , the experience is great value, nice vehicles and Mahindra was an excellent driver, not much more to stay. Thanks to Ramesh and his company for a wonderful time in India

4  Thank 112Chrissy21
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We have recently returned from India having used Ramesh's company from Delhi to Udaipur visiting Agra,Jaipur,Jodhpur,Ranakpur and Pushkar en route.We had a good driver, Surander in Delhi and then for the rest of the trip we had Anan. Both drivers were always punctual and very polite and both cars were clean and very comfortable. All in all,excellent value for money and we would not hesitate to recommend Ramesh's company to anyone travelling to India.
D&J Plymouth UK .

3  Thank peter_john_lynn
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