Jaipur Sightseeing

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Jaipur Sightseeing Reviews

Chunna Chunna
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Jaipur Sightseeing by Rickshaw Nov 21, 2011
I wanted to see a bunch of different places in Jaipur but had been warned about the cheating rickshaw drivers. My hotel also warned me but I later found this was only because they want me to pay for THEIR rickshaw driver to take me around. (Is no one honest?!) After asking around and finding the prices from multiple drivers, ranging from 500 rs to 200 rs, I discovered that the best driver is in the middle. If you go for one of the cheaper drivers, you will not get to see all the places you want (max 2), even if you have told him exactly where you want to visit, AND you will be driven to random shops instead where you will be pressured to buy items you do not want. I ended up going with my gut and selected a rickshaw driver by the name of Raja. He was honest and trustworthy unlike many of the other drivers I 'interviewed.' He offered me the price of 400 rs but then we cut a deal for two days instead, so I did pay a little more but he was well worth it. He turned out to be an excellent guide, taking me not only to main tourist spots, but also showing me colorful local place that are not swarmed with tourists. He was a great guide to ask about pricing and which main attractions to avoid because they are overpriced and boring. He also was able to take me to safe, clean restaurants that had decent priced food. His rickshaw was also one of the nicest ones I have seen in India. Inside was spotless and clean, with decorations and pictures of his family. He even had a radio and cd player which added to the authentic mood of India. On the second day, I expressed that I wanted to buy some saris but didn't want to spend a lot of money. He took me to a fixed price shop (after letting me know that he would get a commission from the shop, which I had no issue with). I felt very secure that the wasn't going to cheat me and I trusted them to ship the items home for me. It is always wise to make friends with a local who can help you out in a foreign country/city.

If anyone is looking for a good driver, this is Raja's cell phone.

+91 9602011809
Raja with his rickshaw
Inside of rickshaw
Mukhtar3 says:
hahaha you just figured out that they rip you off in Jaipur lol Infact they do that in the whole of India. What you should have done is to get a local to purchase tickets for ya or even go around the city with you, this way you would stay safe and you will not rip you off as they treat locals or indians (living in India) differently to how they treat foreigners. The best way of doing that is to befriend people in any foreign country that you wish to visit to save yourself some money.
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