Booking tours with RTDC?

#1 Nov 12th, 2008, 22:05
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Myself and three friends will be traveling through India for about 2.5 weeks around the new year, and want to spend about a week of that in Rajasthan. We are planning the rest of the trip ourselves, but thought it would be a time- and stress-saver to book one of the package tours through the RTDC. We chose one and have been trying to book it, but we've had _a lot_ of trouble actually getting in touch with the RTDC, as they haven't been answering phones and most email addresses are bouncing as invalid and non-existant.

We finally got a response to one of the email addresses we tried, rtdcjpr@sancharnet.in. I was a little worried because "sancharnet.in" seems to be just a generic email host, like Yahoo or Hotmail. Then when they responded they said they don't accept credit cards, but said we can do a bank transfer to a bank in New York City.

I'm not very worried about all this, but it was unusual enough that I thought I would ask around before following through. Has anyone else booked a package tour through the RTDC? Is this how you did it?

Thanks for your help!
#2 Nov 13th, 2008, 18:54
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Hello Tidbitz
If you have had no experience of such tours before i would not part with any money upfront.
I am due to arrive in delhi in 3 days time and start a rajhesthan tour for two weeks next friday.
I went through a private company and the deal for payment is half on the day of departure and half upon return to delhi.
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Thanks for the suggestion.

If you don't mind, which tour company did you use? One of the reasons we wanted to use the RTDC is we could not get a good recommendation on a private tour company.
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I am going with a guy called bobby thakur his company is www.delhicarhire.com. He has had mixed reviews on this site you will see if you search his name on this site.The main gripe people had with him was he changed his quoted prices.I must say he has not done this with me.Altough he was smart enough to fix his price in US$ and as the has statred to lose value some weeks ago i asked him to fix his price in or atleast in rupees.He has not replied to this paticular request so i am assuming US$ it is .If i end up paying him in US$ then this trip will cost me about 25% more than i had anticippated in .BUT this is ofcourse no fault of his doing The british pound has just lost alot in value in a short time against other currencies.In all I am taking a punt with him.He has promised me a free pick up from the airport when i get there on TUE and am not due to start the tour until FRI so i will try and gauge the service i get from his staff on my collection from the airport.As i havent paid anything upfront I can always pull out.But i am hoping it does not come to this and i can go on this tour.I have been looking foward to it for 3 months.
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Originally Posted by trailblazer View Post I am going with a guy called bobby thakur his company is www.delhicarhire.com.
I tried that address and it didn't work but I think that http://www.carrentaldelhi.com/contactus.htm is the right one.

Trailblazer, perhaps you could let us know how you got on with this company as I'm looking into it now.
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I have not been here for a few weeks because i have just completed a two week tour of Rajhestan with Car and driver as i prevoiusly mentioned in this tread,i am now in Varanasi. Like i said i went with Bobby Thakur and i found him to be very good and he is a clean guy you can do business with. Note, i only hired the car and driver from him and sorted out my own accomodation along the way and as a 1st time india traveller i found the LP handy. Although i have stayed in both good and bad places the bad places were always when i did not go with a LP recom. I will post hotel reccom in the appropriate forum.

The car was comfortable and adeqaute for my needs it was about a year old and had no probs at all with it.I went with an ac indica.However the weather at the moment is very pleasant and you dont need ac car or accomodation.

The driver we got was a english speaking chap and pleasant enough.
I found that the enjoyment of the trip depends on the relationship you forge with this guy. I found a friendly approach with lots of talk about india its history and politics is good,the driver we had was well versed in these topics.BUT be firm when it comes to shopping we were not there to shop so did not show much interest in this so if you dont want to shop just be firm.We found the driver useful in finding accomodation where our fist choices were full or out of our budget.Now your driver may be in for a commission here so have a price you want to pay for the room and stick to it.If you dont want to stay at the hotel the driver recommends dont,There is no shame in it.Remember the driver is there to take you where you want to go even if he hints to visiting a particular hotel,shop or any place he may get a commission and YOU dont want to go then say so and he will oblige.Most of the hotels provide free board for the driver and maybe a meal.This is fine i didnt mind this as long he did not get a cash commission at my expense.
Mind you some of the shops and emporiums we did go to just out of curiosity had some wonderful very high quality stuff which was nice to look at but we did not buy anything because we thought it was slightly pricy for us and above all we didnt really need the stuff.

If there is anything else i can help anyone out there with please ask, but it may take a while before i can reply as i am on the road now and go on the net about once a week.
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Same question here. How do I reach RTDC? I am unable to get any contact numbers for RTDC. Any pointers?
#8 Dec 10th, 2008, 19:22
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Originally Posted by mjothi View Post Same question here. How do I reach RTDC? I am unable to get any contact numbers for RTDC. Any pointers?
Over the course of several weeks, I called the RTDC dozens of times at numerous different phone numbers, e-mailed them at numerous different addresses, and even faxed them. I even had a friend in India try to contact them for me.

Nothing worked.

My suggestion is that you find a private company. It's what we did in the end. After my experience just trying to get them to answer a phone, I don't think I could ever trust them with planning my vacation.
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Originally Posted by tidbitz View Post Over the course of several weeks, I called the RTDC dozens of times at numerous different phone numbers, e-mailed them at numerous different addresses, and even faxed them. I even had a friend in India try to contact them for me.

Nothing worked.

My suggestion is that you find a private company. It's what we did in the end. After my experience just trying to get them to answer a phone, I don't think I could ever trust them with planning my vacation.
Thanks for the info. Will check with other hotels too.
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many things been said about RTDC. doesn't seems to be good. specially over their services they are up to.they never been up to the mark even i too been through their serives. would suggest you to get in touch with some private agencies and go through the comparision and go with best you get offered.
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There are many private tour and driver services such as namastayindiatours..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post There are many private tour and driver services such as namastayindiatours..
Thanks. Just mailed them my itenery to get hotel acco for the last week of December.

Is it really crowded out there with this recession & Mumbai terror incidents?

I read in news that the occupancy level of all hotels have lowered to 60-70% and rates are also reduced. Does it hold good for Rajasthan too?
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right said mjothi !! its been getting uncrowded through the rajasthan ever since the act which is taken place in mumbai. its gonna affect the tourism inputs in rajasthan too.as of now hotels booking mostly been to 70% .
wish things get better along with the times and peoples dont miss the great INDIA trip !!!!!
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Originally Posted by desertinn View Post right said mjothi !! its been getting uncrowded through the rajasthan ever since the act which is taken place in mumbai. its gonna affect the tourism inputs in rajasthan too.as of now hotels booking mostly been to 70% .
wish things get better along with the times and peoples dont miss the great INDIA trip !!!!!
Hope so.

I did get a offer from one hotel for 2.2K one night in Jaisalmer. But later he negotiated to 1K. I was really in dilema to take it or not. The reason he mentioned was also this recession & Mumbai incident.

Since this is the first time for me in Rajasthan, I have no clue on whats the average rates around Rajasthan hotels.
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you will get a very clean and good bad room for less than 800 INR .

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