Taxi sharing tips(not mentioned in guidebooks)

#1 Jul 23rd, 2011, 23:00
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I have done my India trip and like to share some tips on taxi sharing in Leh:

1) Some members like to look for others from forums to share but don't be too hopeful on it as the party that arrives earlier may find others and let you down. We are "betrayed" by 2 Malaysian ladies whom I even met in Malaysia once before their departure. Everything is promised and decided but after they arrived in Leh(a few days before me) they let us down in the last minute after I arrival, although it's a blessing in disguise as I find them "unpleasant". Thdere is also someone who left an Indian mobil number, asking me to call upon arrival but the number don't work at all. Lucky for us, we found some better people to share(story below)

2) The best place to find people to share taxi/jeep is upon arrival at the Leh airport or from your bus of arrival, followed by your hotel. We found ours at the Leh airport. At the airport, everyone needs to spend some time filling up their arrival form. It's best to pick and select there. You can see them and know their numbers in their group. Since all are just arriving, good chance the sightseing days will be the same. We never thought of it earlier. We found ours by accident. We are among the last to leave the airport because I left something in the plane and we saw these 2 Spanish guys behind us. We started a conversation and I asked them if they wish to share a car for all the sight-seeings. Later they lead to others from guests of their guesthouse.

3) If you cannot find anyone from method above, go to the travel agents but take note, they can be very cunning. Don't go to them unless you MUST share a car.

4) If you cannot get anyone to share from No. 2 or No. 3 above and need to hire the whole car, go straight to the taxi stand(easy to find) where you can CHOOSE the car and driver and negotiate personally. You are sure of getting at least 10% discount from the Pink Rate Booklet(they must show you), no charges for waiting time at stops and even add stops at no extra charges. From travel agents, they may not give you any discounts, sure charges for waiting times and changes are you will get a poorer car or driver.

5) The risk of getting a taxi personally is he may not turn up if he get a better deal than yours so give yourself extra time before required departure. If he don't turn up, go straight to taxi stand and get another one but your hotel/guesthouse usually can get you one. Give your known price and tell him to confirm with you within a phone call or else you will go to the taxi stand right away to get one yourself.

6) Advantage of getting a taxi yourself is you are sure of getting better service because the driver earns more from you(without the travel agent) and also hope you will engage him again the next few days. Drivers engaged by travel agents usually just want to finish the job early. They will even find excuses to skip some places.

I will write a full report of my trip if anyone is keen to know more travel tips.
#2 Jul 25th, 2011, 02:21
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Hi Pat2,

What do you mean by cunning in terms of travel agents? We are heading off soon and were planning on using them.

Ooh, sorry, just read further...thanks for the tips!
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