Aurangabad - a wonderful guide

#1 Oct 14th, 2005, 10:42
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In Aurangabad, I hired Ashok Kadam with his motor rickshaw for a day. he was a real gentleman and helped with purchasing my train tickets and took me to the kind of store (on my request) where locals go rather than tourist traps. He can take you to visit the caves of Ellora. For the caves of Ajanta, he can help you make the arrangements. I highly recommend that young man. He even invited me to his house to meet his family and share a chai with him. Here is his telephone number if you would like to hire him. You will not regret it. He was actually listed in the Lonely Planet Guide -spanish version
his phone number: 9890340816 or 0240-2390618
a_t_kadam@yahoo.co.in if you would like a picture of Ashok, email me. Namaste
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Hi, how much was it to hire him for the day?
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Smile Aurangabad

Hello senior member.
It costs less than 500 Rs to hire a motor rickshaw with driver for a day in Aurangabad. I ususually give 500 but you could offer less if you are on a tight budget. This man I talk about in my posting has become a friend of my husband and me because he was such a nice person, honest, helpful... we have sort of adopted him. Although my husband has not actually met him since I was travelling solo.

If I can be of any help in planning your trip, please feel free to contact me at danielleaird@tricolour.queensu .ca
I will be happy to give you any information I can.
I can also send you a photo of the rickshaw wallah I talked about. his name is Ashok.
Take care - danielle aird
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Thanks

Hi giuseppina, I am on a tight budget but then again who knows. I couldn't send an email, my address is

sharon.imhere0905@gmail.com if you could send his photo that would be great and if I decide to go down that route I will try and get in touch with him.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by giuseppina View Post In Aurangabad, I hired Ashok Kadam with his motor rickshaw for a day. he was a real gentleman and helped with purchasing my train tickets and took me to the kind of store (on my request) where locals go rather than tourist traps. He can take you to visit the caves of Ellora. For the caves of Ajanta, he can help you make the arrangements. I highly recommend that young man. He even invited me to his house to meet his family and share a chai with him. Here is his telephone number if you would like to hire him. You will not regret it. He was actually listed in the Lonely Planet Guide -spanish version
his phone number: 9890340816 or 0240-2390618
a_t_kadam@yahoo.co.in if you would like a picture of Ashok, email me. Namaste
Time to update this! We met Ashok Kadam on our recent trip to Aurangabad. He is a lovely bloke (not as young as the previous person thought - his daughter married last year) and can really recommend his services. He now has a travel agency, Ashoka Tours and Travels, which is based in the forecourt of the Hotel Panchavati, and employs other drivers. Same telephone number and email as before. He has two websites - www.ashoktravels.blogspot.com and www.ashoktour&travels.com.

He was wonderful on our recent "trip" to Aurangabad. On our second day I fell and broke my leg badly, just inside the entrance to Daulatabad fort (after we had paid! ). He arranged an ambulance (OK, don't expect anything like a British ambulance - the stretcher was on legs and couldn't be brought to ground level!), an interpreter and help to ride with us (I was with a friend) in the ambulance, which hospital to go to (Seth Nandlal Dhoot - excellent facilities) and someone to be with us at all times until I was properly settled and had had my leg operated on. He then visited (with his wife on one occasion) bringing fresh coconuts, and phoned every day and arranged for a driver to take Ruth to get eating utensils, food, etc (Indian hospitals don't usually provide these). Yes, he charged for this, but not an unreasonable amount, considering the amount of his time, and his staff's time were spent. We had to pester him for a bill!

We felt as though we had made a really good friend of Ashok and hope to come back to Aurangabad again to visit him, and complete our tour.
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Ashok in Aurangabad

Dear Big Susan, I am sorry i could not reply to this thread before. I was too busy and could not remember my password and was having a hard time getting back on. Here I am!!! I am glad you enjoyed meeting Ashok and that he was a big help to you during your trip to India. Unfortunately, I don't know if you are aware but his 18 year old son was killed in a car accident in December 2010. A very sad story. I would like to be in contact with you but I don't know how to do this without the whole world knowing my address.... do you know? Best wishes.
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Originally Posted by giuseppina View Post Dear Big Susan, I am sorry i could not reply to this thread before. I was too busy and could not remember my password and was having a hard time getting back on. Here I am!!! I am glad you enjoyed meeting Ashok and that he was a big help to you during your trip to India. Unfortunately, I don't know if you are aware but his 18 year old son was killed in a car accident in December 2010. A very sad story. I would like to be in contact with you but I don't know how to do this without the whole world knowing my address.... do you know? Best wishes.
Yes, Ashok sent me an email about his son. So sad. I couldn't remember how old he was. I emailed Ashok back to say that I felt for him and his family, but didn't hear back from him; didn't really expect to as it must have been awful for them.

As far as contacting me goes, I haven't found out whether there is a PM function on this site. Same goes for me; I'm not posting my email address!

I'm in India at the moment; Goa, staying with my father who is now an OCI and lives here. But I'm not risking any "trips" this year. The leg fractures have only just united properly, after more than a year, and I'm still using a stick. Pleased to be getting around better than I had feared, but not up to any risks.

Susan B
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@ guiseppina (and anyone else!)

If you want to send a message to anyone just click on their name and a a drop down appears, which includes being able to send a private message.
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Good to hear about Ashok Kadam..
He is one of those who really defines "Atithi Devo Bhav" in its true sense..

Thank you giuseppina.
Can IM Mods put a list of such ideal guides in some forum section?
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Ashok in Aurangabad

I received a message from Ashok's son-in-law a few days ago; (we are on facebook; he said things were somewhat back to normal. around the time Ashok's son was killed, his lovely daughter was giving birth to twins, one of whom died. The other girl is doing ok now. A heck of a lot to happen to one family. Namaste.

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