Car Rental in North Bengal & North-Eastern states
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#1
| Soumen Ghosh

Car Rental in North Bengal & North-Eastern states

Dear All,
I am addicted to travelling especially to the mountains.We have a lot of beautiful places in our own state namely Darjeeling,lava,Lolegaon,Rishyap,Dooars etc.There are few hundreds of places like these in other states and countries(Sikkim,Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Meghalaya,Bhutan etc) which we need to access through New Jalpaiguri/Alipurduar/Guwahati etc.
The sole purpose for starting a new thread is to gather contact numbers of the car/taxi owners/drivers.It would be of much help to everyone when we start hunting for car rentals.I faced a lot of problem every time when I tried getting adequate information on car rentals to these beautiful places.I got the inspiration from a thread namely,"Car rental in Kumaon".What I found is that we pay the car rentals on a much higher side in our own state compared to those we pay at HimachalPradesh/Uttarakhand.I felt this happens as we do not have concrete information and organised network on car rentals and as a result the taxi owners/drivers exploit the tourists at their will especially during high season(they charge just the double!!).If we have a DataBank of drivers,taxi owners and travelers in hand providing the information on car rental details to different places then we would have much ease in negotiating the rent after talking to a few of the drivers and owners.This is a small initiative and it would only be a success if we contribute a little from our vast experience.
I would request all the IMers to provide information especially if they have visited North bengal,Sikkim,Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Meghalaya,Mizoram,Manipur,Nagaland,Tripura.Bhutan and Nepal experiences are also not to be missed.

Thanks.:)
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)

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#2
| Soumen Ghosh

Trip to Dooars on Nov,2011

I would start of with my recent visit to North Bengal.Last November I visited places like Samsing,Suntalekhola,Rocky Island,Jhallong,Bindu and Murti.I hired a car from New Jalpaiguri Station.My driver was Mr.Arun(+917679353707 & +919800178333) who owns an Alto and he is a very nice,elderly person.I paid a daily rental of 1500 inclusive of everything and an extra 500 bucks for his conduct throughout the trip.:)
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#3
| Soumen Ghosh

Trip to Jaldapara on December,2011

I went to Jaldapara and other places like Khayerbari,Jayanti,Buxa Jungle last December.
I boarded the train at Sealdah and got down at Hasimara Station from where I hired a car @350 to Jaldapara Tourist Lodge.From Jaldapara tourist lodge I hired a different car to Khayerbari for Rs.500/-
(Driver:Raju Chakraborty,09733148212) to see the leopard rescue centre.He also arranges other Hotels for stay at Jaldapara and nearby areas including HOLONG which is quite hard to get.
For our second leg of traveling we went to Alipurduar Station by Kanchenkanya (boarding from Hasimara) from where we hired an Auto rickshaw for Rs.150/- and went to Buxa Jungle Resort(WBFDC).From the resort we were taken for an evening safari(4hrs) in a Sumo for Rs.3000/- for 4 pax.
Next Day I went for Jayanti availing the same Autorickshaw(Rajesh,09832661078) which dropped me at the resort for Rs.500/- !!! Unlike the vehicles at Kolkata these autorickshaws are bigger and quite comfortable for a short trip to Jayanti for 3 people including a child of 2 years!!:)
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Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#4
| Soumen Ghosh

Trip to Lepchajagat,Darjeeling on March 2012.

Dear friends,
I went for a trip to Lepchajagat on March 2012 for which I solely depended on Robin(09614270044) for my entire trip.I rented the car(Omni,8 seater)for the following,

Pickup from New Jalpaiguri and drop to Lepchajagat @ Rs.1400/-.
Lepchajagat to Jorpokhri @ Rs.200/-.
Lepchajagat to Darjeeling via Batasia loop @ Rs.500/-.
Darjeeling sightseeing(Zoo,HMI,ropeway) @ Rs.400/-.
Darjeeling to Chhota Mangwa via Tinchule @ Rs.1200/-(day trip).
Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri via Mirik @ Rs.1900/-.

Robin is young,enthusiastic,matured.:)
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#5
| Maha Guru Member
Good initiative, Bangla! The thread was over due. Here is my contribution to begin with:

1.00 I had recently visited a part of Dooars and I stayed at Malangi Lodge(WBFDC). I hired a Car through the Lodge emplyee. The driver turned out to be fairly nice and helpful. But on hindsight, I feel I should have bargained a little bit. However this Car was used for my Chilapata safari, Jaldapara safari and drop service from Jaldapara to Siliguri. The Driver and his contact number is as follows:
Mr. Amal Karji 9635659711 At Hasimara Have Maruti Omni

2.00 Next part of my trip was at a place called Bagora, near Kurseiong. Here I hired another Maruti Omni with the help of Forest Officials. This car was utilized for local trip at Bagora, kurseong and also for dropping back to Siliguri. This driver is very well behaved and nice. He is:
Mr. Chotti 9832075692 At Kurseong Have Maruti Omni

I will keep track of this thread and shall keep on adding. Thanks.
#6
| Soumen Ghosh

@asishdas

Originally posted by: asishdas View Post

Good initiative, Bangla! The thread was over due. Here is my contribution to begin with:

1.00 I had recently visited a part of Dooars and I stayed at Malangi Lodge(WBFDC). I hired a Car through the Lodge emplyee. The driver turned out to be fairly nice and helpful. But on hindsight, I feel I should have bargained a little bit. However this Car was used for my Chilapata safari, Jaldapara safari and drop service from Jaldapara to Siliguri. The Driver and his contact number is as follows:
Mr. Amal Karji 9635659711 At Hasimara Have Maruti Omni

2.00 Next part of my trip was at a place called Bagora, near Kurseiong. Here I hired another Maruti Omni with the help of Forest Officials. This car was utilized for local trip at Bagora, kurseong and also for dropping back to Siliguri. This driver is very well behaved and nice. He is:
Mr. Chotti 9832075692 At Kurseong Have Maruti Omni

I will keep track of this thread and shall keep on adding. Thanks.


Dear Asish Das,thanks a lot.
I desperately needed information on car rentals and "need brings in solution" and I thought of starting this thread!!
Thanks a lot for sharing your information and hope the others would definitely contribute their informations only to help themselves & others sooner or later.....:)
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#7
| leaving on a jet plane...
I have traveled several times with Sanjib to sikkim. His number is 09733042995. Great company, extremely hospitable and good grip of the roads!

and yeh grt start Bangla...this will come handy to many :)
Cheers,

Priyanka
#8
| Maha Guru Member
As requested by Bangla..here is a little contribution.The prepaid tariff chart from NJP for all the Indiamikers.:):):)
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#9
| Maha Guru Member
@ Apurba

It must be containing very useful information. But I'm unable to read the attached image. There may be some way to enlarge ... but I don't know how to do that. Can you please make it larger? Thanks.
#10
| Soumen Ghosh

@apurba

Originally posted by: apurba1982 View Post

As requested by Bangla..here is a little contribution.The prepaid tariff chart from NJP for all the Indiamikers.:):):)


Thanks a lot.This chart could be really helpful but as Asish Das has mentioned it is not readable......
Please check if you have a clear image.
Can you mention where from you clicked it.I would be travelling to Sikkim via New jalpaiguri on 15th May,2012.I may try to get a clearer image if possible......
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#11
| Soumen Ghosh

@Priyanka Chanda

Originally posted by: Priyanka Chanda View Post

I have traveled several times with Sanjib to sikkim. His number is 09733042995. Great company, extremely hospitable and good grip of the roads!

and yeh grt start Bangla...this will come handy to many :)


Thanks a lot for sharing such information.These are the kind of DataBank from where we can easily access thousand of information at a single go......
You can also share information like point to point fares(particularly for them who travel in shared vehicles),names & numbers of good travel agents and also bad ones(the ones to avoid!).
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#12
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: asishdas View Post

@ Apurba

It must be containing very useful information. But I'm unable to read the attached image. There may be some way to enlarge ... but I don't know how to do that. Can you please make it larger? Thanks.


Originally posted by: Bangla View Post

Thanks a lot.This chart could be really helpful but as Asish Das has mentioned it is not readable......
Please check if you have a clear image.
Can you mention where from you clicked it.I would be travelling to Sikkim via New jalpaiguri on 15th May,2012.I may try to get a clearer image if possible......


Edited and Replaced by a latest one..
#13
| Soumen Ghosh

@asishdas

Originally posted by: asishdas View Post

Good initiative, Bangla! The thread was over due. Here is my contribution to begin with:

1.00 I had recently visited a part of Dooars and I stayed at Malangi Lodge(WBFDC). I hired a Car through the Lodge emplyee. The driver turned out to be fairly nice and helpful. But on hindsight, I feel I should have bargained a little bit. However this Car was used for my Chilapata safari, Jaldapara safari and drop service from Jaldapara to Siliguri. The Driver and his contact number is as follows:
Mr. Amal Karji 9635659711 At Hasimara Have Maruti Omni

2.00 Next part of my trip was at a place called Bagora, near Kurseiong. Here I hired another Maruti Omni with the help of Forest Officials. This car was utilized for local trip at Bagora, kurseong and also for dropping back to Siliguri. This driver is very well behaved and nice. He is:
Mr. Chotti 9832075692 At Kurseong Have Maruti Omni

I will keep track of this thread and shall keep on adding. Thanks.


Can you please share the fares also??A lot of time we end up paying much higher than we should have.So a little idea of approximate cost would help determine the exact fares.:)
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)
#14
| Maha Guru Member
@ Bangla

Yes, Although I had paid a lump sum amount to Amol, but the bread up of fare will be like this:

HASIMARA, CHILAPATA, JALDAPARA & DROP AT SILIGURI BUS STAND. The driver was Amol Karji.

1. Hasimara Station to Malangi Lodge...Rs.250/-
2. Malangi Lodge to Chilapata Safari ..Rs.800/-
3. -do- Jaldapara & back ..Rs.800/-
4. Jaldapara WLS to SLG Bus Stand .....Rs.1200/-
The above trips were spread over 2 days and I have a feeling that price could have been brought down slightly had I bargained a little more.

FOR BAGORA & KUSEONG AND TO NJP Driver was Shri Chotti

1. Bagora Local sight seeing;
2. Bagora to Kurseong via Old Military Road. Very picturesque, but road condition was bad
3. Kurseong local sightseeing viz. Dow Hill, Kurseong Durbin Dara,
4. Giddha Pahar (Netaji Museum);
5. Lopchu Tea Estate
6. Back to NJP
This was a whole day's trip. I paid Rs.1500/- L.S., which I think, was okay.

@ Apurba

Thanks a ton. Now I can read the rates.
#15
| Soumen Ghosh

@apurba

Originally posted by: apurba1982 View Post

Edited and Replaced by a latest one..


Now that's quite an information......!!!!cool:The rosy side of the fares.
Thanks.
But we hardly get to pay this chart fares.......so please feel free to share the reality.
Do no follow where the path may lead
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail:)