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Travel by Autoriksja
Auto-rickshaws are tricycles with a high polluting (two-stroke) engine with no doors. They have a small cabin for the driver in the font and a bench seat for one or two passengers in the back. (But that does not mean that the maximum number of passangers is 3!)
This covered “moped” is the King of the City in India. They swarm towns, villages and settlements. The drivers are dodgy :
Three meters ahead is another means of transport, and so in the pursuit of profit, there is constant overtaking and much honking.
However, it is the most ideal means of transport in Indian cities.
As a foreigner, it is however, important to ensure that you pay a “fair” price. If a working meter is present, then request that the ride is driven “on the meter”.
In many cities, on top of the meter, there are fees, calculated by the local government. Then there is a table on which the extras are listed.
If there is no (working) meter, then beforehand, talk about the price you are willing to pay. Do not step in without agreeing on the price. (Once you get in, you are the “underlying” party). Write the price on a piece of paper if necessary to prevent a misunderstanding.
If you are unsure about the price, then as us, a bystander or at the hotel.
Keep in mind that as a foreigner, you will often pay double compared to a local.
And yes, do you really want to be endlessly negotiating for Rps30?