Though of starting a new section called Travel Tips. Will cover tips on the things to do in a city like Mumbai or any other place I visit. Hope to not disappoint my readers.
Starting off with the auto rickshaws that plague the city. The humble three-wheeler can go anywhere and most drivers know the city like the back of their palm. If one needs travel tips, or needs to know about places to check out in Mumbai that are generally not in the list of ‘must see things in Mumbai’ these are the guys to go to.
However, some of Mumbai’s rickshaw drivers may fleece unsuspecting tourists. This can be generally avoided by being aware of the prices charged. Here is a brief on how much one is expect to pay for a rickshaw drive.
The minimum fare for a rickshaw drive in Mumbai is Rs.9.
Beyond that, the fare depends on the meter. It is easy to calculate how much you have to pay even without asking the auto driver.
For instance, if the meter reads 14, then you pay Rs.13 (14-1). The rickshaw meter starts at 10 and hence the minimum fare is Rs.9!
This holds true for all journeys anywhere in the city by any auto. Basically, just deduct Re.1 from the meter reading and that will be the final fare.
However, one must note that this does not hold true after midnight. The rates effectively double after midnight. However, each auto driver carries a rate card with him which displays the fare for a certain meter reading.
ALWAYS insist on seeing this rate card before you pay the fare.
Also, in certain areas of Mumbai, rickshaw drivers operated shared rickshaws. Basically, the rickshaws ferries three people (the officially allowed number of people in a rickshaw besides the auto driver) to certain predetermined destination for a predetermined price. Generally it is Rs.5 per person and the distance covered does not matter in these instances. Two suburbs of Mumbai – Jogeshwari and Kandivili have such auto rickshaws in operations. It turns out to be cheaper for the end consumer while making good profits for the auto drivers.