India travel guide



India Travel Guide

By Car

Few years ago the Indiaís roads were the most dangerous in the world, perhaps even be it, but now the National Highways are better, still some narrow, for this reason. the Central Government has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade the highways, which is complete and is called Golden Quadrilateral and the Indian roads there almost reach international standards.

Nevertheless, the Indian roads are some dangerous yet, especially if you are renting your own car and attempting to traverse the chaos that passes for traffic is simply suicidal, because there must drive someone who knows the roads, who can read road signs when theyíre present, and can communicate with locals, expecting the unexpected, and expect other drivers to take whatever liberties they can get away with. In India is on the left of the road, but donít expect road regulations to be obeyed, and traffic in the city is heavy and undisciplined, with vehicles cut in and out without warning; pedestrians, cyclists and cows wander nonchalantly down the middle of the road as if you didnít exist. Is recommendable donít drive during the monsoon, generally roads can become flooded and dangerous; rivers burst their banks and bridges get washed away.

But no all is bad, is very usual for tourist in India to be driven than it is for them to drive; there are a large number of chauffeur-driven tourist car available in the main tourist centers, some of them with air conditioned, these unmetered tourist cars run at a slightly higher than the ordinary taxis, and are approved by Indian tourism. Car rental firms operate on the basis of supplying chauffeur-driven vehicles, arranged through tourist offices; local car rental firms or branches of Hertz, Budget or Europcar, one of these cars will run to about $30 per day. On longer trips, the driver sleeps in the car.

To drive in India you need to have a local license or international driving permit, but you should have beware of police in Goa, they are quick to hand out fines. Other important thing is the safety; insurance is compulsory, but not expensive. Car seat belts are not compulsory but very strongly recommended. Accident rates are high, and you should be on your guard all times, and is recommendable donít driver through the nigh.

Standard cars are often antique such as legendary Hindustan Ambassador, which is essentially and Indian-made 1956 Morris Oxford. For long out-of-town journeys, is better perhaps to opt for a modern vehicle like the little Indica, or the other option that is the Maruti Suzuki. When you go to more remote and hill region is recommendable take a vehicle with off road capabilities.

The prices of car hire vary considerably, is recommendable to use a hotel rental service, a tourist agent, or a car rental firms. The vehicles and quality of service will generally be top-notch. The rent of a car is not expensive to about $30 per day, and some times you can get taxis, which are cheaper.

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