Car with Driver hIre in Aurangabad
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 8:52 AM Last Post By: Grahamapoole
Dec 5, 2012 7:50 PM
Car with Driver hIre in AurangabadI'm looking to hire a reputable car with driver in Aurangabad. There are four people touring, looking to visit the Ajanta caves one day and the Ellora caves with Aurangabad city tour the following day. I'm interested in a private car and driver devoted to us, not part of a pre-arranged larger tour. We will be staying in Aurangabad.
I need the car and driver for two days in late January, 2013. Any ideas, post here or email me directly.
Dec 5, 2012 8:15 PM
1check with your hotel maybe... from my experience, that works the best... safest as they are more accountable...
else you can always reach there and book, it might work out cheaper than negotiations via email.
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Dec 5, 2012 10:17 PM
2Agree with Bhavanii. When I stayed at Hotel Yuvraj, they helped me arrange a driver to Ellora Caves (believe it cost R$1500). I paid the hotel and the driver didn't get his money from the hotel until the end of the trip. It is important to have a dependable driver so specify your requirements/expectations so that the hotel communicate it to the driver. I believe Aurangabad tourist office can arrange a driver for you too. Based on my recollection, it quoted about the same rate as was my hotel.
I believe there about 34 caves at Ellora. The main one (16?) is the middle. It is most crowded and most elaborate so it can use at least 30 minutes. The first half to its right are closed to each other while the 2nd half is more spread out. Recommend asking the driver to drop you at the end of the 2nd half and pick you up at the center (or vice versa). That way you only have to hike one way. Do make sure that you and the driver know exactly where to meet up and when though. You don't want to look for each other in a sea of people. Also, I did not recall seeing any toilet along the caves; men and women released right in the open.
Hotel Yuvraj is out side of city center. There is nothing around it but it is a clean hotel in what appears to be a business area frequent by upper middle class folks (there must be a univ nearby because there are 2 bookstores there). Right below the hotel there is an excellent thali buffet restaurant--the best I had in India/Nepal--and a good international resto in the next building called Indiana. Both are vegies and clients were mainly upper class. Recommend checking it out (consider booking hotels via third party like agoda.com to mitigate misunderstanding).
Dec 5, 2012 10:57 PM
3I dont think thay you need to use a car at the cave themselves...I enjoyed walking...about 1/2 hour fom the caves on the right to the others.. There are also rickshaws plying the route. Much better imo to stay at the caves than to stay in Aurangabad. The tickets are multi entry so you can easily visit mornings and then late afternoon for example. The Kailas hotel is just a few minutes walk from the site entrance...a bit overpriced but a good restaurant and views of the.caves in the distance from the hotel lawns. Youcan hire a driver there for onward journey to Ellora or a visit to Daulatabad. I thought Ellora was really impressive ,Ajanta less so.
Dec 6, 2012 5:14 AM
4We took buses to Ellora/D'bad but it'd be more sensible to take a cab.
We took a cab to Ajanta (which I prefer to Ellora) but go as early as possible and avoid weekends. The cab tok us then up to Jalgao for onward tavel to Indore and delightful Mandu.
We hired the cabs from central stand altho the idea of htel oganising must be more secure.
The only problem was finding the taxidriver after finishing our Ajanta visit, altho Ajanta is now well-organised by Indian standards. (visited 2002, 2010)
Dec 6, 2012 6:20 AM
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