The concept of Car Rental
in India is very different and primitive from countries like
Japan, Great Britain and U.S.A. In India, Car Rental, in almost
all cases, means a chauffer drive or in other words a long
distance taxi. Big western names like Avis, Europcar and Budget
operate in India through their licensees. But even then, the
concept of Indian Car Rentals still remains the same. Moreover,
these long distance taxis come much cheaper than self-driven
Car Rentals, which are available in very short numbers.
The experience of self-driven
rentals might not be very pleasant if you are new to Indian
style of driving. If you are a foreigner, please refer to
our Foreign Tourists
section for driving rules and license requirements in India.
The pricing of these rentals
is done either on the basis of distance you would be travelling
or on a fixed price per day basis. The driver charges, generally,
form a very small percentage of the rate but may not be a
part of it. It is very strongly advised to ask if the price
includes driver's service charge and other inclusions/exclusions.
There are no one-way taxis. The taxi brings you back to where
you started from or charges you for the return journey and
drops you off wherever you want.
The fleet generally consists
of Ambassador, the most popular car in India but you might
get newer cars also, including Air-Conditioned which would
be very useful if you are visiting Hampi in summer. The sector
is largely unorganised and does not provide much of the facilities
like online reservation or just a website with contact information.
The best source of information at any point of time can be
obtained only at the taxi stand of a city.
To reach Hampi, the best
means would be to catch a bus from any place to Hospet and
catch a taxi from there to Hampi. This would be economical
and eco-friendly. Taxis in Hospet are available year-round
at a very reasonable price at the taxi stand.