i wasted time and money when rickshaw drivers instead of taking me where i wanted to go, insisted on taking me to expensive shops where they probably get commission. they turned a deaf ear to my explanations of what i was looking for and i kept ending up at the same silly places. they wouldnt even stop when i asked them to! i didnt want to pay 5 times as much for a blouse as what i would pay in the bazaar.
Unique Suggestions: maybe choose a driver who speaks english and make sure you're clear on where you're being taken.
work out the cost before you get in, and if its too much just go to a diferent one. there are always ones who want too much, but others who are reasonable.
really, the rickshaws are very inexpensive, compared to a taxi back home. it doesnt really matter to pay a bit more, because its still reasonable and such a handy way to get around without getting lost as you might on public transport. they are not exactly getting rich from their business so even if some ask for more than others, what does it really matter? us people who are travelling have the money to do so, whereas those people have nothing. and the pedal ones especially work so hard for so little.
Beware of the fare meters that 'dont work' in auto rickshaws- one of Delhis popular modes of getting around.
The rates to be charged have been revised many a time to keep up with the cost of petrol, and the meters have been switched to electronic ones now, but there still is some confusion about it all...
Auto drivers have been taking advantage of the situation and will often tell you that their meter dosent work, and charge you a steep fare
The best way to deal with this- before you get into an auto, ask someone about the likely/ usual fare for a specific distance.
The Delhi government is looking into the matter and will have it sorted soon i think, but till such time...:S
Unique Suggestions: Update on the same issue:
A recent drive by the Delhi administration has meant that a good number of auto-rickshaws now agree to ply according to their meters. The relatively new electronic meters mean that things end up being more accurate...
However, there will always be the bunch of autorickshaw drivers who will refuse to follow their meters (of course sometimes they will insist that theirs has gone bust)
Another very common thing that will definitely happend to you during your stay in India is this: You will take somewhen a rickshaw or whatever to reach a site, and they will definitely bring you in some shop (a shop of a friend or a brother or whatever). Keep in mind that the owner of the shop will pay the driver a commision cuz he brought there some tourist and clearly the prices of the goods will increase...
So, be strong and tell to the driver that you will not leave the rickshaw! This is the only thing that works out...
The rickshaw drivers will often go to great lengths not ot take you where you want to go, but rather where they want you to go. Be persistent and always bring a map, that way you will have some way of seeing wher e you are taken or wher e you have ended up!!
be careful of the rickshaw drivers, they will try to cheat by asking for high fare and roam u anywhere for their higher charges