A quick guide to auto-rickshaws in Delhi
– HAGGLE, like it’s your last 10 rupees you’re holding in that fat sweaty hand of yours.
– Unless you know the general price, ask for the metre. This will flag you as a tourist (as if everyone in India didn’t already know) but it tends to be fairer.
– If the price starts at 19 rupees, this is the new fare scheme and the metre is correct. If it starts at 10 rupees, they will generally produce a sheet at the end of your ride, point to the distance recorded on the metre and cross-reference the actual price.
– However, one of the sides of the sheet quotes the higher night-time prices. Often, they will show you the wrong side.
-The closer you are to Connaught Place, the more drivers will try to rip you off (I’ve had x4 the right price quoted to me).
-If they leave the metre on, it’s just to mock you.
– HAGGLE. Only multiples of 10 are accepted most of the time.
– Some will try to add the starting fare on top of your final price as well
– There’s thousands of these angry three-wheeled bees buzzing around, if the guy doesn’t budge, move along. That might make him budge.
– They will not take the most direct route. Give up.