Originally Posted by rikkeey
@ssroadie : May i request you to share your final decision for himachal trip since i am am also thinking of hiring a car for self drive?
I hired a taxi from Delhi, however experience was too bad. The driver was not comfortable driving in hills and looked scared to drive from Chandigarh to Shimla. We thought maybe he is tired that day.
Next day during Shimla sightseeing, same experience. Finally we asked him to go back and get a local taxi from Shimla for rest of tour. I had to pay him exorbitant amount , since he calculated Shimla to Dehli kms too.
I feel the best way is
1) Drive your own car
2) If not, then go by public transport to main town ( Shimla, Manali etc), there are lot of Volvo's and hire a local taxi, though costly but they will know the local places, permits , time to visit etc.
3) I have no experience of self drives in India, so cant comment. I didn't take from carzonrent just because of taxi number plates, since i would be crossing 4 states and was not sure how toll / state taxes etc will work out
Hope that helps.