Mumbai's rickshaw drivers are known for fleecing unsuspecting tourists.
This can be generally avoided by being aware of the prices charged. Here is a brief on how much one is expect to pay for a rickshaw drive.
How to stop yourself from being fleeced?
The minimum fare for a rickshaw drive in Mumbai is Rs.10.
Beyond that, the fare depends on the meter. It is easy to calculate how much you have to pay even without asking the auto driver.
For instance, if the meter reads 14, then you pay Rs.13 (14-1).
This holds true for all journeys anywhere in the city by any auto. Basically, just deduct Re.1 from the meter reading and that will be the final fare.
The rickshaw meter starts at 11 and hence the minimum fare is Rs.10 (now you know why the minimum fare is Rs.10)!
However, one must note that this does not hold true after midnight. The rates effectively double after midnight. However, each auto driver carries a rate card with him which displays the fare for a certain meter reading.
Remember, ALWAYS insist on seeing this rate card before you pay the fare.
Written and contributed by chicmagnet