My experience with MiCar – Car Rental Service

Do you need wheels on your next trip? Car Rental can give you freedom as well as flexibility when you’re traveling and in some parts of the world it’s the only feasible way to get around.

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But a rental car can sometimes add complications to your trip — like trying to find the best deal or sorting out exactly which insurance options you need. And all you are left with is judging on practical tips as to how to save money, understanding your rental agreement and so on.

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But with the introduction of MiCar – the self-drive car rental service in Delhi NCR – not only it has helped travel buffs to go anywhere, anytime with the most reliable driver you know at the wheel: YOU but also let you have that peace of mind while you are on road.

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You can enjoy the benefits of driving without the fear of maintenance costs or any harm to your own car. MiCar offers, a whole bunch of cars that anyone of us would love to drive at pocket friendly rates.

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You can check the website as well the mobile apps for easy bookings and renting a car for the road trip. “Great Rental Car Selection. Unbeatable Deals.” is so apt for Micar.

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We booked for us, Nissan Terrano for a weekend getaway. The Micar executive on phone was really helpful and politely guided us through the terms and conditions and carefully explaining each details before we confirmed our reservation.

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The first thing that made breathe a sigh of relief was that they had a pick and a drop facility. The agent updated me with respect to restrictions and patiently answered all my queries. He also, suggested an insurance cover for our own protection in case of a breakdown.

And here is how they charge :

– A regular member has to give a pre – authorized swipe of Rs 10,000 each time whenever he takes the car on rent. The money is refunded to him within 9-12 business days. The trip estimated advance amount need to be paid in advance which will be adjusted according to the final bill. You shall receive a receipt for same.

IMPORTANT – You are liable to pay taxes for the state of UP and any other state other then Haryana and every time you enter Delhi MCD Tax. If the vehicle is caught by law enforcement authorities because of non payment of taxes while the vehicle is in your possession, then you are liable to pay for all the cost to recover the vehicle and equivalent charges for the day/that many days.

Cancellation Charges vary – if you cancel before 24 Hours there are no cancellation charges. But if you cancel, before 4 hours – you have to pay 25% and if you cancel less than 4 hours – you have to pay 50%.

For those speed lover, MiCar has a fixed speed limit set | POLO / FIGO – 100kmph | VENTO – 110kmph | TERRANO – 120kmph. Violation will earn you a penalty of ₹500/violation.

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This is my personal opinion, that if you haven’t already, then you must consider joining the car rental company’s loyalty program while you book for a travel. These vary with respect to companies, but most of them are free and entitle you to certain privileges; your information will be on file ahead of time, allowing you to simply jump into the car and go rather than involved in time consuming filling paperwork. You could also be eligible for special discounts or free upgrades during season as well as off-season.

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The drop happened with a delay of half-hour, but it wasn’t a noticeable thing. A little formalities and documentation is one time process, after which you are a member at MiCar. Please remember, to inspect the car carefully for body damage. Be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly, and check the mileage odometer. Report any defects at once – before you drive away.

You must also, familiarize yourself with the workings of the car. Ensure that you check which side your gas tank is on, and learn how to use the headlights, windshield wipers and turn signal. It may seem obvious, but you’ll also want to memorize the make, model and color of your car — that way you won’t lose it the first time you park in a busy lot!

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MiCar rented cars come with prepaid petrol/diesel plans. We had the tank half-filled and also made sure to return the car with the same amount of fuel as well. On our return, the customer care at MiCar were prompt in closing the booking, so that we do not have meter running.

Before you return the vehicle, check to be sure you haven’t left any personal belongings. Don’t forget to check the trunk! The most common lost articles include cell phones. And most important – Please ensure to keep the car neat and tidy, just the way it arrived.

While returning the check-in attendant inspects the car’s body in your presence and that you agree about any damage. After examining the rental agreement carefully for all charges the car taken by him.

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Contrary to popular belief, a road trip doesn’t mean taking your car out on an impulse and hitting the road instantly. There’s car rental service as well.

However, if you rent a car that’s significantly more fuel efficient than your own, you’ll likely save a little money by renting. Again, the costs of renting are up front, where many of the costs of using your own car are delayed.

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In the end, there are some factors that make renting a more appealing option: a long trip over a short time period, an increase in fuel efficiency, and the availability of coupons or other discounts makes renting compelling. Without at least some of those factors, though, I’d lean toward driving the car I already had, and if the costs were close, I’d use my own car because of the lower hassle.

Pic Courtesy : Nitin Gupta

Chokhi Dhani – padharo mhare desh | Jaipur

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life enter into a village created at Chokhi Dhani Village. It has been the mirror of Rajasthani culture since 1989. Started as a restaurant, over the years it has evolved into a theme park showcasing the authentic village life of one of the most colorful states in the country.

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At the entrance Ladies dressed in Rajasthani costumes with arti, tikka, and garlands welcome the guests. Folk dance by local artists welcomes you further for this royal night. It is one of the best ways in which you can experience a Rajasthani village, food & buskers in one place. The entire food is costed at Rs. 800 (Non-AC) and Rs. 950 (AC) respectively.

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After having bought our tickets, we made our way to the piao (aka water well) where we were served refreshing jaljeera drink and cold water to quench thirst. The decor and facilities are quite basic. Cots are placed at multiple location, for everyone to relax as they explore the entire village. Every one is dressed with ethnic cloths, turban and beautiful lehenga-choli.

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The girls had fun at the henna (mehendi) counter. Its free, so you can enjoy the lavish treatment.

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The epic battle of Haldighati and its glorious history is recreated at Chokhi Dhani cultural village.

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In 1576, the Haldighati battle was fought between 20,000 Rajputs against a Mughal army of 80,000 men where Rana Pratap showcased exemplary valor. The Haldighati mountain pass is built beautifully with every detail preserved.

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The bazaar built inside gives you –  banglesmaker, potter, blacksmith, sword maker, puppeteer, painter displaying and selling their products. The snake charmer, astrologer & palmist are also there to draw attention.

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The food hall is renowned for the mouth watering and typical Rajasthani food, served to you on a leaf platter. You have to wait for your turn to be given this royal treatment and its worth the wait. The food is heavy with ghee & butter used in profusion but the taste is awesome so be prepared to over indulge. Ker sangri, kadhi, khichadi, bhakri, papad are some of the specialties. 

The cooking style followed in Rajasthan is based on the natural climatic conditions of this desert land.  it is preferred to use milk, butter milk and butter in larger quantities to minimize the amount of water while cooking food.  Gram flour is a major ingredient and is used to make delicacies like ‘ghatta ki sabzi’ and ‘pakodi’. Bajra and corn, the staple grains, are used to make rotis and ‘kheechdi’; and various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. Out of all the Rajasthani dishes, dal bati churma is perhaps the best known.

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They serve white butter in small terracotta plates for eating with the bhakri (thick bread made from millet flour) and buttermilk in terracotta glasses.  Elaborate dinner menu including specialty Indian and mughlai preparations served by traditionally attired staff. Self service concept is considered rude and thus it does not form part of the etiquettes of Rajasthanis._MG_3159

You can also entertain yourself, with several leisure activity – Camel Ride, Elephant Ride, Play Balloons Games.

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Kalbeli are traditional snake charmers. They are the folk dancers who sway to the lilt of the SnakeCharmer (been) and beat of the drum. Their graceful and sinuous dance movements captivate all visitors

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Magic Show is one of the most looked out event.

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The colorful Puppet Show transports you into the world of valiant Kings, beautiful princesses and all powerful magicians. The puppeteer makes episodes and scenes from their lives come alive to give you a glimpse of their lifestyle.

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A must visit, weekend getaway experience to Chokhi Dhani Village promises you rajasthani ambience for a day. A festive celebration every time in a different manner with a aura of real rajasthani culture in term of fun, entertainment, games, thrill, shopping, rajasthani diet. Visit for more to look… to feel… to breathe… to taste… to experience….!!

A #Raahgiri Day

Having read so much I had to leave a Sunday free to experience a Raahgiri Day – an event that has recently been making the rounds on social media. The buzz surrounding Raahgiri Day was loud enough to reach my ears. Open Streets in the heart of Capital City of Delhi? Thousands of people? Every Sunday? I had to be there and learn more.

Raahgiri is one unique concept where you can walk, jog, run, skate, dance or do whatever you like without the fear of any cars or motor vehicle. A similar concept originated in Bogota, Colombia and the terms Cyclovia or Ciclovia(spanish word) in English also addressed as “Open Streets” means ‘BIKE PATH”. This event is also held on Sundays a day of healthy activities celebrated by the community in public streets.

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A fitness pavilion was setup by Reebok for the people. Everyone had a ton of fun during the workshop, it felt more like dancing to the beat.

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I guess that is what happens when you get a group of people together who love kettle-bells and movement and this gives them an opportunity to learn something new.

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You could see families with infants and toddlers, teenagers, adults, and seniors not as mere presence, but they were actively participating in Raahgiri.

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Raahgiri is not a festival, it is a movement—a short-term occasion for long-term change. We had children dressed in their school dress spreading the awareness.

Raahgiri has been inspiring people to come out of their shells and into the spotlight of their community.

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“It’s been a pretty steady crowd,” Ashok Mehta said. “I am an engineer by profession and I get rare chance to take time out, but I do like to ride. Raahgiri gives, me and my wife a time out of the daily busy schedule. ” I found that really awww and one romantic way to spend day together.

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Throughout the morning and early afternoon, friends and friends of friends entertained passersby with simple placard, many of whom they had apparently never seen or met.

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The #SwachBharat campaign indeed had its impact on every individual. People were so keen to have the place clean.

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The #selfiestick made its way for everyone to capture moments and stay crooned over social media.

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These were some amazing bunch of teenagers that were seen, enjoying and mapping way in the crowd for people to feel the enthusiasm.

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A well spent #perfect Sunday-Raahgiri-Day.

Picture Credits – Mohit Gupta