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Driver Tipping

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Driver Tipping

I leave for India in a few days and want to get an idea of tipping courtesy. 1. Drivers We have a drivers already booked through our tour company who will be with us as our transportation as well as our tour guides. Because these drivers are provided through the tour company are they paid sufficiently that I do not need to be concerned about tipping? 2. What is the policy/courtesy when dining. In North America it is customary to tip 15%. In some countries I've travelled a tip is added to the bill prior to getting it. In London a tip is only given for exceptional service. What should I expect in India?

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1. Re: Driver Tipping

Driving is a poorly paid job in India. To make ends meet and pay for education and better amenities for their families, drivers depend on tips, so please tip generously if you are happy with your driver. Usually, they work very hard and watch out for your safety.

Edited: 28 September 2013, 19:01
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2. Re: Driver Tipping

Agree with Deepa

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3. Re: Driver Tipping

hi what is an acceptable tip for driver- we plan 15-20 days- approx how much a day and what about guides? ta

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4. Re: Driver Tipping

Dear Lisa,

Drivers in India are not highly paid also it is not a noble profession in India, Most of the drivers are poor and illiterate. So If you feel that you are satisfied by the service of the driver then you can give him around 60-70 Dollar for 7-9 days trip. Rest is on your generosity.

Dear Margandrich,

As you are taking a 15-20 days tour so you can also tip him around 100 dollars according to his service, if you are taking a local guide then you can give him around 100 rs. and if you are taking a escort guide then around 80-100 dollars will be enough.

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