Amritsar

By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Amritsar?

Do you need a car in Amritsar > Should you rent a car in Amritsar India > Amritsar ( ATQ )

As with other cities in India, the local car hire market is not well developed. It’s obvious to suggest that the core focus of any visit to Amritsar is going to have the Golden Temple as a highlight, but any excursions from the city are still more likely to be by private tour minibus or coach, rather than in your own self drive car.

Do you need a car in Amritsar? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Any consideration of the best places to see outside the city of Amritsar itself have to consider some of the geographical realities of the area. Situated right in the northwest tip of India, Amritsar sits less than 15km / 10 miles from the border with Pakistan, and the suburbs of the city of Lahore run right up to this border. However, due to the ongoing political conflict between India and Pakistan, these two cities might as well be worlds apart.

Why should you rent a car in Amritsar?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Amritsar?

Amritsar Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

10%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€X

 #299/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 78 - of which 50 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

64%

#74/300

 
  • The main reason to look at Amritsar car hire would be to head towards the Himalayas. You could head through the former summer capital of Shimla and then beyond.
  • A car is going to be very useful as you get further towards the mountains.
  • Generally, you should hire a car in Amritsar if you want to drive well outside the city. There is no need to have a car within the city itself.

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Car hire summary


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Cheapest rate for one week

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Free parking score

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  • For anything and everything relating to the centre of Amritsar itself – there is no need for a hire car to visit the Golden Temple, Gobind Garh Fort, or for the Jallianwala Bagh Monument, site of the Massacre in 1919.
  • The Amritsar walking trail is an important part of the city’s heritage.
  • Amristar has invested heavily in bus rapid transport. A new rapid transit route opened in the Autumn of 2017 – in contrast to Delhi, which has cancelled a similar project.
  • If you do plan to head towards the Himalayas, be prepared to slow down a bit if you want to do this by public transport. A train from Amritsar Junction will take you as far as Kalka in about 6 hours. From here the fun starts as you climb slowly towards Shimla on one of India’s World Heritage mountain lines. The journey takes around 4 1/2 hours. From city to city you’d need to allow around 11 hours. This compares with about 5 hours to drive it. This makes the train excursion one for the rail fans. This is still one of the great train journeys not just of India, but of anywhere in the world, so it shouldn’t be missed if you get the chance!

Summary

Should you hire a car in Amritsar?  A hire car is something to look in to for heading into the Himalayas, rather than just the city itself. Although Amritsar is a major gateway into India from a number of major European cities, you can also fly to Shimla, or perhaps to Chandigarh as the starting point for heading towards the Himalayas – although due to its mountain location and very short runway, Shimla only has air service from Delhi.

Ratings

Car rental in - Amritsar Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Amritsar?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Amritsar?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Amritsar?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Amritsar if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Amritsar if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Amritsar if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

1

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Amritsar?

Have you driven in Amritsar? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Amritsar?
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