Asia, Destinations, India

A rickshaw ride through Amritsar

June 20, 2011

Scenes from an auto-rickshaw ride through Amritsar

There is nothing like riding in an auto-rickshaw in India.

Looking over my photos from Amritsar recently I came across a few that I took during one such ride and just had to share them with you.

Second only to the train, auto-rickshaws in India are my favourite method of transportation.  I can even remember my last rickshaw ride in India very clearly.

A rickshaw trip can be exhilarating and terrifying all at once – the driver speeds through crowded streets and if you’re on the way to the train station in the early morning, the open nature of the cab can make it a freezing, numb-fingered ride. Conversely, in southern India the wind blowing was welcome relief from the heat.

Scenes from an auto-rickshaw ride through Amritsar

Or, in a city like Varanasi, you might get stuck in heinous traffic, cars and other rickshaws belching smoke and exhaust and it can be dangerous to your health.

Crashes are common – I’ve been in plenty of minor prangs, where my rickshaw has hit  another vehicles (usually cyclists!) been bumped from behind by the much larger ambassador taxis.

There are a lot of things I miss about India.

Drinking masala chai or fresh lime sodas (depending on the weather!), the noise and colour of the streets, the uniquely accented and worded English spoken by so many, Indian television commercials, overnight trains…rickshaw rides are another on a long, long list!

Scenes from an auto-rickshaw ride through Amritsar


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  • Reply Tijmen June 21, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I have always been curious what it would be like to travel in a rickshaw around town, they look like great fun to travel around with. Sounds like the rickshaws don’t come with the “whats my driving like stickers” 😀

    • Reply MeganRTW June 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

      Rickshaw/tuk tuk drivers are pretty much universally insane 😀

  • Reply The Travel Chica June 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I have never experienced this part of the world. I think I might be a bit nervous on a rickshaw in the crazy traffic.

    • Reply MeganRTW June 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

      My first rickshaw ride was definitely nerve-wracking, Stephanie! It was very early in the morning and still dark and we were speeding through fog…!! Crazy.

  • Reply vijay June 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    if you do not travel India..
    you do not belong to this planet !!

  • Reply Tran August 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Recalling my own rickshaw ride in Amritsar. It was after midnight when I decided to leave the Golden Temple complex, where I had decided to spend the night, and search for any place with AC. Summer nights in India are deadly! What a night!

    • Reply MeganRTW August 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

      I’ve yet to experience India in summer, Tran – I can only imagine how humid and unpleasant they must be. I loved taking rickshaws in Southern India – the wind created by them certainly cools you down a bit.

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