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.
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!