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Jan 17 2014

A Cycle Rickshaw Challenge

This Foto Friday is a video.  Well, I do like to throw the odd video in now and again.

This one comes from my time in Delhi.  It was the first stop on my RTW trip and I decided to ease myself into it (not!) and couchsurf in Delhi.  So, I had never travelled solo, never been to India, never couchsurfed,  and, basically, had no idea what I was letting myself in for.  As it turned out, the woman I stayed with was lovely and one day, we took a ride on a cycle rickshaw.  I had never been on one before and I honestly don’t think I would have done this if it wasn’t for her.  To give you an idea of what it was like, watch this video…

Just to give you a bit of background on them, cycle rickshaws have been around since the 1880s.  They were first used regularly in Singapore and eventually brought to India in the 1930s.  This environmentally-friendly mode of transport is still used but there are an increasing number of motorised rickshaws nowadays.  It was certainly an experience, albeit a bit of a scary one the first time, with all the noise and the traffic whizzing past.  Many cities have banned cycle rickshaws from the busy areas because they are so slow and cause congestion.  After my experience on one, I would be much happier on a slightly quieter road!

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This is roughly where I was…

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Have you been in a cycle rickshaw in Delhi?  If so, what was your experience of it?  If not, would you like to ride in a cycle rickshaw?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

2 comments

  1. aaliyah

    Indeed, this is very convenient mode of travel specially through crowded markets of Delhi. My adughter really enjoys this ride…

  2. Teresa Keane

    I can imagine, Aaliyah. It’s good fun. 🙂

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