Asia | India – Transport in all its forms…

Asia | India – Transport in all its forms…

Living in Europe definitely limits your imagination; who would have thought possible all the different types of transport that work their way through India?

Naturally this includes the ‘normal’ kind of transport most people know from their own country: cars, busses, taxis, … but then, already here the comparison goes wrong. Because none of the cars driving around Delhi or Agra would even remotely ressemble our Western luxuruous new cars. No car goes around with its fair share of bumps, scratches and dirt. Why anybody overhere would ever want to buy a new car (provided they can) beats me…

Same goes for the busses.
No nice, clean and spacious busses in perfect condition here. Not for city transport, nor for long distance travelling. Your average 8-hours-journey-bus would have as much dust on the inside as the outside, naturally no air conditioning, luggage goes anywhere where it fits (this might be either between or in front of the chairs or on top of the bus), and off course, on one row you’d have 5 rather than 4 people; 2 on the left side and 3 on the right side.
If you’re lucky the window can open and the Indian music will not be blearing too hard in your ears…

Taxis come in all sorts: auto riksjas, bicycle riksjas, ‘normal’ cars, share auto riksjas, small busses, beautiful old fashioned cars, you name it, it can be used as a taxi.

But obviously, transport is not limited at this. You can add almost anything you could dream off (except off course anything remotely like the Starship Entreprise):, old fashioned bikes with the brakes on the handle bars on which you could transport anything between 1 and 3 persons plus a good amount of luggage, transport riksjas with a load platform over their 2 hind wheels, motorised tractors, new carts with rubber wheels pulled by oxen, horses or donkeys, your average middle aged wooden cart with wooden cart wheels (!) pulled along by a pair of oxen and stowed with an awfull lot of merchandise, motor bikes in all sorts and forms, and last but not least: your own body.
Just put whatever load you have on top of your head and go walking…

Whereass being in a 40-minutes traffic jam in Europe would definitely gotten me in a bad mood, I thorougly enjoyed it in Agra. Stuck on this very narrow bridge, I have seen the most amazing sorts of transport passing by as you can see above.
A pleasure for the eye and a confirmation a limitless imagination when it comes to transport…

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