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Rickety Rickshaws

Auto- and cycle rickshaws

Firstly, you’re better off in one than out of one – this way no one stalks you in train or bus stations, chases you, shouts at you, or pulls your arm to get you into their rickshaw.

Handy hint 1: If you’re tall like me, turn your knees to the side and watch your head over bumps.

Handy hint 2: Also good for drying a sweat patch on your back; a few minutes to the left, then a few to the right and the wind should dry it out.  Thumbs up.


Safety

This may be one horny toad:

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But I never had any problems with safety in any rickshaws. You generally get them for a day trip around an area, or to and from stations – all of which are busy areas.

I protested once in Varanassi, India, when a guy who had stalked me since getting off the train insisted I go with him in his rickshaw to a cheap hotel (working on commission). He kept following me, til I told him to go away.  Then I got in a rickshaw of what seemed to be a friend of his and he jumped in the front, too.  I told him no.  He got out. Take that and party, mate.  The driver turned out to be a very amiable chap.  Smiley face.


Pre-paid Taxi Counters

Sure.  Great.  Arriving at Varanassi train station, there was no-one at the counter.  The place I wanted to go to wasn’t listed, or was listed as something I didn’t know.  So I just got in a rickshaw that was parked nearby.


Bargaining – to be dealt with later

But holy crap.  How sane do you want to remain?


 Auto rickshaw or cycle rickshaw?  

An auto rickshaw is better for longer journeys and protects you a little more from dirt and dust flying about – and you’re better hidden from sellers at traffic lights.

But all those in favour of a tricycle, raise your hands now (unless you’re cycling, we don’t want any crashes).  Why?

    • they’re cheaper
    • the guys riding the bikes work harder
    • the guys riding the bikes have less money
    • the guys riding the bikes will spin you the most heartfelt family stories to get more money from you – can you resist?

In some areas a cycle rickshaw is your only option, such as around the Taj Mahal which has banned auto-rickshaws in the immediate vicinity.

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