India - Modes of Transport

We sampled a variety of modes of transportation on our vacation in India and I thought I'd share them here.  

We took the train from Gurgaon to Jaipur, Jaipur to Delhi, and a round trip from Delhi to Agra. The schedules and routes can be a bit difficult to navigate, but we figured out how to book tickets on the best trains in advance over the Internet at The queues in the stations were quite long, so we were thankful that we were able to skip that and head right to the tracks.

On board, we were seated in Comfort Class.  They served us a large bottle of water and breakfast. We opted not to drink the tea over concerns about the purity of the water but enjoyed the vegetarian entree which was piping hot.
We caught a glimpse of the countryside out of the dirty window.
I was a bit surprised when I went to the loo and saw a sign that read please don't use in the station.  I soon understood why.  I could see the tracks rushing by underneath the toilet.

We arrived in Jaipur and climbed the stairs leading from the track to the exit.
We'd tried to arrange for a radio taxi in advance but we did a loop around the chaotic parking lot and there was no one to be found.
The number of motorcycles and mopeds outside the Jaipur train station was impressive.
A persistent auto-rickshaw driver persuaded us to let him take us to the hotel.  We bargained hard and decided to go for it.
He somehow managed to fit 2 passengers, 2 suitcases, 2 backpacks, and a handbag into the back of the rickshaw.
Soon we were on our way peering out over a giant pile of luggage.
Less than 30 minutes later, we'd arrived at the Naila Bagh Palace, our home for the next few days.
I liked how all rickshaws are all decorated and painted in different ways.  This one philosophized on loving less but loving long.
We took another auto-rickshaw ride into the Pink City past a variety of stalls.
Once we got inside the town walls, the building colors were quite distinctive.
On our return, we opted to try a cycle rickshaw.  Our human powered transport gave us a more slow motion view of our surroundings. These guys work really hard for their money (<50 rupees for a mile+ journey).
At one point, our driver left us in the middle of a busy intersection to ask a traffic cop for directions back to our hotel.
We also managed to get around a bit on foot -- not the easiest mode of transport in India but the best for really seeing the place. We spotted this cow wandering around the streets of Jaipur.
We also spotted a lazy goat taking refuge in the shade.
Pedestrians, cars, buses, and auto-rickshaws share the road in the loosest sense of the word.  Pedestrians are the lowest in the pecking order -- larger vehicles have the right of way. It's survival of the fittest on the streets of India.
We had to negotiate through a number of gates on our walk, timing our crossing to avoid the tourist buses whisking foreigners around town.
The streets of Jaipur felt a bit chaotic with whizzing traffic, construction, and touts.
We took a second cycle rickshaw to a vegetarian restaurant mentioned in our guidebook.  We passed this white car decorated in red ribbons...
...pedestrians, mopeds, rickshaws, and taxis vying for space in a roundabout.
 In India, getting there is half the fun.  



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Sidewalk Safari: India - Modes of Transport
India - Modes of Transport
Sidewalk Safari
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