No doubt, if you’ve traveled to Southern Asia, you’ve seen all types of rickshaws – from auto rickshaws to bicycle rickshaws. (This photo totally reminds me of the movie “City of Joy” with Patrick Swayze.) In my experience however, I have only seen these man-pulled rickshaws in Calcutta (or Kolkata, as it is now known). I’m sure you can still find these types of rickshaws in various villages, but in the major cities that I’ve been to in India, I have only seen these rickshaws in use in Calcutta.
I did not ride in one… it looks like fun, but there is just something so hard about someone earning his living by running through the streets barefoot, pulling passengers. I feel guilty to ride in one somehow, but yet want to support the only business these rickshaw wallas have. I have ridden extensively in auto rickshaws, and many times in bicycle rickshaws. I usually feel more compelled to give the bicycle rickshaw wallas more of a tip than the auto drivers.
Anyone ever ridden in these types of rickshaws? Would you feel comfortable? Have you seen them in other cities in Southern Asia?
More great scenes from India and other places in Southern Asia coming every Thursday.