Cycle Rikshaw, Delhi
I want to write something about the price of popular transportation vehicle in India which is called Rykshaw. As I saw this vehicle is not safe but according to the Indian lower income, most of them like it. I've experienced it several times and all of these vehicle were equipped with a digital counter like taxi meter. But most of Rykshaw driver don't prefer using from it and they like to bargain about the transportation cost. As I understood, they satisfied with about 100 Rupee for a distance about 6km.
Paddled rickshaws can still be found in some parts of Delhi, especially the Old delhi and they are good options for short distances. The fare starts from Rs. 5 for one person to Rs. 15. The rickshaws are quite sturdy and worth a ride if you never had one. Upto four adult people can sit in one rickshaw.
The cycle rickshaw was the common mode of transport until about the 80's even in the urban areas all over the country, but its last vestige seems to be the rural heartland of India as well the old pockest in most of the cities. Hence, as in the older parts of most other cities in India, old Delhi also has its fair share of cycle rickshaws.
Though it did seem insensitive and inhuman to be getting a ride in one of the cycle rickshaws in Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Chawri bazar, Red Fort areas), its a source of livelihood to the people who ride them. You can bargain for the price before you decide to get a ride in them. These areas are heavily congested making them unfit to drive a car or vehicle through, so its entirely upto you if wana hitch a ride in them or not and you can definetely pay them more than what you had bargained for to ease the guilt factor!!!
Cycle rickshaws are basically a three-wheeled bicycle with a seat for two passengers behind the driver. They are cheaper than auto-rickshaws but when I took my first ride on one, I felt pretty guilty and started thinking back to how it used to be in colonial days with British masters and their Indian slaves but these guys are everywhere and they need our money in order to make a living. I saw many drivers lie on them asleep overnight so they have a tough life so bear this in mind when paying them.
I feel for the cycle rickshaw drivers, breathing hard when pollution in Delhi is at its worst. These guys, poorly paid….I have the biggest admiration for. They are a convenient and inexpensive mode of short distance travel in Delhi. They will take up to 2 people comfortably. Negotiate your price before heading off.
You can NOT visit Delhi without experiencing a Rickshaw ride .. you'd be a fool to miss out on this! It's the maddest ride in the maddest city and it only costs peanuts. Rickshaws can be found all over old Delhi and for short journeys they make perfect sense. The only advice I can give you is to make sure you have fixed a price before you begin your journey.
One can see a lot of cucle Rickshaws everywhere in the Delhi which will be good if u want to take a slow look on delhi.They will take u thru the narrow streets of the Delhi showing the beauty of crowded,delhi life..
To travel trough the streets of India, is pretty easy. Here you will never have any problem to caugh a taxi or a tuk tuk rikshaw, definitely not! You just need to stand and in the meantime you watch your clock few hundreds of rikshaw will ask you to caugh it! So, no worries at all.
For my personal experience, to travle trough Delhi is maybe better to take a taxi as the distances are pretty huge, so maybe is a cool idea to rent for an afternoon a taxi and make him bring you wherever you wish to.
A cycle rickshaw ride is not for those of a nervous disposition.... its also pretty dicey if you have bronchial problems as you come very close to the worst of the traffic fumes, but I thought it was very exciting and really enjoyed it... though it was very scarey at times