Daily Archives: December 13, 2013

Auto Rickshaw Taxonomy

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India features a lot of different methods of transportation. One of the most interesting ones are the different kinds of taxis. The ones above, for example, are cabs in Mumbai.

Mumbai Taxi (New)

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This is one of the newer cabs in Mumbai. There are still a lot of older models in use (see picture on top), and in some parts of the country they have huge old Ambassador cabs as well. Those are commonly called marriage cars, because they can fit the entire wedding party in one cab – up to 15 persons.

Seats: 4
Fits: 4

Auto Rickshaw

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The most common form of rickshaw, these come in different states of mechanical breakdown and chassis damage. Some have neon LED lights inside, others big speakers in the back. Most come with an automated horn that is pressed down during the entire trip, much to the delight of the passenger.

Seats: 3
Fits: 7

Six Seater

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Something between a personal auto rickshaw and a buss. Shared transport going along a predetermined route, so you never know who you’ll be travelling with or where you’ll end up.

Seats: 6
Fits: 13

TATA Magic

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The most spacious of all auto rickshaws (with exception of the Ambassador), this one is good to book if you’re a larger group and prefer not to have windows, A/C or shock absorbers offered by actual cars.

Seats: 12
Fits: 18

Honorable Mention: Kathmandu Bike Rickshaw_MG_7226

Speaking of shock absorbers, these charming old-skool rickshaws could really use ones. Going down the streets of Kathmandu in one of these looks nicer than it feels. Remember to keep your feet firmly on the rest in front of you, not doing so may risk you flying over the driver at the next pothole.

Seats: 2
Fits: 2

 Honorable Mention: Juhu Beach All-Terrain Rickshaw  _MG_6691

Even though similar in coloring as the others, I don’t really think this is a rickshaw. But would be nice if it was..

Seats: unknown
Fits: unknown