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Auto Rickshaw – Over engineered or Over weighted?

The Auto Rickshaw is a common site on the streets of India. The Auto Rickshaw is three wheeler motor vehicle used as popular form of Family Transport.  This includes amazing features like transporting entire generations in a single journey in a Motorised Vehicle designed to normally take only 2 passengers.

On first hearing, 3 wheels just sounds so much more unstable than 4 wheels.

I first think of the Blue 3 Wheeled Car that Mr Bean hates with a vengeance.  Here is a funny example from that television series:


Auto Rickshaws look like a tricycle powered by a lawnmower engine that sounds like it’s on it’s last legs.  You can read more about them at Wikipedia.  You can also see more about them from ThePlanetD who have travelled to India recently.

But they are a necessity in India, and without them, I would think that it would be a tad more chaotic then it is now. For example, these auto rickshaws are compact and very nonrecoverable (not quite like bus transport), and I think that’s why they are indispensable.

I almost want to take one down the world’s most dangerous road!

And I also think they work harder than they should be! Throughout the world, there are various Masters of Transport and Logisitcs.

Scooters are a prime example.  Check out these photos from Indonesia – firstly, the Satellite Dish Transporter, and the Family Day Out.

But the Auto Rickshaw is probably the winner when it comes to mass transport – take one to see the Taj Mahal!

Auto Rickshaw Photo

Check out this photo sent to me from a friend of an entire family stuffed into an Auto Rickshaw!

How many family members can you count? I was very impressed.

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Auto Rickshaw Family Transport Funny Travel Photo - Delhi India

I haven’t been to India yet, but I’m going to check it my dodgy travel insurance would cover injuries sustained from riding in one of these beasts (and needing a very quick flight home!).

Probably not.

But this is a fact of life in the third world. While this might seem unusual to Westerners, it’s a daily fact of life in India. And good on them, they’re doing the best with what they have.

So if you’re feeling adventurous, now you can risk your life in an Auto Rickshaw!

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8 thoughts on “Auto Rickshaw – Family Transport”

  1. Avatar Of Serviced Apartment In Moscow
    Serviced apartment in Moscow

    I’ve had to haggle with rickshaws in every Indian city I’ve visited. The price of an auto rickshaw is Rs. 4.5 lakh. The same amount of money can get you a nice air conditioned car :-)))))))))))

  2. Avatar Of Thomas

    We loved going in Rickshaws when I was in India. Once someone was staring at us (probably the blond haired girl next to me) so intently that he drove his scooter right into the side of our Rickshaw!
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  3. Avatar Of Indian Bazaars

    When we lived for some years in a small village in andhra on the east coast of India, where the public buses were not so frequent, autorickshaws seemed like the nicest thing that had happened in a long time!

  4. Avatar Of Cross Country Auto Transport
    cross country auto transport

    Ya I’ve been to India 3 years ago. autorickshaws is all you see there…

  5. Avatar Of Manjusha

    This post is not in the best taste. I live in India and I am proud of that. My family and I travel by auto richshaws all the time and none of us have got hurt. I am damn certain that bicyles and those oh-so-cool motor bikes are far more dangerous.

    You guys just like to take potshots at everything Indian. That’s all.

    1. Avatar Of Anthony

      Hi Manjusha, this post definitely was not intended to offend. It’s unusual for people who haven’t come across this before in their home countries to see this many people in one rickshaw, and is part of the joys of travelling – seeing these new things.

      And by the way, I wish Australia was doing as well as India in Test Cricket at the moment!

  6. Avatar Of Manjusha


    Oh, you follow cricket. I don’t, but my husband does and he is a huge fan of the ‘men in blue’.

    By the way, I request you to visit our country and see how warm we are as a people. That’s what makes India special and not the funny modes of transport or other similar things. Of course, you will find cows and dogs walking along side men and women in the streets. But that is because we love and respect all forms of life.

    1. Avatar Of Anthony

      I’d love to go to India and check it out, especially a cricket game. I want to see the Indian fans passion, as my friends have done this and loved it!

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