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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hand-Pulled Rickshaws

The first two are photographs of  hand-pulled rickshaws in Kolkata, India. In the first picture, the  background is a busy market-place. The rickshaw puller (in a lungi) has parked his vehicle on the side of the road and can be seen behind his vehicle.

hand rickshaw in busy market

This image is also taken with the backdrop of a busy marketplace in Kolkata, India. The hand rickshaw puller is taking a break on his rickshaw. Coconuts for sale can be seen in the background.

hand rickshaw in Kolkata

This is the same photo as shown above but colour corrected.

hand rick puller

These are pictures of hand-pulled rickshaws on the hill-station of Matheran in Maharashtra, India. You will find that they are better maintained than the ones in Kolkata because the Matheran rickshaws only carry tourists and they charge high fares. The kolkata hand pulled rickshaws are pulled by labourers charging nominal fares and are a fairly common transport system for the city.

The first picture is of a man pulling an empty rickshaw. There is another rickshaw-puller behind him.

empty hand-pulled rickshaw

This shows a hand-pulled rickshaw resting on the side of the road near the railway line, waiting for a passenger.

hand pulled rick waiting for passenger

In the photo below you will see a couple of rickshaw pullers chatting, their rickshaws alongside.

Hand Rickshaw pullers

The picture below is of the hand pulled rickshaws with their pullers. You will find several men manning a rickshaw, often as many as three. This is because Matheran is a hilly town and one person cannot pull a loaded rickshaw on his own.

Hand Pulled Rickshaw drivers

This is an example of three rickshaw pullers pulling one rickshaw. One is pulling it from the front, and two others are pushing it from the back. Perhaps these should be called hand-pushed rickshaws!

handpulled rickshaw with passenger

Related Images: Rickshaws in Pune India or Cycle rickshaws in India or Auto Rickshaws and Cycle Rickshaws in China  or School Rickshaws with small children in India

If you are looking for nature scenes from Matheran try this post: Nature scenes of hills, valleys and trees or Scenes from the Matheran Mountains or Ghat

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