Whether you are in urban India or out in her villages, one is immediately struck by the sheer volume of traffic one encounters everywhere. And unlike in the West, this traffic isn’t all powered by engines! All the varieties of conveyances is mind-boggling and a tribute to India’s ingenuity. Naturally, as India advances into developed country status these forms of transportation will and are diminishing but for now they are still omnipresent and for me, contribute to India’s many charms.
The following series of photographs were shot all over India: from the very north to the southern most tip.
Sometimes it looks as if everyone is in motion.
There are so many ingenious forms of bicycle derivative combinations; many are quite an arresting contraption too.
An opportunity to display one’s spiritual devotion is seldom ignored and is visible on vehicles all over India. Because India imports so much of her fuel, the high cost for the vast majority is beyond their reach. Man power is cheap and bicycle technology is within the reach of nearly everyone.
Animal powered conveyances are a good method for transporting heavy goods that are beyond the capacity of a pair of legs.
It wasn’t too long ago that one could see camel carts all over Rajasthan delivering gas tanks but those days are gone. The auto-rickshaw is a popular, low-cost fuel powered vehicle that takes on many forms, much like its relative, the bicycle.
Along side bicycles and auto-rickshaws are motorcycles, scooters and of course, cars and buses as the modern age intrudes. There is almost a carnival quality to the ambiance on the streets of India and the assorted conveyances are a major contributing factor. It is all in the eyes of the beholder and this beholder is enchanted!