To explore any city in India one must be aware of the various modes of commutation that are available at hand. In most cities in India you would find the local state transport buses, hired cabs while in addition to these Mumbai has the option for local trains and Kolkata has the Trams. However, the one mode of transport that is vital across most of India is the auto rickshaw. In fact, in cities and towns across the country the black-yellow or the green-yellow rickshaws are the backbone of city transport. The seating capacity of a normal rickshaw is 4, including driver. There are also six-seater rickshaws in certain towns and cities. Normally their fare rates are controlled by government.
Explore India on Auto Rickshaw
For a tourist, there are a few points to remember and bear in mind with regards to these widely used modes of conveyance. There are two kinds of auto rickshaws – prepaid and post-paid. The prepaid auto booths can usually be found outside railway stations, shopping complexes or popular destinations frequented by local and international tourists. In fact there are proposals of opening such booth in airports too. The charges to destinations are fixed and you do not end up paying more due to a faulty meters or shrewd drivers. However, the post paid autos are more in number. They run on meters, so before boarding one you need to make sure it is down to zero. So if there are both pre-paid and post paid autos available at a certain destination, the tip is always to go for the former. Though more often than not the rickshaw drivers are helpful, but there are always chances of some waiting just to take the tourists on a ride. So as always the golden rule is to appear confident and sure of oneself while hailing one.
In some cities, the auto rickshaws run on shared basis which has its own pros and cons. In case of shared the auto rickshaw, the fares are cheaper though you would find such autos crammed full as opposed to the individually hailed ones.