This is the Indian cycle rickshaw, a small-scale local means of transport. They are a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers on a for hire basis. Initially used in Kolkata starting about 1930 these are now common in rural and urban areas of India.
As opposed to rickshaws pulled by a person on foot, cycle rickshaws are pollution free and human-powered by pedaling.
They are mostly convertible rickshaws with folding hoods and are the only kind of vehicles that can be driven in many neighborhoods of the city with narrow streets and lanes providing remotest access. However, increasing traffic congestion and the resulting collisions have led to the banning of rickshaws on many major cities.
To quite an extent it is a source of employment for the lower class as these vehicles can be owned at affordable prices. Due to inflation and unemployment in the rural areas, people from villages crowd in the cities to become rickshaw drivers locally called as “Ricksha Wala”
In many South Asian countries cycle rickshaws are still the most popular means of public transport for short-distance commuting. The free border between India and Nepal enable the rickshaw owners from both countries to operate across the border without any restriction.
At tourist destinations, cycle rickshaws are primarily used to attract tourists who can relax and travel around the popular streets and markets at reasonable fares.
Code : RK IN
Size : 13 in. x 6.5 in.x 10 in. ( Metal)
KOLKATA is the cultural capital of India and one of the friendliest cities in the world. A city of amazing depth and contrast, to get lost in everything around you !
The following inspiration is depicted by me Puja Bajpai and this is the reason why am I so passionate about this place.I vouch any tourist or a culture loving soul would adore this idea that tells a story about Indian Culture on this spectacular piece of art, that is quite useable for daily utilities along with an item of home décor.
–Navratri or Durgotsav also known as Durga Puja during Dusshera is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. It marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus symbolizing the victory of Good over Evil.This is the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society.
— “The Kolkata Tram” is currently the only operating tram network in India and the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, running since 1902
— “Hath Gaadi” . A small, usually two-wheeled cart pulled or pushed by hand only found in Kolkata..My heart goes out to the hath gaadi walas here 😦
–“The Country Boats” another unique charm seen on the banks of Hooghly river. These pleasure cruise boats are used mostly by the tourists visiting Kolkata city and they get fascinated while boating in Hooghly river. A superhit song “Chingaari Koi Bhadkee…”from Bollywood movie “Amar Prem” with superstars Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore is featured on this boat
–Women in “Tant Sarees”: These are typical Bengali cotton sarees ,majorly worn by the masses. It is hand woven to now machine woven, having bright colours with decorative borders and distinguished by its lightness and transparency. It is considered to be the most comfortable saree for the Indian hot and humid climate.
–The classic “Kolkata taxi”