Posted by: travelrat | November 15, 2018


Tuktuk 2

Photo by Lorraine Kellett

Agra: 22nd September 2018

The gateway to the Taj Mahal is some distance from the mausoleum itself. I drew a parallel with Stonehenge, where, if you don’t want to walk a fair distance to the stones from the Visitor Centre, there’s a bus. There used to be land trains, which proved woefully inadequate for the number of visitors, so they were replaced by buses … which were, in turn, replaced by bigger buses.

At the Taj Mahal, they use … autos.

Autos, or variations of them, can be seen almost all over Asia, and sometimes in Mediterranean countries as well. In Thailand, they’re called ‘tuk-tuks’, and this name is often erroneously applied to the Indian version, as well. They’re basically open, passenger-carrying bodies based around the engine and working parts of a motor scooter. They will seat six … but, as we’ve already seen, in India, the passenger capacity of any surface vehicle is by no means judged by the number of seats available … we’ve seen motor bikes carrying a family of four, plus the baby!

I’d rather have walked … but we had to ride an auto for the experience. However, things were arranged so that we all got a seat, rather than have to cling to the framework.

Music: “Greko (Sketch)” by Kevin MacLeod (
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