Delhi to Agra - Truck Stop

Brightly painted trucks in India continue the decorative tradition that began with camels. Trucks often use their warning triangles to illustrate the trinity of Bramha Vishnu, and Shiva. The drivers tie tassels of sparkling metallic foil to their trucks. BLOW HORN is written on the back of every truck as they really do want the warning , but as everyone drives on the horn anyway its hard to know what information this actually conveys.

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Delhi to Agra - Blue Tanker
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Delhi to Agra - Tuc Tuc

The preferred form of transport is the ubiquitous yellow and green Tuc Tuc. Reminiscent of a game of sardines, it is amazing how many people can cram themselves onboard.

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Delhi to Agra - Tuc Tuc
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Delhi to Agra - Rules of the Road

To drive in India requires an understanding of the rules of chaos and a strong constitution. Driving on the wrong side of the road of a 4 lane highway, if that’s more convenient than the correct side, is perfectly acceptable practice. Overtaking is accomplished on the inside, slow lane, as trucks sit in the fast lane at a constant slow speed. Smaller vehicles overtake on the outside, however. It is quite common to be in the middle lane overtaking both the inside and outside lanes simultaneously.

Crossing the road is like an out of body nightmare, where everyone accelerates towards you and just manage to squeeze past without causing any damage. Zebra crossings are like magnets attracting every possible vehicle to the crosser.

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Delhi to Agra - Biker Family

Watching families on motorbikes, up to 5 members on one bike, is an impressive feat.  One never sees a whole family all helmeted.

Another feature is the ladies’ side saddle position whilst wearing a full sari and risking flowing fabric getting caught up in the chain and spokes.

A common look is the fully scarfed face accessorised with dark sunglasses.

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Delhi to Agra - Street Cow

Cows are sacred and roam wherever they wish with traffic skirting round them.

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Delhi to Agra - Five Legged Cow

A five legged cow is considered to be very good luck. If a pregnant woman touches the extra hoof then she will conceive a boy. This is more important in the countryside where rural families still practice expensive dowries. Boys are cheaper!

These extra hoofs are attached to the cow’s hump, and the cow becomes a valuable asset to the owner.

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Delhi to Agra - Five Legged Cow - Detail
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Delhi to Agra - Roadside Family

So many families live by the roadside. Some on the central reserves. It is not easy to accept this harshness.

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