Loading a rickshaw on the train - Is this possible?

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Hi,

We are planning to drive two rickshaws across India from Jaisalmer to Cochin over two weeks and had a few questions we were hoping the community could help us with:

1) What is the feasibility of loading two rickshaws onto a train for part of the trip? Do we have any chance of doing this without a ticket booked in advanced?

2) In route from Jaisalmer to Cochin - what portion of the trip is the least interesting by road (we would like to take an overnight train during this portion, but unsure what area to skip)

Any other advice regarding exploring India by rickshaw is welcomed as well!

Thanks!

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#2 Jan 18th, 2011, 23:44
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Udaupur to Bandra

Bandra is in Mumbai, and a part of Mumbai where Rickshaws are allowed (not allowed in southern Mumbai).

Getting it onto a train shouldn't be too much of a problem, but traveling in unreserved carriages may be a big problem, one more problem, Jaisalmer-Udaipur + Mumbai-Kochi including train will only take 1 week.
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Thanks Steven, that's actually perfect as we were hoping to ride the train in order to make more time to stray a little bit and spend some time in different cities along the way (we are thinking Jaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Hampi - any other suggestions welcomed). We just wanted to make sure that we'd be able to load the rickshaw on without too much trouble. If anyone has any experience with this, any advice would be great.
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you always have an option to knock them down and pack them as CKU. They can reassembled at your destination.
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We are planning to drive two rickshaws across India from Jaisalmer to Cochin over two weeks and had a few questions we were hoping the community could help us with:
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Neat Idea , depends on which place you want to skip , which will be related to which route you take ?
Ensure that you a drivers lisence & necessary documents with you.

I am tempted to ask if i could join for Hampi - Bangalore stretch if you are doing that .

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Too Much work ! , so IMO not a great idea , as there might be complications .
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Too Much work ! , so IMO not a great idea , as there might be complications .
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Thanks for the help - Does anyone know if there are extra paperwork/bureaucracy/fees associated with loading two rickshaws?

Also, would love to hear other people's opinions on what part of the roadtrip is worth skipping and taking a night train through? Steven suggested Udaipur to Mumbai, do people agree/disagree with this sentiment?

Nomad_traveller, feel free to message me if you are seriously interested in joining us, we'd be more than happy to meet up with you along the way.
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Originally Posted by nyu2 View Post Thanks for the help - Does anyone know if there are extra paperwork/bureaucracy/fees associated with loading two rickshaws?

Also, would love to hear other people's opinions on what part of the roadtrip is worth skipping and taking a night train through? Steven suggested Udaipur to Mumbai, do people agree/disagree with this sentiment?

Nomad_traveller, feel free to message me if you are seriously interested in joining us, we'd be more than happy to meet up with you along the way.
No bureaucracy involved IMO, and no need for any documents to load on train , check for other foreigners / travellers who have done such a trip to know if they had any specific issues .

You maybe required to produce photocopies of the following , anyway its wise to carry these documents.
  • Drivers lisence
  • Registration certificate
  • Insurance documents
  • Pollution certificates [ for old vehicles ]
  • for new vehicles [ sales reciept ]

Then you are all set to go .
I agree with steven that you can skip that part of the road during your travel .

Ok , me PM you guys for itenary , but till you have ten+ posts i cant PM you i guess , can i have a mail id ?
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A slight concern....

Udaupur-Mumbai train only runs 3 days a week, I've no idea of the loading capacity of the parcel carriage(s) or how much space will be available on any given day, but 2 rickshaws (even if reduced in size) take up a lot of room, and hoping there will be enough space when you will have to wait 2 or 3 days for the next train is a bit of a gamble.

I also advised Udaipur-Mumbai BEFORE you mentioned Hampi, had Hampi been in the original question I'm not sure I would have suggested the same train.

For your own piece of mind, it will always be better to use a train that starts and ends where you want to board and get off, you can use other trains, but you will find it very stressful watching them try to put your items onto or off a train that has a 2-5 minute stop at your station, that's another reason I chose the Udaipur-Mumbai train.

The roads around Hampi are reputed to be some of the worst in India, and whilst Hampi is awesome and spectacular, I'm not sure if it's worth the VERY long road trip if you're not prepared to spend at least 3 days there, and if you include the travel to & from Hampi, you simply don't have the time to include Hampi.

There are options to go from Udaipur to Ahmedabad (by road, maybe 7 hours), then get a train from Ahmedabad to Pune, Solapur or Raichur, then road to Hampi, but those trains aren't daily, are difficult to get availability and don't start/end at your stations, so this wouldn't be a great choice.

Loading the rickshaws is one thing, but you'll also need confirmed berths for yourselves on the same train.
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Steven,

You bring up alot of really great points - thanks so much for the help. Basically we will have about two weeks to get from Jaisalmer to Cochin and can stop anywhere in between - besides the places listed, is there anywhere else people recommend stopping?

Also, logistically is there a train that might make more sense than Udaipur to Mumbai - perhaps one that travels daily and is the beginning/end of the line? Does it make more sense to start/end our train ride in a less populated town so that the chance of cargo space is greater? Any advice that will help our trip run more smoothly is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Jodhpur to Mumbai http://erail.in?T=JU::CSTM: Train 12479. From Mumbai go to Goa by your autorickshaw stopping by at Alibag / Harihareshwar / Guhagar / Ratnagiri / Sindudurg / Vengurla. From Madgaon train to Cochin http://erail.in?T=MAO::ERS: Train 10215 running only on Sundays.
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Autorickshaws are not allowed in certain stretches of the Indian national highways; however bullock carts, motorcycles are
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no they are not. They enter illegally. But motorcycles and Carts/ricks are different categories.

Secondly, if the rick is not allowed on certain stretches, you always would have an alternate route.
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Ajmer-Mumbai is an option, that way you can visit Pushkar.

Ajmer-Mumbai trains

Trains 12990 and 22996 make up a 6 day a week service of trains that start from Ajmer and end in Mumbai.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post The roads around Hampi are reputed to be some of the worst in India, and whilst Hampi is awesome and spectacular, I'm not sure if it's worth the VERY long road trip if you're not prepared to spend at least 3 days there, and if you include the travel to & from Hampi, you simply don't have the time to include Hampi.
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