Kathmandu’s Bicycle Rickshaws

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The busy tourist sites around Kathmandu were all walking distance of my hotel. Even so, bicycle rickshaws abounded.

Relatively luxurious compared to the hand-pulled rickshaws in Kolkata, India, the local human-powered taxis resembled tiny covered wagons, with retractable cloth canopies shading its passengers. The trikes sat on spoked wheels, which looked a lot more comfortable than the wooden wagon wheels on their Indian counterparts.

Yet as many bike rickshaws as I saw, they were almost always empty, with a couple of drivers even using their own rides as a place to relax or catch a nap. I wasn’t tempted to take a ride, especially I didn’t have any destination in mind while walking across the city.

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I didn’t notice the driver in the passenger seat at first. At top, several bicycle rickshaws idled along with their drivers. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)
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This rickshaw driver relaxes with his shoes off.
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A bunch of rickshaws with blue canopies.
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That might be a commuter in the back of a rickshaw.
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Parked bike rickshaws await their workdays.

 

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