Winter rain

A very hard afternoon shower in Bharatpur’s Keoladeo National Park had left roads soaked. At one end of the road you could see a single rickshaw coming. Local investment in tourism takes many forms in this area. The most visible are probably the many hotels which line the approach to the main gates of the sanctuary. But another wonderful form of investment are these rickshaws. Many national parks have cars with trained guides. Here they are replaced by rickshaws. The people driving them are trained naturalists. The best have wide knowledge not only of birds, but also the trees and herbs in this area. They are also enormously curious if they find that you know something better than them, and try to gain as much out of conversations as they can. You could hire bicycles to ride into the sanctuary, but it is good to take the rickshaws at least once. Not only do you support the local economy, you also get to spend a long time talking to a local. That’s always something I look forward to when I travel.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

14 thoughts on “Winter rain”

  1. A lovely entry I.J., and perfect for the challenge. Your image has an ethereal quality to it that is beautiful. Here in Charleston we take a similar approach which is a horse-drawn carriage with guides trained in the city’s history. The tourists love it although we are in the midst of a court case about whether the requirement for training should be dropped. Unfortunately I think the “no” contingency is winning on that. I can see how the rickshaw and our carriages would be very difficult if not impossible in the larger cities. Traffic behind them is always held up and impatient!

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