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The variety of the transport in the cities and towns takes various forms; vary according the area and the necessities, from a camel to the big double-decker buses. In the metropolis and cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta the most obvious transport are the buses, in their different forms small minibuses, single-decker and double-decker, frequently the buses are crowded and you must beware with your things, especially from pickpockets, razor-armed pocket-slitters and eve-teasers. Other popular mode of transport in the big cities is the suburban trains in Mumbai and Chennai, and in Calcutta is amazing the efficiency of the only metro in India, but trains come and go full of people especially of the far neighborhoods.

Other possibility for move around the city is the taxis, which in the big cities are painted from yellow and black, generally you can get a rather battered Ambassadors and Maruti omnivans. Before that you take a taxi, you should agree a fare with the driver, even the taxis are metered, usually they donít use these meters, but if you take one and donít agree the fare you maybe pay the double or more than you expect. In airports and other stations operate taxis prepaid, for take one you need to pay before departure, and also is available the expensive limousines.

The most common transport between the local people is the auto-rickshaws, is cheaper than taxi but something slow; these vehicles are motorcycle with a couple of seat mounted on the back, same the taxis usually are metered, but is better to agree the fare before the get in on one, and these are a little unstable and their drivers often rather reckless. Some cities have larger version of auto-rickshaws known as tempos, with six or eight seats behind.

Other possibility is the slower cycle-rickshaws, where generally passengers donít feel comfortable when they are traveling in this way, but in major tourist cities is popular get in on one. Cycle rickshaws-wallahs are available, which are pulled by a man who earn a pittance for the pains, and earn even less if you donít use them, only in Calcutta do the rickshawswallahs continue to haul the cityís pukka rickshaws on foot. Other possibilities are the tongas which are horse-drawn carriages, or carriages pulled by camel. Finally, in some places you can have a walk in elephant, or enjoy of the trips in camel, especially between desert towns, and use the ferries it in Calcutta, which cross the Hooghly River.

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