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I left Delhi yesterday morning for the 150-mile drive to Agra, a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of roughly 2.1 million people. The drive took over five hours, due to incredibly clogged roads, particularly while exiting Delhi and entering Agra.
On the road to Agra, I was able to observe some amazing and eye-opening things from the comfort of a nice air-conditioned van, which was expertly operated by Gian Singh, the local Delhi driver who will accompany me on on the next eight days of my adventure. A few of these sights are captured below, although they certainly cannot convey the full sensory experience.
the roads are incredibly clogged with two-, four-, and eight-wheel vehicles of all types, including bicycles, motorcycles, powered rickshaws (similar to tuk-tuks in Bangkok), converted small trucks which serve as open-air cabs, public buses, commerical trucks, tourist buses, vans, and conventional passenger cars.
although the concept of marked traffic lanes clearly exists, it was common for three vehicles to drive side-by-side on a two-lane road, with each car “jockeying” for position and advantage;
horns are constantly blazing, and I think drivers probably just keep one hand on the horn at all times. The horns are used by drivers to signal their presence to other vehicles and pedestrians, with the intensity and duration of the horn blast increasing as the vehicle closes in;
Garbage is strewn everywhere along the roads and is also gathered in large piles along the town streets. I saw small kids sifting through garbage for re-usable items and animals (e.g. goats) scavenging through the debris as well;
*Pedestrians do not seems to have any “right of way” when crossing streets and simply must navigate themselves between passing cars. In some cases, this means that the pedestrian might be perdiocally trapped in the middle of the road in order to wait for a clearing in order to fully pass– a pretty harrowing sight, especially when it involves children;
Vehicles pass along side each other so closely that I think you could reach out and shake hands with the person in the next vehicle with little effort. Some cars fold in or collapse their side-view mirrors in order to remove obstacles on the vhiecle and to allow them to pass closely without damage;
Open fires are burning along the roadway and in the fields outside of Delhi, which surely must contribute to the hazy, gray air that completely blocks the view of the sky and sun;
Men stand along the roadway to urinate, presumably due to lack of readily-available public toilets;
Women merchants are seated along the streets in the smaller towns selling long, vibrantly-colored marigold garlands, which creates a startling juxtaposition to the surrounding milieu;
Cows roam freely and further crowd the roads in central areas of Agra, requiring drivers to carefully navigate around them;
Extreme vehicle crowding is commonplace– on buses, in open-air truck/taxis, and on motorcycles. For example, I saw four people on a small motorcycle (many without safety helmets)– a man and woman sandwiching a small child between them, with the woman (who was seated sideways on the motorcycle) clutching an infant in her arms. Although I observed this situation in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and elsewhere, it seems particularly risky in the extraordinarily busy roads in Delhi and Agra.