Cheapest transport I have used

Airplanes, trains, ferries, ships, luxury buses and rental cars. You must have travelled by most of them. Do you remember what was cheapest mode of transport you have used?
What made you travel by it and how was the experience?

Besides usual trains, autorickshaws and cabs, I used these modes of transport on a particular stretch for going to Lonar; mostly because the roads were cut off or submerged due to heavy rains and there was no other way to reach the place.

State buses in India mostly have free seating.The ratio of passengers vs. number of buses is quite bad and so as soon as any bus approaches, people juggle and fight for a possible seat or place in it.
Generally any outlet (excluding exhaust & gas) from the bus is used to get in and reserve your seat.

Standing, bemusing I wondered what tactic I should apply to get into this..


That was the official single entry door… Look at the man putting a foot on the rear tyre. He got in through the window.


… and another major entry point was from driver’s side…

I even saw some saree clad ladies getting in effortlessly from this driver’s window. I cursed myself to be so incapable compared to them. Was I too awed to click a shot or was it a sheer jealousy ?

On one occasion, after getting in from driver’s side, the passengers bolted the door from inside. The driver had gone to refreshen himself and when he came back it was scene to watch ! He was not allowed to enter the bus simply because not being in his uniform he looked like one of them. 🙂

I love India. 😀

The return journey was not less entertaining. It was a night train, running late and filled to capacity.

Generally ‘capacity’ means all seats/berths being reserved. But in context with Indian railways, this word means something more. People without any reservations do not like to waste space especially in second (sleeper) class, again a very common practice in India. A very common sight is sleeping on the floor between two berths.
But when I woke up early morning after a slight jolt, I saw something under the side lower berth. On close examination I found a man sleeping there as well.


Spread newspaper, use shoes as your pillow and go to heavenly sleep !

Intelligent he was ! No arguments, no requesting… to hell with this selfish world ! Let me have a sound sleep.

I love India. 😀

Arrived at Dadar at 5 AM and this was the scene.

Long queues at ticket counter and not far away, sleep was the most important thing.


It didn’t matter whether it was a dog or a man… 😀

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20 thoughts on “Cheapest transport I have used”

  1. my most memorable transport is on top of overloaded iron ore truck from shakelespur to managlore through the shiradi ghats

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  3. Great clicks. You know what? In college days once the bus was so crowded that we a bunch of girls who had gone to another town with our sports instructor, many ended up traveling on the roof of the bus. I was of course one of them, how could I pass that opportunity!

  4. One day you are in Thailand and the next in Aurangabad! Truly a world traveller. Perhaps the world is not enough for you 😉 I should visit this site more regularly.

  5. Great collection of pics… Yes, public transport is an issue in India. When buses are not available, people travel in overcrowded jeeps and vans.

    This may look fun or photogenic for us, for them it is mandatory exercise and compulsion

  6. Very nice article. On the highways enterprising young men run geeps or sumo with people filled in and all around for inter-town transport.

  7. I find the condition of Government buses in Maharashtra, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, even Haryana, Rajasthan etc are pretty bad and services erratic.
    M.P. government had done a good job of dispensing with their road transport buses! I remember, in M.P. while on official duty, I have traveled on bicycle to reach the bank in a remote place not even connected by road!

  8. It was in Leh where I took the most unusual ride in an Army convoy. Public transport in the region is scarce and due to the lack of time, I had to depend on means like these to travel around. It was amazing to ride with the army men, I was even offered Whisky too on this free ride 🙂

  9. Arvind,
    Thailand was a few months back and Aurangabad was a little later. 🙂
    My posts are a mix of many things.

    Yes yes, visit here regularly.

    I too want my share of jalebis. 🙁

    Yes, I agree.
    For us it might appear to be fun but for the regulars it’s way of life.

  10. Lalit,
    Thank you.
    I have many more photos of these kind of travel. This post was of my Lonar trip.

    keep coming.

    I love India for its diversity in so many things. Good or bad, it is our country. 🙂

  11. S.R.Ayyangar,
    Never travelled in MP buses, I should do that sometime.

    But I find people of Maharashtra much more behaved than in north Indian state buses. Also, when I was travelling from Thanjavur to other interior places in Tamil Nadu, people generally were polite & even offered me seats in spite of the bus being crowded !

    Concern for a single woman or the language barrier ? It had definitely separated me from them. 🙂

  12. Siddhartha,
    Yeah, army people are a different breed altogether. I admire them. Can you imagine being strandard on a highway and asking a truck driver for a favour and getting the same treatment ?

    I don’t think you’ll get. Of course, there are certain reasons behind it.

  13. i luv buses in spite of the rush, crowd and whatever else 🙂 after trains (general compartment, i mean) they almost always turn out to be cheap, unless u hitch a hike 🙂

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