Indian roads transport in 1987

Discussion in 'Global Trip Reports' started by Franz, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Might interest some of you. here's some old pictures from 1987 & 1988 of indian transport & roads. Sorry, quality is not that good as scanned from colourslides.
    First the roads; back then roads were a single lane paved with brittle and broken asphalt at most as seen here in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh on the way to Dharamsala:
    By then the best way to go up there was by "bus", just imagine what it looked inside........Every pass of another vehicle was a 'near miss' by that time as they kept on speeding towards each other and only in the last minute both moved to a very uneven & unstable side of the road:
    Common transport on buses and trains came down to this:
    Advantage was always once the bus crashed you could get easily off the roof and not so seriously injured like the ones inside.....

    Standard transportation in Vadodara looked like this:
    You took ice in your drinks only once until you saw how it was delivered:
    The daily downpours in Udaipur looked something like this and you avoided contact with the brownish smelly mess that was flowing down the roads...........
    In Kathamndu/Nepal, the most common truck looked like this:
    So whenever you go to India or Nepal, don't expect too much of a comfort while travelling, things have changed, I know but would be very short of the comfort & standard we have here in Thailand. Cheers, Franz
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