The rickshaw is a regular mode of transport in a country like Bangladesh! Those who are not able to afford a car, opt for a rickshaw ride where the light, two-wheeled carrier is drawn by a human. This cycle-like very affordable transport is used in order to enable many passengers to ply from one place to another. Rickshaws, though have a negative connotation since it is the sign of underdevelopment and inefficiency in the country, yet this mode of transportation in Bangladesh still is not phasing out. Rickshaw art has been very popular in the country and there also is a rickshaw art gallery in Bakshibazaar in Dhaka.
May rickshaw art lovers have touted this creatively colorful embellishments of the rickshaws of Bangladesh through books and blogs. One such book is ‘Rickshaw Art in Bangladesh’ and another blog which is worth mentioning is http://www.kathmanduandbeyond.com/rickshaw-art-bangladesh/ by Kristy. Another beautiful site is superbly showcasing the art, which is http://www.rickshaw-paint.net/ One may also find it interesting to take a look at this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RickshawPaintInBangladesh/
Here are some colorful rickshaw paintings that are being sold on the rickshaw-paint.net site (disclaimer: the author of this travel blog site does not monetize the free promotion that she is doing for the rickshaw art on her blog!):
(photo courtesy: www.rickshawpaint.net)
France Lasnier was possibly the pioneer in authoring this book on rickshaw art in Bangladesh:
https://www.brotherhoodbooks.org.au/books/rickshaw-art-in-bangladesh-9789840515783/ You may find this book fascinating.
Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce you to the rickshaw ride that I took in the Central Park of New York City! Considering the enormity of the park, Shelly and I decided to take a rickshaw ride in the park to cover the distance in about half an hour. The guide gave us A commentary while he drove us to different spots. It was worth the money and time spent there. The guide told us different stories relating to the diverse trees, the surrounding buildings, the history of shootings there.
We took a rickshaw tour that covered the lower loop of the Central Park from 59th to 72nd Street. Here are some of the pictures that I had clicked.
The tour was worth it. You may want to learn more about the tour from this site: http://www.centralparkrickshaws.com/
Enjoy your rickshaw tour! See you soon!