Popular rickshaw and unpopular rickshaw...Hampi Adventure vol.1
December 29, 2016
"Rickshaw", or "tuktuk", is a common transportation in India. Around stations and major tourist sites, there are always dozens of rickshaw drivers coming to me and say "Where are you going? Rickshaw? You need rickshaw??"
This is the rickshaw in Cochin. The rickshaw drivers were not so aggressive in Cochin so it was easier to get around.
I was watching rickshaw drivers and realized that rickshaw drivers who can earn more money would be popular among girls while those who cannot make money would be unpopular among girls.
I am not saying money attracts more girls nor cute drivers can attract more female customers.
A driver who gets more customers has a good communication skill with which he earns trust. He might be a little pushy, but somehow he makes customers trust him. That's just like a guy picking up a girl.
On the other hand, a driver who cannot make much money doesn't talk much and his timing is always off. He cannot pick up any girls, I can easily imagine.
The first rickshaw driver who talked to me when I arrived in Hampi said "I am the first one who talked to you, so if you need rickshaw, please tell me."
I didn't need rickshaw at the time, so I just said "ok" and left.
Next day, I needed rickshaw so I just caught a random rickshaw around me. The rickshaw driver who talked to me the day before appeared and told me "Yesterday I told you you tell me if you need rickshaw..."
"He's not popular among girls." I felt so because of he was wimpy and sticky.
Following day I was waiting for a bus to go to nearby town. Then again the rickshaw driver showed up.
"Are you going to Hospete? 300 rupees...please give me one business."
He was begging this time.
I started feeling sorry to him and wasn't sure what time the bus is coming, so I was gonna say "200 rupees and I'll take your rickshaw." But then, I saw the bus was coming!
He doesn't have a luck.
I said sorry to him and got on the bus.
I know such a wimpy driver is actually a good person. lol
So, lots of tourists hire rickshaw to see around ruins of Hampi, so the rickshaw drivers were relatively pushy.
But I ignored all and walked.
I like walking because I can find more things just like this unique landscape!
I went between huge rocks and found this beautiful curving (with a mysterious old man behind.lol)
Stone arches last like forever.
It's said these ruins are from 17th century, but they are preserved in a good condition.
Maybe not this one though...two elephants pulling a carriage but their noses are gone and they turned into tapirs...hahaha
Oh man, stop it!!
I can see why so many elephants here turned into tapirs!
And I found so many mysterious rocks...like this one. I believe aliens have done this.
I went up on Matanga Hill.
A rickshaw driver told me that I could get to see beautiful sunset and it's not tough to climb up even with flip flops.
NOPE! I thought I was gonna die because it was almost like rock-climbing when I got near the summit.
I admit that I have very limited sport ability.
But remember that never trust locals in the Philippines and India tell you "you'll be fine with flip flops!" because they go EVERYWHERE with flip flops or barefoot.
Anyway, the scenery from the summit was worth risking my life!
A spectacular landscape. But I started worrying about going down already.lol
There were a lot of localt toursts as well. I was surprised that she could make it to the sumit wearing saree with her little boy...but actually there was another way that was much easier to climb. I just chose a wrong way.
Their sarees are so beautiful. I love their delicate patterns and use of colors.
As the rickshaw man said, the sunset was stunning! But I was afraid of going down!! hahaha
I took of flip flops and jumped from a rock to another with barefoot. And finally I could go down the hill.
My friend told me that she would feel here worries were very small if she could get to see such a vast and wonderful scenery.
Actually, in my case, I didn't feel my worries small but I just didn't think of any worries because the biggest worry of mine at that time was whether I could survive this hill or not.
It's not worries became less important. It's just I face with dead-or-alive challenge and I can't think of other worries.
This is how I become super optimistic. I analyzed myself while watching the stunning sunset.